Yesterday we told you about two must-see events taking place during the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, today, we have more events making a trip to Indy worth your while. If you're looking for something to do either before the bikes hit the track or after they're done, then here's a few ideas: You can get a close-up view of the bikes during the pit walk on Friday morning; you can bid on some of the best motorcycling memorabilia available during the Riders for Health auction, also on Friday morning; and you can kick off the race weekend with the downtown event and bike parade at Monument Circle on Thursday. Details of the events below, from Indianapolis Motor Speedway press releases.
But if there's one thing you really shouldn't miss when you're at Indy, it's the Indy Mile, to be run at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. No matter what your taste in racing, there is nothing quite like the sight of 40 big V-twins thundering round mile oval track with no brakes. If you want to see racing at its best - and a paddock full of stunned MotoGP stars awe-struck by the racing - get to the Indy Mile on Saturday night. To get a taste of the Mile, check out Scott Jones' photos from last year.
PIT WALKABOUT BRINGS MotoGP CLOSER THAN EVER TO FANS AT INDY
INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010 – Motorcycle fans can see the exotic machines of World Championship motorcycle racing up close during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP Pit Walkabout on Friday, Aug. 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Pit Walkabout takes place from 9-10:45 a.m. and is free to all Friday ticket holders. Fans must enter and exit the Walkabout at the south end of Gasoline Alley.
Fans can stand adjacent to the open garages, getting a clear view of the 800cc prototype machines upon which MotoGP stars such as Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa and Americans Nicky Hayden, Ben Spies and Colin Edwards will compete during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP on Aug. 27-29.
Many teams in all three classes continue extensive preparation work on their bikes, giving fans photo opportunities and an unparalleled look at the most sophisticated motorcycles on Earth, which exceed 200 mph on the front straightaway at IMS.
Teams in the Moto2 and 125cc classes also will have their garages open and bikes on display.
While no autograph sessions are scheduled during the Pit Walkabout, selected riders have appeared “along the ropes” in front of their team garages to sign and pose for pictures in the first two years of the Pit Walkabout.
The Pit Walkabout is one of a variety of fan-friendly activities Friday morning at IMS before on-track action starts at noon. Other activities include the Cycle World Seminar from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and the Riders For Health charity auction from 10:30 a.m.-noon, both on the SPEED Stage located in the IMS infield. In the Riders For Health event, top MotoGP riders each will auction an item to fans, with proceeds benefiting the Riders For Health charity.
Motorcycle enthusiasts also can browse and purchase the latest gear and aftermarket accessories all three days at the Vendor Marketplace in the Gasoline Alley Garages. Enthusiasts also can check out the newest models of off-road and street motorcycles from major manufacturers at the Manufacturers’ Area in the IMS infield.
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Official Trackside Gift Shops and the MotoGP team/rider official merchandise areas will be open all day.
MotoGP stars to auction items for charity Aug. 27
INDIANAPOLIS, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2010 – Every rider in the premier MotoGP class, including superstars Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Ben Spies, Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards, is scheduled to participate in the Riders For Health charity auction Friday, Aug. 27 during the Red Bull Indianapolis GP.
The auction is scheduled from 10:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. at the SPEED Stage in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield.
Each rider will auction an item to fans. All proceeds benefit Riders For Health, a charity that works to ensure all health workers in Africa have access to reliable transportation – usually a motorcycle – so they can reach the most isolated people with regular and predictable health care.
Kickoff the race downtown
Fans are invited to the official kick-start of the Red Bull Indianapolis GP event weekend, a celebration at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 26 on Monument Circle in downtown Indianapolis.
MotoGP riders will participate in the celebration, and numerous rising young stars from the USGPRU Moriwaki MD250H Powered by Honda series that will compete at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP will sign autographs for fans.
Noted local and Indianapolis Motor Speedway dignitaries will speak, and Red Bull will be on hand to bring its unique style to the event.
The celebration is free.