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 #212133  by FIREM
 December 26th, 2009, 9:19 am
Alan, Let us know if you need a hand "work'n on the wife". You know members enjoy helping each other out!!!
Preliminary plans for me are to leave NJ "noonish" Thursday 5/20 and head west. Remember "All roads lead to Indy" so I'm sure we could meet up along the way.....
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 #212136  by alandw
 December 26th, 2009, 10:50 am
FIREM wrote:Alan, Let us know if you need a hand "work'n on the wife". You know members enjoy helping each other out!!!
LMAO :rollr U might not want that challenge!
FIREM wrote:Preliminary plans for me are to leave NJ "noonish" Thursday 5/20 and head west. Remember "All roads lead to Indy" so I'm sure we could meet up along the way.....
This sounds good - should get us there about Midnight I'm guess.
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 #212137  by beespecial
 December 26th, 2009, 11:44 am
alandw wrote:
FIREM wrote:Alan, Let us know if you need a hand "work'n on the wife". You know members enjoy helping each other out!!!
LMAO :rollr U might not want that challenge!
Just let her know that she's outnumbered. We have an active membership in the hundreds.
 #212144  by BigMike60
 December 26th, 2009, 3:25 pm
As usual I am in. Will be working with John on this one, as usual. Let's see...300M or ....Challenger... decisions, decisions...such is life. Let's roll. 8)
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 #212171  by beespecial
 December 27th, 2009, 8:18 am
You know Mike, if you bring the Challenger you're going to have to pass around the keys so everyone gets to test drive it don't you? :wink:
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 #212182  by 300maximilien
 December 27th, 2009, 9:08 am
beespecial wrote:You know Mike, if you bring the Challenger you're going to have to pass around the keys so everyone gets to test drive it don't you? :wink:
X2!!!
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 #212185  by beespecial
 December 27th, 2009, 9:14 am
300maximilien wrote:
beespecial wrote:You know Mike, if you bring the Challenger you're going to have to pass around the keys so everyone gets to test drive it don't you? :wink:
X2!!!
Ooh! Does this mean you're making plans to attend Craig?
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 #212193  by 300maximilien
 December 27th, 2009, 9:39 am
beespecial wrote:
300maximilien wrote:
beespecial wrote:You know Mike, if you bring the Challenger you're going to have to pass around the keys so everyone gets to test drive it don't you? :wink:
X2!!!
Ooh! Does this mean you're making plans to attend Craig?
One of my goals in 2010 is to make both the Indy and Carlisle meets!
 #212197  by BigMike60
 December 27th, 2009, 10:42 am
Hmmm. Interesting idea. Let's see...at $5 a ride....nah...let's see if we can work out a deal with the track people to let the car do additonal laps with different breakfast going drivers at the wheel. Will have to look into that.
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 #212198  by alandw
 December 27th, 2009, 10:59 am
300maximilien wrote:
beespecial wrote:Ooh! Does this mean you're making plans to attend Craig?
"One of my goals in 2010 is to make both the Indy and Carlisle meets!"
We're all going to hold your feet to the fire on this you know..... :D
 #212220  by BigMike60
 December 27th, 2009, 6:12 pm
Bring it on [as one great American president once said]. Let's roll! Challenger it is. 8)
 #212252  by BigMike60
 December 28th, 2009, 5:36 pm
The new schedule for 2010 seems like a high risk effort hoping to keep expanding costs down. I am all in favor of compacting everything, unless it rains like it did last time. May is really highly unpredictable in Indiana so I will have my fingers crossed on this. Below is the news story put out by IMS.

The 2010 Indianapolis 500 will feature a two-week/three-weekend event schedule that provides an opening week of busy daily rack activity, two pressure-packed days of qualifications and a traditional Race Week format that includes all of the pageantry of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing."

There will be 12 days of on-track action during the month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, starting with practice for rookies and veterans on Opening Day, Saturday, May 15 and continuing through Race Day, Sunday, May 30. That's just one fewer track activity day than the 2009 event, which followed a four-weekend format.
The streamlined schedule still will offer three full weekends of on-track action for fans while producing efficiencies for Indianapolis 500 teams and IMS. The "500" followed a two-week format from 1998-2000.

IZOD IndyCar Series and IMS officials will announce qualification format details at a later date.

"We're pleased with the schedule because it provides fans plenty of opportunities to enjoy the excitement of a day at the Speedway while being responsive to the requests of our race teams," said Jeff Belskus, Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation president and chief executive officer. "We look forward to another memorable month of May in Indianapolis."

Leading the numerous storylines for the 2010 race will be Helio Castroneves' attempt to become just the fourth driver to earn four Indianapolis 500 victories, joining legends A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears. Castroneves earned his emotional third Indy victory in May 2009 for Team Penske, giving team owner Roger Penske his record 15th victory at the "500."

"I commend Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IZOD IndyCar Series officials for this change to the month of May schedule," said Penske. "It will reduce costs for teams on several fronts and provide continuous activity as we build momentum from Opening Day through race weekend. We look forward to the traditional battle on Pole Day and defending our 2009 race victory."

Daily practice is scheduled for seven consecutive days from Opening Day, Saturday, May 15 through Fast Friday, May 21.

The drama of qualifications will intensify with two days of time trials. Pole Day Qualifications are scheduled for Saturday, May 22, and the remaining spots in the 33-car field will be determined on Bump Day, Sunday, May 23.

"From a competition standpoint, the new Indy 500 schedule will further enhance the drama of qualifications for both the competitors and fans," said Brian Barnhart, president, competition and operations division for the Indy Racing League, sanctioned body of the IZOD IndyCar Series. "By setting the 33-car grid on one weekend, there's no room for mistakes by the teams and drivers. The pressure will be on to deliver over the 10 miles regardless of the weather and track conditions."

Track activity will resume Thursday, May 27 with practice for the Firestone Freedom 100 Firestone Indy Lights race. Miller Lite Carb Day is Friday, May 28 and will feature a schedule packed with the final Indianapolis 500 practice, the Firestone Freedom 100 race, the annual Pit Stop Challenge for Indianapolis 500 teams and the Miller Lite Carb Day Concert.

The 2010 Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for 1 p.m. (ET) Sunday, May 30.

The month of May at IMS will begin for the second consecutive year with the Centennial Era Balloon Festival on Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9, adding another fun weekend at the track. More details will be released soon on the popular event featuring hot-air balloons from across the country.***

Tickets for the 2010 Indianapolis 500 are on sale now. Race Day tickets start at just $20.

Fans can order tickets online at http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com, call the IMS ticket office at (317) 492-6700, or (800) 822-INDY outside the Indianapolis area or visit the ticket office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street. Online orders can be made at any time. Hours for phone orders and the ticket office are 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday-Friday.
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 #212267  by FIREM
 December 28th, 2009, 8:42 pm
Looks like the plan is going to cut it close if the weather does not cooperate. In the past they were able to qualiify the field over a few weekends instead of one. Maybe they have a connection with the weather guy!!!!
Looking like a wild weekend of qualifying!!!not to be missed!!!
Craig I'll cover your "fee" to drive Mikes Challanger, providing you show up....
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 #212949  by beespecial
 January 6th, 2010, 10:47 am
Want some pics of this year's Indy 500 pace car? Here ya go...

I'm ready for May already.
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 #212953  by tinman
 January 6th, 2010, 11:25 am
Wasn't there a "reverse image" white Camaro with orange stripes as a pace car (way back when)?
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