[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.