Good Evening, Fellow EagletRaceFans!!
The preliminaries and preparations are over. The practice laps, engine tune-ups and wheel balancing are complete. Raceday started early with a fuel delivery by Dad to top off the tanks of our two intrepid racers Arky Fittipaldi and Dakota Franchitti. Mom did the honors of stuffing their tanks full and stored the rest of the fuel for future pitstops. The drivers then helped her and Dad straighten up the garage area and Arky cleared her intakes of a spent fuel pellet. Some warm-up laps were taken and some final adjustments were made to aerodynamics and running gear. A extra rest period was taken prior to the final fueling before race time. Tanks were topped off again late morning and the race was under way soon after.
Mom signaled the start with a great fly-off from her sleeping perch and the drivers were under the green flag. After a couple of laps together one or the other would put in to the pits for a rest and relaxation break. As one rested the other would keep the race going, taking laps around the nest, checking out the crowd watching from the pond and keeping the nest safe from intruders. In the mid afternoon the first dual pitstop occurred with a short but tasty tank topper of a very small aquatic avian. Not to long after that a new fuel delivery of sunfish was made too the pits and both drivers helped polish it off in short order. During a break in the action the head groundskeeper took the opportunity to replace a railing that had been damaged in an earlier crash. The drivers were a little unhappy at the delay but realized it was for their safety. As racing resumed the skies were darkening and fans wondered if they could finish the requisite number of laps before the weather put a damper on the race. Both drivers and fans were lucky as Mother Nature was kind and kept the bad stuff for tomorrow during the picnics. Late in the race the drivers traded some paint and stopped in the middle of the track for some beakering to settle the issue.
Very late in the day track maintenance decided the surface needed reconditioning and Dad proceeded to give the contents of the nest a good airing. Since the track was now rough and un-driveable our two intrepid drivers staged a sit-down strike in the middle of the nest and the latest word from the racing officials was the event will be finished next year when two new drivers will compete. As darkness fell the pit crew was on the high perch watching the spectators leave and the two exhausted drivers were sleeping in the middle of the track.
On to the race highlights and some pics of the action!
MN Bound Eagles 5-25-14 Early Panning ~ Breakfast ~ Family Nest
MN Bound Eagles Wingercising, Nibbling, Brunch, Panning, Great Fly Off
MN Bound Eagles 5-25-14 Busy Growing
MN Bound Eagles 5-25-14 Afternoon Snack – Warning Graphic Content
MN Bound Eagles 5-25-14 Stick Coming Thru ~ Nestovers ~ Fresh Fish
MN Bound Eagles 5-25-14 Evening Panning ~ Diggin Up the Nest
And some pics of the race action!
We hope you enjoyed todays Eaglet 500 as much as we did and hope you’ll join us again next year as we will do it all again!
We’ll see you on the nest tomorrow at the post race picnic!
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