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Kerry Wilson



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 8:59 am    Post subject: Indy 500 Reply with quote

Just got back from my 1st Indy 500. Great time, great race, great people (fans)
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My brother and I went 2 years ago and drove back to ATL after the race. That was a long day. It is quite the spectacle in motorsports as they say. The place is huge and there is about every type of individual you ever wanted to see and then some. When the cars aren't running, the golf course is pretty good too. Glad to hear you had a great time.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 9:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

grew up 90 miles from Indy in Cincinnati. Used to go to time trials or race every year starting in 1958 throught 1971.

Used to take 1.5 hours to drive there, 3 hours in linne getting n, 3 hours getting out, 1.5 hours to drive home

One of the better race this year. Some are real boring. They used to maintain their distances during a yellow and paced by a flashing yellow light; would not allow cars to close the gap under yellow for the restart.

Best story: wreck in 1958, when clearing the track, fiberglass boty pieces were thrown off the trck: I watched and a small nose piece went under a pit sign. Dad let me go get it after the race and took it to school for "sharing time" was cool! c
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wished I knew you were going, Darrin, Conner, Josh and Myself were all there. Drove up on Sat morning went to IRP/ORP that night and watched the midgets run, then went to the Big Show on Sunday. We were sitting in turn one about 3/4 the way up had great seats. Looking at going back next year.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Barry, We sat in turn 1, South West Vista stand about 3/4 of the way up. Bet we were close to one another.

Dr. Cheap, In less than 30 minutes after the race, we were on the interstate headed south.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know of 2 other GSKA members that went to Indy.
Daniel White
Steve Frank

Maybe we need to have a GSKA Road Trip to Indy next year.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 9:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, the first thing I need to ‘fess up to is this is not how I typically roll. In five previous races, I camped in a tent in the Coke lot three times, and twice I stayed in hotels that were at least an hour from the city because I couldn’t afford to pay $100+ / night.

I wasn't even planning to go this year, but a week before the race my wife, who has never been to Indy, told me that she got us round-trip flights, two nights in a hotel downtown, and that through a “connection” she managed to obtain entrance INTO ONE OF THE SUITES (I've always been in T3). That was all she would tell me, but said there were “more surprises in store.”

Surprise #1 was truly unexpected, for both of us: our flight Saturday morning was cancelled! The flight they booked us on to replace our cancelled flight involved connecting in Detroit, and my wife adamantly refused, as we had paid for non-stop. So we loaded the car and left Atlanta at 8:30 (after F1 qualifying was over).

Surprise #2 was also unexpected for both of us. An hour south of Atlanta, we called some of our peeps who were also going to the race and were invited to stop in Nashville and take a PRIVATE JET to Indy! The fun was beginning!

We kicked around in Nashville for a few hours before heading to the airport, where we boarded a Cessna Citation @ 8:00 pm. We were in Indy in 50 minutes. When we got off the plane, literally twenty feet away was our ride to the hotel. We got there in time to watch the rest of the Laker game at TGIFridays.

The next morning we were in a 4-car police-escorted motorcade to the track, where we drove straight down the median, past approximately 2 miles of bumper-to-bumper traffic, and drove straight into the track, stopping at THE PAGODA, the 10-story structure at the start-finish line, where race control is. Fifteen minutes from hotel to the middle of the track. I was told we would watch the race from the 8th floor, THE ONLY LEVEL THAT HAD OUTDOOR DECKS. Bam!

We were the first ones there (8:30) and were greeted with a nice breakfast. We hung out for about 45 minutes before the first celebrity showed up—Mark Wahlberg--who was to take a ride in the 2-seater Indycar. We then went down to the track, and cruised up and down pit row for about 30-40 minutes, taking lots of pictures. I even got to take several right on the start-finish line in front of the Borg-Warner trophy and the four vintage racers on display: Ray Harroun’s inaugural winner, A.J. Foyt’s ’61 front-engine winner, Al Unser’s Johnny Lightning Special, and Rick Mears’ ’79 (?) Gould-sponsored Penske. Freaking amazing. We walked up to pit-out and took several shots in front of the two-seater.

