Today mark’s the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500. This is actually the 95th running of this world renowned racing spectacle. This year’s 33 starters featured a variety of racing men & women, as well as other distinctions. In addition to the unpredictable racing action of today’s race are the following tidbits:
- The first winning car in 1911, the Marmon Wasp, was the first race car to utilize a rear view mirror. It saved the weight of the mechanic that rode, as was the tradition & necessity, in early racing.
- A Canadian on the pole for the first time, Alex Tagliani.
- The controversial Indianapolis 500 double-file restarts.
- Charlie Kimball, a Type-1 Diabetic IndyCar racer. If his blood sugar level needed to be addressed during a pitstop, one of the tire changers would inject insulin directly into Charlie’s left thigh. This would be using a Levemir FlexPen, jabbed right through his fire suit!
- Two Andrettis, Marco & John. John, a previous CART driver, has been a NASCAR driver for years. His car #43 is owned by Richard Petty.
- Well, actually three Andrettis if you include Indy 500 racing legend, Mario Andretti. He lead the racer field on the initial pace lap driving a “2-seat rider” Indy Car. This was a part of a special promotion with Wounded Warrior Hero, SGT Latseen Benson. Mario says to visit ShopHonda.com.
- The 7th Chevy Camero Pace Car Convertible, driven by 4-time Indy 500 winner, A.J. Foyt (not Donald Trump!).
- Danica Patrick with GoDaddy commercials & her “poofy” hair.
- Inexperienced drivers losing it & crashing after they drifted into the “gray area” of the Indianapolis 500 oval.
As usual this was a race that had unexpected mishaps & mistaken calculations. There were a surprising number of missing left rear tires! Also, fuel economy played a significant role in how driver results played out.
Wow, what an unexpected final lap finish! We were all ready for rookie J. R. Hildebrand to take away the checkered flag at the yard of bricks! But NO, the turn 4 gray area marbles bit him in the butt!
Congratulations to the newest Indy 50o race winner: Dan Wheldon. This is Indy 500 win #2 for Dan, as you can see by his upheld fingers…
Racing Ready enjoyed the events that transpired resulting in today’s IndyCar racing event. The Indianapolis 500 is always dramatic & today’s happenings did not disappoint!