Road America Friday Wrap-Up

I’ve said before that time passes more quickly at a race track, than at any other place on earth. Nowhere does that statement apply more, than at Road America.

After my last post, we went over to the main concession stand in the heart of everything (the one that was one run by St. John the Baptist). Susan got a loaded baked potato and a fresh food tray. I got the far less healthy, but more satisfying brat with German mustard and sauerkraut.


We visited with a couple of friends, then went into the gift shop. The gift shop here always has different items – and it is very reasonable. Once we were done with that, I looked at my watch and it was 3:00 pm – just before the opening IndyCar practice.

At that point, Susan said she’d like to take a nap. Our car was parked under trees, so I took her and she stretched out in the back seat with the windows rolled down. With a cool breeze blowing through and the sounds of race cars droning through the air, it seemed tempting. But I resisted the temptation, left her there and headed to the pits for the start of practice.

While she was napping/resting; Susan got a call from her oncologist. After the battery of tests she went through for the past two weeks – her doctor told her the laparoscopic  final test showed that she is still cancer-free, and no spread to the liver as they feared. That makes this weekend even more enjoyable.

As for practice, Alexander Rossi picked up where he left off in Detroit. No matter what other challenges came from other drivers, his name stayed at or near the top for most of the session. At the end, Rossi stayed on top with a time of 1:45.6.27. His Andretti Autosport teammate, Colton Herta, was just a tick slower at 1:45.7361. Marcus Ericsson was third quick, while Will Power and Alex Palou rounded out the Top-Five.

Some surprising times include Helio Castroneves only twenty-fifth quick, Rinus VeeKay was only twenty-second on the time chart, while the two Dale Coyne cars of Takuma Sato and David Malukas were only nineteenth and twentieth respectively. The Rahal cars are still causing a few heads to be scratched. the best they could muster was Christian Lundgaard being thirteenth, followed by Jack Harvey at sixteenth and Graham Rahal in eighteenth.

After practice, I went to go get Susan and we just rode around taking in all of the ambiance that Road America has to offer. She wanted to take a selfie of us celebrating her good news from the doctor.

Golf cart

That will do it for us today. We are going to our traditional Friday night spot in Sheboygan – Majerle’s Black River Grill, which sits just off of Lake Michigan. The wildlife (deer, racoon and fox) show up every night and eat out of the many feeders, giving the diners quite the nightly show. Friday Night Fish Fries are the norm here, and they fry up some very good Walleye.

We will “try” to get here earlier tomorrow for the morning practice at 9:45 CDT, and then qualifying at 12:45 CDT, both on Peacock. Please check back tomorrow.

George Phillips

3 Responses to “Road America Friday Wrap-Up”

  1. Mark Wick Says:

    That’s great news about Susan.

  2. Kessler Maurice Says:

    So thankful to hear of Mrs. Phillips health health check. I’m sure it will
    make the weekend much more enjoyable. Have a great time.

  3. Talón de Brea Says:

    Congratulations, Susan! Have a great weekend, you two.

    The lunch photo made me think that you two should work on a post — or even a freelance “foodie” article — on the “vacation” food out-of-town race attendees eat (at the track and nearby) vs. the highly disciplined, “negative-carb” diet regimens of the drivers. Your research for the article should be fun …

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