Five days until the green flag drops in the Circle City in the Battle for the Borg Warner Trophy. Tuesdays at the track are for the young guns. First time drivers in the race get a special luncheon. Drew Amman got to go to that even though he’s not driving Sunday.
Tuesday is for the rookies. A total of seven compete in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing for the first time.
“There’s a few rookies here that I don’t think deserve to be called rookies,” Martin Plowman says, referring to NASCAR veteran Kurt Busch. “Kurt’s old enough to be my dad almost.” Busch, the fastest rookie, qualifying 12th was not at Tuesday’s luncheon because of media obligations in New York. He is joined in the field by Mikhail Aleshin, The first Russian driver in the big race.
“It’s very hard when you do your first oval race straight to the 500,” says Aleshin. “But we have a good team”
Rookie Sage Karam is trying to go from 2013 Indy Lights champ to 500 champ, and he thinks the rookies are more aggressive than the veterans.
“They like seeing the yellow strip indicating a rookie,” he says. “We like to bring excitement because we like to mix it up a bit more.”
Karam is the youngest in the field at only 19 years of age. He hopes to become the first rookie to win the 500 since Helio Castroneves in 2001.