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IRL Testing at Homestead

Homestead Florida IRL

We visited the IRL testing at Homestead Florida in early 2009. 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.

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. Not every team was present and some of the cars looked like they were ready to race while other looked like they needed a lot of shake down time. Some of the teams spend as much time practicing pit stops as they did on the track.

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

Bruno Junqueira #18

Homestead Florida IRL

Stanton Barrett #98

Homestead Florida IRL

Dan Wheldon #4

Homestead Florida IRL

Pretty bike but I recommend the car for racing!

Homestead Florida IRL

Raphael Matos #12

Homestead Florida IRL

Danica with the paparazzi.

Homestead Florida IRL

Dario Franchitti #10 (He’s Back!)

Homestead Florida IRL

Jaime Camara #34



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

Vitor Meira #14

Homestead Florida IRL

Homestead Florida IRL

Milka Duno #23

Homestead Florida IRL

Ryan Briscoe #6

Homestead Florida IRL

Ed Carpenter #20

Homestead Florida IRL

Homestead Florida IRL

Part of the film crew.

Homestead Florida IRL

Danica

Homestead Florida IRL

Dan Wheldon #4

Homestead Florida IRL

Homestead Florida IRL

Ed Carpenter

Homestead Florida IRL

Ryan Briscoe

Homestead Florida IRL

Scott Dixon #9

Homestead Florida IRL

Homestead Florida IRL

On track camera car.

Homestead Florida IRL

Weldon

Homestead Florida IRL

Homestead Florida IRL

Homestead Florida IRL

Tony Kanaan #11

Homestead Florida IRL

Homestead Florida IRL

Homestead Florida IRL

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.



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