Road America 2004

a.k.a. stalking the Bostrom Brothers


Before Penny could find one of the Bostrom brothers, she caught up with Roger Lee Hayden.  She missed her chance to get Eric to sign the picture of them together because he had just taken a bad fall in turn 14, was limping, was looking very pale, and wasn't feeling well enough to sign autographs.  I don't blame him. I did however get a chance to meet and talk with Greg White from Speed. Super nice guy and even though he looks like a gorilla when he interviews the Bostroms or Haydens, he's my size and really not all that big. The racers are just that small.

We then walked through the pits, checking out Miguel's Honda (Pic 1) (Pic 2), Aaron Yates's Suzuki (Pic 1), and Eric's crashed Ducati 999 (Pic 1).

We camped out in turn 5 for some of the superstock practice and watched various riders go by.(Pic 1) (Pic 2) (Pic 3)

The action through turn 6 was great, despite Alex Gobert's lowside into the gravel. (Hooters Bike) (Crash) (Hayden) (Suzuki)

We hung out around the carosel and the new turn after the carosel and saw some really fast action and lots of passing during 600 Supersport practice. (Turn 10) (Tommy Hayden) (Rider #8) (Ben Spies) (One of the Haydens)

Turn 7 was a great place to watch the beginning of  Superbike race 1. (Lap 1) (Lap Board) (Lap 2) (Paul Ducato)

We watched the end of the Superbike race from turn 5. (Mladin) (Eric) (Yates). Duhamel won the race and celebrated in typical Miguel fashion.

After the race, we made our way back to the pits where Penny finally caught up with Ben Bostrom.  Ben was great, and he hung around in the paddock signing autographs for kids (and oogling women) for at least 30 minutes, if not longer.  He was the only factory rider out there for that duration.

As payback for Penny's stalking, the guys posed for this picture with some umbrella girls.

We watched the Formula Extreme race from the main grandstand and then headed into victory lane to see the interviews and trophy presentation.