Our First Indy Car Race At Texas Motor Speedway

Last night, Kevin, Katelynn, Sara and I went to the Indy Car Racing at the Texas Motor Speedway. Sara’s school won the Speeding To Read contest for the second year in the row. And her class read the most books in her school. Therefore, she and her classmates won tickets to the DXC Technology 600 – Indy Car Racing Series at Texas Motor Speedway.

When we arrived, we watched the No Limits Offroad Rumble. After the National Anthem, three F-16 flew over the Racetrack, before the IndyCar Racing started at about 7:45 pm.

Kevin, the girls and I didn’t stay until the end of the race. The girls were tired, and we wanted to get out, before we get stuck in traffic. This way, it was a smooth way ride back home.

NASCAR: Speeding To Read & Texas Motor Speedway ’18

Sara’s Elememtary school is the winner in the Speeding To Read competition for the second year in the row. Last year, the students got a visit from NASCAR driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr. On Thurday, Aric Almirola came to their school. Aric got quite a few questions asked about NASCAR, the car he’s driving, and personal questions from several students. He was very patient explaining the answers to the kids.

Second-grader Mirayah Wortman won this year’s Lionel Racing’s “Design a Die-Cast” challenge. She chose the colors red, orange and yellow, which represent fire fighters. Aric admired the design and said, that his father was a fire fighter for over 30 years. “But NASCAR drivers don’t like fire!” he joked. Last year’s model car, which was designed by Xavier Gooden, will be in Walmart stores and Target stores by July.

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NASCAR Cup O’Reilly 500 At Texas Motor Speedway

Oh boy! That was an interesting race, yesterday afternoon. The race started out with 37 cars, and ended with 20 left when Kyle Busch went though the finish line. With other words: The race was far from being boring. Alex Bowman hit the wall right in front of us in the third or fourth lap. He kept going, but left a lot of smoke behind. Most NASCAR drivers drove through the pit area; but some went straight over the grass, because they couldn’t see anything. All they could hope for was not hitting anything. The smoke was just too thick.

The race went so smooth, I almost dozed off while texting on my phone, when Martin Truex Jr., (#78) blew his tire. That BOOM woke my a$$ up, quickly. I said to Kevin and Sara: “Ooh, finally we get some action here!” And it didn’t take long until Kyle Larson (#42) plowed into the wall right at Turn 2. Minutes later, Denny Hamlin (#11) lost control over his vehicle and caused a pile up in Turn 4. Unfortunately Jimmie Johnson (#48) and Aric Almirola (#10) got involved in that wreck and were out of the race. 😢

After more tires and engines blew up, and some car fires (not major, but stinky … I still can smell the burned rubber a day later. LOL), only 20 cars were left in the race. Kyle Busch (#18) went though the finish line, and Kevin Harvick (#4) was on his heals. Bubba (#43) was the rookie and finished 8th. Sara wore her Bubba t-shirt for “Good Luck”. And it worked. 😉 What a crazy and fun race it was at the Texas Motor Speedway, yesterday.

Fort Worth Japanese Garden

A couple of years ago, I visited the Japanese Garden in Fort Worth. It looks so beautiful, when Autumn arrives in the garden. Here are some photos I’ve captured in 2015.

Rock of Ages ~ Casa Mañana, Fort Worth, Texas

Kevin and I saw the musical “Rock of Ages” at the Casa Mañana in Fort Worth, last night. It was very refreshing listening to songs, we used to know every word of the lyrics back when we were teenagers. Surprisingly, I found out right inside the theater, that we got seats in the first row. We were so close to the stage, that “Stacee Jaxx” couldn’t resist flipping a thong in my face. I kept the thong as a souvenir. 😀 😉

Overall, the show was awesome. We had an amazing evening, enjoying great music on a Saturday evening. Kevin and I definitely have to repeat that. ❤

Fort Worth At Night – Tarrant County Courthouse

When Sam, my now 22-year-old son, visited the United States two years ago, we went to Fort Worth for one evening. It was a perfect February evening to walk around and see some famous landmarks of Fort Worth. In this blog I focus on the Tarrant County Courthouse.

Fort Worth, Texas

Still living in Germany, when I was younger I needed to get away from my hometown, Würzburg, sometimes. I bought a train ticket and made a day trip to Munich. Seeing something different, with another but still similar mentality gave me a mental boost. I came back happy and went to work telling what I did on my day off, the next day. Munich is in the same state and has a lot of similarity. But it was still different from Würzburg.

In the US, I feel the same way. When I need to see something different than the Dallas, Denton, or Collin County cities, I drive to Fort Worth. It still has the charm of a Texas city and is more relaxed than Dallas. It seems to go in a slower pace. And I like that about Fort Worth.

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Fort Worth, Texas (2014)

In October 2014, Sara and I decided to go to Fort Worth to walk along the north side of Trinity River. I wanted to capture some photos of the skyline, the Paddock Viaduct and the Old TXU North Main Power Plant. Packed with some snacks, juices and water, we were on our way. Parking in Fort Worth can be the same “nightmare” as in any other big city. But we figured out to get around it. While Sara was chasing a squirrel back and forth, and played “Hide ‘n’ Seek” with it, I could photograph the historical landmarks along the river. 😉

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