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2000 Miles to Indy: Pole Day

Arie Luyendyk barely misses Uncle Bobby’s left jab as Al Jr. looks on…

Saturday Morning report before Pole/Tom Carnegie Day @ IMS

Conquest #34 S. Saavedra first out to qualify…

Danica #7 takes the checkered after her qualifying run…will it hold?

Tagliani #77 heads out to qualify – will he get the pole?

Windy Indy – hope that doesn’t affect qualifying…

Ho Ping Tung – going into Turn One…

…and Tung is done.

Rain hits the bricks just as the initial 24 qualifiers are locked on the grid…will there be a shootout for the fast 9?

Here comes the sun @ Indy qualifying!

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4:45 pm and the dryer trucks are on the track-lets go for the top 9 shootout!

5:15-cars to track, shootout @ 5:25!

Townsend Bell (SSM) going out for the shootout – good for 4th!

Dario @ Shootout: Ever get the feeling like you’re forgetting something?

Tagliani – final car on track for top 9 shootout…

Sam Schmidt – the man of the hour! Congrats to SSM and Tags77

Alex Tagliani’s #77 from Sam Schmidt Motorsports, minutes after taking the Pole!
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Oh yeah, that’s what we forgot – ethanol!

Pole Position – what a day!

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2000 Miles to Indy: Day 06 May 20, 2011


Well it was more like 2300 miles, but I am now in Speedway, IN!

And this is how day 6 ended-more on Fast Friday happenings as I get to it, but qualifying is tomorrow so it may be awhile… Oh yeah, I got to ride in a pace car for a lap around the Speedway! Video will be posted soon…

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The IndySoup Special at the yard of bricks by the pagoda at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway!

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Looking up the pit wall and front straightaway: Fast Friday


2000 Miles to Indy: Day 05 May 19, 2011


Fueling up with Ethanol (alright it’s 10%) and having a Bobby Unser moment as I head out of the Land of Enchantment for a midnight drive.

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Sunrise just outside of Oklahoma City, OK…okay? Looks like we’ve brought some California & Arizona sunshine toward the Speedway, so hopefully we’ll have some action on the track! Of course, I’ll miss it because I still have a lot of driving to do today myself…right at 1450 miles logged so far, averaging over 39 MPG in the IndySoup Special. Looks like I’ll make it there by Friday-see you there!

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Man, do I suck at Planking, but it was so cool to be this close to the Johnny Lightning 500 Special! (pic from yesterday, photo by Joni)

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Running on empty-hope the pits are open! (somewhere in Oklahoma)


Oklahoma is merely OK…

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Missouri at last!


IndySoup arrives in St. Louis-the Gateway to the Speedway!


2000 Miles to Indy: Day 04 May 18, 2011

In Albuquerque before the next leg of the journey-just went to the Unser Racing Museum & saw some one of a kind IndyCars. Thanks to the great people there and for Joni letting me interview her – she is a racing expert of the first magnitude!

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IndySoup Special @ Unser Racing Museum

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Steering Wheel Entrance Doors

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1970 Johnny Lightning 500 Special!


Museum docent Joni talks about Al Unser’s 1987 winning car, Pikes Peak and going to the Centennial Indy 500 this year.


2000 Miles to Indy: Day 03 May 17, 2011

Day 3, May 17th – 2nd leg – Phoenix to Alberqurque, Route 66
Shell & Starbucks commercials, gas & oil for the road. No activity @ the Speedway so far.
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Red rocks and pines, near Show Low, AZ
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Classic Chevy and the IndySoup Special at the WigWam Motel, US Route 66

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The open road, going to an open wheel race…


Danica is my co-pilot


2000 Miles to Indy: Day 02 May 16, 2011

May 16th, 2011:(speaking of 16th, I’ll be @ 16th & Georgetown in a few days!)


Fake Firestone commercial-shameless pitch for sponsorship…


Scottsdale, AZ-home to IndyCar drivers Arie, Danica and The Gas Man…

Desert Botanical Gardens, Phoenix AZ; fresh haircut (really) from Steph @ Moments-44th&Camelback;

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2000 Miles to Indy Day 01 May 15, 2011

Some sights along the way – Hollywood to Phoenix – 400 miles on day 1:

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Passing the Target truck

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wind farm @ Palm springs

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Dust devils and rumble strips on I-10, California desert

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Driving puts a smile on my face!

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The IndySoup-mobile, pit stop @ Quartzsite, AZ