I don't do the long lines . . . I walk around the plaza trying to sneak my way to the front of the exit lines, to get pictures of the drivers.
My favorite picture was of a Brazilian lady who was spouting Brazilian a mile a minute at Brazilian driver Tony Kanaan. He came right over and posed for a selfie. When the sun angle wasn't right, he readjusted and tried again. Meanwhile, I was on the spot to get a picture of the selfie. Later, the lady tracked me down in the crowd and asked to see the picture -- and requested (mostly in Brazilian) that I email her the picture! Oh -- by the way, TK is MY DRIVER!
Micah had his own plans away from the track, and Tom and I drove him to a world-wide Magic Tournament that was going on world-wide in various cities! Magic is a card-oriented gaming assembly that Micah has excelled in since he was 16 years old. He is now playing with the big boys, and was excited to take a seat at the table for this event.
Caleb and Halie came back from the track and went into the Silvermine for a relief from the heat. Tom and I headed for Camp Bremer! Camp Bremer is a well-kept urban camping secret that exists just 1/4 mile from the track. Pat and Jennifer Bremer open up their yard to Indy fan/camping friends. This has been a regular event for many years, and Tom and I always try to get over for a quick visit. This picture was taken by one of the Bremers, shows their brand new Shasta Oasis travel trailer -- and their weekend guests! The Indianapolis 500 is responsible for some great traditions!
At 4:30 we left the parking lot to pick Micah up and Don Pablo's for supper. Tom's Indy quiz was next and Tink's 28 correct answers earned her the right to choose her driver for the $1.00 lottery first. Here is how we all lined up: Tink, Helio Castroneves; Micah, Will Power; Caleb, Juan Pablo Montoya; Halie, Scott Dixon; Ella, Tony Kanaan, Grandma (rooting from home,) Graham Rahal, and Tom, Simon Pagenaud.
The field is set and our drivers are chosen -- check back to see how we ran this 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