IPS is delighted to celebrate the 100th running
of the Indianapolis
500. In honor of the milestone, 33 IndyCar drivers visited nine IPS schools
and two Speedway schools as part of Community Day. Each school was greeted by
were excited when Helio
Castroneves, Takuma Soto
Kimball walked into the gym. Principal Lauren Johnson pointed out how
fitting it is for her school to honor the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
have the drivers here because it shows them that when you do your best and
strive for excellence you can really achieve great things,” said Johnson.
The event kicked off with each driver introducing himself,
followed by breathtaking video highlights of drivers at work! Once the video
was finished, two members of the school’s news team, Stephanie G. and Mang T.
asked the questions that everyone wanted to know.
drink a lot, sometimes I don’t drink as much. It depends on the weather. This
weekend it’s going to be really hot, so I’ll drink a lot of water.”
favorite place in Indianapolis?” questioned Mang.
Brazilian Steakhouse” (to the amusement of his audience). “And the Indianapolis
Zoo,” he added.
you burn during a race?”
calories depending on your heart rate,” said Kimball. “After the race, I try to
hydrate with a lot of water and eat really good nutrition Sunday night – a lot
of lean meat, chicken, fruits and vegetables and carbohydrates.”
whenever I can. We travel a lot – we’re on the road a lot to different races.
On days I’m in a racecar, I don’t work out so I’m not sore when I’m driving.
Every day that I’m home in Indianapolis in the office or working with the race
team, I go train every morning. A lot of times I’ll do a second workout in the
Takuma Soto about his favorite foods.
Two students from each grade were selected to participate in a taste test in
which they wore a blindfold and tried to guess each food by taste.
enthusiasm from the testers; they were more tolerable of the apple.
explained how drivers are athletes who need endurance to race. Six students
were challenged to a plank competition to see who could hold their plank the
longest. They were all winners and impressed the drivers with their physical
fitness. The contest only ended to ensure time for the rest of the program!
Da’Shawn M. “I liked learning how they stay safe.”
the Indy 500, each student drank a glass of milk, provided by Prairie Farms.
culminate all their hard work,” said Principal Johnson.
have been allowing race fans to use their school parking lot. For the 500, fans
pay to bring their cars, campers and RVs to hang out for the entire weekend.
During the Brickyard 400, they offer parking accommodations on race day only.
This parking initiative is a lucrative fundraiser for the school. Over the
years, it’s funded student incentives, books, computers and supplies.
May 29! No matter what, they’re all winners to us.