Thread: 2009 Indy 500
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Old 05-27-2009, 01:49 PM   #15
racerjon1
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Sunday: Raceday - 503 Total pics. (313 With the 20d, 190 with the XT)


Race morning. With the evenings festivities all gone other than the trash and beer, for hours people walk down the road from where they parked to file into the track.


With international drivers comes an international flavor. More and more over the past few years people some in with painted faces and flag-themed accessories and clothing.


In the 60's and 70's STP logos would show up everywhere. I guess they are still shoing up, well... everywhere.


Usually the pre-race flyover will be ultra modern military aircraft. We have seen the Stealth bomber, Harriers, FA-18s, F16s... and this year. The thundering engines of a B25 shook the grandstands as it flew over.


The pace laps. Here the front row shortly before getting a waved-off start.


Hard racing was in short supply on Sunday because of the aero push most drivers were experiencing, and here was a tense 215mph moment for Justin Wilson (18), E.J. Viso (13) and Townsend Bell (8). Bell and Wilson were actually going around Viso here.


When Ryan Hunter-Reay crashed, this fan was very upset. He was upset to the point I wondered if it might have been a family member at first.


Back in the pack where the air was dirty and there was more traffic some passes got made. Here Hideki Mutoh (27) got a run on Davey Hamilton (44). Once the tires got worn out this type of close racing wasn't possible. Hamilton would crash later.


In the infield, people do what they can to get a clear shot of their favorite drivers.


I have given Milka Duno (23) crap for not being up to the task of driving an IndyCar, but she made a good move to miss the crashing Justin Wilson.


more to come...
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