Friday, March 17, 2017

Our Day Got Even Better!

After our awesome morning at Red Rock Canyon we headed back to make some lunch before going into the track for qualifying.
The Xfinity cars have been practicing all morning, along with the Monster Energy Cup cars. We caught some of it on the TV while having lunch. We decided to go in early and catch the last of it. Well, one thing lead to another, participating at some of vendor activities, souvenirs,and by the time we got to our seats they were finishing up.

We decided to check out how we are suppose to get over to the NEON Garage for the Kolbart Kampout with my chair and his scooter. Yes, hubby rented some wheels for the weekend. So glad he did. Our tickets said that the Kampout began after qualifying at 5:30-8:00 PM. Qualifying started at 4:30 and it was 4:00 when we decided to check it out. The people running the shuttles had already been taking handicap people over early. Wasn't expecting that.

This is how we got to the infield. PIR has the same system, but Bob has been transporting me to the pits since 2005. Now we are at a track we haven't been to but that once. I walked down the escalators back in 2012 with the grandson, but there was no way I could manage that distance this weekend. I'm still in PT and still have limits that shouldn't be pushed. Not to mention for the umpteenth time hubby's hip.

Once in the infield we browsed around and watched the inspections.
 Checked out the garages from below and above. All the drivers were out and about doing their pre-qualifying stuff so the garages were kind of empty. When they are there, the window is really packed with people. We found the elevator to go over to the pits and checked out the garages from above too.
We could see how everyone else were getting over to pit road, but couldn't find a way for us. All it took was asking some questions to the right people and we were guided across the "HOT" area. This is the area for the cars, the drivers, owners and unless you have a special pass like them, you are not allowed to enter. Even if it was out one gate and through another, we were actually going to pit road to watch qualifying! I kept looking at passes to see if other Kampout ticket holders were there and nope, not that I saw.
We did see a lot of the drivers come out. Hubby was happy as he was parked in front of the mega TV, able to watch the track and get the running order at the same time. He's hoping that the upgrades PIR will be doing, will be like this. He would buy pit passes again if they do. I totally agree!
Then to top it off, when we went to leave, we were escorted right into Victory Lane to watch the Pole Award with Brad Keselowski.
Once the ceremony was over we headed over to the stage to see Danica Patrick. She is so cute. Jimmie Johnson was to come out next but we decided to start on our way out. Hubby's scooter's battery was really low. He wasn't sure if he would make it all the way back to the RV. I had a full charge still so I took off on my own while he hitched a ride. It was kind of cool to drive my chair through the tunnel! 
Talk about being in the right place at the right time and meeting the right people. It made for an extraordinarily, awesome adventure today! 

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