The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will welcome The Rolling Stones on Saturday, July 4, for a standalone concert.
Here is a potential set list, if IndyCar recent events were tied into what Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts would play:
- Start Me Up. The only way to properly kick off the show, if Mari Hulman George comes out and drops a “Gentlemen, start your engines” before they launch into their classic.
- Gimme Shelter. With rain having interrupted four IndyCar weekends this year (NOLA, Indianapolis GP, Detroit and Toronto), an ode to the “take cover” message displayed around tracks.
- Paint it Black. A tribute to the mostly or partially black liveries of Will Power and Josef Newgarden this year.
- Miss You. With James Hinchcliffe out of the cockpit since his accident at the Indianapolis 500, he’s the driver fans and series folks want to see back as soon as possible. It won’t be this year, but “Hinch” is making good progress.
- Midnight Rambler. Power en route to his first IndyCar title last August, 2014, going well past midnight ET on the East Coast, while the race was occurring at Auto Club Speedway.
- Can’t You Hear Me Knocking. Power’s title defense is being threatened by Team Penske teammate Juan Pablo Montoya. JPM has been knocking on the title door all year after beating Power in head-to-head fights both at St. Petersburg and the Indianapolis 500.
- You Can’t Always Get What You Want. The lifelong anthem for either drivers, teams, manufacturers or fans who desire something, but don’t receive it from the powers-that-be.
- (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. Where some of the Honda runners have been this year, unable to match their Chevrolet counterparts, or even some of the other Honda squads.
- Tumbling Dice. “Oh, my, my, my, I’m the lone crap shooter, /Playin’ the field every night” perhaps is the lyric best summing up Hulman & Co. CEO Mark Miles’ “lone wolf” status about the IndyCar schedule.
- Rock and a Hard Place. Where IndyCar finds itself in the wake of several critical driver comments about downforce levels and potential pack racing at the MAVTV 500 in Fontana last week, even though a lot of people thought it a great race.
Any omissions or suggestions you think would be good to hear or tie in with IndyCar, feel free to leave in the comments section.