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The Platypus
Indy 500 ~ Practice Day
Wednesday May 18, 2005
A beautiful sunny day, the temperature climbed to 78 degrees.

Keith joined me this afternoon on my way to the track.

There were a lot of cars out practicing today - 29 drivers
logged 2500 laps!
There are two IRL
There sure are a lot of motorcyclist working in the garages.
I ran into friend Mike Manifold in the garages.
Haven't seen him in a year.
He has a son who races midgets.
A car going through tech inspection
Here is A.J. Foyt IV signing autographs
Lots of tires stacked out of Firestone ready to go
There was a decent crowd for a practice day. We
decided to go over to the Fanfest area by the

As we began to walk, a girl came by in a big golf
cart. I held out my thumb to catch a ride, as I have
done for 20 years. But this time the cart actually
stopped and the lady offered us a ride! Her name
was Anna and she indicated that the Speedway
was now allowing certain safety personnel in the
large six-seater carts to offer fans a helping ride.

When we tried to walk into the fanfest, we were
stopped and told that they are still constructing
it and it is not done yet. So we walked into the
museum giftshop where I bought a cool Red
Bull hat for $10.

As we walked back toward the front straight,
Keith spotted the Red Bull tent over with other
tents south of the garages, and walked toward
it. I told him we'd need a pass to get in, but we
decided to try anyway. I put on my new Red
Bull hat thinking that might help.

The place has some cool seating and tv's. The
white bartender had dreadlocks and reggae was
coming out of the sound system. The drinks were
free. They had beer as well as Crown Royal and
Grey Goose. But the only mixer was Red Bull.
Can you believe they did not have Jaegermeister!
The bartender told me that on some days, such
as Carb Day, only people with passes will be
admitted. Some girls invited us to sit with them.

Keith was happy drinking free booze, so there we
stayed, even after the track closed. I have never
drank so much Red Bull in my life. After a 110 mph
trip home, my idea of hiring a bus for Carb Day
sounds better than ever.

Dan Wheldon went the fastest today - over 227

Danica drove by me in a golf cart.

Kenny Brack is making a return to the Speedway!