We made it home safely from Kentucky. In terms of the track schedule it was almost identical to Chicago. A not-too-early practice session on Friday morning, followed by an early afternoon qualifying session. Pretty soft, compared to what we’ve gotten used to this summer. It was, however, the most bizarre qualifying outcome we’ve seen this year. Some pretty unknown drivers at the top of the grid and some top talent (including Dario) in the middle of the pack. Not too worrisome, since passing is pretty comparable to Chicago as well.
The race started at 8:45 PM Saturday, the latest start we’ve had this season. Since we had so much time open before we needed to get to the track, we took a detour to hit one stop on the Bourbon Trail. Yes, there is such a thing, and yes, they have a sign for it. We toured Woodford Reserve, one of the oldest and most historic distilleries in Kentucky. It’s also my husband’s favorite bourbon. Since he’s more of a Scotch man, that’s saying something.
For some reason I felt really calm before the start of the race. With Chicago, I was on pins and needles, knowing the outcome would heavily impact our chances of winning the championship. Maybe it’s because we’re so close to the end now or maybe it’s because the gap has narrowed enough to feel like we’ll get to the last race still in the running. The race wasn’t nearly as crazy as Chicago in terms of the position changes, but there was still a lot of passing and the outcome was in doubt up until the last 5 laps. When, unfortunately, most of the leaders needed to pit for a splash of fuel. If not for that, Dario would have finished second. As it was, he finished fifth. It was still 3 spots ahead of Will Power, so the points lead has closed to 17, with two races to go. Not easy, but not impossible.
All in all, it was a good weekend. Our “hot” streak ended – race day temperatures were in the mid 70’s. Our hotel was brand new, very nice (except for the wimpy shower) and reasonably priced. The south is an interesting place filled with interesting people. The scenery is beautiful. There is not enough money in the world to make me consider living there.
We now have a full 8 days at home before we start out for Japan. Between September 14th and October 9th, we will be home for approximately 4 days. And yes, we are crazy, but I already covered that in a previous post.
As promised, here is the sign.