Thursday, May 5, 2011

It's Official.

We got our 4-day tent permit for Lot 2 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the mail on Saturday!  Along with the permit were a couple of very helpful brochures about shower facilities, ice and water availability, and the details of camping rules and regulations.  The Speedway's website lists Lot 2's atmosphere as "family festive" so I think we will have a great time.  And after all we won't be spending a great deal of time there except to sleep, there's so much going on at the track!

We plan to arrive and set up our campsite some time on Thursday the 26th.  If the gates are open we may walk over (right across the street BOOYAH) and just look around.  Then eat supper and relax, trying to get a good night's sleep to get ready for Carb Day on Friday.

Carb Day sounds exciting!  The last practice session for the Indy 500, plus an Indy Lights race and the pit stop competition.

There's a free concert on Carb Day afternoon, but the band(s) aren't really our taste in music so we'll take in the Museum and maybe drive downtown so I can show the kids Monument Circle, the War Memorial, and some of the other sights of my old home town.

Saturday is A.J. Foyt Day, with autograph opportunities (I have decided that I MUST have Takuma Sato's autograph) and all kinds of other fun stuff. I also plan to take a ticket stub from last year's race just in case I'm lucky enough to get to the head of Dario Franchitti's autograph line! Fortunately the day winds down at the track at just the time when we'll need to be heading over to St. Christopher parish in Speedway for Mass.

At some point over the weekend I'll be meeting up with the recipient of the Centennial Socks I started on Sunday - I'm past the heel and gusset decreases on sock #1 and may be able to finish it by this Saturday night. Can't wait to see what kind of swag I'll receive in barter for the socks!

I promise to take lots of pictures, and I'll even find people to take photos with me in them (I only have two pictures from last year's race that are of me, and one of them was taken with my phone).  This is a year to remember!

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