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Did You Watch All Three?

May 27, 2013 - Al Stephenson
The greatest race day of the year took place yesterday. Gearheads could watch Formula One racing from Monaco, the Indy 500 and the Coca Cola 600 -Nascar's longest race - all in one day. I must admit that I took in all three.

Nico Rosberg led all 78 laps on the awesome street course in Monaco. He took home the trophy 30 years to the day after father Keke did the same. A few interesting crashes lent some excitement to a race that Rosberg dominated. The only real drama involved a pigeon that decided to land on the track. He pulled a Houdini act when Rosberg came flying at him and managed to escape unharmed.

At Indianapolis Tony Kanaan took the checkered flag under caution which usually makes the crowd unhappy. T.K.'s was a very popular win however, and the Brazilian was greeted with cheers as he pumped his fist crossing the yard of bricks.

At Charlotte the most interesting part of the evening may have been the broken cable from a Fox Sports camera that injured ten race fans and damaged two cars. Nascar should get kudos for allowing Marcus Ambrose and Kyle Busch to repair their cars without penalty. It was weird, but what would you expect with a full moon shining down by race end.

The prerace festivities are always special on Memorial Day Weekend. I have been to Indy and there is a twenty minute time period just prior to the race that will make the hair stand up on your neck. Taps, the invocation, the National Anthem, Jim Nabors singing Back Home Again in Indiana followed by the command to start the engines is awesome to watch on TV. To be there and experience it in person is almost beyond description.

The view from my seat suggests that yesterday was a great day for race fans. Most of us realize the debt we owe to our servicemen who have and continue to put their lives on the line for the defense of the freedoms we enjoy is the most important part of the weekend.

To all servicemen - thank you!


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