Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis is without compromise. Even from the outside, the edifice complements the cityscape and its industrial, rail station feel. Inside, giant windows shed natural light onto the field (or track, in this case), and spectator amenities rival any sporting stadium anywhere. As for the track, Indy almost always serves up a technical, challenging course, and it is usually crowned with mountainous, intimidating whoops. This year, Dirt Wurx did not disappoint. Huge whoops, tough flat turns, sand, unpredictable soil, and big bowls for passing provided the racers with what Ryan Villopoto described as the most challenging track of the year.
With heat waves on the East Coast, Indianapolis enjoyed unprecedented warm temperatures, allowing teams to pit outside, even though Lucas Oil Stadium has indoor floor space for temporary pitting areas. Geico Honda and Rockstar Valli Star Yamaha still chose to bring their bike staging indoors along with the privateer squads, but the majority of the big race teams chose to stay close to their trucks.
Pro Circuit fully set up shop outside.
Talk of an undefeated season swirled around Justin “Foxworthy” Barcia throughout the day, and many media outlets asked him about it every chance they got. Always confident, Barcia said it would be great and a definite goal, but that riding consistent and maintaining podium finishes was still most important.