The Darlington weekend kicked off with the Royal Purple 200. I didn't know what it was either. Sports drink? Engine cleaner? Prince's new CD? Turns out it is a synthetic oil for gasoline engines. Anyway we got there just after noon and drove through the tunnel and into the infield. Our tix from Nationwide Insurance included 'infield suite passes'. At Darlington? I was imagining a tent. I was surprised by the actual suite, pictured down near the end of the post.
All of these pics are from Friday afternoon. After a three hour "scattered" shower, we had a couple hours to kill in the garages before the NW race.
Practice?! We talkin' 'bout practice?!
Rolling into pre-qualifying tech inspection.
The Black Mamba doesn't play well
The cars have to arrive and leave the track
with the grooved tires on. Keeps Jack
Rousch from duplicating all the
WTH is this JGR crewman doing?
Scanning tire inventory?
Yes, he is. Who knew the 'sticker'
had a bar code?
Nationwide's Suite included two magical words,
The view from inside the suite wasn't bad
TVs inside helped keep up, too
Front lawn of the suite. That chain link fence
was only about 25' from the racing surface!
Another day in paradise!