BW got suite passes for today compliments of
University Place - conference Center & Hotel - IUPUI
Our suite #156 was above the F1 Garages. It is the first
one nearest the Bombardier Pagoda. Sweet suite. It said
Andretti-Green on the door. There are nice bathrooms for
each suite. This is the first time anyone has invited me to
a suite at the speedway.
It had rained before our arrival. No cars had taken the
track yet, but the track was almost ready for Indycar
Suddenly, thunder storm clouds rolled in!
|People were running for cover!
The rain came down.
Peering at the rain running down the
green glass of the suite with the
scoring pylon in the background.
Sitting inside the suite watching the
lightning to the west was cool.
Fortunately, the storm passed over quickly and the sun soon
came out! It would only take a couple of hours to dry the track.
|Max Papis (with a suspicous Target bag!)
They brought out Danica Patrick's car and ran the engine
to make sure it was in tune and ready for practice.
|Roger Yasukawa in Playa del Racing garage
He's spotting for now.
A peek inside a corner of the paramedic center reveals
firesuits and extinguishers.
Dan Wheldon crossing Gasoline Alley toward the track.
Max Papis leaving the Cheever Racing pits while Scott Dixon whizzes by on the track.
|Ed Carpenter - Vision Racing
Scott Sharp pulled on his balaclava (baclava is food),
fastened down his helmet, attached the Hans Device and is
about to climb into his car, when nature calls! He runs
through Gasoline Alley and to the closest john. Then, he
has to wait in line. Too funny!
Then to make matters worse, some guy comes over asking
for an autograph!
|This race fan was styling with a custom racing purse!
Tomas Scheckter peeling out of the pits!
Did I mention its loud? Am i just getting old or are the cars louder?
BW and I enjoyed catering by Juggs at the suite today as well
as free Budweisers. They even gave us a gift bag to take
home. But the nicest perk were the Pit Passes. Cooooool.
When we drove in today, we were planning on coming in on
the south entrance on 16th Street. I was surprised to find a
huge line on 16th Street for a rainy Thursday.
I decided to drive away to 10th Street and circle back around
to Georgetown where I was able to drive into the track with
relative ease. We opted to park in the 1st turn, which was
kind of muddy due to the recent rain.
We left just as the rain was returning. Good timing once
Thursday May 18th 2006