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Monday, May 31, 2010

2010 Indy 500 Thoughts

A pretty good race; they saved the best for last.

The most memorable thing was how everybody was trying to be the slowest near the end. Racing is about being the fastest, but not this time. The need to stretch the fuel to the end led the drivers to get slower and slower. It was edge-of-your-seat stuff, but it was bizarre, too.

I thought Helio would be able to go to the end and might be able to steal the win, but he had to pit for fuel. Tony Kanaan ran a surprisingly strong race, but had to pit as well. Dan Wheldon could have won it if his team had known he had enough fuel left to run flat out to the finish, but he settled for second.

Give the ironman award to Ryan Hunter-Reay, who injured his thumb in a collision on pit road. The collision caused the steering wheel to spin and catch his thumb, tearing the ligaments. He realized it was serious when he went to push a button and his thumb bent back. It must've hurt like hell, but real race car drivers don't get out of the car just because they broke their thumb.

There were more wrecks than usual, including a spectacular one at the very end. I don't need to post it here. If you didn't see it on the news, you can find it on YouTube.

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