Grand Prix Wrap-Up
The second annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis is now in the books. Was it a classic? No. Was it the most boring parade of cars I’ve ever seen? Not really, but it was closer to that than a classic. At least from the Tower Terrace stands where we sat for the entire race. Maybe it looked better on television.
The start was not good. I could see from our seats that things were not going well. They showed a couple of distant replays on the video boards, but I really don’t know exactly what happened. Most of you reading this probably know, but I don’t – not yet anyway.
But this much I do know – the first two-thirds of the race were dull. Pole sitter Will Power dominated from the start. Fortunately, the weather was nice so it was good to sit out there and watch race cars go by. But there was no real drama to get into.
But somewhere along the way, I noticed that Graham Rahal was running up front and staying there. Around Lap Sixty, I realized that not only was Rahal staying in second, but he was cutting into Will Power’s lead. With twenty-two laps remaining, things suddenly got very interesting.
The new video boards do a good job of keeping fans up to date on the intervals. I watched as Rahal closed the gap from 3.6 seconds to 3.4, the 2.1 and all the way down to 2.1 seconds. It may have gone lower than that, but that’s what I saw.
Although it made for some interesting final laps, it was not to be. Will Power won leading wire to wire, except for pit stops. Rahal finished a well-deserved second, with Juan Montoya third.
The first-turn melee took Scott dixon, Josef Newgarden and Jack hawksworth out of contention for the win. They all got going again, but were never factors. Dixon did well to finish tenth. Newgarden finished twentieth and Hawksworth was twenty-third.
But Honda should be proud that Graham Rahal has proven that they can be relevant on road courses. Takuma Sato was the only other Honda in the Top-Ten at ninth.
The crowd was not as big as the last year, but I think the weather forecast scared away some of the potential walk-up crowd. I heard Robin Miller estimate the crowd at barely twenty-thousand. I think it was bigger than that, but obviously smaller than the estimated fifty thousand they had last year. If I had to guess, I would say there were probably thirty to thirty-five thousand on hand today. As you can see from this shot of Stand J, it was not that sparse in spots.
That’s going to do it for now. Susan will have a post up here in the morning (Sunday) that will be interesting, then I will have my usual “Random Thoughts” here on Monday morning. IMS weekend No. 2 of 4 is now behind us. We’ll be back up here next Friday for fast Friday and all of Qualifying weekend. Thanks for following along this weekend and be sure and check out Susan’s post tomorrow.