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Indianapolis 500 - Fast Friday
May 20, 2011
We had great weather today for a change.  Sunny and

I drove my Vespa 300 to Speedway around noon.  I cut
through downtown.  I came down 16th in the far left
lane, meaning to get over in one of the right two lanes
so I could pull into the track.  I wasn't paying enough
attention and blew by the entrance.  There was tons
of traffic.  I ended up driving all the way to the
entrance off of Georgetown Rd  (Gate 7?)  and found
out motorcycles have to go to Gate 2, which is the one
I passed by over off of 16th Street.  This all took a
lot of time as there was so much traffic.
It appeared that they were no longer letting any more
cars in unless they had a pass already.  But they always
make room for bikes.

I parked over in motorcycle parking inside the track
by the south short chute.
I headed over to Gasoline Alley and talked to Mike of the
Alley Cats.  He said they had a driver in there yesterday.
Mike and the Alley Cats
hang out By Gasoline Alley
all day in their own fenced in
spot.  Good spot for watching
the girls and cars go by.
Then I hung out in front of the Pagoda for awhile.  
Today brought out many pretty girls.

This was the lowest chopper I've ever seen!

I wore this funny shirt but no one noticed.  
Instead of Scuderia Ferrari, it's Scuderia
Dachshund.  Instead of a Prancing Horse, its a
Prancing Weiner Dog!

Well, its funny to me anyway.

When I got home, I found out I finally got the
tickets I've been wanting - NW Vista Deck!
Woo Hoo!  Then later, some race fan from NJ
contacted me offering me a cold pass to the
pits for race day!!!  Wow, my lucky day!

As I create this page, I'm watching the Mecum
Auction that is going on here in Indianapolis.  
Boy, I'd sure like to go to that.

A lot of things are going on this weekend ... what
to do next?
Princesses - American Style

Princesses must be single girls
enrolled in Indiana colleges.
Then I went back to Gasoline Alley.
Alex Lloyd's car
  Dale Coyne Racing
Mike Conway's car
 Andretti Autosport
Race teams have a little trouble going back and
forth to their garages with all the crowd.
Poor Danica.... she's always surrounded
Oriol Servia
Will Power and Rick Mears
Sebastian Saavedra's car
   Conquest Racing
Dang, I wish I'd had my camera ready when she was coming up the stairs...
BW called me.  He was in the garage area with Tim.  They
had garage/pit passes and Pagoda Terrace suite tickets!

They met up with me and I walked over near the
Winners Circle to take a photo of them up on the tower.  
I turned around and was surprised to see Ana Beatrix
walking right behind me.  I blurted out "Hi!" to her.
I think she smiled.
Check out the rear end of the 2012 IndyCar.
Pretty wild.

I decided to head toward T1
When I saw this, I saw a pose coming up

and thinking quickly, moved around to the rear!
Oh yeah!
I hung out around Turn 1 by my lonesome.  My two
friends apparently didn't plan on sharing their
good fortune with me.  I'm already plotting my
I think these girls were here in support of the
car below - Tomas Scheckter's.
Bruno Junqueira
   - AJ Foyt Racing
Graham Rahal
  - Ganassi
Raphael Matos
       - AFS Racing
Here are some photos BW took today, mainly
from his Pagoda Terrace Suite.
From the photo below, you see that people in the Pagoda can see
through the big picture on the back of the Pagoda.
Can you ever get enough of Danica?

Wow, the Yard of Bricks is continued
right through the Pagoda tower!