Brian and ET joined me in going to the track. The weather reporters had me expecting cold, cloudy rainy weather, but it was a bright pretty day. We got up early and made it to the speedway at 8:30. We started to park across the street from the track and that was going to cost $20. We found that the speedway had their west entrance open so we entered there for free and parked in the 1st turn infield. Cool!
We hiked over to watch practice in Stand H - where the cars brake hard from the fast main straight, and dive into the infield road course. On the way, we saw a new Ford GT40. I heard later that Jackie Stewart drove it around the track on race morning.
Stand H was pretty full, but we got a good seat near the top.
After F1 practice ended, we headed back into the infield and walked over toward the museum area, stopping and dropping some stuff off in the car first. There were trailers setup selling F1 gear - mainly all Ferrari. I was looking for a Renault shirt or hat, but there was none available. I think I'm going to be cheering for Fernando Alonso after Villeneuve gets canned.
We didn't buy anything and we headed back to the car. We couldn't decide to hike over and sit in the SE Vista, or hike around and sit in Stand E, or go over the bridge and watch F1 qualifying in the infield. The other areas were crowded and a long walk. We opted to sit in the stands in the shortchute infield.
I pulled my car up and parked it right under us in the stands. We watched the entire qualifying from here. There were a huge group of Montoya fans all the way over in the Paddock and we could hear them cheering/singing!! That was a LONG way away, as you can see in the picture below. They were across the track from the Tower.
The last remaining tree in the first turn is the back drop for E.T. and Brian.
Who are these people cheering for? Team Pink?!
As we watched qualifying, a cold wind and some dark clouds appeared, but they blew by and missed us.
After qualifying was over at 2pm, we bolted.