Sunday, May 30, 2010

Spectacular last lap crash saves Dario Franchitti as he wins his second Indianapolis 500.

Welcome ladies and gentlemen to this beautiful Memorial Day Weekend and as we take time to remember our U.S. men and women in the military services, the 2010 Indianapolis 500 is in the record books and what a race this one was.

Heading into today’s Indianapolis 500, I predicted that not only Penske Racing would win the 500, but Helio Castroneves would join an elite club of four victories. However anything can happen and today it did.

Just after 1pm (12 noon), the green flag flew and it only took Dario Franchitti a good 10 laps or so to grab the lead from the polesitter Helio Castroneves and never really looked back. But it would be a battle to keep the lead.

During the 500, there were several things that left me scratching my head, starting with the black flags for John Andretti and Graham Rahal. Did I miss something in that you’re not allowed to defend your position?

I always thought that holding your line to the bottom going the front straightaway was legal, but I guess it’s not when you have another competitor behind you, instead it’s called blocking. Or I didn’t even catch the Graham Rahal one. But it was really funning to watch Graham Rahal come back of the pits after serving the penalty right in front of the leader and just run his line all the while Dario Franchitti, the leader was trying to get by.

The officials asked for curiosity, but come on, you just blacked flag the guy, and he’s not doing anything wrong as he’s staying on the lead lap, so as one person put it to me while watching it, the officials can “go pound sand”.

Anyway, after a few wrecks and Team Penske basically taking themselves out of the running with several mistakes on pit road including Ryan Briscoe’s pit stop, the Indy 500 would change from a fast & furious race to a fuel conservation race that let’s be honest is boring to watch plain and simply.

At one point in the final laps, lap speeds came down about 20 MPH, yeah that’s not fun, but it’s part of racing. Now at this point, I thought for sure the Dario would have to pit and Dan Wheldon would sweep by and win the race. However all that went out the window as Dario took the white flag, a huge two-car spectacular wreck in turn 3 and turn 4 with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mike Conway resulted in the race was over, fans wouldn’t see if Wheldon could close enough to challenge and Dario Franchitti would become a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.

But after all is said and done, I leave you with a question: Is it wrong, argent or just showing pride that Ganassi had the 2010 Daytona 500 trophy (from Jamie McMurray) and the Indy 500 Borg-Warner Trophy in victory lane?
So say that Chip Ganassi is being argent, while others say it’s just showing pride, what does Motorsports, NASCAR and racing fans think…

(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

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