Sunday, August 21, 2005

INDY 225, Pikes Peak International Raceway

My husband received some complimentary  tickets for the Indy 225 at the Pikes Peak International Raceway park so we spent the day watching racecars go around and around and around.  The total laps for all 3 races was 475 laps or 475 miles.  Not only did the cars drive fast, but the pit crews were so coordinated and precise that they could change all 4 tires and refuel the cars in just a few seconds.  Not minutes, but seconds!

Dan Wheldon finished in first place.  Tony Kanaan in the 7-11 car at the top placed third.  These guys were moving at speeds of over 170 mph!  Unfortunately my camera only takes pictures at a speed of 50 mph so I didn't get too many shots of the cars in motion, and most that I did get were of the tailend of the racecar as it sped past.

During the intermission between the Indy race and the Nascar race a couple of parachuters from the racetrack dropped in.  This gigantic American flag was caught as it decended to the infield and held up by some of the workers while Lee Greenwood's 'God Bless the USA' played in the background.  It was a very touching and patriotic tribute to the many Military service members at home and abroad.

12 comments:

debbted said...

Dorn~I can't believe we're still awake! That USA photo is great. Blessings, Sassy :-) zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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gotomaria said...

Hi there,  guess I'm a bit of a night owl tonight...these are such great vivid photos.  I love racing of any kind.  The tribute to the troops is so inspiring...the flag just vibrates with color! Thanks so much for these photos before I say goodnight!

kokoapuffy1 said...

Love these shots, especially the pit crew. I have followed Nascar for 30 years. And know from experience how hard it is to photograph the cars...when they zoom by. LOL! The flag looks magnificant, and would have brough tears to my eyes...seeing it live. Hope you have a great week.         ~Deborah

jckfrstross said...

You are a very talented woman i admire you thanks for sharing


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tc01hm said...

Tuff to shoot, you did well! Thanks for the trip!
Tess

scotthlori said...

WOW!  The races are fun!  I love these pics!

Lori
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rjet33 said...

And I lived there for almost two years and never knew there was such a thing!!!!!
Great pics, btw!!! :-)

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glendar0812 said...

WOW!!!

Gorgeous color ... especially cool pix of the skydiver....

boiseladie said...

I grew up a hill away from the Laguna Seca Raceway, California...  I used to wake up to Indy cars zooming around the track.  These photos brought back memories of those years, of hiking up the hill to see the race from afar.  I love the flag display at intermission.

psychfun said...

Cool thanks for sharing!

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nascarfan6720 said...

we are big nascar fans so i love these shots. but i love everyone of your shots. haven't seen a bad one yet. with every shot i think im on vacation.

forestsshadow said...

HAAAA. I choose Klein tools and he won :P in fact I won both bets of those races. bye bye mom.

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