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Indianapolis 500 POLE DAY
May 19, 2012
Ron and I parked on Main Street, close to 16th Street
at 4pm for free in 3-hour-limit parking.  

I could not find Jack n Cokes today so we settled for
some wine cooler.  

We made it to some penthouse seats at exactly
4:30pm to catch the Fast Nine Qualifying.  
My timing continues to be amazing... :-)

I sat in B Penthouse, Sect 25, Row B,  seat 7 -
excellent view.
Marco Andretti qualified
on the inside of Row 2.

I would have liked to see
the Corvette ZR1 race
around, but it never
budged.
We've had nothing but sunshine this week,
but the temperature has progressively been
rising and today it hit 88.  I was glad I was in
the shade.

Ryan Briscoe soon captured the pole with an
average 4-lap speed of 226.484.

James Hinchcliffe came out and almost hit
227 on his first lap.  The crowd went wild.
But each lap, he got slower and slower until
he lost the pole position by a split second.
I was at the far end of B Penthouse.
Here you can see where it butts up against
E Penthouse.

We're a few rows lower.
Interestingly, B Penthouse has folding
metal chairs unlike all the other stands
which have bleachers.
Sit in the wrong seat and you can have
a pole blocking the front straight for
you.
It may be blurry but I was proud to even
capture the car in the frame.

This was Josef Newgarden speeding by me
at 225 mph.
We bought a couple of Bloody Marys from the Penthouse snack bar.  They were great!

At the conclusion of qualifying, we got right out and to the car quickly and
encountered no traffic jams.

We later ate turf and surf at
Hal's Fabulous Vegas in Greenwood.  It was delicious!
This picture was taken from E stand sect
15.

NTB (National Tire & Battery) have a huge
advertisemnt painted in the 1st Turn grass.

There was a good size crowd out today.
This HUGE Air Force jet flew over.
It was so big that it looked like it was
going slow.

Its landing gear and flaps were coming
down.
DAN'S PHOTO JOURNALS