|Indianapolis 500 Practice Day
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BW, Keith and I headed out to the track on a hot and sunny weekday in May 1984.
BW is my oldest friend.
We drove in BW's Mustang II, which was his first car.
This is a view of the turn 1 infield as we were driving into the track
from the 16th Street entrance.
We parked near Turn 1 in the infield and hung out.
We drank Budweiser and Keith had Miller Lite.
Not sure if I was 21 yet, but I know BW wasn't.
Sigh. Remember when the Turn 1 infield was open to fans and not part of a road course?
We tossed around a football.
I imagine the bleachers are
where the SW Vista is now.
With the only girls there leaving, we were left to just watch the cars practice.
The Pace Car was the Pontiac Fiero Turbo GT.
I thought they looked cool and I went to the dealership to check them
out. I was shocked to see they cost $18,000.
A new Mustang turbo GT at the time was $10,000.
Needless to say, I stuck with Mustangs.
Ha! BW had a mustache. He hasn't had one since.
NOTES ABOUT THE 1984 RACE:
I don't know who most of these entries are.
Why? Because back in 1984 there was 117 entries!
Even Formula 1 team Ligiers entered a car of their own
design for Kevin Cogan.
Most of the starters drove March chassis powered by a
This race was Michael Andretti's first Indy 500.
He would qualify 3rd. Michael and I are the same age.
Rick Mears won his 2nd Indy 500 with an average speed of
163.612 mph. That broke the record set all the way back in
1972 by Mark Donohue who had a speed of 162.962 mph
There were a few other people in the 1st Turn infield.
I remember that black Tshirt - " Ardizzone & Nally Gym", where I had a membership.
You can see by my big muscles that I was an avid weight lifter.