I hope that Sunday's Indy 500 goes off without a hitch. It really is a very dangerous race. Of course, they all are. I am excited that 3 of my favorites for this race are starting in the first three rows. My fourth favorite is out of the race due to an accident during qualifying.
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Sebastian Bourdais had just pulled the fastest qualifying lap for the Indy 500 when he lost control and plunged into the wall. As you probably know he is on my list of favorite drivers because I know he is a very good driver, but hasn't had much luck lately. Although he started off this year with a bang and then dropping into the 'no luck' mode. In the past under CART/Champ series which came before the latest Indy Car series he was the series champ four times.
He apparently has several fractures of the pelvis and has undergone surgery I hope that at 38 years of age this is not a career ending accident.
Highest qualifier of the day, Ed Carpenter, another personal favorite.
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A sunny day in Spain left Lewis Hamilton with the win. Sebastian Vettel came in second and Daniel Ricciardo, his first podium finish this year, came in third. The teammates of each one of these drivers did not finish.
Nico Hulkenberg came in 6th and Felipe Massa came in 13th. The Haas Team finished in 10th and 14th. The Force India team has been doing better and better with each race, inspite of their ugly pink color. Today they finished in 4th and 5th.
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DIXON, 2ND - POWER, 1ST - HUNTER-REAY, 3RD
On the build-up to the Indy 500 they hold this race two weeks before the 500. In the old days the month of May was practice only. They hold this race at the Speedway, but use the road course left over from Formula One days instead of the oval track. Will Power (I still love that name) came in first for his second win of the season. Which was win number 30 on his overall wins and puts him number 11 on the overall wins for everybody. Third went to Ryan Hunter-Reay which was his 100th top ten finish.
Tony Kanaan and Takuma Sato ended up in 20th and 12th. Sebastian Bourdais unfortunately went out in the first lap. Favorite team, Ed Carpenter Racing, ended up in 9th and 14th. Juan Pablo Montoya, although not racing this season, finished 10th as a practice run to the 500.
Next, the Indy 500.
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Hard to tell exactly when it will happen, but it won't be too long. Both in their early 40's and both still very competitive as witnessed by their last race where Castroneves came in 4th and Kanaan came in 6th. Both of these drivers will be greatly missed when it happens.
VETTEL, 2ND - TONY ROSS FROM MERCEDES - BOTTAS, 1ST - RAIKKONEN, 3RD
Even though I spent several years getting tired of Sebastian Vettel's complaining and constant winning (a plus for him, can't take away what a good driver he is) I found myself cheering him on at the end of this race. We all have to give it to Bottas for a fine job and I guess that is what Mercedes saw in him for their choice. For Bottas this was a first win in Formula One. He bemoaned the fact that it took him over 80 races to do it. He shouldn't be so hard on himself because there have been drivers that drove hundreds of races never to win. Vettel was so close at the end, only 0.617 seconds behind. His teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, came in third.
My favorites are the same, with Hulkenberg in at 8th and Massa finishing 9th due to a last minute flat tire. The American Haas Team had Magnussen in 13th and Grosjean out on lap 52.
A TRULY HAPPY FOR BOTTAS LOOK FROM FORMER TEAMMATE MASSA
I have to give the drivers credit for all appearing happy that Bottas won with handshakes and pats on the back. Although, a cool one from Raikkonen, what would you expect from the 'Iceman.' Or could it be because there is a new Finn in town.
Also a nice touch from Putin. He didn't just pass the trophy and run....he spoke to each of the top winning drivers back stage. This is something that rarely happens.
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My very favorite team for Oval's is Ed Carpenter Racing, who have flown under different names over the last few years, finished in the places mentioned, 3rd and 7th.
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