That’s A Wrap For Friday

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Well, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that it’s been a great day here at the track. The bad news is that we were able to record an episode of One Take Only beside the track this afternoon. I will work on it tonight and post it either late tonight or first thing in the morning, assuming I can get the software on my laptop to cooperate. If not, it’ll have to wait until we get back home.. You’ve been warned.

As far as the racing goes, things were a little more balanced as far as the manufacturer’s battle goes. Marco was at the top of the charts with a time of 1:07.7134 – about four-tenths of a second off of Simon Pagenaud’s top speed this morning.

Second was Will Power in a Chevy, then Pagenaud was third, followed by Helio Castroneves. Scott Dixon wedged his way into the Penske party and was fifth quickest followed by the fourth Penske car of Josef Newgarden. Charlie Kimball, Mikhail Aleshin, Sébastien Bourdais and Ryan Hunter-Reay rounded out the top-ten – all in Hondas.

I was able to snap a couple of pics. I got a shot of Helio pitting in the second practice and then just after he got out of his car. Then I got a good shot in the paddock of Rick Mears taking time to chat with fans and signing autographs. He hasn’t driven a car in a quarter-century but he is still one of the best ambassadors for IndyCar. By the way, he is still one of my favorite all-time drivers.

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That’ll do it for us today. Susan finally arrived about 5:00, just in time to shift my luggage from John’s car to hers. John and his son then left to go back to Nashville. I don’t worry about him falling asleep since he got to sleep in this morning. He and Jack are talking about coming back Sunday for the race. We’ll see.

Anyway, check back early and often tomorrow. Hopefully, we’ll be here earlier than today. Plus be sure to check for the uploaded One Take Only either tonight or first thing in the morning. Tanks for following along today. We’ll do it again tomorrow.

George Phillips

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5 Responses to “That’s A Wrap For Friday”

  1. Sorry I missed you today. Hope we can meet up tomorrow. I saw that they set a stage in turn 3 for One Take Only. Howd you pull that off

  2. Thanks George for the coverage. Here’s looking forward to that episode of “One Take Only”!

  3. You didn’t do it in the Museum?!

  4. Thanks George for the photos, especially of Rick Mears. Have fun today.

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