Saturday - September 27, 2003
BW and ET joined me in going to the track. The
weather reporters had me expecting cold, cloudy rainy
weather, but it was a bright pretty day. We got up early
and made it to the speedway at 8:30. We started to
park across the street from the track and that was
going to cost $20. We found that the speedway had
their west entrance open so we entered there for free
and parked in the 1st turn infield. Cool!
We hiked over to watch practice in
Stand H - where the cars brake hard
from the fast main straight, and dive
into the infield road course.
On the way, we saw a new Ford
GT40. I heard later that Jackie
Stewart drove it around the track on
Stand H was pretty full, but we got a good seat
near the top.
After F1 practice ended, we headed back into the infield
and walked over toward the museum area, stopping and
dropping some stuff off in the car first. There were trailers
setup selling F1 gear - mainly all Ferrari. I was looking for
a Renault shirt or hat, but there was none available. I think
I'm going to be cheering for Fernando Alonso after
Villeneuve gets canned.
We didn't buy anything and we headed back to the car.
We couldn't decide to hike over and sit in the SE Vista, or
hike around and sit in Stand E, or go over the bridge and
watch F1 qualifying in the infield. The other areas were
crowded and a long walk. We opted to sit in the stands in
the shortchute infield.
I pulled my car up and parked it right under us in the
stands. We watched the entire qualifying from here. There
were a huge group of Montoya fans all the way over in the
Paddock and we could hear them cheering/singing!! That
was a LONG way away, as you can see in the picture
below. They were across the track from the Tower.
The last remaining tree in the first
turn is the back drop for E.T. and
Who are these people cheering for?
As we watched qualifying, a cold wind and some dark
clouds appeared, but they blew by and missed us.
After qualifying was over at 2pm, we bolted.