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3rd Red Bull MotoGP at Indianapolis
August 29, 2010
I went downtown last night and met some Texan friends who
were in for the race.  They gave me a free ticket!

After dinner, we walked around Meridian Street.  There were
so many motorcycles parked from South Street to north of the
Circle that it was like a 1/2-mile slice of Sturgis.  People
wandered around looking at bikes, going to bars, outdoor
concerts, and watching trick riding.

I was hoping to get out to the track early but I slept till noon.  
Michie came over.  We dropped the top and hit the road.  It was
sunny and hot.  I drove through town to 16th Street and to the
track encountering no traffic.  

The entrance to the track was closed, so I drove on, and
Georgetown Road was closed.  I turned right on Lynhurst and
circled around toward 24th Street.   At this late hour, people
were still wanting $10 to park in their yards.  I drove all the
way up to a motorcycle parking lot right across the street from
the track and parked there for free!

As we walked toward the track entrance we found a scalper
who was going to sell us a ticket for $30, which is $10 cheaper
than the lowest price entrance fee.  Just after I handed him
$40, a fan walked up behind us offering a free ticket.  In the
blink of an eye, Michie snatched the $40 from the scalper's
hand!  She then got the free ticket from the race fan.  
Immense - free tickets and free parking!
As we walked into the speedway, we saw the last lap of a race.  
Michie paid $5 for a frozen lemonade.

You can't get to Gasoline Alley as they have it blocked off.
We went around to the back of the garage area and got in there.

Along the way I saw this grandstand in the infield that appeared
to be a great place to sit.  I imagine those are reserved seating.  
I'm not sure what this stand is called.

We entered the garage area and quickly checked out some of
the motorcycle vendors.  
We sat in section 52 in the top row and IN THE SHADE!  
The temp was in the 90's and there was a little breeze.  

American Ben Spies won the pole position.

He led the race until about lap 8 when he
got passed at the end of the front straight
by Spaniard Dani Pedrosi.  

Pedrosi maintained the lead to the end of
the race.  

The track was hot and slick and three
drivers, including Casey Stoner slid off.


There were only 62,000 people there
today.  Attendance is down again.  

Michael Jordan was here today.
I saw that the last row of garages were blocked off - I
think that is where the MotoGP garages are.
I ran into my friend Mark.  He had just gotten off work
in one of the garages.  He accompanied us over to the
Tower Terrace.  I grabbed a hamburger and a beer for
$10 on the way.

A WWII bomber did a low fly by.
I could turn around and see some of
the infield too.
We got there just in time for the start of the MotoGP race.

The bikes are super loud as they raced through the canyon of
stands.  I would say it is at least as loud as the IndyCars.
I didn't take my good camera today, only my little Nikon Coolpix.

Luckily we have some nice photos from my friend BW who sat in the
Terrace Tower Suites above us:
The day for many was marred by a terrible
accident that happened in the morning.  A young
motorcycle racer was killed during a warm-up lap
for the MD250H race.  His name is Peter Lenz,
he is 13 years old and from the State of
Washington.   RIP little dude.
The race is 28 laps and there are no pit
stops, so the race only lasted around 35
minutes.

Traffic was a little slow getting out.  They
routed us down 25th street.  Eventually we
made our way to 38th street and caught
I-465 home.

We had a little party and watched the
MotoGP race on TV twice.
DAN'S PHOTO JOURNALS