|July 1, 2006 - Formula One Qualifying
We had planned to show up bright and early to the Speedway on Thursday -
a chance to get an autograph and listen to driver interviews. I had a late
night and E.T. went to a concert in Detroit and drove through the night to Indy.
Instead of going, we spent the day sleeping and watching Deadwood.
Friday, E.T. wanted to eat downtown at Le Peeps. I drove and parked on an
uncrowded street, filling the parking meter to it's two hour limit. After eating
some delicious Eggs Benedict, we walked over to University Park where
there are old bronze statues as well as this cool fountain.
The structure in the background of the photo above is
the Indiana World War Memorial. It is free to enter.
E.T. and I walked all through it and I recommend you
stop in and see it. There is also a museum in the
basement which covers US wars from the revolution
to the present.
After ward we continued north into the Veterans
Memorial Plaza which had this cool granite obelisk
There are a lot of nice buildings, statues, parks and
memorials in this area.
However, our 2-hour parking window was closing fast,
so we broke off the tour and returned to the car. We
were 1 minute late. I saw the short meter maid
walking away from my car after sticking a $20 ticket
on my windshield. She must have begun writing it a
minute before it expired.
Why is it that bureaucrats are only diligent when they
are sticking you up?
We finally went to the Speedway to see qualifying on Saturday.
The crowd was huge! Bigger than every day in May except race day.
We arrived around noon and found both the 16th Street entrance and
Georgetown Rd entrance closed to traffic.
I wanted to park for free, and drove around to the 30th St entrance.
While many people were already parked in the North 40, they let us
park in a packed 3rd Turn infield. I had hoped to watch Qualifying
from the SE Vista, but by the time we got parked, it was too late.
We watched most of the qualifying from along the infield.
We couldn't see a TV or anything to let us know how
qualifying was going, so we watched the last section
of qualifying from the Tower Terrace.
The two Ferraris captured the front row of the grid.
After F1 qualifying ended, we walked over to see the
Formula BMW cars.
East of the Speedway Museum is a parking lot where
all the F1 teams setup trailers to sell expensive team-
wear. A buttom down short-sleeved shirt at the
Renault shop was $150. F1 hats sold from $35 to
$50, however at the Mercedes booth I was able to
buy a very cool hat for $15. It is shiny like the
McLaren F1 car and says "Kimi" on the side.
There are food stands behind the Turn 10 Terrace.
I paid $7 for a small ribeye sandwich.
During all of that, there was an Indy Pro Series race.
After I ate, we watched the Porsche Supercup race.
|View from the 10 Turn Terrace
This race was the last event of the day.
We hiked back to our car. It had been
a very hot sunny day and we were
tired. But after sitting in my car with
the A/C on, we were revived and we
went downtown to see a car show.