Quick Post-Race Update
Congratulations to Nashville area resident Dario Franchitti, in capturing his second Indianapolis 500 win. I have to admit, in the end – I was not pulling for Dario. It’s strange that I’ve always pulled for Dario throughout his CART/IndyCar career; but once he joined Ganassi – I haven’t been as big a fan.
As the day wore on, it became clear that Franchitti was absolutely dominating this race – I found myself pulling for anyone to pull up there and challenge him. Tony Kanaan drove the race of his life today, but when he moved into second place – he didn’t have anything for Franchitti.
From the first lap, it was obvious Kanaan was going to be the car to watch. He passed about five cars in the first two turns of the race. After only about four laps of green-flag laps, Kanaan had moved up eleven places. This run by TK was reminiscent of Lloyd Ruby’s charge to the front in 1970. The only difference was that Kanaan’s engine didn’t blow.
Kanaan deserved better than the eleventh place finish he ended up with. When I saw him diving into the pits with just a few laps remaining, my heart sank. It appeared that Franchitti was in conservation mode and I was thinking Kanaan could reel him in.
I was relieved to get into the media center to find out that Mike Conway was in relatively OK condition, after one of the most horrifying crashes I’ve seen at this place in quite a while. I still don’t know much, but his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. I was very concerned, because after showing the replays a few times, there were no further updates over the PA system.
I’ve got to wrap this up. The heat was unbearable today. At one time the announced ambient temperature was 96 degrees. Everyone around me took refuge under the stands for shade except me – not that I’m so tough, I just didn’t want to miss anything. But my group was not happy to be hauling coolers, etc to the car, while I made a quick dash to the air-conditioned media center. If I don’t want to hear about it all the way back to the hotel, I’d better go for now.
I’ll be back later this evening.