• May 29th 2006 at 1:32AM
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Did you watch it? We didn't, but after reading about the outcome we're regretting not being in front of the television for the thrilling finale of the Indianapolis 500. Sam Hornish Jr. edged out 19-year-old Marco Andretti, son of Michael Andretti, by a mere .0635 seconds for the checkered flag. Marco actually passed his father to take the lead in the waning laps and was left to fend off Hornish, who was charging the young driver after losing a lap late in the race on a penalty incurred when he left the pits with his fuel hose still connected. Undeterred by a failed passing attempt on the second last lap, Hornish kept the pressure on and made his move on the last corner to pull beside the young Andretti and beat him by less than a nose. Though papa Andretti was proud of his son, Marco was reportedly disappointed in continuing his father's winless streak at Indianapolis.
For those who care, Danica Patrick held her own and ran as high as fifth before finishing eighth overall.

[Source: Indy500.com]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Danica gets all of the attention because of her looks. Were she an average or ugly woman, her "press" would be severely limited.

      Besides that, a terrific finish!
      • 9 Years Ago
      You know this kind of sucks... read any article and in the first couple of paragraph you will know who came in 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 8TH!!!
      D@mn, I wonder if she wasn't attractive, would she still get this attention....
      • 9 Years Ago
      Cut Danica some slack... She's still on pace with some of the best drivers ever. Last time I remember seeing she's got somewhere around 20 races (or something) and most notable drivers didn't get their first win until their 40th race.

      ""Of the drivers in the [Indy 500] field last year, it took the average driver 33 races to win their first race," Patrick said. "And there are some darn good drivers in the field, and so that's next year for me already. So it's not like I'm behind schedule or anything."" - Danica Patrick
      • 9 Years Ago
      has danica even won a single race yet?
      • 9 Years Ago
      I think the biggest thing is his tenacity. He has a great feel, and he drives the thing. He does whatever it takes to go around the track. He’ll correct in the corner 10 times and never complain about it. He just drives hard. I think his dad brought that out in him.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Andretti let up on 4, made a rookie mistake thinking he had it in the bag.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Where does Hornish find that speed? He was passing people on the last lap like they were standing still. In a series with so many rules, you would think the cars would be matched a little more evenly. You don't see that much of a speed differential in NASCAR, Champ cars or F1. Methinks Penske is bending the engine rules a bit. There must be some cheat codes in their engine management software!
      • 9 Years Ago
      No, but because she's reasonably good and amazingly hot she's famous. That's what a lot of female singers due anyway, middling on talent but incredibly hot and nobody gives them grief about it. Now granted, how many guys she beat by merely finishing eighth?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Great finish.
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