The field is now set. It's GO Time!
(The Coke Lot field we mean!)
May 19, 2008
Yeah, the field of 33 drivers at THE Speedway nearby is
finally set too. Bump Day saw a C&B favorite mount a valiant effort not just
once, but twice to let it hang out for a four-lap average 219.015 mph and earn
his way into the field.
Buddy Lazier with just 13 minutes left in the day, laid back the wing for speed
and risked it all to get there. Moments later, as the last run possible, Mario
Dominguez tried to do the same and the walls of Indy claimed another victim.
Buddy walks away with the $50,000 Firestone check as the
Last Qualifier and we can think of few others that are more deserving of
that honor. And no, we don't just like Buddy because his wife Kara is
Smokin' Hot...Although that certainly does not hurt…I took the photo of
her here while Buddy made that now famous attempt.
On my way out of the track, I caught Mario Dominguez walking out of
the Clarion Medical Center and I felt just like Zoomie as I snapped the
pic you see here. It was an intensely emotional moment and I was glad to
see the media give him some time to collect his thoughts.
Although many May drivers needed a tow while driving the
track, we stopped by the Coke Lot and realized that we need a mow! All that rain
has left the lot a little ragged looking...They did cut it fairly recently, but
the clumps of wadded up grass could create quite the trip hazard for our guests.
We may be putting a call out for a lawn mower to borrow soon.
We can hardly wait to get the festivities started with the Pre-C&B Party from
about 7:30 on in the Odd Lots at 30th & Georgetown Rd. This BYOB event kicks off
out annual and dreaded "Night of Waiting" for the line to stick so we can be
among the first in the Coke Lot to secure our place.
To those old-school INDY 500 fans, I'm told it's like Christmas a second time
each year. At least you don't have to do the endless shopping and there are no
large credit card bills that come 30 days later. Well, if you help run Camp and
Brew, that can sometimes seem to be the case anyway.
We enjoy putting on the event that has grown to a proportion that we could not
have imagined when planning the first C&B in 2002. Having
Brian's Wish as an integral
part each year at C&B is very important for us. We are always glad to help his
parents Jim and Mary Ann distribute any items that further the knowledge of
ALS and Brian's Wish.
Personally, I have been touched by Brian even though I never met him. His wish
was to make the world more knowledgeable about ALS, a terminal disease, and the
effects it has on the patient, family, caregivers and friends and therefore to
help provide more interest and funding for research facilities to find a cure
for this terrible disease. Camp and Brew plays a small part in making that wish
stay alive. It is a labor of love and there is no intention to stop any time
soon. You all play a large part in helping us at C&B realize that goal each
year. Please give generously once again.
If you can't make it out to donate, you can
DONATE ONLINE or enter our
50/50 race pools where you could win up to $100, with proceeds to Brian's
Wish. For details of where we are, click the FAQ above
and center for information and a map so you can find us.
See you at Camp and Brew!
--Written by Tom, grudgingly approved
(and edited) by Glenn, Tom, Jim, Andy, Sue, and Scott
here to see our
earlier communication about 2008 event specifics.