Ethanol Car Out Early

Chuck Zimmerman

Ethanol CarWell, Jimmy got 47 laps in but he’s done. I don’t have any information on why but he’s out. That’s tough but it gives me a good excuse to pack up and leave early and beat the crowd out. At least while the car was running it looked good!

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Ethanol Car Control Center

Chuck Zimmerman

Car CockpitI know there’s no way I could fit inside this thing. This is what Jimmy Kite will be holding onto for dear life at 220 or more mph in just a few minutes from now!

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Sounds of The Pit

Chuck Zimmerman

Tire PracticeBefore the race gets started the pit crew has to practice their tire changing. They changed tires several times before they felt like they were ready.

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Kite Ready To Race For Ethanol

Chuck Zimmerman

Jimmy KiteThe garage area is inside the track and it’s here that all the last-minute work is done on the cars. Some cars are already being wheeled out and some are still in pieces as they fine tune the engines.

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Indy 500 Church

Chuck Zimmerman

PriestHere’s something you don’t see everyday. I went to church yesterday not knowing that there’s a racing ministry that arranges on-site services here in the conference center on Sunday morning. It’s the first time I’ve ever seen a priest with a b&w checkered stole!

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Marching Bands Warm Up The Track

Chuck Zimmerman

Navy BandIt’s early at the track but eventhough I left my hotel at 5:20am it still took me an 1 1/2 hours to get here. I guess multiple marching bands for entertainment on the track is a tradition. This Navy band from Illinois was the first in a long line of bands that are still marching out here.

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Illinois Corn Sponsors Team Ethanol

Chuck Zimmerman

Bryan FogersonOne of the sponsors of Team Ethanol this year is the Illinois Corn Marketing Board. Representing them at the media event on Friday was Bryan Fogerson, board member and corn grower from Tuscola, IL. Bryan allowed me to interview him about his organization’s sponsorship and he talks about what the increased use of ethanol will mean to farmers and consumers.

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