YacamÃ¡n Up, Up, and Away in Balloon Race at IMS INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (May 10, 2010) -- This past weekend Gustavo "Tigrillo" YacamÃ¡n's love for competition took him to an unusual place, the sky. The No. 10 Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor...
Yacamán Up, Up, and Away in Balloon Race at IMS
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (May 10, 2010) -- This past weekend Gustavo "Tigrillo" Yacamán's love for competition took him to an unusual place, the sky. The No. 10 Cape Motorsports with Wayne Taylor Racing driver took part in the Founders Race, a hot air balloon event that is part of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Centennial Era Balloon Festival presented by AT&T.
The race used the "hare and hound" format in which competitors followed the lead AT&T balloon (the hare), with the balloonist who tossed a beanbag closest to the hare's landing zone winning.
Originally scheduled for 8 a.m. on Saturday, May 8th, the event was moved to Sunday morning due to 20 mph winds in the area. The change meant the young Colombian driver got back-to-back 5 a.m. wake up calls, but he did not mind.
"The balloon experience was awesome," Yacamán said. "I really wanted to do it, and I did. I loved everything that has to do with flying, but this was one of the best experiences I have had. It was an amazing morning at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and I got to see an incredible view of the track filled by balloons. I want to thank Ruthy Forbs and Suzi Elliot for setting it up for me!"
The 2010 Centennial Era Balloon Festival presented by AT&T served as a kickoff to an exciting month of May at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Yacamán will be competing in the Firestone Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 28th. The driver will first take to the track Thursday, May 13th at Noon for orientation laps and then practice on Friday, May 14th beginning at 10 a.m.
After a week off, practice will resume on Thursday, May 27th at 9 a.m. Following another practice at 11:45 a.m., qualifying will take place at 3 p.m. that same day. The Firestone Freedom 100 will be held on the Friday before the Indianapolis 500, May 28th, which is also known as Miller Lite Carb Day. Tickets can be purchased at www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com. The race will be shown on VERSUS.
-source: cape motorsports/wayne taylor racing