Track Day at IMS May 15, 2013

Posted on May 25, 2013

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Every year my husband and I pick a day to got out to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the week of practice.

Armed with camera, garage passes and  a shirt to capture autographs, we head out early enough to get out here when the garages open to the public. This year was a beautiful day! I did bring sunscreen, but i should have put it on soon. I got a nice set of racing stripes from the day!

Going to practice and getting into the garages is one of my favorite days of the years. It is always such an adventure to see who you will see, who will sign your item and what well-known people you will run into while watching the race teams get ready for qualifications. The energy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a magic that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. I am very fortunate to have the ability to experience it close up. The Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Hulman-George family have done a wonderful job of providing and maintaining such an enchanting and glorious venue.

 

Here are some of the highlights of our day. I will caption some of them. If you have a question about something, please comment and I will let you know what it is. Enjoy a day of practice via our track side, garage tour view.

 

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View of the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course

View of the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

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Testing air pressure in Indianapolis 500 tires

Testing air pressure in Indianapolis 500 tires

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Tony Kanaan and Simona DiSilvestro

Tony Kanaan and Simona DiSilvestro

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Michael Andretti and Amber

Michael Andretti and Amber

Garage signs still to be put up on the garages.

Garage signs still to be put up on the garages.

Everything has to be waxed and shiny.

Everything has to be waxed and shiny.

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This is the car that had the paint fly off of it during practice. They had to take the shiny blue paint off of it.

This is the car that had the paint fly off of it during practice. They had to take the shiny blue paint off of it.

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Chuckie, the official paperman of Indianapolis Motor Speeway

Chuckie, the official paperman of Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Taping a racer's seat.

Taping a racer’s seat.

Pippa Mann.. she snuck out without giving autographs.

Pippa Mann.. she snuck out without giving autographs.

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Ed Carpenter's car before he won the pole at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2013

Ed Carpenter’s car before he won the pole at Indianapolis Motor Speedway 2013

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Butler Bulldog's mascots Blue II and Blue III

Butler Bulldog’s mascots Blue II and Blue III

Scott Goodyear's autograph...score!!

Scott Goodyear’s autograph…score!!

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The Pagoda looking magnificent in the Indiana May sky.

The Pagoda looking magnificent in the Indiana May sky.

You can easily find help at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

You can easily find help at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Super Bowl furniture is reused at the VIP suite at Victory Lane in Indianapolis.

Super Bowl furniture is reused at the VIP suite at Victory Lane in Indianapolis.

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Firestone tires at Indy marked with red and yellow so the tire changers know which side to put them on.

Firestone tires at Indy marked with red and yellow so the tire changers know which side to put them on.

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Bringing in a new backend.

Bringing in a new backend.

1957 UPS truck

1957 UPS truck

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My Sally Hanson nail polish decals are awesome! I got so many compliments on them, including from car owner Sarah Fisher!

My Sally Hanson nail polish decals are awesome! I got so many compliments on them, including from car owner Sarah Fisher!

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No matter what age, you can enjoy some good food on the Pagoda Plaza at IMS.

No matter what age, you can enjoy some good food on the Pagoda Plaza at IMS.

Dave Furst daughter eating chicken nugget at IMS Pagoda Plaza.

Dave Furst daughter eating chicken nugget at IMS Pagoda Plaza.

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Fuzzy's Triple Crown Trophy

Fuzzy’s Triple Crown Trophy

She pretended to do it...she would not actually kiss the dirty bricks!

She pretended to do it…she would not actually kiss the dirty bricks!

Dave Calabro (voice of the 500) and Charlie

Dave Calabro (voice of the 500) and Charlie

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Ryan Brisco was so wonderful and gracious with Rebecca. She is a young fan who already has 8 autographs from Ryan. She LOVES him. He was so nice to her and she was over the moon!

Ryan Brisco was so wonderful and gracious with Rebecca. She is a young fan who already has 8 autographs from Ryan. She LOVES him. He was so nice to her and she was over the moon!

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Graham Rahal

Graham Rahal

The attire is always fun to see.

The attire is always fun to see.

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EJ Viso

EJ Viso

A big way to advertise.

A big way to advertise.

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Someone must be hot!

Someone must be hot!

A new wing of IU hospital on 16th street.

A new wing of IU hospital on 16th street.

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