Sunday Pits and Paddock

Sunday Pits and Paddock

These shots were taken in and around the Paddock and Pits area before and after the Warm-up session on Sunday morning. The weather cleared during the session allowing some fast times to be set, but the sky soon opened and drenched us again afterwards.
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Alessandro Zanardi enters the pits during the warm-up session.

Zanardi Pitting
Zanardi in the driver's seat

Zanardi waits in the cockpit of his Target Chip Ganassi Racing Reynard/Honda for the warm-up to resume after a brief shower.

20 year-old Mexican rookie Michel Jourdain Jr. similarly waits patiently in his Herdez Lola/Ford.

Michel Jourdain Jr. waiting to go
Vasser in pits

Last year's series champion Jimmy Vasser drops into the Target pits for more fuel and a change from wet to dry-weather tyres.

Zanardi also pits while Dario Franchitti approaches his pit area and the Penske cars of Al Unser Jr. and Paul Tracy race past on the track.

Zanardi in pits from bridge
Ribiero and Unser peel off

Andre Ribeiro (Tasman Lola/Honda) and Al Unser Jr. peel off onto the pit road.

Paul Tracy puts his Marlboro Penske Mercedes through its paces on the front straight.

Tracy down the straight
Zanardi slides into pit

Alex Zanardi slides in for another pit stop.

Jimmy Vasser discussing his performance in the Target Chip Ganassi Racing garage area.

Vasser in garage
Blundell eats banana

Mark Blundell caught in the PacWest garage eating the banana that helped propel him to victory in the race.

Canadian Greg Moore by the Player's Forsythe Racing Team trailer.

Moore turns round
Ribeiro rides out

Andre Ribeiro preparing to dash off from the Tasman motorhome.

And finally, Zanardi about to leave us in the Target garage, where we had been sheltering from the rain, to walk over to the pit wall for the start of the race.

Zanardi leaving

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