|Indy 500 ~ CARBURATION Day
Friday May 27, 2005
The weather was pretty nice today. We were fortunate to
have a designated driver. Joy was going to drive my friends
and I to the track today. We came in on 10th Street and the
police had Olney blocked off, so we had to go far east of the
track to get onto 16th Street. There was a very long line of
cars. A motorcade came through the middle of the street and
Joy bravely jumped onto the end of the line, put her flashers
on and we were getting escorted up front of all the traffic. To
our dismay, we did not reach the track, but were turned into
some lot that ended up being a police station! We had been
in a escort for police! Ack! We did a quick U-turn and was
able to cut into line not far from the track entrance. Whew!
That was a little scary.
|BW, Joy, E.T, Bray, Dave, Russ - waiting for the tram.
We parked in the 3rd turn and tried waiting on the tram,
but we got tired of waiting and walked on up to the track.
My cooler weighed a ton, I should have split the contents
among two coolers and E.T. could have carried half. I had
some pit passes and since practice was just starting, I
wanted to get to the pits. We needed to have a "home
base" first. We tried several spots in the crowded tower
terrace, but the view was just too blocked. Everyone
decided to trek to the outside of the track and sit up in the
Paddock Penthouse. I grabbed my camera and headed to
the pits by myself.
The Tower Terrace was packed with fans.
Vitor Meira in car - he would finish 2nd in the 500.
Jamie Little has a nice butt.
Tony Kanaan's team discussing his practice
I went to the far end of the pit lane to take
I was leaning over the wall taking photos of
the first car in line, Kenny Brack.
Before I knew what was happening, they'd started his
car and he floored it out of the pits. I was leaning over
looking at him through my camera and I thought I was
going to get nailed. I snapped the following photo as my
body instinctively tried to move out of the way.
In a split second he roared by, just a few feet away. Talk
Scott Dixon driving a golf cart backwards
through the crowded pits.
Tomas Enge from the Czeck Republic.
I was amused when I saw Enge on TV saying "Party like a
Rockstar", as had a little cannabis trouble in Europe.
Buddy Lazier crashed today. Luckily he was ok.
Helio Castroneves prepares to go out and
Sam Hornish, Jr. goes by.
I think this is Sam's new wife
Michael Andretti talks to his driver, Dan Wheldon.
Dan Wheldon would win the Indy 500 on Sunday.
Bruno Junqueira came over from Champcar for the
race. He would end up in a wreck and injured.
Danica Patrick recieved a giant check for fastest
of the practice.
She received so much publicity this month that it
about drove her bonkers I'm sure.
She would go on to lead the race, but finish
where she started, in 4th.
After the IRL practice was over, some old Indy
cars took to the track.
Next, the Infiniti Pro drivers lined up for introductions before their
I left the pits and headed across the track to
sit with my friends. They had a much better
view than all those people in the tower
The new Corvette is this year's pace car.
This is the 6th version of the Vette, referred
to as the C6.
The IPS race was only 40 laps (100 miles). None the
less, there were several crashes. I'd estimate that they
were going 180 mph.
Jaime Camara won.
He did a burn-out on the main straight after winning
and tagged the pit wall with the back end of the car!
After the IPS race, they began bringing
out the Indycars for the Pit Stop
Since IMS moved Carb Day to Friday this year, and since the Black Crowes
seemed to be a popular choice, I expected the track to be more crowded
than ever before and it was!
Sam Hornish and Team Penske won the Pit Stop Competition. My
group then hiked over to the infield where a stage was setup for the
rock concert. They had moved the stage away from the plaza and
back over by Media parking.
Black Crowes Concert Photos
After the concert was over, we went back to the van. We were pretty wore out,
but there was a group of guys behind us who were still partying. We hung out
with them and played frisbee. Finally we left and headed downtown.
We ate dinner at Houlihans. As usual, it was pretty tasty.
We then walked down to Jackson Street for the
free Q95 outdoor concert. It was dark by this
Rick Derringer and the Bob and Tom band
were there. It was pretty crowded, but kind of a
let down after the great outdoor Carb Day
concert at the track.