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James “Bummer” Dominique, restaurant proprietor and radio reporter for local radio station WMTR, attended the NASCAR race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, July 27.

As a credentialed member of the press, Dominique was allowed access to drivers and was able to watch the race from the press box.

“It’s the only place to watch the race,” he said.

The press box not only has a view of the front stretch, it has television monitors that show the race broadcast and computer monitors reporting scoring.

He said he was able to speak briefly with Sam Hornish, Jr., Indy 500 winner and AHS graduate, after the pre-race driver’s meeting.

Dominique said he enjoys meeting and chatting with working sports journalists during the event.

He also has attended the Indianapolis 500 race for openwheel cars. He saw Hornish win in 2006 from the press box.

The speedway reportedly has permanent seats for over 250,000. With infield seating, it can host 400,000 on race days.

Dominique said he has attended national championship football games and other events, but there is “no moment in sports that’s more electric than the start of the Indy 500.

“The cars come roaring down the front stretch, the entire crowd is standing, the noise is incredible,” he said.

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