Saturday morning early at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Verizon IndyCar Series Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Weather is on everyone’s mind. While it maybe warmish and muggy, the skies are densely clouded and it’s when not if the rain will come. The sun is half-heartedly trying to break through and the humidity is up to 77 percent. It ‘feels like rain’ outside.

INDYCAR has its warmup at 11:30am ET and it’s race at 3:50pm ET, with the live telecast starting at 3:30pm on ABC. In between the Mazda Road to Indy support series have their respective warm-ups and races. There are also three IndyCar Experience two-seater cars giving rides with racers Zach Veach, Martin Plowman and Mario Andretti.

Chevrolet SS 2015

Media were invited for rides in a Chevrolet SS 2015. My driver was sports car driver, Joel Miller. He hit all his marks at speed and then some – complete with a corner-by-corner description of the 2.439-mile road course. That car can haul! That was a nice wake up call for the morning.

It is odd watching cars go clockwise around the Brickyard – opposite direction from the Indy 500 … especially from the top floor of the Media Center overlooking the pits.

Here are some more photos of the unique, Jeff Gordon-centric livery on No.24 Dreyer & Reinbold Chevrolet, to be raced by Townsend Bell in the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 over the Memorial Day weekend. Something to cheer up an otherwise gloomy day. Being the hat person that I am, Townsend offered to swap hats with me, to see how I’d look in his one-of-a-kind/prototype newsboy cap, which suits him to a T. Best, I think, for us to keep our own hats

Townsend Bell & Dennis Reinbold

Townsend Bell

Townsend Bell's back

Townsend Bell's Helmet

Townsend Bell's cap

Lynne & Townsend

Townsend Bell's cockpit

Townsend Bell's windscreen

Townsend Bell's wheel cover