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U.S. Grand Prix ~ F1 Practice
Friday June 18, 2004

A lot of people showed up today for practice. I tried entering off of 16th street, but they said the lot was full. So I drove around to Gate 7 on Georgetown road and they let me pull my car in to park. I parked right by one of the new infield stands, the stand I will be sitting in for the race. Here are some pics of the F1 cars from these seats.

Takuma Sato got tangled up with Massa in turn 1.

After the 2nd F1 practice, I moved over to the other new set of stands over by the museum. Both sets of stands consist of 20 sections and the top row is GG (33 rows).

Here are some of the Porsches that are racing this weekend.

I eventually wandered over to the Tower Terrace. They have every entrance to the tower terrace blocked off except one, so I had to do some walking to find it. There was only 1 other person there. Although it was late in the day and the F1 guys were gone, there was still some people across the track in the Paddock. There was also a band playing behind the tower.

They're still working on the finishing touches on the Award Platform

A new type of series has arrived at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway called the Formula BMS USA series. Here they are coming out for practice.

Juan Pablo Montoya's little brother, Fedrico, is competing in the series. Also Bobby Rahal's 15 y/o son, Graham! Maybe we'll see him in the Infiniti Pro Series before too long.

It was a beautiful sunny day, but it did get pretty hot - about 85 degrees.

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