Sitting here listening to Jackson Browne’s “Running on Empty” to figure how to describe this race. You want twists? We got ’em. You want turns? Here ya go. How about more twists and turns? Have all you want. This race was definitely one of the best 500’s I’ve seen.
I can divide the race into three chapters: Hunter-Reay’s race, Helio’s race, anybody’s race. The latter happened to be the one Alexander Rossi won. Ryan Hunter-Reay looked the strongest in the first part of the race. Through many lead changes and passes, he was out front the most. Tom be taken out by his teammate in the pits is unpardonable. I will discuss Townsend Bell some other time. It seems he is always causing havoc at Indy.
With Hunter-Reay out of contention, Helio Castroneves came to the front with what looked like a strong car. The Penske machine seemed to come to life after his second pit stop. The bump from bell in the pits didn’t affect his car much. Contact with J. R. Hildebrand effectively ended his victory hopes.
Now the last third race. It appeared we would be watching a great duel between Kanaan, Newgarden, and Munoz to the end. The issue was, the last yellow happened just a bit too early for most to make that pit stop during caution their last one. Except my friend brad and I thought, for Alexander Rossi. He would need one less stop than everyone else. He was a bit,off sequence the last half of the race. That strategy worked. He had enough fuel for not quite half a victory lap.
I have now seen 50 races. Before the start, I was thinking there is nothing that will happen today that i haven’t seen before. Okay, I was wrong. I will have more posted later this week on my thoughts about the entire event. Enjoy your Memorial Day.