|and a sleek dash of non-conformity
Sunday morning, May 23, 2010
Madolyn is never bored or boring, and she finds something of interest in every situation. As we wandered the Speedway grounds today she turned her attention to photographing the various team uniforms and logos. It was a good time to pay attention to uniforms because today was Armed Forces Day at the track and the military was out in force, wandering the grounds and enjoying themselves.
The army had two all-terrain vehicles on display, and near them was a slick experimental car that looked Mach 2 just sitting there. It was part of an exhibit on the future of Indy cars, and on the wall beside it were several posters showing race car designs being considered for 2012 and beyond. Both the uniforms and the hardware were a study in contrast.
Racing designs for speed and show, wanting to catch the eye and capture our attention. Military designs for just the opposite - using high tech camouflage to disappear and confuse. But both design with danger in mind, and here we find a common denominator.
Both drivers and soldiers are vulnerable to the dangers of impact and fire, and in their efforts to protect themselves each side studies the other. From fire suppression suits to the latest design in protective helmets, this cooperation and common purpose has made for a strong bond between racers and soldiers. Former Indy winner Dan Wheldon is sponsored this year by the National Guard.
Our hearts are with them both, and every time they go to work we wish them a safe return.