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BW got suite passes for today compliments of
University Place - conference Center & Hotel - IUPUI

Our suite #156 was above the F1 Garages.  It is the first
one nearest the Bombardier Pagoda.  Sweet suite.  It
said Andretti-Green on the door.  There are nice bath
rooms for each suite.  This is the first time anyone has
invited me to a suite at the speedway.

It had rained before our arrival.  No cars had taken the
track yet, but the track was almost ready for Indycar
practice.
Suddenly, thunder storm clouds rolled in!
People were running for cover!

The rain came down.
Peering at the rain running down the
green glass of the suite with the scoring
pylon  in the background.

Sitting inside the suite watching the
lightning to the west was cool.
Fortunately, the storm passed over quickly and the sun soon came out!  
It would only take a couple of hours to dry the track.
Crowded garage area
Max Papis (with a suspicous Target bag!)
They brought out Danica Patrick's car and ran the engine
to make sure it was in tune and ready for practice.
Roger Yasukawa in Playa del Racing garage

He's spotting for now.
A peek inside a corner of the paramedic center reveals
firesuits and extinguishers.
Dan Wheldon crossing Gasoline Alley toward the track.
Jaques Lazier driving for Playa del Racing
with sponsor
VideoPoker.com
Max Papis leaving the Cheever Racing pits while Scott Dixon whizzes by on the track.
Ed Carpenter - Vision Racing
Scott Sharp pulled on his balaclava (baclava is the Greek
dessert), fastened down his helmet, attached the Hans Device
and is about to climb into his car, when nature calls!  He ran
through Gasoline Alley and to the closest john.  Then, he has to
wait in line.  Too funny!   

Then to make matters worse, some guy comes over asking for
an autograph.
This race fan was styling with a custom racing purse!
Tomas Scheckter peeling out of the pits!

Did I mention its loud?  Am i just getting old or are the cars louder?
Stefan
Gregoire
Danica!
Cheever Racing
BW and I enjoyed catering by Juggs at the suite today
as well as free Budweisers.  They even gave us a gift
bag to take home.  But the nicest perk were the Pit
Passes.  Cool!

When we drove in today, we were planning on coming in
on the south entrance on 16th Street.   I was surprised to
find a huge line there for a rainy Thursday.  So, I circled
back to Georgetown where I was able to drive into
the track with relative ease.  We opted to park in the
1st turn, which was kind of muddy due to the recent rain.

We left just as the rain was returning.  Good timing once
again!
Al Unser Jr.
DAN'S PHOTO JOURNALS
INDY 500
Practice Day
Thursday May 18th 2006