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Dan's 2006 Race Journals
Sunday May 7th 2006 - OPENING DAY & Rookie Orientation
arrived at the  track about 1 p.m. so I missed opening ceremonies (eg.
Andrettis taking a parade lap and interview with all three in the Plaza.)

I came in off of Georgetown.  They parked me right in the middle of the 3rd
turn by the hill.  There were families picnicking along the 3rd turn hill.  
Panaramic Photo from Turn 3 Infield

I caught the tram to the Tower Plaza.
Figure atop Indy 500 trophy and American Flag painted on back of Bombardier Tower.
Events in the Plaza:

*  Many people hanging out listening to some Indy 500
Rookies of the Year relating antidotes and answering
Host, Larry Rice, Robbie McGehee and Pancho Carter
*  There was a line forming to get autographs of these 3 racers
including this dude who is like a super fan who I see every year
with some wild thing for them to put autographs on.
Super Fan!
*  There was a line all day for kids getting painted up!
*  Another line seemed equally popular over in one of the F1
Garages - they were giving away a pin and a photo.

Anyway, I passed it all by and went to the garages.
It looked like someone on Foyt's team already hit the wall.  Um,
let me guess - Larry?  I'll have to check later and let you know.
Vision Racing showing off their
stainless-steel multi-media tool box.  
Cool, but where's the X-box 360?
I caught this peek in the garage of Townsend Bell.  His
sponsor is Rock & Republic.  Cool.
Here is Arie Luyendyk  getting interviewed.  
HEY, whats that back behind him??
Thiago Medeiros being interviewed by a tall girl.
Medeiros appears rather tall for a race car driver!
Have you been wondering  what a  "Car Melo" is?

A chocolate candy?

Actually a guy named  Carmelo Anthony is the sponsor.  
Carmelo plays forward for the NBA's Denver Nuggets.  He
was a freshman on Syracuse when they won the NCAA title.

Arie Luyendyk, Jr. came out for a few laps.
NBA star Carmelo Anthony
is sponsoring a IndyCar
this year!
When I ran out of whisky, I walked around the Plaza picking
up swag and then I went to the museum gift shop and
bought some souvenirs.  I do not understand why they did
not have the fountain running.

There were a lot of different Corvettes lined up on Hulman
Blvd today.  
The truck above has evidently been taking its owner to races
for many years if all the stickers are any indication.
Later, I found a photo of
that old truck from 1962.

It stated that Super Fan
Larry Bisceglia drove
from California to
Indianapolis and as of
1962 he had been first in
line for 14 year in a row.  
I have taken that photo
and placed it to the left.

In the upper photo, you
can see the orange
circle by the outside
mirror indicating he
made it 19 times.

I'd guess he's around
60-70 in this 42 year old
photo, so its fairly certain
he's dead now.
I  headed back to turn 3 at 4:30.  I dragged my cooler and
chair from my car to the top of the hill.  

I expected to be there till 6, but they stopped things at 5.  
Maybe its due to the
fact that Indiana just switched over to Daylight Savings Time.

Here are some new signs around the speedway.
POSTSCRIPT - Corvette-owner Michael Brawley told me that in the morning, all the Corvettes did a parade lap, and he sent
me the following photos:
I went and sat above the F1 garages at the far south end of
the track.

This was the only car I saw for like an hour.