Miss the Indy 500 over the weekend? Did you record it? If you did you should immediately stop reading this post! Go to another one, or better yet go watch your recording so I don’t have to keep worrying about spoiling it! If you didn’t record it and you live in a cave then read on.
I’ll start off by telling you that this year’s 500 had the most cautions I’ve seen in a while! It was almost like the track was angry at the drivers for some reason. Heck, there was a crash in the first lap and even the last lap with plenty of other incidents sprinkled in-between. Because of all the cautions, the strategy boiled down to fuel and pit stops. It was all about picking the right sequence and predicting yellow flags to make sure you had more fuel than the other guy.
In the last 20 laps or so it came down to a battle between Dario Franchitti, Dan Weldon, and Marco Andretti. Marco fell just short enough on fuel that he couldn’t fight with Dario and Dan. However Dario was also running pretty low on fuel since he built up a huge cap but as he came on lapped traffic he was forced to slow down during the last 5 laps while Dan who was more than adiquate on fuel tried hard to work his way through the traffic and catch Dario. Alas he Wheldon couldn’t quite make it, then a horrific crash involving Ryan-Hunter Reay and Mike Conway turned the white flag lap yellow thus solidifying Dario’s second career Indy 500 win. Check out the race highlights below.