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This year I left the house at around 4pm,
looking forward to a 1,021 mile drive to Austin. I used my TomTom GPS unit this
year and decided I would follow it's instruction, rather than ignore it and go
my own route (like last year). I also packed much lighter this year.
Don got stuck in traffic around Ft. Worth, so was running late. He arrived about 4:30pm.
Friday November 15th:
here to see all
We took a wonder over the bridge to the
"Courtyard" entrance, to check out the clothing and other race items. I cannot
believe they sell baseball caps for $50.00! I did buy a program ($20.00) I have
to have one from ever GP I go to, and the sew-on patch for this years GP, which
will join the others on my F1 Jacket.
I took some pictures around GA area between turn 18 and 19, Riciardo , Botas cooking the front brakes and looking to turn 20 (last turn onto the Pit straight). This year they had put a "Hospitallity" stand in the middle of the GA area. They removed the long stand between turns 19 and 20, which they had last year. This is Rosberg coming out of turn 18 From the same spot you can see turn 1 that is where we were last year, on the grass at the top. This is more like the view you would see from where I took the picture Right next to me is the entrance to the Hospitality stand. One of the girls seems more interested in what she found on the end of her finger, while the other did watch the cars.
I decided to see how Don was getting on with the Autograph session, which was supposed to be going on behind me down in the Amphitheatre. It was already 30 minutes past the time the drivers were supposed to arrive and everyone had been standing around, waiting including Don, that's him smack in the middle. Finally the drivers arrived, almost 1 hour late but rather than start the autograph session, the organizers decided to have the Q and A first, then tried to make them look fools "Ropin" Finally they got around to the drivers signing autographs, and Don got his We met up with Jack and Jinel again at the eating area before heading back to our seats for practice 2.
After FP2 the Historic cars came out. Man!
So much slower! LOL! There seemed to be less this year and no real stand-out
classic F1 cars.
Leaving the track this year was a LOT
different from last year. I guess they decided they knew what they were doing
now, so directed traffic in such a way that it all converged in slightly
different places resulting in one large traffic jam. And this was only Friday!
Maybe Saturday will be better.