So after a day of…nothing but movies, beers and storms..Monday was a blast.

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First things first. I had to get the exhaust put back on the WR04. I had no lift, I had barely any tools. After fighting a little bit in the garage I realized this was not going to be done without an exhaust pipe spreader…and I sure didn’t have one of those in the trunk.

I went by a few places but since I drove a “modified” car, no one really wanted to help me, maybe it’s a liability issue, I don’t know. I was finally referred to M&M Muffler & Automotive Services (317) 873-6683, On DeAndra Drive in Zionsville. Great bunch of guys..(and gal!) there. I showed up at lunch time, and he took me in first thing when the boys got back. Didn’t take long, but there we’re polite, did a great job and I recommend them to any of you guys who happen to be in Indy and need something done. (Not to mention the wicked collection of Die-Cast car models in the waiting room…it’s practically a museum)

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So the exhaust was on and I was on my way… to the Andretti Racing Shop…

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Nick Ford from Andretti Racing was kind enough to take me on a tour of this unbelievable racing mecca they call a “shop”. I pulled in not knowing what to expect from one of the most respected shops in the Indy Racing League, but let me tell you, I was quickly assured of my suspecting hope. This shop is nothing short if AMAZING. Not only can you eat off the floor, but you can build an Indy car inside as well!

It’s awesome to see the advancement of motor car racing. I mean..this is not only racing, but it’s a business. And this tightly run ship knows how to do it. Everything is in house, everything is made to race, and everything is custom. It’s a racer’s dream, and nothing short of magical.

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I shall now refer to them as Shock’n'Awe.

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And of course, couldn’t be complete without a cheesy picture of yours truly:

Nick is a great guy and by the compliments he was getting as we were touring, he’s going to continue to play an important role in Indy car in the future.

He’s also building up a classic Mustang and we’re gonna try and help him out with some parts…I let him take the WR04 out for a rip and I think he likes the TKO tranny ;)

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After that excitement, I thought I had capped out…but nope…waiting for us…tickets to the Indianapolis Indians Minor’s baseball game.

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.You have to understand, Indy is a decently sized city, but still has that small town feel..and what’s a weekend in a small town without checking out the play-by-play while drinking a few beers, eating dollar hot-dogs and havin’ a  field full a gooooood times.

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So there we were, almost dead behind homeplate 3 rows up:

It’s great to watch hometown crowds watch baseball, they’re so proud of their team and you wouldn’t believe what happens when we score.

So we kicked Toledo ass (literally) and we went home happy…what a great night!

Jun 29th by Bannon



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