First of all, I must apologize for not getting back to the Media Center to put up a post before the race. Quite honestly, I got too wrapped up in a lot of the pre-race hoopla and lost track of time. Plus, we managed to get some hot-pit passes, which were very much appreciated. Hot-pit passes at most tracks would be something to die for. But at Barber, the wall is so high that you can’t see the cars on the track. Still, it was a thrill to be out on the grid with the cars and teams just before the engines started. I was able to meet and chat with Kevin Kalkhoven on the grid in front of Tony Kanaan’s car just before the race. Here’s a self-serving pic of yours truly, Kevin Kalkhoven and my friend Tad Pierson.
From what I could tell, it was a great race, but in all honesty – I’ll have to go home and watch the DVR before I can say for sure. But for Will Power to come from ninth to win the race on this track, was a great accomplishment. The turbocharged engines sound great in person. They also sound much better at idle when the cars are still on the grid, than the old Honda V-8’s did. they always sounded like a group of sewing machines. these sound like racing engines. They don’t stir the soul like the old Offenhausers did, but few things do. These engines sound very nice.
Here are a couple of pics from Victory Lane, but I also have plenty more that I’ll share later this week.
This place is starting to clear out, so we’ll do likewise. Now Susan will get to do her favorite thing – drive back while I sit in the passenger seat and type out my next post, after I’ve had a little more time to digest what I just witnessed. Right now my brain is somewhat on sensory overload. This is now the third year I’ve come here as a blogger and I never take any of this for granted. Those that know me and how passionate I am about this sport, know just how thrilled I am to be doing this. I also want to give a special shout-out to Amy Konrath and Arni Shribhen from IndyCar. Although I’m nothing more than a lowly blogger, they always go out of their way to treat me as if I worked for ABC. I’m sure they treat everyone this way, but I really appreciate it.
OK, we’re hitting the road. Check back tomorrow morning.