• May 29, 2007
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.

[Source: Indy500.com]

NOTE: 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.

NOTE: 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.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Mike: When the hell is the USA gonna wise up to Formula 1?
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      Mike, been an F1 fan back in the days of Jimmy Clark. Europe needs F1 the US really doesn't. Trying to "win" fans in the US took a black eye a couple of years back with the Michelin tire farce. Teams fixing the outcome of the races would not be tolerated. Look at the mess with Alonso and Hamilton. I know you remember Scumi and Rubens from a few years back. Also, the races themselves are actually quite dull.

      The reality is while most countries struggles to get one race on the calendar, Here in the US there are other more exciting forms of racing.

      For me: It's Sportscar Racing. Rolex series and ALMS both offer a superior product to all forms of open wheel racing including F1.

      I must take this opportunity to thank Mr. Tony George for ruining what used to be the Great American Race, the Indy 500.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am a huge fan of F1 but F1 cars aren't going a consistent 215 -220 MPH around a track. And I can recall a Brazilian GP that was cut short a while back because of the rain. I believe it was Fisichella's first win and he was with Jordan at the time.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Thank you Mr. Oak for saying what I was thinking. As I can recall this is the first time that "Proud Japanese" has shown ignorance. What a fricking moron. What are you like 12? Next time think before you post something that stupid.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ready and more than willing knowledgeable racing blogger waiting here for Autoblog.
      • 7 Years Ago
      um, "Not one of us watch CART" indy 500 is IRL...
      i think that still explains that you don't watch or see what has happened to the american open wheeled serieses since the mid nineties, but that was an interesting little blunder that i think is yet still indicative of what the cart/irl division has cused in this nation.

      anyway, i only caught the last wreck filled/simply stupid half hour. it just got to be silly. cold tires, spotty rain, last dash for track position knowing that the final red flag was coming. i don't care how boring some of you think it is, give me monaco any day above the hopeless and the clueless vying for the ice cream truck "me first" solution.
      • 7 Years Ago
      About the rain:

      Of course they are on the limit, but so F1's are... ok, you don't have run-off areas in ovals: you don't have them on dry weather too, and they race anyway...

      Can I sugest "rain tires"?
      • 7 Years Ago
      BOTTOM LINE:

      Indy is DEAD.

      When the hell is the USA gonna wise up to Formula 1?

      I'll be rooting for Scott Speed in the STR Ferrari, in the mean time enjoy the Whatever 500...the one race maybe 1,000 Americans watch full of drivers they have never heard of and don't care about when their cookout gets rained out.

      Between CART and F1 there is no room for Indy. Wise up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I can't say I'm nostalgic for the days when Indy 500 was popular. It's oval racing without any contact, which is the only feature that makes Nascar interesting.

      And I'm pretty sure no one cared about the female racers.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So, they still run those crapwagons...?

      And Franchitti happened to be the guy in front when they happened to cancel the race. Is it just me, or has Ashley gotten a lot less hot over the years?
      • 7 Years Ago
      That shot of Ashley Judd in the wet t-shirt is the only reason I read this article. It is a sad day in the history of the Indy 500
        • 7 Years Ago
        "That shot of Ashley Judd in the wet t-shirt is the only reason I read this article."

        It was a dress. :P
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Then there's the Indy 500, which took place at the famous Brickyard last Sunday. Not one of us watch CART, 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."

      Ummmm does that statement mean Autoblog thinks the Indy 500 is a CART race?? If so then I wonder how much they really know about racing.....
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is the future for race car fans. F1's poor standard of TV is one reason why F1 is not going to get any more popular in the USA.
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      Absolute horsedung. Did you see the finish in GT2 at Sebring this year? Did you see the Rolex cars @ LimeRock yesterday?

      Here take a look:

      http://youtube.com/watch?v=fbl_Yjm7VBk

      There is more pure racing in one weekend of ALMS, Rolex or even NASCAR, that there is in all of F1 in a decade. Americans have choices. They chose something else.

      If you really are a fan of F1, you had better watch qualifying, usually is more exciting that friggin' race. 90% of all F1 races are decided on Saturday before the green flag even drops.

      Let's take Monaco for example, that race is pretty much F1's version of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade. No on the track amongst the top 6 cars unless someone blows up or wreck. Another thing, the stewards need to swallow that F@!#%ing blue flag. Unless someone is blatantly blocking. No one in a freaking should have to pull over to let another competitor by, if the faster guys are that good, let them race around the traffic.
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