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Indy 500 Practice
Thursday May 10th 2007
Today's weather was beautiful.  I showed up around noon when practice started.
I parked out in Turn 3 by the viewing hill.  Grabbing only my camera, I rode the
tram up to the Pagoda and hiked over to Gasoline Alley.  Mike was the only
Alley Cat there and I hung out there for an hour and took some photos of cars
and drivers as they passed by.
Davey Hamilton (right) and his car (above)
Ryan Briscoe
AJ Foyt IV
Danica Patrick and her husband Paul
I heard some guys in the garage area
(on the right) begin chanting "Bike Rookie,
Bike Rookie.."

The guy on the bike made it another 3 feet,
when he was stopped by a yellow shirt who
informed him he could not ride the bike out
of the garage area.

His friends laughed at his return, saying
"That wasn't embarrassing was it?"
If these 20 year-olds wonder what they will look
like in a few years with all their tattoos, take a
I'm not sure who this was, but she was
definitely hot enough to be a race car
driver's girlfriend.

Note: a reader wrote me and told me:
"She is in fact Dan Weldon's sometime
squeeze and former WISH-TV sports
anchor... Nicole Manske!

I have a shot of her where we actually
asked to turn around and smile for us!!!!
She said, "Why do you want a picture of me?"

I said, "Because you are smokin!!!!"
Going back to the garage...
Milka Duno leaving the pits.
Sarah Fisher leaving the track with her
car and crew
There were lots of kids at the track today
on field trips.
He is driving for Rahal Letterman Racing
this year.
Turn One Infield Viewing Hill
I climbed to the top of the F1 Garage area, then walked up
and down the pit lane, taking photos.

I was hungry and thirsty, so I caught the tram back to my car
at Turn Three.

I broke out my cooler and lawn chair and moved to the hill.
My cooler served as a good foot stool.  I sat back and
relaxed with a beer and a smoke.

It was 85 degrees and a little breezy.

There were some hazy clouds and some fluffy clouds scattered
about the bright blue sky.  The stands blocked the view of
anything else in the city.   Just me, the sky and the track.

There was not many cars practicing during the heat of mid-
afternoon.  The largest PA speaker system in the world
played some nice rock selections when no car was on track.

I was very relaxed and quite happy.  There is no other place  
I would have rather been this afternoon.    

This is the life!
Bombardier has a new logo on the pagoda tower
A large bathroom building that is in the Turn 4
infield has not been used in a few years because
it is now surrounded by the Formula One track.

I spotted chairs atop it today.  I heard it called the
Lite Beer Party Deck.   I wonder who will get to sit
I noticed something very cool for the
fans along the pit lane.  The fencing
has large holes which you can stick
camera lenses through.   I think they
have remved a secondary fence that
used to be there.
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