Welcome To One Gorgeous Facility

Well, we weren’t too far off schedule. After a “requested” stop for Starbucks just before Birmingham, an stopping at the Hampton Inn outside the grounds to pick up credentials – we finally made it. Last year, we had a very late spring in the south and the entire course was still dead and brown. This year, we have had another late spring, but the race is three weeks later than last. The result? Lush green hills dotted with blooming dogwoods and azaleas. I’m thinking the “gorgeous Facility” may look better than it has ever looked.

We missed the first IndyCar practice. It was wrapping up as we were parking the car. Ryan Hunter-Reay was tops in the morning practice. Josef Newgarden continued his strong start to the season by being secon-quick. Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti and Juan Montoya rounded out the top-five.

The weather is cool this morning. Storms went through Nashville last night and apparently, Birmingham got the same. It is partly cloudy and currently 65-degrees The high today will only reach 77. Tomorrow, however – it is to be completely sunny and a high of 84. Sunday shows a few clouds and a high of 83. I’m not sure they could have given us better weather for the weekend.

Although the Verizon IndyCars don’t practice for another few hours, there is activity on this track throughout the entire weekend. I read somewhere that between Friday and Saturday, there is less than forty-five minutes total where there is no track activity of some kind where one series is not on track. This is a racing junkie’s dream.

With that said, we’re going to grab a bite to eat and head out and start taking it in. Check back soon. I’ll be back in a bit.

George Phillips


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