Several Southsiders continue to be active behind the scenes at the Indianapolis 500:
• Greenwood area resident and former crew chief for A.J. Foyt, Owen Snyder III, is with Dallara but rarely trackside. Dallara, which manufactures all of the Verizon IndyCar Series cars, has its American headquarters on Main Street in Speedway, where Snyder is usually found in May. However, he was trackside Friday.
• Ron Green, Beech Grove High School’s 2013 Alumnus of the Year, was trackside with 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier, who starts his 18th 500 Saturday. Green is the public relations representative for Lazier Partners Racing. Green is a veteran motor sports publicist who is a real estate agent for Century 21 Scheetz in Greenwood.
• Beech Grove High School teacher Mark Jaynes was found on pit lane and in Gasoline Alley providing driver interviews and reports for the IMS radio network. He also serves as an assistant football coach for the Hornets.
• Southport’s Robin Miller, one of the nation’s most respected motor sports reporters, is back at the Speedway. He is covering the 500 for “Racer Magazine” and the NBC Sports Network.