Before getting to lighthearted matters, I would like to wish James Hinchcliffe a full and fast recovery. When John and I recorded our One Take Only on Monday night, we did not know the gravity of the situation at that time. We were under the assumption that it was no more than a fractured femur, which is serious enough.
Surely you didn’t think that Race Week would come and go without an episode of One Take Only, did you? This site gets a lot more traffic in May than other months – especially the week leading up to the Indianapolis 500, so there are probably many who have never been exposed to this video phenomenon. If you are strictly a May visitor – once you watch it, you may never come back here again.
Suffice it to say, this was a strange weekend. From mid-week, the oddities began. Susan found out her work would take her to Indianapolis early, so that opened the door for me to get up there on Thursday night. For once, I arrived at the track before the gates opened on Fast Friday. Rain had been forecast for Friday, but it was hot and sunny.
I’ve been coming to this place for a long time, and this was one of the stranger days that I’ve seen. This place was a pressure cooker this morning. It was borderline amusing to watch all of the news hounds chasing every lead and rumor that was running through here. Since I just ramble on with my opinion about stuff and never report news, it made for good entertainment to watch and hear everyone reporting rumors.
Mark Miles and Derrick Walker addressed the media regarding last-minute qualification changes. First, there will be no points awarded for qualifying as was done last year. That’s huge because there are enough points awarded for the pole-sitter and front row to significantly alter the point standings.