We haven't even gotten to the crazy cool part of this trip yet and it's already amazing. We started off the day sleeping in, grabbing a little breakfast in the RV, got some fresh air and finally decided to get a move on and start heading over to the track. We wound up sitting in the stands right in turn 4 to watch the Indy Lights Freedom 100 race which was awesome! Not only are these cars SO fast, and they're just the little ones... but it was the closest finished in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history, 24/1000th's of a second between first and second. UN. REAL.
Then of course, it doesn't there... just after the race when we met up with some friends and took a stroll into the infield to get ready for the Journey concert, who's standing right in front of us just outside the tunnel? MARIO ANDRETTI!!!! Probably one of the fastest men on earth and without a doubt one of the greatest Indy car drivers is history!
We serious had such a great time. Carb Day really was awesome and I'm so glad we did it... it was well worth the work and the heat!!
Now it's time to have some people out to RV hang out and relax for the day and get ready for tomorrow.... RACE DAY!!!
So after our adventure in hunting for oil to get our generator going… we finally got some sleep, woke up in the middle of the afternoon and decided to go for a little walk over to the track, pick up our tickets and wander around for a bit. Needless to say, this place is AMAZING… and we haven’t even been inside yet!
We had some time to BBQ up a little marinated chicken and grab a beer before going for a walk to meet the neighbors!
I’ll keep snapping some pictures and putting them on Facebook… but tomorrow is when the real shenanigans begins. Carb Day with a Journey concert that evening, then out in downtown Indianapolis! Time to find out what “SoBro” is all about!
And what an adventure it’s been already. Our alarms were set yesterday for 9am to finish packing, run last-minute errands, head to the airport, pick up the RV, get back to DC, pack, make a beer run and go!! It wound up taking about 11 hours to make it out here, but right around 6:15am this morning we pulled into the staging area for our parking lot… only… they didn’t tell us it was the staging area. So, we set up some stuff, changed for bed, fire up the generator and the AC and nap time it was.
Until… the generator stalled… and stalled again… aaaaaaand again… so, now we’re awake and just sitting wondering if this damn thing is going to hold out or if we’re going to have to make a phone call to see what can be done to fix it. Spending the next 4 days in a hot box does NOT sound enjoyable.
And of course, it won’t stay running… so now we’re calling to see what we can do! UGH!
<Break…. 20 minutes of phone calls later…..>
The travelers assistance guy told us we need to go buy oil! Seriously… I’m 600 miles away from home, in a rented RV…. and somehow I’m *STILL* doing repairs! WTFF?! We actually had to pull out of the RV lot, drive to the gas station up the road, buy a few quarts of oil and fill it up ourselves. This…. is my life.
However, at least we’re here and ready to get things setup and rolling!! (no pun intended)
So this is really it, we’re finally getting on the road headed out to the 100th running of the Indy 500 in our rented 30′ RV! We’re not exactly sure what’s going to happen over the next few days, but we’re all pretty sure it’s going to be an adventure. Basically, it looks like it’s going to be about 1600 miles and nearly 24 hours on the road round trip between DC, the RV pickup and Indianapolis Motor Speedway. If anyone’s got some tips for us, that would be great… if not, I guess we’re just wingin it! See you all in Lot 1C at the race if you make it out there! 😛
It’s going to be a decently long trip, but we’re pretty pumped. I’ve got all my camera gear with me, plenty of beverages, of course my American Flag shades and I’ll be posting more along the way… once we get through this first few travel steps that is…
Out backs are packed… mostly… and we’re headed out to door for last-minute errands and to get this show on the road! Wish us luck!!
I’m just going to go ahead and put it out there…. WHAT THE FUCKIN FUCK?!?! Don’t get me wrong, I love my CTS-V more than you could probably understand. I’m a car guy, it’s something I’ll probably never get rid of. Seriously though, these repairs are killing me… this is what I get for buying a GM car that has just WAY too much power. Basically, I just kept tearing through factory clutches like a high school who doesn’t know how to drive stick, so, I added one of these:
It’s a McLeod Racing Twin Disc clutch pack and flywheel, which SHOULD be rated for nearly 1000 horsepower. Well, typical me, somehow I managed to break it! Typical, right? You build it, I break it!
That being said, but the guys over at McLeod and EB3 Motorsports in Manassas are freaking amazing. These guys have torn apart, rebuilt and put back together the drivetrain of this car at least 5 times now. They’ve made custom parts, replaced anything that appeared to have any damage and not only tell you straight out HONESTLY what’s going on with you car, all this extra work to fix this stuff, EB3 has for free.
If you’re looking for a place in the DC metro area (ish) that knows American muscle cars inside and out, trust me, this is the spot to go!
So as I get ready for my Indy 500 trip, yet again the Caddy is getting towed away for another set of tweaks and repairs to find out why the shifter linkage is all hosed up. Fingers crossed that this is a decently quick fix and is done by the time I get back.
Woo-Woo!!! So my buddy and I have talked about taking another little adventure for a while now, and anyone who knows me, knows I’m a preeeeeeetty into cars… and today, our tickets and passes have arrived!
Now, I’ve never actually been to an auto race of any kind really, so first one… why NOT have it the 100th running of the Indy 500?! So, we’ve rented an RV, got a 5 day pass, and we’re in the last stages of making plans to head out that way. Needless to say, I’m pretty excited about it!
Now all that’s left to do is pack and hit the road!! (I think…. hahaha)
P.S. If any of you will also be there, let me know. I put a little Facebook group together so we can all add friends, keep in touch, find places to me… and of course, you’re all more than welcome to swing over to the RV and get a drinks and some eats with us!