Aug 25, 2008
We watch much of the action from the infield fence
. Qualifying results in the usual jockeying for position but seems to end up with Rossi on pole, Stoner second and Hayden third. I'm happy to see Nicky on the front row and we're walking away from the fence when we discover that, at the last second, Lorenzo edged Hayden out of third. So Nicky's going to start the race from the inside of the second row. Qualifying times dropped from yesterday's 1:54's to the 1:40's. That's a lot of time to drop, probably attributable to the combination of no rain today and greater familiarity with the track.
Larry plays tour guide to downtown Indianapolis for me and we wander around before getting dinner and returning home.
Today starts out sunny, but I've learned not to trust the weather around here. As it turns out the sun sticks around for the entire day. Larry and I watch most of practice and qualifying from one of the fences in the infield. I did get reserved seats and am happy with their location. There's a large video monitor right across from us so we can easily see the action on the rest of the track when the bikes are out of our direct view. We're right in front of turn 1 with a good view of the infield turns 2, 3 and 4. Turn 1 is a very gradual 140 mph sweeping left-hand turn that takes the riders off the oval and into the infield. Turns 2 and 3 are slower 90 degree right-handers and turn 4 is a very slow left-hand hairpin that returns riders to the oval. Turn 2 seems to be a problem for many of the smaller bikes who appear to be carrying too much speed through turn 1 to negotiate turn 2 and many of them low-side into the grass.