We woke Friday morning with a visit from our little friend "BOO," who shows up when the sun is at the right angle on the Silvermine. Seeing Boo in the morning is a sign of good weather for the rest of the day!
Micah and Tink headed for the track to grab free pins and good seats for the Indy Lights Freedom 100, a 40-lap race. Tom and I stayed at the parking lot waiting for Caleb and Halie to arrive. At 11:00 they drove past on 16th Avenue, turned into Lot #3, and made their way through the camping rigs to our spot. Halie was getting her first look-see of how she would be spending the weekend!
Without wasting time, they grabbed a sandwich for lunch and then headed off to the track for the Indy Lights race. They rode an elevator up to prime seats located on the inside of the track, right at the start of turn one.
At only 40 laps, 100 miles, the race is a fast one, and is followed by the Pit Stop Challenge. There was plenty of time to take advantage of those Bronze Badges for a walk through Gasoline Alley. Drivers were out, and Halie was able to snag Graham Rahal for her rookie picture with a real driver.
My favorite time in the parking lot is as the sun goes down and people stroll the lot and enjoy the unique feeling of camping on-site at the racetrack. For a little evening entertainment, I had created a crossword puzzle that included some 500 history and personal particulars about each of us. That brought our evening to a close.
Tomorrow, Saturday, things would get serious with the early-morning autograph session with the drivers. Come back for a wrap-up on this and the race!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown