was a brief show by an aerobatic pilot, then the presentation of colors
by the Air Force honor guard. Following the National Anthem and a
low pass by three F-15 Eagles, the call went out "Drivers, start your
Once everyone was clear, the field rolled off behind the pace car, for
two pace laps. The first lap the pace car brought the field down
the pit road, to demonstrate the pit lane speed limit. This is
important as few of the cars have speedometers. At the end of the
second pace lap, the starter threw the green flag, and the race was
Cars gridded on the front straight.
Dean is driving the first stint, he came in for fuel and went back out
for another hour. He will then come in and pass the car off to
Dan, who will also do a double-stint.
Pictures from the morning, and most of the cars on grid here: