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DAN'S PHOTO JOURNALS
The Platypus
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
INDY 500
Pole Day
Sunday - May 11, 2003
Qualifying got rained out yesterday, so today would be
Pole Day. It was a overcast cool day and windy as hell!
Jeff was going to go with me today. He showed up with
his girlfriend and they wanted to drive separate. The
infield parking was closed today due to the heavy rain
yesterday. Jeff followed me onto Georgetown Road, but
as I turned into a lot to park, he missed the turn and I
never saw them again the rest of the day.

HELPFUL HINT: If driving separate, have a meeting
spot selected before you go.
I began by sitting in Stand E.
I think box 13 is the middle of
the best viewing area there,
although anywhere in E is
pretty nice.
Have you noticed that from the
south or north, the Bombardier
race control tower looks
rectangular like the last tower,

but from the east or west it
looks like a pagoda like the
original tower?
The storm clouds really moved in, but
miraculously the rain never came.
I walked all along the SW Vista. From these
stands you can't see the straights.
I walked over to turn 2. Stand G was closed. I
walked all along the top of the SE Vista. That
stand begins at section 17, not 1. Sections
20-30 are the best seats in these stands. Since
it only goes up to 37 or so, most seats in these
stands are superb. Of course the higher you
are the better.
I made my way up to the upper deck. The wind
was so strong up there it about blew me over. It
brought back memories of Hawaii and the wind
that hit me in the face when I cleared a
mountain peak by the ocean. They said the
wind was gusting today at 55 mph on the track,
so it must have really been whipping up there in
the deck.
The wind only caused Scott Sharp to wipe out
and hit the wall. The IRL are really running fast
speeds this year. Combined with this clean
track and cool temperatures, its amazing that
the drivers, especially the rookies, were able to
keep it together. Helio Castroneves captured
the pole today at around 231 mph average 4
lap average. 24 cars got in today.
I think the coolest thing I saw was when AJ did
a 180 spin and brought the car all the way to a
stop going backwards, all the while keeping it
off the walls. Good job Anthony!