Paul Charsley picked Lewis Hamilton for the win in Turkey and I thought he may have had Tony Kanaan for Indy but my man Dario Franchitti pulled it out. Paul and I split the predictions 50/50 this weekend.
Dario Franchitti has won his second Indy 500. Leading Dan Wheldon and Alex Loyd in second and third respectively. The race was effectively lost in the pit stops with errors all afternoon from many teams.
The scariest moment in the race was a wicked crash by Mike Conway which left him with a leg injury. Here is the word from Indycar:
Dario Franchitti won both of his second Indianapolis 500 Mile Races under caution.
No matter, the milk still tastes as good.
Franchitti, who lead 155 of the 200 laps, took the twin checkered flags for the second time in his IZOD IndyCar Series career. Dan Wheldon was runner-up for the second consecutive year and Alex Lloyd finished a career-high third.
Scott Dixon was fourth and Danica Patrick — after starting the race a disappointing 23rd — finished fifth.
Franchitti, low of fuel, was heading to the Yard of Bricks when the Nos. 37 and 24 cars of Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mike Conway made contact betweens Turns 3 and 4. Conway’s car went airborne and made contact with the catch fence. He walked away from the incident.
The race did reduce itself to a fuel mileage race where the drivers become conservationists and the racing is seriously hampered but that is part of oval racing for 500 miles. It’s part of the tactics and is where the teams best calculations are put tot the test.
The rain held off and denied David Coulthard the honor of seeing Ashley Judd in a wet sundress but it was a great race nonetheless.