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IRL Testing at Homestead

In late February we visited the IRL testing at Homestead Florida. It was our first visit to this facility and it certainly will not be our last. We had never given the track much thought because it is so far from almost everyone but it is a terrific facility. You can see the entire track from almost every seat and there are no huge stairs to climb; the stands are low and long.

Katrina and I find that we are partial to the shorter 1.5 mile or shorter tracks. This track is a 1.5 mile and with the banked turns the IRL cars really look good.

There was also a lot a filming going on at the track prior to testing and we managed to get a few photos of the camera car. These things always intrigue me. Ugly as sin but they are relatively fast and maneuver around the race cars for action shots with what appears to be little difficulty. Considering all the misplaced weight and contraptions hanging on the car that says a lot about the builder of such vehicles.

The following are some shots you might enjoy. Missing from the IRL lineup again this year is one of the sports true stars, Paul Tracy. For the life of me I can not figure out how some of these drivers find a team and sponsor when drivers as capable as Tracy sit on the sidelines. If you want to know more about Tracy and what he is up to when he is not racing keep checking this blog; we will have an interview with him shortly!

Now for the photos of Homestead IRL testing.

Homestead Florida IRL

This is a view of Homestead from the top of the stands near the start/finish line.

Homestead Florida IRL

Marco Andretti # 26 and Danica Patrick #7

Homestead Florida IRL

Stanton Barrett #98

Homestead Florida IRL

Dan Wheldon #4

Homestead Florida IRL

Dario Franchitti #10 (He’s Back!)

Homestead Florida IRL

Graham Rahal #06 and Vitor Meira #14

Homestead Florida IRL

Penske Team but no Helio

Homestead Florida IRL

Jaime Camara #34

Homestead Florida IRL

Milka Duno #23

Homestead Florida IRL

Ed Carpenter

Homestead Florida IRL

On track camera car.

Homestead Florida IRL

Tony Kanaan #11

Homestead Florida IRL

How would you like to have every move you make photographed just before or after you jump into a race car! Danica seems to not even notice.

Homestead Florida IRL

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Richard

I grew up and lived in Iowa for a good portion of my life before moving to Southern California. After 20+ years we now live outside Nashville Tennessee. I have been into cars since I was old enough to remember. I don't have a brand loyalty although I do prefer American Muscle especially the 1969/1970 NASCAR Aero Cars. (Check out our other web site at www.TalladegaSpoilerRegistry.com site) As long as it has four wheels and an engine I get excited. Few men are lucky enough to be able to share their passion for cars with the woman they love. Fortunately, my wife, Katriana, is also a gear head and many of our activities revolve around the cars. We have a small collection that includes at least one car from each of the Big Three. It includes a Best of Show winner, a survivor, a driver with lots of patina and several others. Katrina prefers all original cars while I like to modify them so we have a few of each. When we aren't playing with cars we are out working with or showing our miniature donkeys. You can see more about that part of our lives at http://www.LegendaryFarms.com.

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