Pacers’ Luis Scola in awe of the track, talks about his offseason and free agency

by Scott Agness

While working out at the track Friday, it was great to run into a familiar face. Pacers forward Luis Scola was hanging out with Ed Carpenter and his Carpenter Fisher Hartman team on what was a perfect Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (You can’t miss the 6-foot-9 Argentinean amongst short race car drivers.)

Scola smiled, said hello as I greeted him in Carpenter’s pit while the drivers were on the track for their final hour of practice time before Sunday’s race.

“Don’t ask me about cars,” he joked. “I don’t know anything!”

Luis Scola (left), Ryan Carr (right) hang out in Ed Carpenter's pit during Carb Day.

Luis Scola (left), Ryan Carr (right) hang out in Ed Carpenter’s pit during Carb Day.

Enjoying and exploring was the theme of the day for Scola, who was traded to the Pacers during Brickyard 400 weekend two summers ago. One of the first thing he said at that time was, “I’m gonna go see the Indy 500.”

Last year, however, the Pacers were battling the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals so his priority was completely on basketball. (He even had tickets secured for last year, just in case. His wife wisely passed on taking four kids to the race by herself.)

Since the Pacers are out of it, several players plan to attend this year’s race which will go green at 12:17 p.m. ET. His teammate, Paul George, will be arriving to the Speedway in style — an IU Health helicopter with a Riley Hospital patient as he delivers the green flag.

“It’ll be perfect,” Scola said, that he was able to get his first taste of the action Friday up close and personal. Come Sunday, he’ll have a better feel for the track, the cars, and how things operate. Scola is bringing his wife and his four kids with him.

“I have to bring my kids,” he said with a grin. “They’ll kill me if I don’t bring them. They’ve been talking about it for these two years.”

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