U.S. Supreme Court Justice Alito Enjoys Tour Of IMS, Museum

Friday, September 14, 2007

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The Indianapolis Motor Speedway played host to an honored guest Sept. 14 as United States Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito toured the legendary facility along with his wife, Martha-Ann Alito.

Also among the visiting group was former U.S. Senator Dan Coats from Indiana, his wife, Marsha, and their son Andrew.

Alito was in Indianapolis to speak to attorneys at the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis and made it a point to visit the Speedway afterward.

"This is certainly one of the unique sites in the whole United States, and I've never seen it," Alito said. "So when I knew I was coming to Indianapolis, I definitely wanted to see this.

"It's fantastic to see it. I've seen it on TV, but seeing it on TV is nothing like being here in person. Trying to imagine what it must be like to be in the stands during a race, and even more, to race on the track, it's hard to believe."

The group toured the IMS Hall of Fame Museum with several IMS staff members, including Historian Donald Davidson. They also viewed the massive facility from the top of the Bombardier Learjet Pagoda and took several laps around the historic 2.5-mile oval in the 2001 Indianapolis 500 Oldsmobile Bravada Pace Vehicle.

Justice Alito said he particularly enjoyed the Museum tour due to his longtime interest in historic automobiles. His wife, who grew up watching the Indianapolis 500 with her grandfather, enjoyed the laps around the oval.