This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!
Monday, May 04, 2015
Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana
April 14, 2015
Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana
For most of the morning of the inaugural Indy Grand Prix of New Orleans
it seemed as if there was no way there was going to be a race because of the
torrential rainstorms that moved through the New Orleans area. It was crazy wet
and as we drove out to the track, I really thought that there was no way they
were going to get any running in at all. It wasn’t just rain, it was a continuous
downpour, but somehow the skies sort of cleared the rain stopped and the track
maintenance crew got busy trying to dry the track.
Thankfully with the rain tires, the track did not need to be completely dry
like it would on an oval and once the track was deemed drivable- even though
there were a couple of rivers of water flowing across the track. The race got
underway, slowly as Juan Montoya jumped out to the lead and the roostertails
made visibility almost impossible for the drivers behind.
Michael & Fuzzy Zoeller
It was sort of ironic that while the track was the wettest, the drivers
seemed to keep things under control but once a dry line appeared and drivers
started switching to the slick tires that all went away pretty quick and the
cars were suddenly sliding all over the place, While veterans like Tony Kanaan
even had trouble, young drivers seemed to spin out just about every other lap,
leading to extended caution periods and it became clear that rather than the
scheduled 75 laps, the race would run to the two hour time limit.
This played right in to the hands of James Hinchcliffe, who pitted on lap
13 and then skipped pitting on lap 33 when the majority of the field came in
handing the track position and lead to Hinchcliffe. It most circumstances there
was no way that he would be able to hold the lead without running out of fuel.
But this was not a normal experience at all and thanks to a plethora of
cautions, Hinch was able to hold on for the victory.
The race concluded after only 47 laps, 25 of which were run under
caution, concluding with a race-ending spectacular three car crash involving
Simon Pagenaud, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Sebastian Bourdais. Thankfully nobody was
injured, but the wreck had the race finishing fittingly under yellow. Hinch
beat Helio Castroneves and James Jakes for his first win of the year.
Kathy and I joined in the celebration in Victory Lane as Hinch , his crew
from Sam Schmidt motorsports, his friends, family and girlfriend Kirsten all
gathered to take part in the exciting victory. Hinch’s victory speech was like
something from a comedy show as the good-natured Canadian realized the good
fortune he got, but sometimes it is better to be lucky than good.
Hinch & Kirsten
I hope that Indy Car will return to New Orleans, the race has tremendous
potential and it is an awesome city to host the event. If it had not rained so
much it would have been a much better show and perhaps a spectacular race. Even
so Kathy and I had a great time and it was great to see Hinch get the victory.
About Us- We are Kathy Kilroy and Michael Blades and this blog was created to document our summer travels around the nation in 2006 and we have opted to continue posting to keep our friends and family informed of our lives. We each have lived in Key West for over 20 years and met and were married here in October, 2003.