DAN'S 2014 INDY 500 PHOTOS
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RACE DAY
Indy 500
May 25, 2014
ET woke me up at 8:30am.  I found it difficult to sleep last
night as I was really wound up.

DR showed up at 9am intending to go with Ron, ET and I,
but Ron was running late, so he left with Michie and Steve,
who stopped by on their way to the track to pick up an
extra ticket.

We finally headed to the track at 10:42 a.m.  Since there
were three of us, I couldn't drive the Vette.

We hit a little traffic on 10th street.  We were soon parked
off of 16th Street and Presto Ave in someone’s yard for
$20.  Pretty close to the track.  It was a beautiful sunny day.

We walked in,  I bought a hotdog.  We walked up to our
seats at the top of the South Vista Deck, Section 2.  We
heard all the songs.  This year is supposed to be Jim
Nabor’s last trip to Indy to sing “Back Home Again in
Indiana”.  DR wasn’t there, so we figured he was going to
sit with Michie and we'd have a little extra space.  
However, he soon showed up and squeezed in.
The race ran uninterrupted for 150 laps before the first caution!

I only brought my camcorder today and the still shots on this
page were taken from the video.

With only 25 laps to go, James Hinchcliffe slid into Ed Carpenter
who was running in third place who surely had a chance to win!
It happened in Turn 1 and I caught it on film.  The video is below:
PARADE LAP
I had garage passes and I wanted to get Jacques
Villeneuve's autograph.  So I left before the end of the race
to head to the garage area.  Ron went with me.  

We heard over the loudspeaker that Ryan Hunter-Reay won.  
We watched from the infield of Turn 1 as he drove by after
winning.

So, we got to the garages shortly after the finish.  

I was very surprised that the area was so empty.  There were
only a few teams slowly bringing their cars back.  There was
no excitement among the race teams, just tiredness and
chagrin.
Video of Hinchcliffe and Carpenter crash during Indy 500.
I found JVs garage finally and hung out in front of it.  The sun beat
down on me making me sweat. Ron rested over by a wall in the
shade.

I was wearing my Renault F1 shirt from 1997 – the year JV won the F1
World Driver’s Championship.  I also had on a matching turquoise and
yellow race hat.  

Eventually I saw JV walking toward me with a few people including his
wife.  I gave Ron my camcorder and had him film me getting JV to
sign my hat.  
Eventually JV came out and signed stuff for fans.

Ron and I then walked around the garages looking for ET
and DR who had texted Ron that they were there now.  By
the time we located them, the garage area had filled up with people.
Sage Karam's car
Marco Andretti's car
I was ready to leave, but then noticed that the hat JV has signed was
not his, but in fact  Fernando Alonso's!  Dang it!

Anyway, I decided to get something else signed.  I had brought a
postcard of JV's Indy 500 win from 1995.  Ron also said he'd like his
ticket stub signed.  So I returned to waiting in the sun while watching JV
in the garage talking with owner Sam Schmidt.

I seemed to wait a long time.  Fans began filtering in and a crowd
formed around me also waiting to see JV, including this hottie:
Wow, look at me, standing by one of my favorite drivers of all time, Jacques Villeneuve.
JV won  the 1995 Indy 500 and CART Championship.  
He then went to Formula 1 where he won the World Drivers Championship in 1997
Friends that went with me today - Ron, D.R. and E.T.
CARS RETURNING TO THE GARAGES
After awhile, we left and walked back to the car and drove home,
stopping at a grocery store to buy food for a cook out.
Girls showed up and we partied in the back yard and never
did watch the broadcast.  (The Indy 500 is not shown live in central
Indiana, but broadcast later around 7 pm.)
Sometimes we wear wacky shirts to the 500.  I thought E.T.'s shirt was a funny
picture of president Obama.  Nope.  It's Getty Lee from the band Rush with an afro.   
I don't get it either.  
There's always a long row of motorcycles inside the garage area.  This white bike was the funkiest.
Jacques Villeneuve's car shows the dirt after 500 miles.
Sage Karam greeting fans.