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DAN'S PHOTO JOURNALS
The Platypus
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
INDY 500 Race Day
Sunday - May 25, 2003
I had 3 friends visiting for race weekend. I had lined up 4
tickets in the top row of the N.E. Vista. Unfortunately, we
only ended up with 3 of these great tickets. So, I had to
figure out where I was going to sit. To make a long story
short, I hooked up with a race fan who reads this web page
and he sold me a E stand ticket. E Stand is in the first turn.

I was so wound up the night before the race, that I didn't
get to bed until late. My three guests had all managed to
go to bed at a respectable time and were up early and on
their way to the speedway at 8. Yours truly managed to
arise at 9:30 and I left the house at 10 a.m. The race starts
at 11.

I decided to ride the shuttle busses from downtown to
reach the track. I had not used those in 10 years or more.
I parked easily in a garage and caught a bus which
transported me and several others to the corner of
Georgetown and 16th and Crawfordsville Rd.
The Stealth bomber flew over my head as I walked toward
the speedway. Very cool. One wonders what it uses for
propulsion as the bottom is flat and there is no indication of
jet engines. (It happens that the jet engines are on top of
the aircraft. This is one of the features that make it a
stealth: the plane hides its own heat signature.)

I reached my seat in section 26, row M in time to catch the
start of the race. Unfortunately I missed all the opening
ceremonies.
ENTERING TURN 1
LOTS OF PEOPLE SAT ALONG THE
VIEWING HILL IN TURN 1 INFIELD
EXITING TURN 1 AND
HEADING TOWARD TURN 2
ROBBIE BUHL HAD SEVERAL
MISHAPS DURING THE DAY,
INCLUDING THIS SPIN WHILE
EXITING THE PITS.
Sammy's engine let go on lap 194
GIL DE FERRAN TAKING HIS VICTORY LAP WITH
HIS FAMILY IN THE PACE CAR... er VEHICLE.
It would have been embarassing if Gil would have
fallen off that truck and gotten hurt. They should have
removed the pickup cover.
THE BACK OF THE IMS TICKET OFFICE
Race fans are allowed to cross
out of the infield at this spot after
the race is over.
The race ended at 2:15pm. I took my time leaving the
stands, then browsed some of the race trailers across
the street. Penske had some good looking shirts.

I made my way toward the shuttle busses. There was
a big line that moved fairly quickly. The bus had me
back to my car fairly quickly, but not near as fast as it
had gotten me to the track. I was back home by 4:15.
We cooked out and watched the Indianapolis telecast
of the race at 7 pm. It was a good race on tv and live.