Day Two – Carburetion Day

Trip Start May 27, 2011
Trip End May 30, 2011

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Friday, May 27, 2011

I went to bed early last night so I could be up early today. There is Indy Car practice today and an Indy Lights race at noon. This is the last practice session before race day for the Indy Cars.  In the old days (1970's and earlier), the practice was done to tune the car and their carburetors.  That is how it became known as Carburetion Day.  Now days, they have fuel injection instead of carburetors, but the name stayed because of tradition.  It has been officially shortened to Carb Day.

We left a little later than we wanted.  We arrived just in time for the Indy Cars to start their practice.  We first sat within a few rows of the track.  We were so close that we could almost touch them.  One of the things about being at the track for the race, rather than watch it on TV, is not only seeing the action, but smelling and feeling it.  They seemed so slow at first.  It was cold out, so they were probably being on the safe side.  We moved to the upper deck to get a better view.  By this time, they were up to speed.  There were several packs of cars.  Every several laps, you could see someone passing a car or two in front of us.

After the practice, I saw a message on the back of the camera when I was taking a picture.  It said there was no memory card in the camera.  I took it out to transfer the pictures to the computer.  I forgot to put it back in the camera!  I was not happy!

Before the Indy Lights race, I got a Bloody Mary and a pretzel.  I was hungry, but I must have been thirstier, because I had another Bloody Mary!  The Indy Lights had a 100 mile race.  It was very competitive at the front.  There was a lead change almost every lap.  But once they started having cautions, they just kept coming!  I bet half of the race was run under yellow.

Once the action on the track was over, we went to the museum.  The only cars they had in the main areas of the museum were previous Indy 500 winners.  There are a few from the very early days that are lost or were wrecked and discarded, but most of the winners were in the museum.  You could see a few spots where the cars were removed.  They will be used in the parade the morning of the 500.

On the way out, mom and dad were moving slowly.  I think they were tired from all of the walking we did.  A guy with a golf cart came by and asked if we wanted a ride.  I think mom was really happy for that ride.

Several years ago, I saw that the Indy Star newspaper was sponsoring an event they called the Carb Night Berger Bash.  They would have several drivers visit and talk.  They would have some give-aways and an auction.  I wanted to attend and I brought mom and dad along.  I don't think they were very excited at first.  Once the drivers arrived, they liked it.  We had Pippa Mann, Randy Bernard (CEO of Indy Car), Simona DiSilvestro, and Dan Weldon.  Their talks were very interesting.  We enjoyed them.  We left before a three-time winner (probably Helio Castro-Neves) and Tony Kanaan arrived.
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