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The Lehigh Valley Sends Love and Support to the Andrettis: You can do this!

They’ve given us so much to be proud of. Now let’s give some love back.

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Photo by Lou Capwell, Words by Laini Abraham

This time next Sunday, I’ll be at my first Indy 500. This one’s also the 100th anniversary of the race. To honor this, I’ve been running posts on this site all month – about the tradition of racing in the Andretti family, the tradition of racing in the Lehigh Valley, and the relationship the Andretti drivers have with the Indy 500.

John Andretti as he qualifies for the 100th Indy 500. Pole Day. 2011. Photo by Lou Capwell. All Rights Reserved.

As I write this, out of five Andretti Autosport drivers, only one – John Andretti – has qualified for the race. With a little help from the weather, hopefully most, if not all, of the other drivers will qualify today. A lot of this is new to me. I’m learning as I go. But I love it. So basically, yesterday was the day when the top 24 drivers acquired their spots (including the fearless and amazing 22-year-old Simona de Silvestro, who came back to qualify after a horrific accident on Thursday.) Today is what’s known as “Bump” Day. It’s when the rest of the drivers will compete for the nine spots left. Anyone who doesn’t qualify doesn’t race.

So please cross your fingers, say prayers, and send them west to Indy in support of the Andretti Autosport team. And if you’d like to let them know you’re thinking about them and wish them well, they’re all on twitter, along with a whole bunch of other great race fans, race resources and some great bloggers. I’ve listed them all below. Let’s let the whole world how much the Lehigh Valley loves the Andrettis! Ready, set, go!

On twitter:

Marco Andretti – @Andretti26

John Andretti – @John_Andretti

Michael Andretti – @MichaelAndretti

Ryan Hunter-Reay – @RyanHunterReay

Mike Conway – @MikeConwayIndy

Danica Patrick – @DanicaPatrick

Mario Andretti – @MarioAndretti

Also, here are some of my favorite bloggers and media people covering the race: @MoreFrontWing, @500Coverage, @FollowAndretti, @PressDog, @IMS, and @PCaporali. If you want more ideas of people to follow, just follow my “Racing” list at @LainiAbraham.

Lou Capwell has been shooting auto racing of all kinds since he was eight. he was raised in Bethlehem and is currently the lead outside-of-the-Valley-event photographer for llpg. He spends most of his time shooting events and weddings in the midwest, and the rest of time can be found in his darkroom, or in the middle of nowhere, camera in hand. To see more of his work, check outlouiscapwell.com

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