Sunday, May 26, 2013

So Far, So Good - 2013 Indianapolis 500

I'm not one of those racing fans who wants to see wrecks. There are plenty who do, but that's not real racing.

I've been pleasantly surprised so far that this year's Indianapolis 500 has only seen four drivers drop out of the race so far — JR Hildebrand and Sebastian Saavedra for contact with the wall (and Saavedra for another driver's tires), and Buddy Lazier and Pippa Mann pulled out for mechanical reasons.

However, the ABC race coverage (we're getting the feed out of ABC 7 in New York City) has been less than forthcoming. No one I've talked to knows exactly why Lazier or Mann went out, or who Saavedra made contact with to get bumped out.

My friend and racing expert, Ken, told me he expected 15 cars to finish on the lead lap today, and so far, we're way ahead of his prediction. There are only four drivers out, and two drivers off the lead lap — Katherine Legge (6 laps) and Josef Newgarden (7 laps).

With any luck, this will remain a safe race and we won't see any more wrecks. Any wreck is always a potential life-threatening injury, as we saw in 2010 when Dan Wheldon lost his life in Las Vegas. It may be boring to the bloodthirsty, but any race with few accidents is always the better one.

Besides, it makes for a more exciting finish at the end.


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