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The Platypus
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
INDY 500 Race Day
Sunday - May 25, 2003
I had 3 friends visiting for race weekend - E.T., Jay and
Betty.

I had lined up 4 tickets in the top row of the N.E. Vista.

Unfortunately, we only ended up with 3 tickets.

I decided to be the one that sat by themselves.

I
hooked up with a race fan who reads this web page
and he sold me a Stand E ticket.  Cool!  1st Turn!

I was
too excited to sleep last night and didn't get to
bed  until late.

My three guests though managed to go to bed at a
respectable time and were up early and on their way

to the speedway at 8 a.m.

Yours truly arose at 9:30 and left the house at 10 a.m.
The race starts at 11 this year....

I decided to ride the shuttle busses from downtown to
reach the track. I had not used those in 10 years or more.
I parked easily in a garage and caught a bus which
transported me and several others to the corner of
Georgetown and 16th and Crawfordsville Rd.
The Stealth bomber flew over my head as I walked toward
the speedway. Very cool. One wonders what it uses for
propulsion as the bottom is flat and there is no indication of
jet engines. (It happens that the jet engines are on top of
the aircraft. This is one of the features that make it a
stealth: the plane hides its own heat signature.)

I reached my seat in section 26, row M in time to catch the
start of the race. Unfortunately I missed all the opening
ceremonies.
ENTERING TURN 1
LOTS OF PEOPLE SAT ALONG THE
VIEWING HILL IN TURN 1 INFIELD
EXITING TURN 1 AND HEADING
TOWARD TURN 2
ROBBIE BUHL HAD SEVERAL MISHAPS DURING THE
DAY, INCLUDING THIS SPIN WHILE EXITING THE PITS.
Sammy's engine let go on lap 194
GIL DE FERRAN TAKING HIS VICTORY LAP WITH HIS
FAMILY IN THE PACE CAR... er VEHICLE.
It would have been embarassing if Gil would have
fallen off that truck and gotten hurt. They should have
removed the pickup cover.
THE BACK OF THE IMS TICKET OFFICE
Race fans are allowed to cross out of the infield at this spot after the race is over.
The race ended at 2:15pm. I took my time leaving the
stands, then browsed some of the race trailers across
the street. Penske had some good looking shirts.

I made my way toward the shuttle busses. There was
a big line that moved fairly quickly. The bus had me
back to my car fairly quickly, but not near as fast as it
had gotten me to the track. I was back home by 4:15.
We cooked out and watched the Indianapolis telecast
of the race at 7 pm. It was a good race on tv and live.
Dan's Race Journals
DAN'S PHOTO JOURNALS