May 31 2011

Memorable Images From the 2011 Indy 500 Pre-Race Ceremonies

The Black Beast team and Alco racer were on the Indy track for three hours on race day from 8:30 am to 11:30 am. These three hours allowed amazing access to some unforgettable images:


A tribute to Harry Grant and Frank Lee and the 1911 Indy 500 starting lineup.


Mark Dill, IMS Vice-President of Marketing and PR, and Howard Kroplick in the Black Beast.


Howard and Roz Kroplick celebrating their anniversary on Indy's 100th Anniversary.


A salute to our military on Memorial Day.


Two-time Indy 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi and the Black Beast team.


From right to left, Emerson Fittipaldi, his daughter Tatiana Fittipaldi-Papis and her husband Max Papis


Emerson and I enjoying our vintage helmets.


The Marmon Wasp gets a push start.


The Black Beast begins to roar.


Mario Andretti was the first person to congratulate us after our 2 1/2 mile perfect run.Yes, Mario Andretti!!


Thumbs up to Emerson Fittipaldi for reaching a top speed of 68 miles per hour - the same as Harry Grant averaged 100 years ago on the same track.

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Jun 01 2011 Jean-Yves Lassaux 4:36 PM

Howard it was your glory day ! And with the great “Emmo” you reach the consecration !

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