May 23, 2015
Gerard, Evelyn, Kevin,Thor, Pat & Mark
Michael & Jax
Call In Sick for Carb Day
The final practice day for the Indianapolis 500 has
traditionally been known as Carb Day even though the cars participating have
not had actual carburetors for decades. In fact calling the day a practice day
is in itself a stretch as there is technically only an hour set aside for the
cars to be on the track. In reality Carb Day represents so much more though, it
has traditionally been a day for people to sneak away from work or school and
spend a day at the speedway where all sorts of entertainment options abound.
This year a t-shirt appeared for sale at the track that
proclaimed “I call in sick for carb day!” which is a pretty accurate assessment
of the people who show up. For me the day has always been about spending time
with good friends while taking in the variety of activities that go on at the
track including the practice session, the pit-stop contest, the Indy Lights
race, the Miller Lite tent party, the carb day concert and more.
Bob from the Bob and Tom show
For many years, my buddy Pat has driven up from Evansville
to meet us for carb day and once again this year he came up, this year though
his brothers Gerard and Thor both joined us along with his sister Evelyn and our
friends Mark and Kevin. It was the first time at our Carb day gathering for
Thor and Evelyn and it was so nice to have so many members of their family and
such good friends on hand to hang out.
The weather could not have been more perfect, sunny and warm
with a light breeze and we had the opportunity to take a walk through the
garage area as well as watch the practice, the Indy Lights race and take in the
Miller Lite Carb day party, which was moved this year to the North end of the
track in turn 4 (along with the Carb Day concert stage). There was still the
requisite free beer and Jug’s catering food which was nice.
Gerard & Superfan
Gerard, Evelyn & Thor
The Indy Lights race was dominated by Schmidt Petersen
Motorsports as they grabbed the top four positions led by Brit Jack Harvey who
brought home the victory leading teammates, Ethan Ringel, Scott Anderson and RC
Enerson completed a sweep of the top four positions. It was a decent race,
marred by a late yellow that had the finish under yellow.
The pit-stop competition was won yet again by the top notch
crew of Helio Castoneves and his team Penske cohorts. They seem to have a
virtual lock on the event and are in the running just about every year. It was
a fun day, wondering around the speedway, I did run in to a couple of minor
celebrity types, Indiana Pacer forward Luis Scola and one of the finalists for
this year’s American Idol, Jax.
Luis Scola & Michael
Colt's Pat McKafee
But most of all, it was just a day to spend enjoying close
almost lifelong friends who I do not get to see nearly enough. An annual
tradition that is among my favorites in the month of May in Indianapolis.