|Allstate 400 At The Brickyard
Sunday July 29th 2007
It was a nice sunny day in Indianapolis.
Temperatures were in the 80's.
I want to send a big thank you out to Henry and
Irma, from Houston Texas, who provided 2 great
tickets for me.
My friend Jeff went with me.
We left my house at noon.
10th Street looked pretty full from I-465.
There was a traffic jam at the Crawfordsville Road
exit. I passed these by and was surprised to find
the 38th street exit empty. NASCAR fans must not
read my parking tips!
Jeff wanted to park at his friends house, so I drove
to 22nd and Lynhurst.
Blimps and airplanes pulling banners filled the sky.
There was also a high plane spelling out the word
"ALLSTATE" in smoke.
I was surprised at the long line of people waiting
to get into the stands. I ate the hamburger I'd
just bought as I waited to get into the NorthWest
Vista. We sat in Section 2, Row M. I was in
seat 20, which was next to seat 22, of section 3.
They release balloons for this event, like they do
for the Indy 500.
They held a long moment of silence for Bill
France before they played "America" and the
national anthem. The flyover was a little late.
I'm not sure what kind of jets they were.
The 43-car field was divided into two groups for
the parade lap. The stock cars were lined up
two-wide on the grid as opposed to the Indy
500's three-wide start.
A sliding car covered my area in white smoke
temporarily, but long enough to blind us from
seeing the wreck that occurred. Here is a
photo of the aftermath once the smoke blew
away. I believe this wreck involved Ryan
This is a colorful event.
I was surprised to see empty seats in some of
the less popular areas.
I had never had jello shots before and did not
realize how powerful they were. Combined
with my other booze, the alcohol affected me
too much and I had to leave. I was
disappointed, but I always know when I have
to go. I never puke, so I always have to ride
I made my way back to my car.
Jeff had spotted some friends and said he'd
grab a ride home with them.
Tony Stewart won this race again.
The Miller Party Deck was being used again,
as it was at this year's Indy 500. I need to
figure out how to get into that!
NASCAR sure brings a lot more RVs than the
other race series.
I haven't seen the Goodyear Blimp in a long time.
I remember when it used to show up for the Indy
500. That was probably back in the 70's and
80's. IndyCars race strictly on Firestone tires
I packed a cooler full of beer in large
cans: Molson XXX, Sapporo, Bellhaven
Irish Ale and Fosters. I had a bunch of
icepacks in it. I also took my big camera.
Jeff and I hung out by the car for awhile
and talked to his friend John and drank
some beer. John had brought a lot of j
ello shots and threw some into my cooler.
As luck would have it, as we began our
trek toward the track, some guy in a
pickup truck gave us a lift. He was
making money hauling fans who had
parked far away. Excellent!