Monday, May 29, 2006

The Indy 500

After suffering through ten years of the George family trying to screw up open wheel racing in the US, mediocre cars, mediocre drivers, and mediocre interest this year's race was a winner.

Sam Hornish won by 0.06 seconds over Marco Andretti. And what amazed me is that Andretti could have won the race by blocking Hornish at the last moment and declined to do it because it would have been a risky move. He is 19 years old.

Marco's father, Michael Andretti was third. But no one remembers a 2/3 finish at Indy, only the winner. Three generations of drivers, Mario, Michael, and now Marco -- 49 Indy starts -- and only one win -- by Mario in 1969.

But Marco has it in his blood and prooved he can do it ... watch him in the future.

If Michael was the sentimental favorite in the race, the love of every male, Danica Patrick, is the hands-down fav for a date. She finished 8th (finished fourth last year after leading with ten laps to go), and her disappointment was painfully obvious in the sound of her voice and the look on her face. One of these days she will win ... watch.

It was an excellent show. Thank goodness. If it had fallen flat it might be the end of open wheel racing in America.


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