Rolling O Lab at the Indianapolis 500

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The morning sun stretched above the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as the Rolling O Lab set up for the 93rd running of “The 500.” The O lab crew was greeted with an early smile by local Oakley representative Scott Skelton and his crew from the USAC Racing shop just outside the front gates of the illustrious Speedway for the third straight year. Friday is what locals call “Carb Day,” where spectators watched their favorite teams practice in the morning, enjoyed a concert featuring 3 Doors Down and finished the day off with a Vintage Car Race in the evening. A fantastic prelude to the Memorial Day weekend classic.

The Speedway itself celebrated 100 years of racing and the spotlight shined on last year’s champion and Oakley athlete Scott Dixon. But repeating as champion in the world’s largest single day race event proved to be difficult as an emotional Helio Castroneves took the checkered flag for an amazing third time in his remarkable racing career. The first time in 21 years the Speedway has crowned a three time winner. Earning the top prize of $3,048,005!!! Second to Castroneves was the 2005 Champion, Dan Wheldon. Finishing in 3rd place was Danica Patrick, her second top 5 appearance in her first 5 races at the Speedway. Scott Dixon led for 73 laps and finished 6th overall, earning $374,155 in cash prizes.

The hot Oakley items for the weekend was the Square O line and Flak Jackets, as the USAC Racing sales team totaled a weekend effort near $20,000 in total sales. Of that, 115 pair of glasses protected and styled the faces of fans from all over. It’s estimated that nearly 400,000 fans attend “The 500” each year.

As the weekend draws to a close, the O Lab crew would like to give a special thanks to Scott, Brandy and her team of ladies who put a special effort together to make the weekend a success. An additional thank you goes out to all the men and women of the US Armed Forces and Special Services, who not only stopped by to give thanks to Oakley this Memorial day weekend, but serve our country both past and present. Thank you, for all you do!