St Louis IndyCar Night Race (August 2018)

I witnessed my first ever IndyCar night race on the last weekend in August at Gateway Motorsports Park outside of St Louis, Missouri.

Aside from the brutally-hot race-day weather, I couldn’t have asked for much more from the weekend, which was capped off by Australia’s Will Power driving to Victory Lane. Hanging out in the garage and pits and even the broadcast booth meant I took some pretty awesome photos (humble brag?), some of which are below.

The IndyCar fan experience is second to none. The way they look after you, as a race-going customer, is unbelievable. What other racing series in the world can you buy a ticket and wander amongst the garage and pit lane for around $25? The access is incredible, the drivers always willing to have a chat…and being amongst the action, especially close to race time, is brilliant.

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#88 Harding Racing Chevrolet – Gabby Chaves
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#22 Penske Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud
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#18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda – Sebastien Bourdais
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With IndyCar Radio’s Nick Yeoman
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With 2016 Indianapolis 500 winner, Alexander Rossi
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#27 Andretti Autosport Honda – Alexander Rossi
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With IndyCar Radio’s Jake Query

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Wish I knew exactly what Jake and I were discussing!
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With NBC and Racer’s Robin Miller
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The start/finish line flag stand
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Chevrolet Corvette
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Ford Mustang
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A guy with a rear wing
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The #22 Team Penske Garage
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A Juncos Racing Pro Mazda car

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#26 Andretti Autosport Honda – Zach Veach
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With 1986 Indianapolis winner Bobby Rahal
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With Graham Rahal

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A beautiful summer night at Gateway Motorsports Park
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With Australia’s own Will Power, 2018 Indianapolis 500 champion
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In the IndyCar Radio booth
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With Nick Yeoman and The Voice of the Indianapolis 500, Mark Jaynes
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With Juncos Racing’s Kyle Kaiser
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The IndyCar Radio booth set-up
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Margin of victory in the Indy Lights race
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Best. Golf cart. Ever.
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Looking down Pit Road towards Turn One
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The Harding Racing pit box.
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#23 Carlin Racing Chevrolet – Charlie Kimball
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#GetWellWickens
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Close-up of the front end of the #23 Carlin Racing Chevrolet
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#10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda – Ed Jones

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Close-up of the back of the #27 Andretti Autosport Honda
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AMR IndyCar Safety Team
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Chevrolet Camaro
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Chevrolet Camaro front-on
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NBC’s Anders Krohn
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Pre-race ceremonies
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Driver Introductions
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Turns 3 and 4 at Gateway Motorsports Park

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3-wide salute on the parade laps
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IndyCars under lights – NOTHING BETTER!
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The moon is up over Gateway Motorsports Park
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RACE WINNER: Australia’s Will Power!
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Getting the trophy
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Victory Lane selfie!
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Confetti
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Me in Victory Lane with Will (right-hand side, holding the ‘IndyCar Nation’ sign

 


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