A great race, a fascinating race, and hopefully a preview of what’s to come on the remaining oval races of the season.
With Chevy literally owning pole day, I like most assumed it would be a knock down drag out fight between the Penske and Andretti camps. Honda may have been late to the party, but they arrived in a big way on Sunday.
The opening laps were great, so much drafting, so much passing, no one able to lead for a large number of laps, I loved it. The tv coverage was also great, several new camera angles, I particularly loved the camera placed low on the outside wall in one of the turns. Seeing the cars fly by at 220, kicking up marbles was thrilling.
While it’s a shame potential winners like Power and Andretti crashed out, the end of the race was awesome. When Kanaan took the lead, the crowd went wild, drowning out the roar of the cars with cheers. I joined them, overjoyed that the likeable Brazilian might win. It proved not to be, but the great duel between the Ganassi drivers and a hard charging Sato more than made up for it. Lot’s of people are criticizing Franchitti, but it was more of a rookie mistake by Sato than anyone’s fault. Time and time again we saw during the race, that if a driver got to low going into turn one and touched the white line they lost all grip and shot up into the wall, the same thing happened to Taku. It was a great emotional win for Franchitti, a dream one-two for Ganassi and a big statement by Honda.
Seeing Dario covered in milk, wife Ashley crying, dedicating his win to Dan’s memory was a great sight and a fitting end to a great race.
My favorite two sights were Barrichello’s impressive race and the might of the new DW12. It gave us better racing, and even in the scary crash between Conway and Power, proved to be very safe. Indycar has taken a new direction this year and if the 500 is a good barometer to go by, we have a very exciting season on our hands.