INDIANAPOLIS: INDY 500 - CARB DAY
Trip Start Apr 01, 2013
89Trip End Jun 28, 2013
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Loaded with beer, Jack and fine food, I made my to the bus stop where I was to catch the bus to the track. I had the cowboy hat on to make sure I blended in with the rednecks at the track but still got some funny looks walking to the bus stop.
I waited about 35 minutes before the bus finally showed up and ended up sitting in front of a hillbilly with a black eye and cut up face. After he started talking to me, I could see why he had his injuries. He kept asking me what part of Australia, New Zealand was in
The bus dropped me off 9 blocks from the track. Handy. It was only about a 25 minute walk. I picked up my tickets to Carb Day, tomorrow's Legends Day and for the main race on Sunday. I also had a VIP Pass to the 'Snake pit' which is where the sights are and the carnage occurs inside the track on Sunday.
Indy cars were already roaring around the track in the final practice session. I went under the track via a tunnel to the inside and immediately was blown away by the noise of the cars and size of the track. Bloody impressive,
Scott Dixon, in his number 9 car, had been battling for pace recently but he and his teammate, Dario Franchitti, will both be starting from the middle of the pack on Sunday. Their Hondas showed their muscle today though during the practice session with Scott Dixon clocking in fourth fastest with a speed of 224.87mph and his team mate doing well also. Jesus, that's quick.
With the practice session over and done with, I decided to have a look around the merchandise area and got a Scott Dixon t-shirt for the big race
I caught a free shuttle to the other side of the inner track where the tailgate parties were in full swing. It was pretty impressive and has to be seen to be believed. There were pick-up trucks, cars, bbq's, flags, games, oil wrestling pools, huge stereo systems and plenty of drunk people staggering around.
I spent an hour wandering around just watching before coming across a bloke called Chris wearing a Scott Dixon shirt, similar to the one I had purchased. He had a huge extendable flag pole attached to his truck with a checkered flag and a beer flag flying. I walked up to him and his crew of about 15 and said that as he was a Scott Dixon fan, he should have a New Zealand flag flying. He said he didnt have one so I said, "here's one I prepared earlier" :).
Five minutes later it was up the flagpole.
I hung with Chris and his crew for a few hours, having a few laughes, some hot dogs and some turkey burgers. They were bloody well prepared. We were joined by another kiwi from Cromwell who was with a tour party and who had seen the flag. He hung around for a couple of beers before buggering off to look for his mates.
I retrieved the flag and met a few other people throughout the afternoon including a family of 6 rednecks from Michigan while on my way to the other side of the track to see Poison who were playing. They loved my accent which I said I had had all my life and asked me if I wanted a lift in one of the 2 pedi-cabs they'd hailed
Me and the red-necks pushed our way through the masses to get a good position. After a while, they decided to try and get a bit closer to the front which I was not keen on as I had my pack and cooler with me, so I ditched them.
Poison came on and played all their big hits with Brett Michaels strutting around the stage like a peacock. They were good but the sound could have been better and definitely louder.
After the show I started the big walk back to the bus stop. On the way I called into what appeared to be biker bar and sat out the front yarning with a few jokers and checking out some awesome Harleys.
I pushed off and caught my bus back into town and wandered back to the apartment.
And I get to do it all again tomorrow :)
Over and out !