What an incredible experience to hang with 300+ MINIs and to be able to drive on the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
A dozen Chicago area motorists met up, and took a day trip down to Indy to join up with the MINI Takes the States cross country tour.
After a quick drive down and a brief tour of the neighboring Indianapolis speedway area we pulled into the well run registration site, and parked with 300+ other MINIs. There was a chance to view just about every color, mod, and graphic available including a number of the new GP models. MINI and sponsors provided a reception area with snacks as well as tickets to view the Speedway Museum and take a bus tour of the track.
After a brief drivers meeting, we started up our engines and took a parade lap around the track. There were so many MINIs that the tail end of the line was still pulling out onto the track as the leaders were finishing. It was an amazing feeling to view the track, corners and to come down the main straight and see the wall of grandstands ahead.
It was so cool just hanging out at our post lap meetup spot and watching dozens of MINIs drive around town in all different directions. We took a dinner stop at Mug n’ Bun, invaded a gas station for a top-off, and took off into the twilight and sporatic sprinkles for the late drive home.
MINIUSA did a fantastic job keeping things organized and providing a great venue to promote the MINI community. All the volunteers from the MINICCI and from the Speedway made everyone feel at home.
HUGE thanks to Kevin and Patrick MINI for presenting Motoring Hearts awards for those donating, and for providing fantastic raffle prizes.