Brian and Joy came by this morning and picked up Ron and I around 9:30. We headed to Speedway, and got caught in a little bit of traffic. In 20 minutes of waiting in line, we got out onto 16th Street and over to the IRL offices to pick up our pit passes. We parked in that lot for free and walked into the track.
By the time we hiked up to Gasoline Alley, it was already 11 o'clock and time to hit the pits. We strolled back and forth and enjoyed the sights, sounds and smells of burning rubber. At noon, we left the pits to go to the restroom. At this point I got separated from the gang and toured the garage area alone. I stopped and talked to Mike - one of the Alley Cats. Eventually I called Brian's cell phone and met back up with them.
Alex Barron picked up his ride after Arie Luyendyk had to bow out due to injuries suffered in a crash.
Airton Dare after getting out of his car. A.J. is in the background.
Greg Ray stopping and talking to the Alley Cats.
Helio Castroneves discussing how the car felt.
Tom Carnegie, the voice of the 500.
A.J. Foyt Jr.
What is that thing next to the tank?
Tony Renna gives the thumbs up.
Scott Dixon taking his car out for some laps.
Buddy Rice and Eddie Cheever, Jr.
Mrs. Buddy Lazier. Hubba Hubba.
After practice was over and before the pit stop competition, several old Indy cars did some laps.
Here is the pit stop competition:
Robby Gordon poses with a fan.
Robbie McGehee has got a ride. Now he needs a pitcrew!
Me and my posse :-)
After a rainy cold May, today was sunny and fairly warm. I think most people got sunburned at the track today. The place was packed!
After the pitstop competition, there were some rock concerts.
Click here for concert pictures.