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Colin Edwards - Indy Q&A: Part 2.

I haven't ridden a dirt bike in two years. I've got a hankering to get back on one. My kid is just 2 1/2; he's wanting to get on one. So probably here in the next year or so, I'll start playing around again with it.

Q:
Can you talk about your first visit to IMS? For me, I went in there, the Indy 500, I've known that my entire life, I had never been there. They brought me in through the gates, and I really just had to stop and was just amazed at the scope and the scale of that place. I mean, it's - it's on a scale we really haven't seen in motorcycle racing. Can you talk about that?

Colin Edwards:
Yeah. You know, I initially went, obviously Indy had asked me to come, the Speedway, to come and promote a little bit. I thought, OK, you know, it's right after Laguna, I'm going to have to end my vacation time, interrupt it, I thought at least I get to catch up with Johnson and Gordon and say hey; I haven't seen them in a few years.

Once I got there, I kind of forgot about why I was there. I thought, 'Holy moly, this place is unbelievable.' Once you get over the awe factor, then it's cool. But, you know, at the same time you've got to think about China and Malaysia and some of the places that we go that have unbelievable facilities. Indy is just on a very large scale, of course. But it's, yeah, it's cool to see. You know, growing up my whole life watching the Indy 500 and actually be there on the front straight, I thought, 'This is pretty cool.'

Q:
The condition of the place, as well. I think you and I have been going to Daytona a long time, and there's no problem going to Daytona and for someone to realise it's an old racetrack. But IMS pre-dates that, but the place is in primo condition. It's in absolutely perfect condition from the grass to the paint to everything. I mean, it's really something amazing, don't you think?

Colin Edwards:
Yeah, I agree. I mean, the only thing, obviously, you look at some of the stands you can tell they were built years ago.

Q:
Yeah, but they offer fantastic viewing, though. That's the thing.

Colin Edwards:
They're clean, they're painted. Everything looks good, you see the architecture, you go, 'OK, it's a bit of old school.' But at the end of the day, it's still there, it's working. But, yeah, that's what I'm saying, can you compare it to anywhere? I don't think you can compare it to anywhere, you know. I think at the end of the day we're going to go there and then start comparing other tracks to it when they come.

Q:
Did you get a chance to walk out on the line of bricks out there on the front straight?

Colin Edwards:
Oh, yeah. I went out there I guess before the start of the race and just went out there with (wife) Alyssia and cruised down the front straight with all the drivers and their cars and stuff.

Q:
The thing that struck me standing there on those bricks and looking down into what would that be, Turn 4 to Turn 1, that place is pool-table flat. The asphalt is perfect. It's unbelievable.

Colin Edwards:
Yeah, it's going to be good. It's going to be good. I think the only thing, you know, probably Indy is worried about, maybe the riders are worried about, maybe a little bit of transition coming off the straight into Turn 1. But my attitude is, hell, we're going to be doing over 150 miles an hour, we can only feel it for a second.

Q:
You were team-mates with Valentino for three years and you guys obviously get on really well. Valentino is a rock star around the entire world, he's one of those guys who in America people know of him, but I don't think they understand how big of a worldwide superstar this guy is outside of North America. Can you explain being his teammate, being his friend, being his team-mate for three years, being his friend, what it's like to be around this guy when he's in Europe or in Asia or outside of North America, just how big of a star this guy really is?

Colin Edwards:


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