‘IndyCar Practice’ by Michelle Demaras

On Fan Friday we did lots of stuff! I saw my friend Angeline there which was a big surprise! After that, I tried this cool racing simulator. It was a VR game, so I got to put on one of those weird VR headsets for the first time. I crashed a lot, but it was still lots of fun! We even bumped into professional race car driver James Vance, who was coaching. Later, I got to sit in this really retro looking race car called Formula SAE, which was super cool!

I got to ride a dirt bike at this thing called Honda Junior Red Riders! First of all, we had to put on all of our gear. We put on shoulder pads, knee pads, gloves, boots and these really warm long sleeved shirts and pants! We got on our dirt bikes and started riding around. At the beginning, the instructors said to not pass anybody while riding around. But some kids were passing me, which was really annoying. I fell down a lot, but it was still tons of fun!

We got to watch the IndyCar practice from all the way up top of the stands! We were at turn 11, right in front of where Takuma Sato would be pitting!

At every Honda Indy Toronto ‘Fan Friday’ there is an autograph session with the drivers. We had actually already met some of the drivers before, so we brought some old photos of us with the drivers for them to autograph! They had these pre-autographed cards with the drivers on it (which we took for some of the drivers, because we don’t have pictures with all of them) but I thought getting them to sign the pictures with us in them was way cooler. I had one with Ryan Hunter Reay, and he signed it out to Michelle, which was super nice. There was also one with me, Daniel and Simon Pagenaud in it. He signed it and he even said to Daniel that he had grown so much since that picture last year! Sitting next to Pagenaud was Josef Newgarden, and he added that Daniel must’ve had a growth spurt! It was really funny.

When we got to meet Will Power we told him we were the Will Power Fan Club because we all had Team Penske #12 shirts and hats on. I think that made him happy, and he took pictures with us.

It was a really great day! It was so fun, and I hope we go back again next year! But before that I am going to another IndyCar race in August. It’s at the ‘Tricky Triangle” in Pocono. I’m super excited!

Michelle Demaras

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