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May 2009

What an unbelievable weekend I had in Indianapolis for the Indy 500 race. I was asked to be the Grand Marshal for the parade and various festivities. I had never been to the race before so it was a thrill and I brought along my entire family, including my 5 grandkids. The parade on Saturday was spectacular, with thousands of people lining the streets. Also making appearances were Dancing With the Stars finalist, Gilles Marini, EXTRA host, Mario Lopez, 2009 Miss America, Katie Stamm, and Vegas star, Josh Duhamel. 

Race day was simply magical - over 250,000 people gathered at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. I rode in one of the pace cars to start the race. It is something I will never forget - we were going around 110 mph and all the drivers were following behind us getting ready to begin the race. The noise of the cars and the speed at which they are going can only be appreciated when watching it in person. Helio Castroneves was victorious at the end of the 200 laps. He scaled the fence and celebrated with milk. It was truly an unbelievable weekend - an amazing sporting event.

View more photos of the parade.

DICK VITALE

Quote of the Week

"One more week and then the U. S. Open tennis tournament gets under way. I can't wait to attend it."

  -Dick Vitale