Remember the saying that if corn is “knee high by the fourth of July” it will be a good crop. It's only June 28!
As I drove, I used my iPhone to check on potential tracks for later in the evening.
I crossed several state lines during this trip. Indiana would be my 23rd different state to see racing in during 2009.
This photo has it all; the long road to trackchasing prosperity, an old barn to represent my humble midwest beginnings and a flight back to California at the end of the trip.
Ya, I would have liked one of these.
I saw a couple of these signs in town but none of them directed me to the race track.
Was Tony Stewart here?
According to the track program this was the “Junior NASKART Kart” class.
It was going to take me some time to get the lay of the land here.
Although this class looked like they might have adult drivers, the class name included the word “Junior” so I wasn't sure.
This is the track's backstretch. It wouldn't take much to get a few feet right and into a very wide tree.
This is turn one of the makeshift oval at the Sigma Phi Gamma Park in Hartford City, Indiana.
Check this out. The house has a PLASTIC roof!
Just like my hometown in Illinois, this little Indiana town had its share of back alleys. This alley paralled the track's backstretch. I went down this path to get a different view.
The NASKARTS were still racing after I relocated to turn three.
This is turn four and the pit area.
A small crowd without any known trackchasers looked on.
Soon it was time for some “Senior Animal Champs” This may have been the first countable race that I saw.
Yes, this track had a good deal of obstructions.
Nevertheless, I wanted you to see the action from every angle. Note the flagman waving the green flag.
The car's stayed in line down the backstretch as they awaited a restart flag. Note the unusual positions of many spectators.
This is close-up racing action.
The karts had to enter turn three in single file formation or risk running into a hay bale.
The frontstretch allowed the karts to race in multiple grooves.
What do you think the two neighbors watching think of the whole idea?
I was right on top of the racing action.
The police were interested in the goings on as well.
This was a fun event since it was the first time ever an event of this nature had taken place here. Note the race scoring official sitting in golf kart.
The checkered flag falls on the first countable race that I had seen.
Next up was the “Senior Gokart Kart” class. Check out the wide variety of helmet designs.
These guys put on a good show.
This was my favorite kart of the day.
From time to time this race official used a leaf blower to clear the hay straw off the track.
I could not figure out an easy way to get over by the pit area.
This is the senior champ kart class. They were the second countable class out of eight groups racing.
It looks like the flagman has changed.
These guys had some power.
The drivers kept running into the haybales keeping this corner worker very busy.
This was getting to be quite a mess.
The group was very well organized for a first time effort.
Turns three and four seemed to be where the action was.
After a while the entrance to turn three was only one lane wide.
It was a great day to see racing at Sigma Phi Gamma Park.
That's quite a bit of protection for one skinny pole.
The crowd seems to like this situation more than the driver.
You supply the caption.
These silouettes are all over Indiana and especially Ohio.