Last week I was fortunate enough to be assigned to cover the IndyCar Series' Iowa Corn 300 at the Iowa Speedway in Newton. As my first time covering racing in any real serious capacity I was equal parts nervous and excited about exploring something new to me. The night started off fairly auspiciously as earlier concerns about parking, access, etc... vanished when I was ushered into a primo infield parking spot after negotiating very little to almost no traffic. Despite a little rain I was treated to a spectacular night of entertainment. And as someone who has never quite understood the sport of racing, I found myself smiling from ear to ear as I leaned up against the fence and felt bits of rubber smack my face while brightly colored speed machines raced headlong at almost 200mph. It was a total, unadulterated thrill. Looking forward to covering something like this again soon!