Dan's 2006 Race Journals
                             INDY 500

Thursday May 26th  2006 - CARB DAY

A van full of my friends went with me to the track today.
We parked in Lot 2 and sat in Stand E in the first turn.
We arrived in time to watch the IRL practice which ran from 11
a.m. to noon.   Soon after that, the Pro Series had their race,
the Freedom 100.  Wade Cunningham won and led almost the
entire race, however he was under heavy pressure from Jay
Howard.

I only took my pocket party camera today as I didn't feel like
lugging around my good camera.   It doesn't take far away
photos very well, consequently I only took this photo from
Stand E...
STAND E SEATING TIPS

I think Sections 6-7 are the best.
The first row is A, seats 1-20 or something.
The next row is A, seats 20-40 or whatever.
The top row is R.
It is good to sit up high, but if you sit in the top 3 rows, you
stand a good chance of having a camera cage blocking
yourview down the front straight
[A few days later, Brian gives me his photos from his good camera, of
which I will now post a few.]
We went down to the Paddock Penthouse to check out our
seats for race day.  We watched a little of the Pit Stop contest
and then headed over to the infield to grab a spot for the
concert.  

The sun was shining hot and it would have been nice to have
some shade.

We picked a spot down close to the stage.  Some guy was
giving away skimpy girl tees that had something like this:

Boob 1               Boob 2


       Boob 3 ----------->

This couple sitting next to me had a little daughter that got
into the act of giving these shirts away.
This happy couple had some Playboys that they had just
gotten autographed by some models over in some tent.  
For weeks, I thought the band "3 Doors Down" was going to be
playing and to my dismay, it turned out to be "Third Eye Blind".  
None the less, they put on a good show AND they did it without
their bass player, who was sick.
While there were many girls sitting on guy's shoulders,  some
skinny little guy decided he needed to hop up onto a girl's
shoulders right in front of me.  A mean little redneck behind me
went ballistic.  He told the guy to get down, and the guy twisted
around showing us his "3EB" tattoo, thereby indicating he was a
super fan and that he deserved to be seen by the band.   
Redneck simply said he didn't care and that if he didn't get
down, he was going to get knocked down.

He got down.  
This older guy behind me was sitting down during the
concert as he had a bad knee.   He looked like he was a
little drunk or had too much sun.  The medical staff came
over and hauled him away.
U.F.O.
The band called for some beer from the audience.
Two Playboy Bunnys and some wannabees?
The B-52's came out next and put on a good show.
The police brought police dogs to the track this year.  I believe this
year is the first time I've seen them do that.   I'm not sure what
they're for.

(After the race Sunday, I heard there were 405 arrests and one
shooting in the city over the weekend.  I imagine most were in
Speedway and alcohol related.
I broke out and went in search of beer.   The girls walking
around selling beer were gone and I had to trek up to the
Plaza.  2 Fosters oil cans cost me $12.
Notice the policeman and the wrestlers in the background.
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