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Firestone Indy 300 @ Homestead-Miami Speedway
Pictures, a video clip and visitor info from the 2009 Firestone Indy Car 300 race held at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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Approaching Speedway
Line For Team Penske Tent
Team Penske Tent
A few weeks ago, I received a colorful envelope from Marlboro and Team Penske Racing. Inside, there was a voucher for two free tickets to the Firestone Indy 300 race to be held on Saturday, October 10th at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

We arrived at noon and waited in line for about an hour to exchange our voucher for the free tickets at the Team Penske hospitality tent.

Unfortunately we weren't one of the lucky first 1,500 fans to also get free "Paddock Passes" but we were given mesh backpacks full of Team Penske gear. We later purchased the paddock passes from the ticket windows for $25 per person.

Before the Firestone IndyCar 300 race at 4 PM, we watched the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series "Grand Prix of Miami" championship race at 1 PM.

Spectators Arriving
Front Paddock Area
Race Car Trailers
Before the Firestone Indy 300 race started at 4 PM, we walked around the paddock areas to get a closer look at the IndyCar race cars. All of the vehicles are powered by Honda engines with Honda engineers helping to tune the cars before each race.
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The Fish Bowl Turn
Rolex Sports Car Series

Dario Franchitti ended up winning the Firestone Indy 300 and also the overall championship with 616 IndyCar IRL series points. His teammate, Scott Dixon, finished third in this race and 2nd in the series standings with 605 points. Ryan Briscoe of Team Penske Racing placed 2nd in the race and third in the series with 604 points.

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Pirelli Tires Promo Tent
Some of the other drivers in the race included Tony Kanaan, Helio Castoneves, Hideki Mutoh, Mario Moraes, Alex Lloyd, Tomas Scheckter, Justin Wilson, Graham Rahal, Ed Carpenter, Ryan Hunter, Raphael Matos, Mike Conway, E.J. Viso, Milka Duno, Sarah Fisher, Danica Patrick, Robert Doornbos, Dan Wheldon, Marco Andretti, and Jaques Lazier.
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Honda Generator Charging
# 3 Team Penske IndyCar
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Team Target IndyCar
Target Indy Car Body Work
Honda Engines
# 26 Team Venom Energy

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Team 7 Eleven
Mechanics Working
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# 18 With Rain Tires
During the race, I captured a series of short video clips with my Canon S5 IS digital camera. I edited these together into one short movie that can be viewed by clicking on the blue link below. The video is encoded in the Windows Media Video (WMV) format, runs about 3.5 minutes long, and has a file size of 55 MB. To download the video to your hard drive, right click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save Link As".

Firestone Indy 300 Video Clip @ Homestead-Miami Speedway

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#98 Candlewood Team
Team Balance Vector
# 14 Team ABC Supply
# 2 Perry Ellis IndyCar
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iTeamSports HVMRacing
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Sunoco Gas Sign
Pit Crew Chief & Tent
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# 20 Menards Race Car

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