"Fast cars, combustion and color — if actually going to the track for the real thing seems like a hassle, you can get an inkling of what all the excitement’s about by traipsing over to the Hyatt Regency Downtown lobby and checking out the 28 racing-inspired oil paintings and 25 watercolors on view by Kevin Paige. Paige has made motorsports the subject of his work for five years.

His current collection will be up from June 29-July 2, and he will be present to meet and greet viewers and race fans from 4-6 p.m. on Friday, June 30 and from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, July 2. One of Paige’s paintings, “Hot Spot,” will be the focus of a silent auction with the proceeds going to Career Explorer Scouts.

If you want to get in on the real race, the 2006 United States Grand Prix will be July 2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For tickets, call 1-800-822-4639 or go to www.usgpindy.com.

The Grand Prix brings with it a wide variety of other events throughout the course of race weekend.

Buick Horse Power Nationals

O’Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis

June 28-July 1

The Buick Horsepower Nationals is an event for the entire family. Children under the age of 16 get into the event free with their parents. Tickets are $15 per day and can be purchased at the track. For more info go to www.buickhorsepower.com.

Toyota USAC Racing Classic

Indianapolis Raceway Park

July 1

This event will feature both the USAC Midget and Sprint Series. Tickets are only $25 for reserved seats, $20 for general admission and children 12 and under are free with a paid adult.

“Grand Week in Indy” Car Cruises

Downtown Indianapolis

June 30, 3:30-7:45 p.m. and July 1, 5:15-7:30 p.m.

Car Cruises will include Ferrari, Jaguar, BMW, Classics and many more car clubs as they each move around downtown streets throughout the weekend in Indianapolis.

Gathering of Ferrari

Monument Circle

June 30, 4-8 p.m.

The Gathering of Ferrari will feature Ferrari Formula One and race cars, as well as many of the exotic road cars that all have Formula One in their DNA. The Monument Circle will be closed to traffic Friday afternoon from 3-9 p.m. as the Ferraris are parked on the bricks around the famous Indianapolis landmark. This is an opportunity to see in person many of the Ferrari models that normally are only seen in the movies.

Chrysler Indianapolis Concours GP Monument Circle

July 1, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Indianapolis Concours is a family-oriented event of classic and antique cars, including Auburns, Duesenbergs, Stutzes, Studebakers and Marmons, plus an amazing range of the finest cars of the post-war period, including some great muscle cars. Last year, the Indianapolis Concours welcomed 240 exhibitors from 16 states.



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