I thought I'd share
what my last birthday gift was. Well, I hope it's not really my last but it is
my most recent. My wife, Heather, and I have been attending the Indy 500 race
together for the last dozen years or so (my individual record goes back many more
races than that). This past year, Heather decided to help me check off one item
from my "bucket list." That was to drive an Indy car on the Indy track.
We got a deal that got the both of us to drive solo laps (following another race
car) around the track in a car that had raced on the track a few years back. That
was immediately followed by a ride of several laps in a two seater with a former
Indy driver. In our case, the driver was Stephan Gregoire. He drove IRL through
2007 and immediately following our day at the track, he was off to Le Mans to
compete in the 24 Hour race. Needless to say, his track speeds were faster than
ours, but we clipped along well above the old Nevada no speed limit days. Both
sets of laps were a blast. One picture is the pose in front of the two seater,
the other (can't prove it) is the start of the solo laps. Eat your heart out Pat
Russell. It finally beats a run in your Vette.