• May 27th 2008 at 12:58PM
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New Zealand's Scott Dixon led the field at this year's 92nd Indianapolis 500 going into turn 1 of Lap 1 and, after surviving 200 laps of open wheel mayhem at the Brickyard, crossed the finish line first, 1.75 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Vitor Meira. Unfortunately, no one on the Autoblog team witnessed the win, the allure of barbecues and time spent with family this past Memorial Day weekend being too strong to resist. Perhaps that says something about the popularity of open-wheel racing in the U.S., though we suspect the 250,000 in attendance and larger television audience of the Indy 500 this year would disagree.

While Dixon and Chip Ganassi Racing took the win, all eyes were still on Danica Patrick to see if she could pull out the first win for a woman at the Brickyard coming off her victory in Japan last month. Unfortunately, a win for Danica was not meant to be, as her left-rear tire was tagged by Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe coming out of the pits. The contact spun out Patrick and did mortal damage to her rear axle. She was more than a bit miffed (wouldn't you?) and began a determined walk down pit row towards Briscoe's pit box, but a track security officer stopped her and prevented what could've been the race's biggest spectacle.

So the IndyCar Series' most famous race is in the bag, and it was the first since the IRL and Champ Car series reunited. Things are looking up for open-wheel racing in the U.S. despite our own disinterest, and the 92nd running of this year's Indianapolis 500 sounds like it was enjoyable to watch. Maybe we'll sit down for it next year.

If like us you didn't catch the race on TV, check out SpeedTV's recap video after the jump.

[Source: IndyStar.com]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I dont understand how all of the Autoblog bloggers and all of you people commenting trash Indy racing so much. Other than f1 it is the highest tier of motorsports and is the highest tier in North America. How was this years 500 a bore fest!? did you watch it? There was a ton of passing and action. Dixon had the pole and won but Marco Andretti and Tony Kanaan both almost took it leading laps. TK was knocked out due to lapping traffic and Marco due to a wing adjustment at the last pit that shouldnt have been made
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Did they do anything other than go in circles? No? Then it's boring.

        I'm glad you liked it, but I want road courses."

        Well good thing you went to the effort to join a conversation obviously about the biggest oval race of the year, to voice your preference for oval racing. I think I'll go join a gold forum so I can talk about how boring I think it is.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Did they do anything other than go in circles? No? Then it's boring.

        I'm glad you liked it, but I want road courses.
      • 7 Years Ago
      sanimalp: He was careening across the track on his way to being in numerous peices at the time, he was no longer leading anything. Sarah simply got collected. I don't think she went after him for it nor did she go after Andretti who caused the incident in the first place.

      • 7 Years Ago
      They ought to let the teams build whatever kind of car they want. Different engines, chassis, the works.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This race is, in some ways even more stupid and pointless than the Nascar equivalent. Instead of using boring, heavy stock cars to drive in circles all day, they take extremely trick open-wheelers and confine them to an oval. Nice.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "The people running in positions 3 through 7 got virtually no coverage and that's simply not right."

      She WAS 7th, least till she was clipped in what was clearly a jab at her by Briscoe if you watch replays of the incident. He was clearly in the wrong but is getting a pass because people dont like Danica, or more likely women racing in general. Had it been any other driver his team would have been seriously penalized for breaking pitting rules.
      • 7 Years Ago
      How dare that stupid rent-a-cop stop her from getting all crazy on his ass! OMG I would have loved to see her with vanes popping out of her neck and getting all ghetto.
        • 7 Years Ago
        She looks like a bobble head with a regular sized person's helmet on. It would have been pretty funny to see that start swinging away.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am so fed up of all the DP hype! And she admits she didn't have the car to win.

      How come few if any lines are written about Marco's reckless undertake of Tony Kanaan, which caused the latter to spin out and become a mid track unavoidable road block for Sarah Fisher. The SF story of her putting together a small team, losing a major sponsor and still making the race, was the STORY of this years Indy500 in so many ways. She could not even afford the money to do more than the minimum practise laps b4 the event.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Oh yes, the "passing". Here's how passing works on evenly matched cars already wound out to their limitL Get a draft, go buy, other guy gets the draft, passes you back. Oh and the track is only 8 cars wide so be careful. Edge of the seat stuff.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Is it just me , or does she look like Edward Scissorhands?
      • 7 Years Ago
      she looks cute when shes angry.
        • 7 Years Ago
        no she doesnt.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Lol well shes still duable. But you didnt get my comment had a lot more to it , for instance .

        instead of commenting on her anger I was making comments on her apearance wich is why she was in the news in the first place more than she needed to be.

        if she was ugly it would have probably not been posted here. And theres a lot more comments that could have been posted of why she was so mad " hence time of the month" wink wink you get it?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Im an F1 fan, but there's nothing in Indy I would take my time for to watch it...I liked Danica in CART but once she left and I got more into F1 I lost interest, I just started getting into it again (CART) but alas it was spoiled by IRL. I want more road courses, I want more standing starts, I want more races and I want more engines!!! Hell I'd even settle for spec cars as long as there were more races with more turns at least. A month between races!!! Dont gimme a break!
      • 7 Years Ago
      So many errors, I don't know where to start!

      One, Danica was never in CART! She raced in Formula Atlantic, which was a CART feeder series. She's a talented roadracer, having finished 2nd in the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch. That's where many of the best future openwheelers first make a name for themselves.

      Two, Danica would not be the first driver to take issue with another driver. How do you think Tony Stewart made his reputation as a fan favorite?

      Three, while I am not an oval fan, Indy is not your typical oval. It's almost flat, and is closer to a cornered off rectangle than a circle. It has four unique corners instead of the 13 to 20 you typically get in a road course.

      Four, why is it Danica's fault that the media is obsessed with her?

      Five, Tony had very little to complain about when Marco passed him. Marco's pass was clean. That kind of late pass happens all the time. It was Tony's fault for being surprised. Marco had a run on Tony, and I doubt any driver would have lifted or backed out of it, even Tony himself.

      Six, having watched Tony drive since he was in Indy Lights, I have to say, hearing him complain about Marco makes me think he hasn't been paying attention to his own driving. He, more than anyone, currently in the IRL, drives like he's playing chicken with the other drivers.

      Seven, Tony kept it off the wall, great save, but what was that spin towards the infield about? That was all his fault.

      I like Tony, but his whining the last few years is annoying.
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