The Indianapolis Motor Speedway- Beyond the 500

I am still reeling that I had the chance to catch up with the president of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, J. Douglas Boles during his busiest month of the year.  With the Indy 500 behind us Boles gave me a peek into what we have coming up during the rest of summer 2015.

The Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational brings the mystique of antique automobiles straight to the speedway. Last year, 700 cars made an appearance at the event. This day of family fun includes open paddocks where anyone can see, touch, and even sit in these quintessentially classic cars.

The Rolling Stones will be playing the speedway on July 4th as a music stand alone event that I’m sure will be one for the history books. With such a storied and versatile venue like the motor speedway, why not explore all it has to offer? To ensure that the Indianapolis 500 celebrates a 200th Anniversary, Boles plans to preserve the time-honored traditions of the track while also bringing about changes that guide the IMS into the future.

Boles is an amazing speaker and, for most of our time together, I was happy just to listen to him tell me stories about the motor speedway.  About the  moments before and after the checkered flag drops, racing fans and, the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, but more importantly I wanted to look towards the rest of the summer and what is still to come.

After the vintage race and the Rolling Stones, we have the Brickyard 400.  The race is currently part of the Super Weekend at the Brickyard, which features races for the Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series, and the United SportsCar Championship.

If you missed the segment on IN the Loop about my chat with Doug Boles check out the video below.  And don’t forget to watch me, Erica, every Sunday night at 11:30 on WISH-TV 8.  Keeping you IN the Loop of everything that is Indianapolis.

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Erica Stikeleather was born and raised in Indiana. Her studies brought her to Ohio where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media from Cedarville University. She then interned in Washington, D.C. as a communications assistant with the civic education non-profit, Presidential Classroom, and also at Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, right here in Indianapolis. Erica has spent the last 3 years in Los Angeles, working in the entertainment industry, both in front of and behind the camera. While in LA, she walked in several fashion shows during LA Fashion week, for Macy’s on the RMS Queen Mary, and also in the Powertec Model & Fitness Competition for Elisabetta Rogiani at the W Hotel, Hollywood. She is a SAG-AFTRA actress with a passion for independent filmmaking. Some of her independent film work, Freerunner and Proxy, can be found on Netflix. She has acted in music videos with Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Chris Brown as well as in numerous television commercials. She can also be seen in the film, Gangster Squad, with Sean Penn. Erica’s studies have brought her back to her home state where she is currently enrolled at IUPUI as she prepares for veterinary school. She plans to combine her experience in filmmaking with veterinary medicine to create interactive documentaries about veterinary medicine around the world. Erica is thrilled to join IN The Loop and to show the world what the great city of Indianapolis has to offer. She loves fall in Indiana, farmer’s markets in the summer, horse-back riding, and seeing as many sporting events, live music, and museums as possible. If you see her out and about, come say hello, and let her know what you love about Indianapolis!

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