Monday, May 31, 2010

94th Indianapolis 500 -

I went to the Indianapolis 500 yesterday and witnessed the greatest spectacle in racing! It truly was. Watching Tony Kanaan work his way up to 2nd from 33rd (dead last) only to run short of fuel and lose several spots. He and teammate Marco Andretti had a good battle going on in 2nd and 3rd positions for a few laps. But the story of the day was Dario Franchitti (or as we call him, Mr. Ashley Judd)! The dude was driving in an absolute groove, and his car was completely dialed in. Congrats to him on his second Indy 500 victory.

We had hoped to see some non-injurious crashes from our third turn vantage point, but the drivers saved the worst for last. Just as he was leaving turn 3, mike conway ran up over Ryan Hunter-Reay's front left tire, sending Conway's blue and yellow car airborne like a summersaulting speed boat. We saw it happen just to our right in the short chute between 3 and 4. The carnage was terrible. I made it down far enough to see the rear quarter sitting by the wall. I was afraid that Conway, who's cockpit saved his life (a cockpit and nose cone were all that was left intact), was seriously injured. Thankfully, he wasn't. The IndyStar got some FANTASTIC pictures of the accident and the other action on the track!

View this gallery at The Indianapolis Star: 2010 Indy 500 crashes