So, the new Force India qualified in 3rd and 4th place, how nice. I think that the old owner is doing jail time for tax problems which puts him on my 'hero' list. So, now they have new owners with some money and they are still 'pink.' The winning number was pulled by Sebastian Vettel followed by Lewis Hamilton and Max Vestappen.
Hulkenberg didn't finish after causing an accident with himself, Charles Lecerc and Fernando Alonso in the firs lap. I don't like the looks of the HALO on Formula One, but it appears that it saved serious injury to Charles Lecerc. Force India finished 5th and 6th and Haas Team finished 7th and 8th,
AN 'OUCH' BROUGHT TO YOU BY HULKENBERG, ALONSO AND LECERC
If it is Saturday and you are doing 500 miles it must be Texas. They burn these guys out a couple of different times a year. One I would say is after the Indy 500 followed by three races in close succession, And now two 500 milers back to back and then a third race to top it off. The top three tthis week are Will Power, Alexander Rossi and Scot Dixon.
Takuma Sato finished in 9th and Tony Kanaan in 13th. The Ed Carpenter Team in 6th and 12th. A new rookie doing quite well is Zack Veach who came in 5th. Robert Wickens is still on the mend from his terrible accident last week.
You always know that it is bad when the TV cameras move away from an accident. When one car is torn to pieces and they focus on all the other cars involved. Robert Wickens has been a new favorite of mine since the started this season. He had been having good luck racing in Europe and decided that he would take the opportunity to race in Indycar. It was just a matter of time before he started winning on a regular basis.After his medical flight to the hospital it took them hours to report his injuries. Which may get worse as time goes on. At the moment he is suffering broken legs, broken right arm, bruised lungs and spinal injuries. One thing I know about these drivers is that the work very hard to mend and be back to racing as soon as possible. Of course, it is true, that some never get repaired well enough to return. I have a lot of faith in this guy and if there is any way to survive and return he will do it. There are many drivers racing right now that have survived horrific injuries and they will be by his side until he recovers. He will be in my thoughts throughout the long hard road in front of him.
These ovals are always a bit crazy. Well, this track is more of a triangle than an oval. Alexander Rossi had a tremendous run, almost passing everybody in the field. Not easy. Behind him is Will Power by only a few seconds. Scott Dixon was in third and I think they were the only ones on the same lap. Rossi and Power at least 40 seconds ahead of the third place.
The Ed Carpenter Team finished with Carpenter in 10th and Pigot in 16th even though he did not finish. All places below this did not finish.
Tony Kanaan ended in 17th, but he also did not finish. Takumo Sato and Robert Wickens and others were taken out in a major accident which required Wickens to be flown to the hospital by helicopter. They tell us that he is awake and alert, but not saying if there were any injuries. The accident required a two hour red-flag to clean up. The accident is in the video below.
Mickey Thompson broke and made many land speed records over the years. Since the murder of Mickey and his wife his son Danny has gone on to take up the challenge. Every year a new record. Last week the came up with a two-way run of 448.757 miles per hour for the 50th Anniversary.
Fernando Alonso will not be in Formula One for 2019. After 17 years the two-time champion has decided to hang it up. I think that we could all see this coming. His rides the last few years have been a disaster....except for his win at Le Mans this year. Over the years he has been involved in some things that I didn't like very well, but he is an excellent driver. Even though he is pushing Formula One retirement age I hope that he shows up in some racing format.
This woman - Gail Wise, who is my age - bought this car at age 22 for $3,447.50 which was brand new at the time. She drove it for 15 years and then stuck it in the garage with the promise from her husband that he would restore it some day. A long way down the road he did it in his retirement and in the process discovered that the car was the first Mustang sold. In its restored condition it would hit the auction block between $35,000 and $55,000 Wait a minute...first Mustang....must be worth some thing. Well, they say it is....$350,000 to $450,000.
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