By Emily Schilling
Though each month of the year is significant in its own way, what with holidays and special events peppered throughout our calendars, diehard race fans live for May. The Indianapolis 500 is such a big deal that the entire month is filled with other events and race-related activities — not just at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but throughout the capital city.
But this May will be different. Various traditional pre-race events have been canceled. IndyCar drivers are still slated to start their engines — but they won’t be doing that until August. That’s when the Greatest Spectacle in Racing is being rescheduled due to COVID-19. When the race takes place on Aug. 23 this year, the heroes who are helping us through the pandemic — including doctors, nurses, first responders and the National Guard — will be honored for their selfless work in these uncertain times. It will thus be an even more special and celebratory event.
In this month’s issue, we’re spotlighting popular IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe, who is a hero in his own right. He’s been a tireless advocate for the Red Cross, raising awareness for the critical need for a constant blood supply. Turn to page 19 to find out why Hinchcliffe is so passionate about this cause.
And, learn how some other “fast trackers” are making a difference through their passion projects.
Throughout these past few weeks, so many Hoosiers have displayed the caring, selfless spirit that typifies what is great about Indiana. And I know they will continue to do so — this month, this year and in the years to come. Yes, there are heroes among us, just as there are heroes who make a living
driving 200 mph.
Together, we’re proving we’re all champions.
EMILY SCHILLING is editor of Indiana Connection