Friday, March 9, 2012
Last Sunday I went to the Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) to watch the Subway Fresh Fit 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. You can read Part One here.
This is the pit station for #17, Matt Kenseth.
This is Head Crew Chief for Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Dale Earnhardt's car.
I caught this NASCAR official goofing around for the camera - flexing his muscles!
Jeff Gordon's car.
Mark Martin's car.
It's a beautiful setting at the raceway, with mountains lining one half of the track.
As the crowd sang the Star Spangled Banner, parasailers soared onto the track, with patriotic chutes.
"And the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air"
Four fighter jets flew over from nearby Luke AFB. It really was quite exciting!
The bleachers were wall to wall people!
A person could rent headphones like these and tune in to the announcer who was calling the race.
Here they come!
A short video that I managed to take. Don't turn down the volume to experience (somewhat) how LOUD it is at the race!
I believe that people pay to sit on the hill to watch the race. Not sure how MUCH the tickets are, though!
The next 10 photos are what I call, "An Anatomy of a Crash". Unbelievably, the driver was able to get his car under control, and drive off. He completed another lap before exiting!
Number 11, Denny Hamlin, the WINNER!!
I guess this is common. The winner chooses to do some "hot-dogging" for the crowd. Denny burns his tires across the racetrack.
Finally, he turns the car around and drives back through the smoke.
All in all, I had a great time. It was very hot, very loud (even with ear plugs), but exciting. My son had a GREAT time!