Dan's 2001 Indy 500 Journal


2nd Day of Qualifying

Sunday May 13, 2001

I got up this morning and went over to mom's for breakfast and to give her some Checkered Flag sunglasses for Mothers Day. I asked her if she wanted to go to the track, but she wasn't too interested.

I went home and watched the F1 Austria race I'd recorded. A co-worker friend of mine was coming over to go to the track with me today. He had car trouble and didn't get here till late and so we didn't get to the track till 3.

It was such a nice day and just fantastic for qualifying, but the crowd number was the lowest I think I've ever seen it. I don't understand that at all. We parked across the street from Turn One for $10. We sat in Stand E for a few hours. I saw Buddy Lazier wreck when he spun and glanced off the wall in the middle of the Short Chute. This was the only accident I would see today.

As it approached Happy Hour, we made our way over to the Paddock Penthouse by the start/finish line where I took the following pictures. As you can see, the shadow from stands has moved over the track, cooling it down and making it faster.

down the straight

Up the straight

Buzz Calkins qualified today.

full tower

tower close-up

the catbird seat

Cheever pulls out to qualify

Close to 6 pm, Michael Andretti qualified his backup car at 223. Eddie Cheever also gambled and re-qualified his Infinity-powered car at 222.

There were about 6 teams in line waiting to qualify when the gun sounded at 6 p.m. ending the day.

A Penske

I'd say the big news of the day was Ganassi's two CART rookies came out and qualifed both backup cars today after Ganassi's Vasser and Stewart qualified the primaries yesterday. Target/Chip Ganassi now have 4 red cars solidly qualified in the race.

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