Indianapolis 500 Live Thread

Who Will Taste the Milk in Victory Lane? [Indianapolis 500 Live Thread]

5/27/12 in IndyCar   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect



May 29, 2011; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indy Car Series driver Dan Wheldon celebrates with the milk after winning the 95th running of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE"A year's waiting is about to come to an end. The two and a half miles beckons."

Today is finally the day, the day of the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500, the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Coverage begins on ABC at 11, with the green flag scheduled for just after noon eastern time, at 12:12 pm.

"No race is faster. No race is closer or more difficult, but Indy is much more."

Ryan Briscoe is the pole sitter, with a four lap average of 226.484 mph. He won that pole by the equivalent of 9.1 inches over James Hinchcliffe. The closeness of the cars has shown in practice. The DW12 has looked very racy during the month. If that continues today, we're going to have a great race on our hands.

"The 500 Mile Race is a celebration, a spectacle, the largest single gathering of people for a sporting event."

Over 250,000 people are expected for today's race. Those people will have to deal with the extreme heat forecasted. The drivers will also have to deal with the conditions, which should created a slick track, entering yet another new variable for this race.

"Indianapolis is dangerous. Its narrow road and concrete walls tear at man and machine. A skillful drive can turn into disaster without warning."

We saw a few crashes in qualifying. Luckily, the DW12 has done its job and everyone walked away. The threat of crashing is always there at the start, especially in midpack, where the two top Ganassis, Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti are starting. They were the top two in Carb Day, so they have the cars to get to the front, but first they have to avoid the early trouble.

"This place more than any other pushes you to the limit, because there's so much at stake."

Much is at stake for Team Penske and Andretti Autosport. Those two teams take up the entire first two rows. For pole sitter Briscoe, it's his chance to finally make his mark and get out of the shadow of his more celebrated teammates. For Helio Castroneves, this is his latest chance to join the immortal Four Wins Club, and for Will Power, it's his chance to show he's not just a road course ace anymore, and looking long-term, put a near hammerlock on the championship.

On the Andretti Autosport side, Ryan Hunter-Reay is trying to put a decent 500 together for the first time in four years, starting on the front row. Hinchcliffe, meanwhile, is trying to finish off a breakout month, one in which victory could propel the gregarious Canadian to stardom. Finally, there's Marco Andretti, who has been talking like he's the favorite, and throughout the month has backed it up (Scott Dixon agrees with Marco). It's been 43 years since an Andretti has been to Victory Lane (as a driver). Is this the year?

May 24, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Aerial view of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the home of the Indianapolis 500 race. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE"The time is now. 33 of the fastest have accepted the challenge, and are ready for racing's ultimate test: 500 miles on a Sunday afternoon in Indiana. Where will the road take them? Too close to the walls, or to Victory Lane and its fame and fortune."

With all the changes in the cars and engines, this has felt like one of the most wide open 500's in recent memory. In addition to those already mentioned, there has been the incredible performance so far by rookie Josef Newgarden. Make no mistake, he will be a factor. We also wonder if this is finally the year for fan favorite Tony Kanaan, who's had so much bad luck at Indy. There is also speculation on how 19 year Formula One veteran Rubens Barrichello will do in his first 500, and how the USAC National Champion, Bryan Clauson, will do in a race hundreds of times bigger in speed and scale than the sprint car races he's so made his own. Can any of them win, or will we have a shock winner that nobody has been talking about? In a field this deep, it's very possible.

"Indy is a human struggle against all odds. It brings pain and anguish while at the same time, incomparable reward."

Last year, on the Centennial Celebration of the 500, saw this contrast as well as any other 500. JR Hildebrand was one corner away from winning the race as a rookie when he hit the wall. Can he achieve the ultimate redemption today?

Of course, the driver who earned the incomparable reward after Hildebrand's anguish was Dan Wheldon, who we tragically lost 5 months later. His memory remains on the mind's of everyone associated with IndyCar racing and the Indy 500. Dan will be missed and remembered before and during the race. Where ever he is though, we can all bet that he'd want us to enjoy the race.

Timing and scoring can be found here (with the radio broadcast in case the TV guys gets too annoying). More Front Wing's event summary can be found here, with the speed charts for every practice session and qualifying. Q it up here throughout the race.

"Whose likeness will be molded in silver to join the historic line? The 500 miles lie ahead."
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5/27/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Is he in the Snake Pit? Or is that on the exit of 4/start of the front stretch?

