Last night, in honor of the upcoming new year, I started to think about what were my favorite moments as an IndyCar fan from 2014. My list went on and on, especially since I had the ultimate privilege of spending a large portion of my month of May trackside in Indianapolis. As I thought about this more, I became curious: what was the highlight of the season for other fans? I posed the question on Twitter, and accumulated some great stories:
@flywheel011 Jim Nabors' final song, if that counts. If not, Will finally winning his championship.
— Mitch Robinson (@MitchRobinson_) December 30, 2014
@flywheel011 Ryan Hunter-Reay winning at Indy. The way he did it it was fantastic!
— Mike Silver (@tutorindie) December 30, 2014
@flywheel011 Attending all the races which was a bucket list item, but spotting in turn 3 for RHR at Indy takes the cake for me easily.
— Bryce Dininger (@brycedininger) December 30, 2014
@flywheel011 Most memorable occurrence of 2014 IMO was Huertas winning at Houston.
— Brian Carroccio (@BrianC_AR1) December 30, 2014
@flywheel011 inaugural Grand Prix of Indy qualifying in the wet and racing in the dry! Such a fun weekend!
— it me. Ultimate Dodgers Fan (@AarynNC) December 30, 2014
@flywheel011 the last 7 laps of the 500 were phenomenal, just amazing sporting drama played out on tv, can't imagine how it was there
— Indycar UK (@IndycarUK) December 30, 2014
@flywheel011 And 2. Attending the @IndyFansTweetUp & taking my Uncle to the race (his first IndyCar race) the next day at @Mid_Ohio.
— Craig S. Tomastik (@CraigSTomastik) December 30, 2014
@flywheel011 Being able to be in pit lane at @IMS during May..Definitely a dream come true!
— 🏎💨James Alban🎸 (@TheKing0fSwing) December 30, 2014
— Steve (@Indy317_) December 30, 2014
@flywheel011 Just being at the Indy 500 for the first time this year with my son, and enjoying a great race!
— Doug Schneider (@Race4caster) December 31, 2014
My personal favorite fan moment (if I must pick only one), was standing alongside the grid during the opening ceremonies for the Inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The most magical moment of my year happened when our time on the track was running out, but the yellow shirts stopped herding fans off the grid for a moment while the National Anthem was being sung. Facing the north end of the track, I had a bird’s eye view of what every driver sees and hears before the start of a race. Next thing I knew, I saw the flyover heading straight towards me. No words can explain magic of this moment; I was a fan in heaven.
Thanks to all who shared, and it’s never too late to add your story to the list!