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2024 Indianapolis Supercross | Kickstart Recap & Gallery



After just four laps, you could smell the brakes of the Chevy Tahoe. An up-and-coming young driver at the wheel can do that to an SUV marketed toward soccer moms, and there was a line of people from the Supercross Delegation ready to jump in the rig, complete with its three rows of seating, ready get their laps around the 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

I was one of them. Sure, I’d done the ride along once before, during the previous Feld Motorsports field trip to the track in 2022, but a guide from the track was driving that time, not Christian Rasmussen. The Norwegian racer, who now lives nearby the race team HQ, was willing to go over 100mph and then carry the fast line into the 90-degree corners, getting as close to the concrete wall as the track insurance and the General Tires would allow.

You’d never know he’s yet to turn a lap at the track in an open wheel car, thanks in part to the simulator work with Ed Carpenter Racing, and shuttling passengers on a Friday afternoon was an even better way for him to get familiar with the 3-2-1 countdown reminders at the end of each straightaway.

“I’ve only been around this place in a Tahoe, a Corvette, or a Malibu,” he told me later. “I will soon, though, which is exciting and I’m looking forward to that. The Tahoe was super close to running out of gas, but we were running it on the limit to give everyone the experience.”

I was nearby for a conversation with Adam Cianciarulo and Max Anstie earlier in the day, a back and forth between racers that exposed the similarities and difference between two- and four-wheels. Both sides expressed the cutthroat competitive levels, the ways one earns a coveted seat, and who they knew from other forms of motorsport.

“It was super fun. I love to get inside of that when we have the opportunity, because we get very into our own world,” he continued. “It’s nice to see how other racing works. I haven’t watched a lot of races, except for the mud in San Francisco and Indianapolis last year.”

Adam Cianciarulo echoed the sentiment. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider is known for his inquisitive demeanor, and to no surprise, he seemed to initiate the conversation on the finish line. “Anytime we can get insight into another sport is cool. You always realize, although they’re completely different worlds, we’re all pretty common, motorsports athletes and how we think,” shared AC. “I’ve never been here before and there’s a lot of history, so I’m trying to take it in. When you’re a good athlete, you take these little things for granted, so I realize how cool this is to be in the moment… He was talking to us with one hand on the wheel while we went into the first turn, just cruising.”

I’ll admit, as was wild as it was to do 107 miles an hour down the back chute at the Brickyard, it wasn’t the fastest I’d gone in a car. Hell, I’d come close to that number early in the week. I sometimes wonder if the racers I know are as cunning in traffic behind the wheel of their cars as they are their bikes, but Seth Hammaker might not have been the guy to ask. “I don’t, but I could see how people do,” joked the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider. “I’m pretty mellow, to be honest with you.”

The 2024 Indianapolis Supercross was the tenth round of the Monster Energy Supercross Championship and the second of three Triple Crowns in this year’s schedule. Lucas Oil Stadium was the ninth venue to run the innovative format, and given the location’s history of soft tracks, there was plenty of concern about ruts in the days ahead.

Dirt Wurx has faced their share of challenges since San Francisco, but Indianapolis was one of the biggest efforts yet. The track crew knew that they’d only have a few minutes between races, and as soon as bikes were off the track, out came the heavy equipment to knock down ruts or smooth transitions.

A covered roof and reasonably dry dirt certainly helped, but one of the largest competitive turnouts of the season (47 in the 450 Class and 60 in the 250 East Region, a diverse mix of factory operations, independent team efforts, and privateers) took a toll on the track, especially in the afternoon. Timed Qualifying decimated the course, as both divisions required three groups of practice and LCQs to whittle down the field for the night show, but the ongoing work and very warm stadium made it much better for the point-paying races.

Michael Antonovich

Michael Antonovich has a wealth of experience with over 10 years of moto-journalism under his belt. A lifelong racing enthusiast and rider, Anton is the Editor of Swapmoto Live and lives to be at the race track.

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