click above image for more pics of this year's Indy 500
Usually we have little trouble covering the big auto events of the year. Bloggers line up to go to auto shows
and even for those events we don't attend in person, which are often motorsport
events, there's always one or two of us who care enough to watch on TV and whip up a quick recap post.
Then there's the Indy 500, which took place at the famous Brickyard last Sunday. Not one of us watch
CART Champ Car
IRL, instead favoring the American LeMans
Series as our motorsport of choice, with NASCAR's
Nextel Cup coming in a distant second perhaps. Knowing this about Team Autoblog, I set aside some time on Sunday to watch the Indianapolis 500.
Read more after the jump.
I know jack about the IRL and CART, so excuse my egregious errors above, but in my adult lifetime this form of racing in the U.S. has never been interesting enough to watch. I'll catch the Indy 500 out of respect for an historic race with a lot of history, and it's holds my attention because most of the racers are readily identifiable, unless it rains, in which case I'll obviously tune out.
I was enjoying myself watching team Andretti Green Racing dominate the field the first 100 laps of the race. AGR's Tony Kanann seemed like the man to beat during those first 100 laps, but fellow team member Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick were in the hunt and had to deal with charges from Team Penske's Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish, Jr. all afternoon.
Shortly after the race became official with 101 laps, the rain began to fall and the race was delayed with Kanaan, Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick in the 1-2-3 spots. That's where this blogger got up and left, because in between telling us viewers over and over what a coincidence it was that Marco Andretti could possibly finish in second for the second year in a row if the race were stopped on account of rain, the announcers were saying it would take hours for the track to be dried if the race even started again at all.
So whatever happened after that you can read here
just like I did, but the race ended up restarting and ultimately getting called on account of rain on Lap 163. The guy who just happened to be in the lead at the time was Team AGR's Dario Franchitti, who said of his win, "I kind of have half an idea of what it means to win this race now." This guy's married to Ashley Judd, which, after the way this race ended, convinces us he is the luckiest man alive.
Curiously, we were convinced none of you were interested in the results either, as not a single comment or tip came in asking us to post the results.