I didn't see myself. I should have been easy to spot. I had red on and a BIG Ferrari flag.
I got there Sat. AM just after practice started and missed Michael's oops. My freind from Madison that I hooked up with later said it happened right in front of him and he got a picture of the World Champ pushing his own car after practice.
Michael was quickest for most of the second practice after a late start. Trulli nipped him at the end.
For qualifying Michael turned into #1 about a car length early and went too direct at the apex of #2.(ski coaches version)(I was right there up high and had a perfect view) This caused him to make a correction to get back on line and loose about .2. He said on the TV interview later that being behind in the first sector caused him to push too hard and blow the second sector. (as we found out later, he was carrying extra fuel too)(I was hoping that was the case but I have to admit, I was pretty bummed)
Race day dawned pretty grey and I thought,"do I hope for rain?"
Our seats were directly opposite tuns #3&4 about half way up in the stands.($75 face, we paid $50 from a "leagal" scalper)(it took my wife less than two minutes to get him down from $100). We had a great view of the braking zone for turn one and could see them all the way to the turn onto the back straight. We also had a "Jumbotron" right in front of us.
Michael made a great start and it was hard to tell wether it was him or Reubens in fourth at first glance. When Montoya bumped Reubens out we had a perfect view. We never heard them asses JPM the drive-through penalty though(too much noise). There was a lot of great action on our end of the track. TV missed a lot of it. When Michael came out on "drys" after his fist stop there was a huge amount of congestion in 1&2. Everyone was skating all over the place. I think it was Trulli did a complete loop in #4. Michael and I think DC just about came together in #2. We couldn't belive they had chosen drys because it had been pretty wet on our end for awhile. Also the cars were throwing big rooster tails coming down the straight. Montoya and Ralf both had lots of trouble on the back straight. We didn't know Ralf was out when we saw him spin because there was too much else going on right in front of us.
After that most of the action was coming down into #1. I was watching Michael set up Button on the TV when I realized it was happening right in front of me. I looked over as the cars went into turn #2.
Once Micael started to open a lead things calmed down some. I was on edge until the checker fell though. When Montoya started to catch up to Heidfelt I got pretty nervous because I thought it was for fifth(putting him back in the championship). Nick did a great job of fighting him off in turns 1&2 and Montoya seemed to back off.(as it turned out he was a lap down I guess) My wife started to get a little bored as Michael started to run away but compared to last year she had a great time(she was pulling for Ralf)(she does that to bug me)
An interesting sidelight.
I was watching the drivers parade and two guys invited me to join them in the back of their pickup truck. One was from Michigan. When a Corvette went by the guy commented that it wasn't a "genuine" Z06 because, even though it had all the "trimmings" it was a convertible and "we" didn't make any. As the conversation turned to Corvettes I said "they stole the driveline for the C5 from Alfas". His answer was "we took a lot of good ideas from a lot of places". As it turned out, this guy was a design and development engineer for GM on Corvettes. He had worked on the C5 project and was in the process of "flogging" the C6 test "mules". The conversation that followed was pretty interesting(he didn't let out any secrets though)
That's it for now. If I think of anymore I'll add it.