first things first, the neon garage

The Little Las Vegas Sign (Photo Credit: The Fast and the Fabulous/Valli Hilaire)I got back from Las Vegas yesterday and I’m still tired. I’m going to break up my recap of Sunday into separate posts, along with photos ‘cause there’s kind of a lot to talk about.

To start, I gotta talk about the Neon Garage.

The Neon Garage at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a playground for adults. At least that’s what it looks like to me. There’s a big bar, food and a concert stage right smack dab in the middle of the garage. The thing I loved about it the most is how much of the team garages you can actually see. You could even go one step further and say that you really don’t even need to get a garage pass. There are windows into each of the team’s stalls, from the top and the bottom so that fans can see in from almost every angle. The teams have no privacy when they’re working on their cars. If someone’s butt crack is showing or they’re picking their nose everybody is going to see it.

Some other pluses for the fans are the fact that the place is super clean and just incredibly open. Oh and about that concert stage. I saw the impersonators for Elvis and Stevie Wonder. And really it’s not a trip to Vegas without a performance from Elvis right? In addition to Stevie and Elvis there was a complete line-up of celebrity impersonators and then a bunch of cover bands — no race weekend is complete without a cover of “Life is a Highway.”


Through the looking glass -- the No. 48 Lowes team work on their car (Photo Credit: The Fast and the Fabulous/Valli Hilaire)

Through the looking glass -- the No. 5 Kelloggs team work on their car (Photo Credit: The Fast and the Fabulous/Valli Hilaire)

The Neon Garage (Photo Credit: The Fast and the Fabulous/Valli Hilaire)

The Neon Garage (Photo Credit: The Fast and the Fabulous/Valli Hilaire)

The Neon Garage (Photo Credit: The Fast and the Fabulous/Valli Hilaire)

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