GMR Grand Prix Race Day

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As I type, I can still say “Good Morning” from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This morning, we deviated from our normal routine. I know that change is normally bad, but since we had to deal with my primitive laptop internet issues yesterday, we never got a chance to go and explore the grounds. Instead of scurrying to the IMS Media Center and putting up a post, we immediately went to the Garage Area to check things out.

We met up with a few friends and the next thing we knew, it was time for the morning warm-up. We headed for the pits and took in practice from there.

After all these years, I’m still not used to cars going the other direction. For the Indianapolis 500, the top teams are generally congregated in the south end of the pits. Out of habit, we immediately migrated to the south. Eventually we doubled back and headed north where the top qualifying teams from the last race were located. My question is – does that go back to Texas or to St. Petersburg, where the last actual qualifying took place?

I grabbed a few shots while there. Jimmie Johnson pulled into his pit for a quick moment, so I was able to snap that. I also caught Jack Harvey coming in at the end of the session – first as he was climbing out of the car, and then being interviewed by NBC.

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Harvey Pits

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As far as the warm-up went, not a whole lot happened – and that’s a good thing. No one has to thrash a car together to get t ready for this afternoon’s race. Rinus VeeKay was the fastest car this morning with a quick time of 1:10.5598. Alex Palou, Scott Dixon, Josef Newgarden and Ed Jones filled out the Top-Five. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Simon Pagenaud, Conor Daly, Jack Harvey and Graham Rahal rounded out the Top-Ten.

Coverage for the race starts in about thirty minutes. Here are a few pictures from this morning that Susan took this morning. She is the real photographer with the real camera. I just take them with my phone.

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Wickens

Ok, we are heading back out for the race. We will be back with a wrap-up afterward.

George Phillips

2 Responses to “GMR Grand Prix Race Day”

  1. Rick Johnson Says:

    George, at some point, I’d love to hear your impressions of all the upgrades to IMS made by Roger Penske.

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