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May 31, 2010 - Human tide
A spectacle in itself Monday When we arrived at Speedway, Indiana 26 days ago the Wilcox Manufactured Home Park had few other residents. The fields that surround it were empty too. Georgetown Road, the street that separates the campground from the speedway, is a busy thoroughfare, but it was easy to cross even at the rush hour. Looking around, you knew that everything would fill up soon, but until it happens the size and pressure of the crowd is hard to imagine. The tide trickled in slowly at first, then built with a sudden rush that filled...Jump to full entry
May 28, 2010 - 'Carb Day'?
The Indy Lites are on track for the 'Freedom 100' Friday It's been a while since race cars had carburetors, but when they did Indy set aside a day before the race so crews could make last minute adjustments to them. The tradition remains even if the carburetors don't. Today was that day, and in the absence of any carburetors to adjust a pit stop competition was scheduled along with a race. The race was the Indy Lites Freedom 100, a hundred mile race that on this track takes less than an hour. Indy Lites are a smaller version of regular Indy...Jump to full entry
May 23, 2010 - Uniformity
and a sleek dash of non-conformity Sunday morning, May 23, 2010 Madolyn is never bored or boring, and she finds something of interest in every situation. As we wandered the Speedway grounds today she turned her attention to photographing the various team uniforms and logos. It was a good time to pay attention to uniforms because today was Armed Forces Day at the track and the military was out in force, wandering the grounds and enjoying themselves. The army had two all-terrain vehicles on display, and near them was a slick experimental car...Jump to full entry
May 23, 2010 - Bump Day
A lot of drama at the end of the day! Sunday afternoon At noon we headed for the grandstands. Today was ‘Bump Day’ and it promised to be exciting. There are 37 cars entered this year and only 33 will start the race. The top 24 qualified on Saturday. The goal today was to fill the nine remaining spots in the starting line-up - then it would get crazy. First car out was John Andretti who qualified with ease. He was followed by Sarah Fisher who qualified faster than Danica Patrick but had to settle for a position in the bottom nine for not...Jump to full entry
May 22, 2010 - Pole Day
A day of hot laps and hard decisions Saturday morning We started the day early and the crowd came early too. Today they had the grandstands across from the Pagoda open so we sat there. It turned out to be a good place to watch because after each driver qualified they did a posed photo shoot in front of the Pagoda. We had a pretty good view of it, even if we were 100 yards away. We also had a good view of the pits, but there wasn’t much going on there for the first stage of the event. For the first stage runs drivers and cars lined up at the...Jump to full entry
May 22, 2010 - Shoot-out!
With the Pole and $175,000 at stake it's time to rumble Saturday afternoon By 4:00 the nine fastest qualifiers in order were, Helio Castroneves, Will Power, Alex Tagliani, Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon, Graham Rahal, Hideki Mutoh, Ryan Briscoe and Ed Carpenter. Townsend Bell was just out of the group in 10th place. Of the five women entered, four made qualifying runs and three of them qualified in the top 24. Sarah Fisher never got out on the track, but Ana Beatriz, Simona de Silvestro and Danica Patrick qualified 21st, 22nd and 23rd...Jump to full entry
May 19, 2010 - TrackFacts
We’re never too old for a good 'Education Station' Wednesday Today we got to the track early enough to split another Elephant Ear. While we ate it we were surrounded by kids. Kids of every age, size, color and description. Kids walking, kids running, there were even kids in wheelchairs. The schools were out in force. It seemed to be ‘kids day’ at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - making this lively place all the livelier. The track must have known they were coming because at strategic points around the grounds there were signs announcing...Jump to full entry
May 10, 2010 - our 'Hood'
It ain’t fancy but it can be exciting! Today we took a walk to the track, down 16th street to the Main Gate a half mile away. We’d been hearing cars running all morning and we wanted to see what was going on. It turned out to be not much - a few ‘2 seaters’ giving rides around the track to anyone rich enough at $500 bucks a pop, to indulge their fantasy at the risk of tossing up their lunch. It was tempting but about $400 bucks out of reach. We’d been wanting to go to the track anyway, to take a Hall of Fame bus tour and get the feel of the...Jump to full entry
May 9, 2010 - Hot air Cold air
a Tale of 2 Races Saturday The 34th running of the Indianapolis OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini Marathon was scheduled to coincide this year with the IMS Centennial Era Balloon Festival Founders Race. Both races were to take place on the morning of Saturday, May 8, and both were using the facilities of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. One race got off as planned. The other did not. Billed as the biggest half marathon in America, and the fifth largest running event in the country, for the past nine years the Mini has sold out with 35,000...Jump to full entry