Indy 500 Festival Parade 2013 Photos, Part 2 of 5: Some of Your Qualifying Drivers

Previously on Midlife Crisis Crossover:

The next five entries (to be posted over Memorial Day Weekend as quickly as time and endurance permit) represent a fraction of the pics my wife and I snapped. In many cases, encores and additional takes of specific subjects may be available if anyone out there is interested in seeing more, or is looking for a loved one who was in one of the many marching bands that day. For first-time MCC visitors, please note my wife and I are relative amateurs, obviously not trained professional photographers, sharing these from a hobbyist standpoint because of fun Internet joyfulness.

Per parade tradition, the thirty-three drivers who qualified to race in that year’s Indy 500 also participate in the 500 Festival Parade. One driver, Charlie Kimball, bowed out due to illness. We captured over one-third of the other thirty-two.

Last year’s winner, Dario Franchitti, starts this year in the middle of Row 6.

Dario Franchitti, Indianapolis, 500, 500 Festival Parade, Indianapolis, 2013

Last year’s polesitter, Ryan Briscoe, fell back into the field due to mechanical issues and finished fifth. This year: middle of Row 8.

Ryan Briscoe, Indianapolis, 500, 500 Festival Parade, Indianapolis, 2013

Finishing ahead of Briscoe in fourth place last year was Oriol Servià, who starts this year inside Row 5.

Oriol Servia, Indianapolis, 500, 500 Festival Parade, Indianapolis, 2013

Justin Wilson. Last year: finished seventh. Starting position this year: middle of Row 5, next to Servià.

Justin Wilson, Indianapolis, 500, 500 Festival Parade, Indianapolis, 2013

Alex Tagliani. Last year: finished twelfth. Starting position this year: middle of Row 4

Alex Tagliani, Indianapolis, 500, 500 Festival Parade, Indianapolis, 2013

Next to Tagliani inside Row 4 is JR Hildebrand. He finished 14th in 2012 after coming thiiiiis close to winning in 2011.

JR Hildebrand, Indianapolis, 500, 500 Festival Parade, Indianapolis, 2013

Up inside Row 3 is Ryan Hunter-Reay, whose car failed him last year after 120+ laps.

Ryan Hunter-Reay, Indianapolis, 500, 500 Festival Parade, Indianapolis, 2013

This year’s fastest rookie, Carlos Munoz, netted himself a plum position in the middle of Row 1. Busy weekend for Munoz, who finished fourth in this past Friday’s Indy Lights Freedom 100.

Carlos Munoz, Indianapolis, 500, 500 Festival Parade, Indianapolis, 2013

Behind Munoz in Row 2 is another rookie, A.J. Allmendinger. At far left is Will Power, starting outside the same row, hopefully with a better year in store — someone else crashed into his car in 2012 and ruined his day.

AJ Allmendinger, Will Power, Indianapolis, 500, 500 Festival Parade, Indianapolis, 2013

Further afield inside Row 10, rookie Tristan Vautier is new to IndyCar racing in general this year, not just Indianapolis. At far left is Ana Beatriz, in her fourth year at Indy.

Tristan Vautier, Ana Beatriz, Indianapolis, 500, 500 Festival Parade, Indianapolis, 2013

Row 3 presents Helio Castroneves, winner of Dancing with the Stars, season 5. In 2012 Castroneves, a three-time Indy 500 winner, placed tenth at Indy and not-so-great on DWTS season 15. At far left and waving away from us is row-mate James Hinchcliffe, preparing for his third Indy 500. Hinchcliffe has no known reality-TV plans on his calendar.

Helio Castroneves, James Hinchcliffe, Indianapolis, 500, 500 Festival Parade, Indianapolis, 2013
Thanks for viewing! Other chapters in this series may be viewed at the following links:

Part 1: the Special Guests
Part 3: Star Wars! and Other Fashion Choices
Part 4: a Salute to the Marching Bands
Part 5: Balloons and Floats for the Win

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About Randall A. Golden
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2 Responses to Indy 500 Festival Parade 2013 Photos, Part 2 of 5: Some of Your Qualifying Drivers

  1. indytony says:

    Growing up on the outskirts of Indy (Greenwood), I engaged in the obligatory rite-of-passage (skipping class to go to practice at the track). But, I was taught that on race day, all sane and sober people stayed out of the city.

    (Now that I’ve become insane, perhaps I should scrounge up some tickets for next year’s race.)

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    • Back in the day, Carburetion Day was the annual “Senior Skip Day” at my high school, but I wasn’t that kind of student. But yes, on Race Day the west side turns into one massive logistical nightmare. After church we make a point of staying home and hibernating the rest of the day.

      I’ve only attended the race twice myself, but I grew up listening to the radio coverage each year with friends. Home was safer and not so smelly!

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