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DAN'S PHOTO JOURNALS
The Platypus
Indy 500 ~ Race Day Photos
Sunday May 29, 2005
Jay and Betty drove up from Alabama yesterday to join
E.T. and I in going to the race.

The weather was perfect race morning.

Instead of leaving early, they listened to me and we took

our time getting to Speedway. The traffic was settled
and we drove right in with no traffic and parked in the
coke lot.
Evidence of massive partying was in every direction.
These folks set up a stage and even brought a pool
table!
If these guys would drink something stronger than
lite beer, maybe there wouldnt' be an aluminum
shortage.
These guys were doing beer bongs
inside the gates.
We got to our seats in plenty of time for all the special pre-race music.

Reggie Miller waved the Green Flag. He just retired from an 18 year

career with the Indiana Pacers NBA team.
We were sitting in the 4th turn (Stand J, Sect 20, Row P)
Finally the cars line up in formation
for the parade lap.
While we could see the 4th turn well,
we could not see the cars as they

screamed down the main straight.
As usual, we pick two drivers and bet $10.
After E.T.s 1st pick crashed out, he agreed
to my suggestion that we raise the bets to $20.
I had Tony Kanaan and Dario Franchitti, both
of which were leading the first 165 laps...
E.T.'s other pick was Dan Wheldon. Go figure.
Note to people with auto-focus cameras:
if you have seats behind the fences,
make sure your camera is not focusing
on the fence!
Most crashes occurred over in turns 1 and 2.

Here is Jeff Bucknum climbing out of his car.

He seemed pleased with himself for just
being in the Indy 500.
Here is a photo from the 1969 Indy 500 of Ronnie Bucknum:
1969
What does this company do? Make bells? ;-)
This was a tremendous race!

With 25 laps to go, everyone in the whole place was on their feet

until the end.

Danica Patrick was leading and it looked like she might win! Holy

Cow! This excited most everyone. I on the other hand discovered
I was not too happy at the prospect that some 23 y/o girl could
come in and win.

While Patrick had fantastic luck this day to have made it to the end,

surviving a stall in the pits, a wheel contact and also a spin that
took out half a dozen guys, she was to finish fourth.
Dan Wheldon, who has been on a winning streak this year, won the
89th Indianapolis 500.

Danica's teammmate, Vitor Meira, finished a close second.
Wheldon started doing donuts in celebration, filling the stands up with
tire smoke, but then he ran out of gas! This old guy started slowly
pushing him toward victory lane. No one came out to help push!
On his victory parade lap, Wheldon was
joined by the Andretti Green team owners:
Kevin Savoree, Kim Green and Michael
Andretti.
05 champ
We had passes to go to the garages, but didn't want
to do the hike or fight the crowds, so we hung out in
the stands until they were about deserted. I later
learned that the Teutles from "American Chopper"
were here today. I'd like to meet them. Some other
celebs included Russel Crowe and Cheech Marin.
We looked in some souvenir booths across Georgetown
Rd. I found a nice Dale Earnhardt Jr buttondown shirt
for just $15. Some guy sold me a 500 shirt for $5.
Jay wanted to hike down and see his Michigan Tech
buddies who were camped out down the street.
"Hey! Its time to go! Enough with the beer bongs already!" :-)
These guys have not taken "chemistry 101" yet.
Amongst the things in this fire was a bowlng ball, a
paint can and computer monitors.
Instead of checkered triangles, these guys strung up bras!
Driving the big rig to the race...
We came home and cooked out.

Jeff and his race friends came over for awhile.

The race was blacked out in Indy, but was telecast at 8 p.m.

We watched the F1 race that I'd recorded. Fernando Alonso won.
I watched the awards ceremony the next night on CBS.

Danica Patrick won the Indy 500 JPMorgan Chase Rookie Award trophy.

Andretti Green won over 2 million dollars in prize money.

I hope to attend the award banquet some year.