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Old 07-28-2007, 08:48 AM
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San Jose Gran Prix, HOLY COW!!!

Yesterday I took a half day off from work and took my son to the San Jose Gran Prix, that was one of the most exciting things I have ever witnessed.

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A few weeks ago I posted about the NASCAR race I went to at Sears Point raceway. That was pretty cool, in comparison it was like going to RC car race at a shopping center parking lot. To be walking down a sidewalk where you have walked before and having cars going past about 25 feet away on the street at about 160 mph, now THAT is exciting!! HOLY COW, that was WILD!!!! Our seats were in the gold #2 grandstands right on the corner before the straightaway across from the pits. If you look at this photo of the pits, I have eaten at a resturant right there! That was a crazy part, the grand stands were sitting right on a parking lot where I have parked many times with the family to go to the theater. We walked right down the side walk with taxis and stuff driving by, but today, its a race track.

To see those 1200 lb 800hp cars come around that corner and accellerate down the straight was awsome. So stand on the straight and watch them go by was even more awsome! I have never experianced a racing event as exciting, not even close. Being so close to the action looking right into those guys faces as they came around that corner, all I can say is DAMN, to get paid to do that for a living, DAMN!

And then, the "drifting" show, I have to say, I didn't have much respect for these "racers" when I first saw this stuff a few years ago. My son and I were on an S turn right out of a corner and saw some AMAZING driving! These guys put on a show!!!!! The crowd was SCREAMING as they went by three abreast side by side in a drift! It was WILD!

Met some old co-workers of mine from S-W, getting free beer, watched my boy race slot cars while a live band was playing Rock-n-Roll across the room, and a scantly clad model was standing in the booth next to me, it was a GREAT day.

I HIGHLY recommend getting out there if you have a chance. Or of course if you are not near here, if a city street style race comes your way, GO FOR IT, it is truely intertaining.

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Although I didn't go this year or last year, I would like to.

With so many people putting down California for being so strict in regards to things automotive, I sure don't see alot of other cities doing this sort of thing.

I like California

Cheers to San Jose.

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Old 07-28-2007, 09:19 AM
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Mikey, you are right there guy, get going! It is AWSOME! It was easy to park the whole experiance was just a pleasure. They had vintage NASCARS running as well, and you get to go in the "pits" (inside an air condtioned building!) before and after they raced and walk up amoung them (no ropes, nothing!). It was SUPER cool. There were tons of vendors with cool goodies, GREAT food, you have to check it out Mikey.

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havnt been to the san jose grand prix, but have been to the long beach grand prix several times, its awesome, indy cars racing on city streets. the long beach course even goes through the under ground parking lot of a hotel!!!
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Old 07-28-2007, 03:11 PM
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Yeah, it was wild, much better than I thought it would be. I figured that being you could see so little of the track at one time it would not be good. Well, with the large screens where they shots from all over the track, that along with the comentators it has all the best parts of watching it on TV with inside info and stuff like that, along with SUPER up close action.

The bummer is, this is the third year of the race and they have not made money on any of them. Talk is, this may be the last! But at least I got to one of them.

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The bummer is, this is the third year of the race and they have not made money on any of them. Talk is, this may be the last! But at least I got to one of them.

Brian
My boss, being European, is an avid Grand Prix fan. He also says the owners of the organizations have stated that they do lose money in the races held in the western hemisphere and are working on eliminating all except for one or two in Canada and maybe one in Brazil.

They used to have it through downtown Houston ( they now do it in Reliant stadiums parking lot) and it was always a blast. As was mentioned, there is nothing as cool as a race car ripping through the streets where you have driven and thought you were "pushing it" when you were 15MPH over the limit!

I started watching IRL and Champ races a couple years ago as a replacement for NASCAR. There is no comparison! Open wheel races are nothing short of awesome. Danica Patrick has still not returned my calls or answered my emails, but I am a fan anyway. She'll come around.
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The problem as mentioned with GP and road course racing is that you can't see the whole track. That might be part of the drawback. And, as I've found out playing live shows in a band, seems like everyone has "something else to do".
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