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We’re Still Here…

June 20th, 2011 · No Comments

Sorry for the lack of posts lately… It’s just that your Humble Scribe & Webmaster have been jetting ‘round the globe, sorta… Whale, at least trading vacations as I did partake in this year’s Centennial Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor speedway, commonly known as the Brickyard – due to the fact that some 3.2-million 10lb paver bricks were laid around the 2.5-mile oval in order to improve the safety of competition after the original crushed surface had come apart in 1909, resulting in five fatalities…

And I don’t know if Y’all watched the Memorial Day classic or not? But let me tell you it was a real Humdinger! Along with the fact of being the fifth hottest 500 in history – with a mild 90-degree temperature, whilst baking in the somewhat humid sunshine for nearly four hours. Not to mention standing for the final 30-laps after the races final yellow flag period ended with just 36-laps remaining – which was about the maximum distance the Dallara-Honda’s could travel upon a single tank of Ethanol fuel. As the cagey Dario Franchitti of Chip Ganassi Racing pitted in an attempt to go the entire distance without returning down Pitlane, hopefully being the first to cross the Yard-of-Bricks in his quest for his third victory.

Yet, just like the week before both Dario and his teammate Scott Dixon ran out of fuel and were forced to make unplanned calls to their respective pit stalls to top off the wrongly calculated fuel bladders volume and dropped outta contention for the win.

It was an amazing final 30-laps, as nobody in the cavernous Speedway, the world’s largest stadium – which routinely sets the record for most spectators for a single day’s sporting event… With reputedly it’s Grandstands accommodating 257,000+ paying fans! While somebody told me this year’s 100th Anniversary of the first 500 had 400,000 attendees; CRIKEYS! Was just a real nailbiter – as leader after leader was forced to make that crushing crawl down Pitlane to take a timed splash of Ethanol to quench their Honda V-8’s needed thirst to get to Lap-200, as URGH! Even Danica Patrick led for 10-laps towards the end of the race…

And contrary to the Mainstream Media; it was NOT The Biggest Choke in racing history… As 23yr old American rookie J.R. Hildebrand simply went for the victory instead of puttering behind a slowing competitor on the final lap – as Hildebrand came upon another American rookie; 26yr old Charlie Kimball who was traveling some 94mph slower! Imagine the insane closing rate, eh? As Kimball was trying to limp home on a potentially empty fuel tank, Hildebrand went high onto the marbles and pancaked his racecar’s right side along the Safer barrier on the final corner of the final lap! before managing to drag his wounded vehicle by the scruff of its neck – simply keeping his foot planted on the floor and finishing runner-up to a very surprised Dan Wheldon – who captured his second Indy 500 victory and was a very deserving winner… Especially since it was his only scheduled race of the season and his team Bryan Herta Autosports second ever Indy Car race! While I’ve just learned that J.R. tore his ACL during a Pre-race promotion the Wednesday prior to the Texas Twin 275k’s, which unfortunately won’t help his season any…

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