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The Platypus
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
INDY 500
Carburation Day
Thursday - May 22, 2003
Brian and Joy came by this morning and picked up Ron
and I around 9:30. We headed to Speedway, and got
caught in a little bit of traffic. In 20 minutes of waiting in
line, we got out onto 16th Street and over to the IRL
offices to pick up our pit passes. We parked in that lot
for free and walked into the track.
By the time we hiked up to Gasoline Alley, it
was already 11 o'clock and time to hit the
pits. We strolled back and forth and enjoyed
the sights, sounds and smells of burning

At noon, we left the pits to go to the restroom.
At this point I got separated from the gang
and toured the garage area alone. I stopped
and talked to Mike - one of the Alley Cats.
Eventually I called Brian's cell phone and met
back up with them.
Alex Barron picked up his ride after
Arie Luyendyk had to bow out due to
injuries suffered in a crash.
Airton Dare after getting out of his car.
A.J. is in the background.
Awesome chopper.
Greg Ray stopping and talking to the Alley Cats.
Helio Castroneves discussing how the car felt.
Tom Carnegie, the voice of the 500.
Felipe Giaffone.
A.J. Foyt Jr.
What is that thing next to the tank?
Tony Renna gives the thumbs up.
Scott Dixon taking his car out for some laps.
Buddy Rice and Eddie Cheever, Jr.
Buddy Lazier's foxy wife.
After practice was over and before the pit stop
competition, several old Indy cars did some laps.
Pit Stop Competition:
Robby Gordon poses with a fan.
Richie Hearn
Robbie McGehee has got a
ride. Now he needs a pitcrew!
Sara Fisher
My posse
After a rainy cold May, today was
sunny and fairly warm. I think most
people got sunburned at the track
today. The place was packed!
After the pitstop competition, there
was a rock concert by Cracker.
here for concert pictures.
And what would race weekend be without drunk
girls coming in an touring the mens restroom?