I'm not sure.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Unofficial Results:

1. Dario Franchitti (wins 3rd Indy 500, joins Meyer, Shaw, Rose, Rutherford, Bobby Unser, and Castroneves as three time winners)
2. Scott Dixon
3. Tony Kanaan (Please racing gods, let him win at least once, if only there hadn't been a late caution)
4. Oriol Servia (came out of nowhere at the end, and might have won if he hadn't ran out of laps)
5. Ryan Briscoe
6. James Hinchcliffe
7. Justin Wilson
8. Charlie Kimball
9. Townsend Bell
10. Helio Castroneves
11. Rubens Barrichello (top rookie)
12. Alex Tagliani
13. Graham Rahal
14. JR Hildebrand
15. James Jakes
16. Simon Pagenaud
17. Takuma Sato DNF (Contact)
18. EJ Viso -1 lap
19. Michel Jourdain -1 lap
20. Sebastien Bourdais -1 lap
21. Ed Carpenter -1 lap
22. Katherine Legge -1 lap
23. Ana Beatriz -10 laps
24. Marco Andretti DNF (Contact)
25. Josef Newgarden DNF (Mechanical)
26. Sebastien Saavedra DNF (Electrical)
27. Ryan Hunter-Reay DNF (Suspension)
28. Will Power DNF (Contact)
29. Mike Conway DNF (Contact)
30. Bryan Clauson DNF (Mechanical)
31. Wade Cunningham DNF (Electrical)
32. Simona de Silvestro DNF (105 Percent Rule)
33. Jean Alesi DNF (105 Percent Rule)

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

New record for lead changes: 35. What a race.

5/27/12   |   hockey54   |   4740 respect

If  Sato and Franchitti`s cars were in reverse positions they woulda reviewed the crash from 23 different angles. :)

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

(Edited by Eric_)

Having see it a few more times, Sato made the move too late. It was after the old F1 starting lines. If Dario goes any more outside, he'd end up in the wall. Sorry haters, I wasn't necessary rooting for him to win either, but Dario won fair and square. Plus, the guy got Viso'ed during the first pitstop, dropped to 29th, and came back to win. That's a great drive and a worthy champion.

Unofficial results coming soon.

5/27/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Sato isn't known for his patience. Some are saying Dario blocked, but well, one of them is pressdog, and he's so anti-Ganassi I have to discount his opinion.

I think its a stretch to call that a block.  Franchitti pretty much invited Sato to wreck himself and Sato did it.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

kantwistaye wrote:
Dammit.. Sato played that so perfectly until that last lap.  Had Dario where he wanted him, just needed some more patience.

Sato isn't known for his patience. Some are saying Dario blocked, but well, one of them is pressdog, and he's so anti-Ganassi I have to discount his opinion.

5/27/12   |   hockey54   |   4740 respect

That is sooo cool Ashley Judd can count to 3!!!! :)

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Sato went too early, and I need to look at that again. That might have been a block party for Dario.

5/27/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

Dammit.. Sato played that so perfectly until that last lap.  Had Dario where he wanted him, just needed some more patience.

5/27/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

That did not work well for TK. Dammit.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

6 to go when the green comes out. I'm probably done here until the finish, because I can barely type.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

6 to go when the green comes out. I'm probably done here until the finish, because I can barely type.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

TK, Dario, Dixon, Briscoe, Wilson, Hinch top 6 with 10 to go. I'm shaking right now.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Marco crashes, completing the Andretti Curse. It's a good thing TK is good at restarts, because he's in the worst possible position for it.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

TKKKKK! GO! GO GO!

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

TKKKKK! GO! GO GO!

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Oh no! Ed spins. Didn't hit anything, but yellow is out, and Ed's great day will be for nothing.

5/27/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

Thank goodness no one hit Carpenter.  Could've been a disaster.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

New record for lead changes!

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Ed to P3!

5/27/12   |   kantwistaye   |   4211 respect

This finish should be nuts.  Looking forward to it.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Carpenter to 4th! He's making his move!

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Put on your seat belts. It's about to get nuts.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

JR topped off, and how has 2 laps on the rest of the field.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Top 5: Dixon, Dario, Sato, Wilson, Kimball. Watch out though for the next three cars: TK, Ed, and Briscoe.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Field comes in to pit. Dixon gets out 1st. Hinch has a very slow pit stop, and apparently ran over a fuel hose, which should be a race killing penalty.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

(Edited by Eric_)

Yellow. Newgarden is stopped just before Turn 3. He radioed in that the engine quit. A great month for him has a bad ending.

36 laps to go could make this very interesting fuel-wise.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

The Ganassi boys are not working together. They're fighting each other and keep passing each other for the lead.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Now Dixon into the lead. 100 miles to go.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Dario into the lead on the restart. 47 to go.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Marco has been throwing tantrums on his radio.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Marco back to 16th. Other notables: TK 8th, Helio 9th, Rubens 10th, Ed 12th, JR 13th, Graham 15th.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Top 5: Sato, Dario, Dixon, Hinch, Wilson

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

It's now officially the hottest 500 on record. Hope everyone on site is staying hydrated and getting out of the heat at times.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Marco pits, then it goes yellow because Saavedra is stopped on the warmup lane.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Marco complaining of the big vibration. He's is very unhappy. Keep in mind we've already seen one Andretti Autosport car retire due to suspension problems.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Pit stops complete. Sato leads, but Dario is right behind him. Dixon 3rd, followed by Marco and Graham.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

RHR is slowing. Radio said suspension problem.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

(Edited by Eric_)

Those that stayed out during the last yellow are now pitting. Marco Sato (TV keeps forgetting about him, but I shouldn't be) should inherit the lead.