We made our way back to the suite, where a few more celebs showed up, including Jewel (she was to sing the National Anthem), Ty Murray, and Mari Hulman-George. Randy Barnes (the new CEO of the league) was there for quite a while. One hour before the start, I left to buy some scanner frequencies, and when I returned Angela was gone. I looked down and saw her standing with Naomi Judd and her husband, and later she stood a few feet away from Tony Kanaan while he was being interviewed. I watched the driver introductions and when the drivers exited, I saw her giving high fives to all the drivers! She’s very much an extrovert. I hurried downstairs to catch up with her, but by the time I got there she was nowhere to be found. The drivers had been given the command to go to their cars, and various stage festivities were about to begin, so I just stayed and watched them. Angela later told me that she followed Dario and Helio ALL THE WAY TO THE FRONT OF THE GRID, and stayed until directed to leave. Got a pic of her posing in front of Dixon’s car.

She soon found me and we watched Jim sing his song, the flyover, taps, and Mari give the command. We hurried upstairs and arrived in time to see the last parade laps and get the scanner situation settled.

About thirty laps into the race Jack Nicholson shows up. He was aloof but generally very interested in the race and stayed almost the entire time. Throughout the race a few more celebrities appeared, including Florence Henderson, Robin Roberts (pace car occupant), several Kardashians and Bruce Jenner (they rode in one of the pace cars to shoot some footage for their show).

After the race, we went downstairs and spent an hour in victory circle, taking pictures. Got several of Dario being interviewed by Jack Arute, Ashley, Ashley and Dario together, Cheap Ganassi, Dan Wheldon, and Robin Miller interviewing Randy Barnes.

Our pilot accompanied us to the race and was a great deal of fun to be around, and on the way back to Nashville he let me ride in the cockpit! That was an incredible treat!
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 10:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

John Wehrheim wrote:
I know of 2 other GSKA members that went to Indy.
Daniel White
Steve Frank

Maybe we need to have a GSKA Road Trip to Indy next year.

Funny Story.. Steve Frank and his crew pulled in right beside us when we were parking at IRP on Saturday night.. how's that for freaky?

FWIW the Night Before the 500 at IRP is much better racing that you see on Sunday, and this year the USF2000 and Star Mazda guys put on a good show before the USAC midgets went on track.

For those of you who have never seen a USAC midget race.. let's just say there's a reason the drivers that come out of that series tend to do well wherever they land. Those guys race every day of the week, all summer, on dirt, on asphalt, big tracks, little tracks.

At about 1050 pounds with driver and 350hp they are quite the rocket:
http://www.toyotaracing.com/motorsports/midget/specs.html

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 11:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Surprise #2 was also unexpected for both of us. An hour south of Atlanta, we called some of our peeps who were also going to the race and were invited to stop in Nashville and take a PRIVATE JET to Indy! The fun was beginning!


"an hour south of Atlanta" no WONDER...you were going the wrong direction: Indy is NORTH! LOL

Midgets: I LOVE them

more backgroud info: In light of Daniels excellent story, WOMEN were not allowed in the pits/gasoline alley until fairly reventley

Gasoline alley is a misnomer since they all do and have always (for a long time?) burned alky

"Indianopolis Motor Speedway" name is a misnomore, "moto" applies to electric, "Engines are gas/diesel dribven (Indy Engine Speedway"

The track is in "Speedway IN, withits own zip code

Track is 2.5 miles around, best place for us everyday people is in the turns: Then you can see the short straight way (:short chute") ONE curve, and down the straight but binoculars help!

They used to allow scaffolding in the infield (the snake pit) and people would pay the the fan scaffolding builder to sit to better see the track, until several scaffolding fell resulting in 2 deaths!

Green cars were never seen since green was considered unlucky, until the british invasion of Britios Green rear engine cars: Good by front mounted 255CI Offy (Offenhauser) 4 cylinders...

Note the stands were not full: it used to be all seats were sold out an for the next year a few hours after the rce ended. Looks llike Indy racy is returning

Kerry-That was great you made it out so quick..greatly improved

I still have an Indy checkered flag from the 50's: sold for 50 cents, while waiting in line to enter or leave: bugged dad for one until he bought it for me

Truly the "Greatest Specticle in Racing"-Should be put on everyboidy's Bucket List, and enjoy the whole WEEKEND of racing! c
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

oops. An hours south of Nashville. My bad!
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