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INDY 500 CARB DAY
Friday, May 24, 2013
It was around 1 p.m. and we could hear the Indy Lights
race start.  We went and sat in the SE Vista of Turn 2 to
watch this race.

Carlos Munoz, who qualified in the middle of the front
row for the Indy 500, also qualified on the front row for
this race, the Freedom 100.  He was leading,
but three cars were right on his tail.

On the last lap (lap 40) the other cars went to pass each
other and as they headed down the front straight toward
the checkered flag - they were 4 wide!  It was a photo
finish!  The crowd went wild.  Who has ever seen this
before?  Munoz ended up 4th and rookie Peter
Dempsey won.
I had a small party at my house last night.  Tim, Tony,
Lynn, Holly, DR  and Jerome came over.  E.T. showed
up from Michigan during it!  We partied and jammed,  
We got the guitar and bongos out too.  We had a lot of
fun.  The living room furniture was slept on by others
and poor ET slept on the hardwood floor.
Pre-Carb Day Party
Surprisingly, we awoke pretty early and pain free.
When Ron showed up, the three of us headed for the track.  
It was kind of cold out.  We lucked out and got the last
parking spot in the Crane lot south of the track.

As we walked in, we saw a cool Batmobile on 16th Street!
Watching Indy Lights race from low in SE Vista
My friend BW rented a 15-passenger van to
bring his daughter's friends as she was
celebrating her 21st birthday.  We were able to
find them and hang out with them for the Poison
concert.

We stood far in the back and could not see the
band and we could barely hear it.

The band Poison performed today.
We then walked over to the infield Fan Zone.  Chevy
had a big display set up with lots of Corvettes and
Camaros.  Corvette pace cars were on display along
with this year's.  

For the first time, I saw the new 2014 C7 Stingray.  In
fact there was 3 of them.  Very cool.  But I'm not a big
fan of all the vents and was not blown away and luckily,
am still happy with my C6 convertible.  I was kind of
worried that the new Vette would be so much cooler that
I would lose my liking for my Vette.  Nope.
We went to a stage at the back and listened to a
question and answer session with Alex Tagliani and
Bryan Herta.
Q&A with driver Alex Tagliani and car-owner Bryan Herta
Fans try out the 2-seater Indy Car
Fan Zone
We then walked over toward the garages.  

ET said Hi to Mario Andretti as he went by us in a
golf cart.

We saw the winning Indy Lights car.
Baby got back!
Ana Beatriz
There were a lot of old Indy cars lined up along the
F1 garages.
Truly portable portalet
I bought a Bloody Mary.  We wandered on over
toward the Pagoda plaza.  The place was packed
with people.

We walked back to Hulman Blvd and toward the
entrance for the Carb Day concert.  There was a
ton of people.  We hung around outside it and
called our friends, trying to meet up with them.

Some guys pulled a wagon that had a 5-gallon
bucket with a funnel and hose running into it.  They
had erected a round shower curtain around it.  It
was a portable urinal!  How weird.  What prompts
someone to spend their day towing that around?!
These guys behind us were shooting water balloons
through the air with a giant slingshot.  At one point,
the birthday gilr attempted to fire it.
We left a little early to beat the traffic out.

We stopped at the store and bought some food,
including fat rib-eye steaks.  Tim showed up and
helped ET, Ron and I setup for the cook-out.  

Michie, Mason, DR, Russ, Jerome, Monica and Lynn
showed up too.
DR, Mason and Michie went hot tubbing.

We watched the Eastern Finals of the NBA where the
Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat in Miami. Yea!  

At midnight, I went to bed, leaving ET, Ron, Lynn and
Jerome playing darts out in the garage until late.  Ron
said he was the last man standing.
Cookout back at my hose for my Carb Day friends
IndyCar video game
Alaina's friends were dressed like her.