5/27/12   |   hockey54   |   4740 respect

Andretti`s boot is melting? Too hot for me eh! :)

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

New darkhorse alert: Justin Wilson is now in 5th.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Here's those who did not stop. This is also your top 10: Dixon, Dario, RHR, Graham, Kimball, Helio, JR, Wilson, Bel, and Jakes

Here's those who did stop: Marco, Sato, TK, Briscoe, Rubens, Hinchcliffe

Ed is in the pits again, but it might be because Ana spun it front of him and he tapped the wall to avoid.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

We know have two different strategies. Marco, Hinch, Sato, TK, Briscoe, among others pitted. The Ganassis stayed out.

Hinch back in. They had a problem on the first pit stop, and he's been complaining about a vibration.

5/27/12   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Eric_ wrote:
Yellow: Ana Beatriz into the wall.

crying I'll have no one left to cheer for..

At least TK is in 8th

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Yellow: Ana Beatriz into the wall.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Well, when they restart the top 5 will be: Marco, Dixon, Dario, Sato, Briscoe. Hinch is 6th, RHR 7th, TK 8th, Graham 9th, Helio 10th.

Rubens is 13th, Ed 14th, Newgarden 24th a lap down.

There are 27 cars left. Out are Power and Conway (crash), Clauson and Cunningham (mechanical/electrical), and de Silvestro and Alesi (parked).

5/27/12   |   hockey54   |   4740 respect

Great crash by Conway! woot woot! I wish we could watch these guys on an oval up here instead of this boring road race at the airport. :(

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Helio was almost hit with a tire from that accident. Unbelievable how many bullets were dodged.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Will was under Mike at one point. Holy *bleep* were they lucky.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Poor Mike Conway gets airborne again. That was very close. Both Will and Mike are OK, and very lucky.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Uh oh. Big crash: Conway and Power. Will is OK and out of the car.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Honda continue to lead the fuel mileage battle. Charlie Kimball is getting the best of it so far. Something to consider for later.

Wow. Mike Conway's crew member took a good whack. Hope he's OK.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Looks like pit stops are starting. Marco is leading the cycle.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Dario up to 6th. Ganassi cars are hooked up.

Unfortunately, TK just made an unscheduled pit stop. sad

5/27/12   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

Go Dixon!!! wink

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Sato to 4th. He's looking real good so far if you're looking for darkhorses. So was Tags until he got a pit speed penalty.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Marco had a big lead, but Dixon is catching him.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Top 5 after the pit stops: Marco, Dixon, Hinchcliffe, Briscoe, Sato.

5/27/12   |   Debi_L   |   11848 respect

On a day like today when the hubby and I are sitting outside our trailer sipping coffee, it's wonderful to have a live race thread smiley

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

First green flag pit stops. It looks like the Hondas got better fuel mileage than the Chevys. Going in to the race, we thought the Chevys would have better mileage, so this is an intriguing development.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Things have calmed down a bit, with Marco and Hinch the top 2. Probably a good thing it calmed down after that restart.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

WTF was that restart?

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Scott wrote:
I can tell right now Eric I didn't pick nearly enough lead changes for your Indy 500 prediction poll

Yeah, I didn't either.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Dario gets Visoed in the pits. The lucky horseshoe Dario has had the last few years appears to be gone this year.

Newgarden stalled it in the pits. Dario and him are now 29th and 30th.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

The Lotuses have been parked, and we have the first caution for Bryan Clauson, who spun in the short chute and didn't hit anything. He Sullivan'ed it.

5/27/12   |   Scott   |   52712 respect

I can tell right now Eric I didn't pick nearly enough lead changes for your Indy 500 prediction poll

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Wow, can these cars draft.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Beautiful alignment and great start!

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

The command has been given. Here we go. Let's hope for a hard fought, but safe race. That's the best way to honor Dan.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Get well soon Jim.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Hinchcliffe comes out in the white shades that were passed out to the fans today in memory of Dan. Another classy move from a classy drivers (I hate invoking the class thing, but I couldn't think of another word).

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

kramer wrote:
Here's a pic from my co-worker who is making me extremely jealous right now.  He just got to his seats and took this pic.

Is he in the Snake Pit? Or is that on the exit of 4/start of the front stretch?

5/27/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Here's hoping for a safe race.  I'm also expecting to see a lot of engine failures in this extreme heat in both the Indy 500 AND the Coke 600 today.  I'm off to fry myself at PNC Park for a Pirates game.  Let's go racing boys and girls, time to start the one day of the year that race fans live for!

5/27/12   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

Here's a pic from my co-worker who is making me extremely jealous right now.  He just got to his seats and took this pic.

5/27/12   |   Canadianhick   |   2149 respect

That ABC pre-race piece on Dan Wheldon was incredibly powerful. Not going to lie it brought a tear to my eye.

5/27/12   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

(Edited by Eric_)

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