Monday, May 21, 2012

The 96th Running of the The Greatest Spectacle in Racing - Indianapolis 500

On May 27th, the Indianapolis 500 will take place at the Indianapolis Motor Speedyway, home of the Brickyard.  And for the 64th straight year, the field will be full at 33 cars after this weekend's qualifying efforts.

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Pole sitter Ryan Briscoe averaged 226.484 MPH over his 4 laps (10 miles) on the 2.5 mile long course.  He beat 2nd place finisher James Hinchcliffe by 0.0023 seconds or 9.168 inches to be exact.  It was the closest qualifying in the races history.  The previous record was set in 1970 when Al Unser edged Johnny Rutherford by 0.01 seconds over the four-lap qualifying run.

You can find the full line up here.  Coverage will be on ABC Sunday, May 27th beginning at 11am.  This will be the first year the defending champ will not be able to defend his crown due to fatality.  Dan Wheldon won this race last year and was killed in an accident at the World Championships at the end of last season.

In the trials this past weekend, a few wrecks occurred but this was the worst:

Here's the pole sitter's qualifying effort:

I pay attention to the world of auto racing for 2 races each year.  The Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500.  I went to the Indy 500 trials back in 2002 and it was a great time.  The cars move incredibly fast and the whole stadium just shakes.  If you want to know what it feels like, just Google Molly Shannon and Talladega Nights.  It's a great event beginning with the National Anthem, fly by, and celebrity green flag waving.  At the end, it's fun to see the winner drink the milk!

Milk was a bad choice...