After being at Lake Haven Campground in Indianapolis for 7 days, we packed up and headed track-side on Thursday before the race. With the strategy of packing and hooking up the night before, we arrived at our P3 parking lot by 8:00 and were able to lay claim to a couple of prime spaces up close to 16th street – in full view of our race-day seats!
With Micah to help me, set-up was a breeze – until we plugged into the massive generator for electricity. Micah saw corrosion on both the cord outlet and the Airstream power receptor. It appeared to have been “fried” and there was no way we were going to risk plugging in. Enter “The RV Medic” – a rescue truck that makes on-site visits to ailing camping trailers! They came completely equipped to rewire the trailer and the electrical cord, and had us up and running with electricity before lunch.
Thursday afternoon practice and qualifications for the Firestone Freedom 100 Indy Lights race were underway at the track and admission was free! Those that wanted to attend had only to step out of the trailer and cross the street.
The next day, Friday, was an important day in many ways: Indy cars had their final practice for the 500, the Firestone Freedom 100 race was run, the Pit Stop Challenge contest was conducted, the Coors Light Carb Day Concert featuring Poison was held – and at 11:30 p.m. Tom and Caleb left Van Wert to join us for race-day weekend, arriving at 2:00 a.m.
Here are some pictures taken inside the track as the Speedway gets in high gear for race day.
Check back in a few days to see the conclusion of our Trek to the Track!
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