Welcome to The Field of 33 website! It has been a long time coming, but it is great to be back blogging about the NTT IndyCar Series and having a home to call my own here on the web. Many fans might remember me from my days with MoreFrontWing.com (and prior to that, Planet-IRL.com). I had the joy and the privilege of being the co-founder and co-editor of More Front Wing from 2010-2014. It was the thrill of a lifetime to be able to bring fans and friends the action from inside the world of IndyCar. Since that time, I have continued to provide photography for drivers and teams and my good friend James Black at 16thandGeorgetown.com as well as being a regular guest blogger for George Phillips at Oilpressure.com.
Here at The Field of 33, IndyCar fans should expect to find my opinions and thoughts on the current happenings of the NTT IndyCar Series much in the same way as before. However, I also expect to pay significant homage to the great history of Indy car racing, specifically the history of the Indianapolis 500.
I do also hope to re-establish the podcast that was a very successful part of More Front Wing in the very near future with the help of some of my good friends that I’ve made in the IndyCar world over the years. As time goes on, I will bring additional material that originated from MFW, including old podcasts (eventually all 112 previous podcast episodes along with the Centennial Interview Series from 2011) and photo galleries from the last decade. Transferring these archives is a slow process and one that will take some time, but I hope you will continue to find the content interesting and worthwhile.
Born and raised in Springfield, Illinois, I cut my racing teeth on the ovals of America’s heartland. After watching the likes of Jack Hewitt and Chuck Gurney put on dirt-racing clinics at the Springfield Mile, Macon Speedway, and Shaheen’s “Little Springfield,” it was off to Indianapolis in 1988 as a wee seven-year-old, and my love affair with the Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar racing began. Though my background and interest lie more with the oval races of the IndyCar Series, I understand and greatly respect the skill and finesse required to be a great driver on the road and street courses. I have a great passion and love for the history of the sport, particularly the history at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For 30 years, I sat in the Tower Terrace at Indianapolis with my father (which have been in the family since the late 1940s) before recently moving across the track to watch the Greatest Spectacle in Racing from the shade. I have been blessed to watch some of the greatest drivers in history race, but I consider watching Rick Mears win the 1991 Indianapolis 500 my greatest memory in racing.
I currently call Savoy, Illinois, my home, just short of a two-hour drive from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Away from the track, I enjoy spending time with my wife (Kelli) and my two children (Jack, 11, and Olivia, 9). I enjoy photography, golf (used to be a 2 handicap, now about a 5), running (I hesitate to call myself a runner, but I do run), and a great glass of wine. I am a civil engineer by trade, so I am fortunate to travel often throughout the United States looking at pavements and helping agencies better manage their infrastructure.
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