Sunday May 7th 2006 - OPENING DAY & Rookie Orientation
I 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.
* 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.
Let me guess... Larry?
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 hottie.
Medeiros is 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
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
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.