It was a long day, but I finally got home from Indy around 3:30AM on Tuesday morning. My flight required a stop over at Midway in Chicago and with the initial flight from Indy to Chicago only taking off at 7:45PM on Monday, I knew it would be late when I got back.
That’s one of the downsides of going out there for the race. You really need to have both Sunday and Monday open because rain could push you back to Monday. I usually schedule the flight out on Monday around seven to be sure I can see the entire 500 on Monday if it comes to that. Last year it almost did run into Monday with all the rain, but this year the weather was great. We took advantage of the nice day Monday to visit the Grissom Air Museum near Peru, Indiana.
I took a lot of photos at both the Speedway and on our other excursions. The first batch can be found at the link below.
Anyway, the second flight went from Chicago to BWI (Baltimore) so I still had about a two hour drive home once we landed. My oldest son got to sleep but ol’ dad had to do the driving to get him home. Fortunately he got enough rest to make it through the school day on Tuesday and play well in his baseball game at night.
The entire trip was fantastic, and though we had rain on Friday, we still got to see four races in four days and about fifteen minutes of IndyCar practice on Friday. Stone Temple Pilots put on a great, if a little simple, show while the rain came down and when you add great rock ‘n’ roll to awesome racing action, you get a fantastic weekend.
I’m already excited about going back in 2009, the 100th anniversary of the Speedway.