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93rd INDY 500
May 24, 2009
Koz, ET and I left for the track at 11:30 am.  I tried going in the
back way via Holt Rd, but the police turned me back before I
could even reach 10th Street.  Every way I tried was blocked and
we couldn't even see any signs of the track in the distance.   I
eventually got to Lynhurst and took that to 16th Street.  I
should've just taken 465 to 10th.  It was interesting to see how
far away people were parking though - I'd say about 5 miles away.

The police were blocking 16th Street right before Georgetown
Rd, so I did a U-turn and got a parking spot at the first house on
16th street; about 200 ft from the track.  They hit me for $40,
double what many spots cost.

I left ET and Koz to find tickets from a scalper. (They ended up
with Stand J.  $50 for 2 tickets.)  I had a ticket already in
Southeast Vista, section 18, top row RR.  EXCELLENT SEATS!
I had a great view of all of turn 1, south short chute and turn 2.
I could see the back straight and the start of turn 3.  I could
even see a portion of the north short chute and a big section of
the 4th turn - although at that distance, the cars were just dots.

The day started out very warm and humid.   I was figuring for an
uncomfortable sticky day.  The sky was a little overcast and a
good breeze was had for most of the day and it was just fine.  If
the sun had been beating down, we had the roof of the deck above
us for protection.
Several Chevrolet concept cars were on display
by the museum including these two.
Helio Castroneves climbs the fence after his
win
I sat with Brian.  He brought two daughters.
The one on the left turned 17 today.
We didn't hang out for hours afterwards as
usual.

We didn't have any trouble pulling out onto

16th street.  We took Auburn over to 10th, in
traffic.   We were forced to go south on
Lynhurst.  I went left on Rockville Rd.  I was
eventually able to wind my way to Holt Road,
just north of the I-70 interchange, but cutting
through some neighborhoods.
DAN'S PHOTO JOURNALS