Greetings all! The festivities leading up to the 2009 Indianapolis 500 have begun and the month is officially in gear. Saturday morning saw the start of the fun with the annual 500 mini-marathon through the streets of Indianapolis, the highlight of the course taking the runners around the famed 2.5 mile oval. 2009 is the 100th anniversary of the Indianaposis Motor Speedway (the first 500 was held two years later) and to celebrate the Centennial, they had a balloon festival, marking the balloons that floated around IMS 100 years prior. My wife has posted on her blog the entire weekend here. This year I hope to give you all some interesting pics. I purchased this thing from the speedway called a "bronze badge". For $100, I get access to the speedway every day except race day AND (this is the cool part) it gets me access to Gasoline Alley where I can hang outside the garages all day. I expect to be back there roaming around more than I'll be in the stands. I'll post any updates here throughout the month.