Column: Line Drives — Curiosity reveals answers at Indy

[This is my column in the May 29 issue of The Commercial Review.]

SPEEDWAY — As a sports writer — really, any journalist — we’re supposed to be curious.

In addition to writing about how things happened, reporters write about why things happened.

Part of our job is to be curious. To ask questions.

Last year covering the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, my main goal was to just take in the entire experience — the massiveness that is the track, the size and speed of the machines, the number of working media members and all the other behind-the-scenes happenings.

During my sophomore stint Sunday at The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, curiosity started to kick in.

I was no longer an Indy 500 rookie. I had been to the track before and I had a better idea of where things were.

While in pit lane during pre-race activities, I took a ton of photos — steering wheels, actual wheels, ground-level shots of the cars, paint schemes, gas tanks, friends in the crowd.

I even took video of Alex Tagliani’s pit crew practicing replacing tires.
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Column: Foul Ball — Crashes caused a strange Sunday

[This is my column in the May 19 issue of The Commercial Review.]

Editor’s note: This is the launch of a special Foul Ball column, a play off of Chris Schanz’s normal Line Drives column on Thursdays. Foul Ball will appear from time to time in print and on

SPEEDWAY — It was a strange weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

First, Mother Nature dropped rain in the area Saturday after two drivers had completed the first round of qualifying for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500.

IMS and IndyCar officials were forced to postpone Saturday’s schedule to Sunday, cramming two days worth of activities into one.

Then Sunday morning during his practice run, Indianapolis native Ed Carpenter crashed into the wall, spinning his car around, causing it to go airborne and land upside down.

Carpenter’s grueling wreck — he walked away unscathed — wasn’t a one-time thing either. Two other drivers have had their cars leave the ground this week.
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