I'm researching a novel that includes several chapters set at the 1975 Indianapolis 500. I'm planning to visit Indy in the third week of May, but know that whatever I see there will have changed from the era when the Foyts and Gurneys ruled the track. I'd love to exchange e-mails or even meet with a veteran who remembers racing at Indy way back when, either from a fan's perspective or -- better yet -- from that of a crew member.
The date is flexible. A story setting in 1975 is my first choice, but I could go as early as 1973 or as late as 1978 without having to revamp the plot.
This novel is more of a labor of love than a commercial project. (Don't look for it on Oprah's Book Club!) I've always wanted to finish it, am retired now, have the time, so why not? I'll probably self-publish.
I should also mention that the story includes chapters set at and around the Speedway, but isn't about auto racing. I'm doing the research because I want what I write to be accurate.
Please feel free to reply to this thread or to PM me, if that's more comfortable. If you're in Indianapolis, and are willing, perhaps we could meet there when I arrive.
Thanks for reading!