With the biggest entry in years - and in many drivers' opinion, perhaps the highest quality ever - the Indianapolis 500's centenary race could potentially recapture the glory of the event's halcyon years.
The practice and qualifying weeks certainly featured more than enough incident and intrigue, and some heart-warming storylines as many of the usual big guns floundered and some highly popular underdogs came to the fore.
The truncated schedule adopted in recent years already meant a lot less pre-qualifying running for the drivers than was once the case. And this year the weather was determined to trim their mileage even further.
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Matt Beer started freelancing for Autosport.com in the first week of its existence in 1999, and spent the next decade-and-a-half dovetailing increasing amounts of time contributing to it with UK national reporting, driver and team PR, freelance for organisations including ITV, BMW, Autocourse and the FIA Institute and a parallel career co-managing award-winning Edinburgh Festival Fringe theatres.
He stopped being stubborn and became Autosport.com's deputy editor in April 2014. Matt also oversees Haymarket's talent development programme for emerging motorsport writers and escapes to cover Formula Ford 1600 races whenever possible.