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  • That cost him several positions that he had to race back against
  • Now that was really scary, but the amazing thing was that he didn't even lose a lap

    • by Orrymain

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      Helio Castroneves was on the pole as the 2009 Indianapolis 500 began after several weeks of preparation in the IndyCar series. The fireworks started early, very early. Young gun Mario Moraes got into Mario Andretti on the first turn of the race. The hot-headed Moraes was quick to blame the young Andretti and planned on confronting him. I don’t know if that ever happened, but I suspect he was stopped first and shown the replay which clearly shows the fault was his.

      After five or so caution laps, the race restarted and when it did, Dario Franchitti zoomed past Castroneves. Finally, the racing began in earnest. There were plenty of other fireworks as

      the race continued. One of the most surprising was when Tony Kanaan’s 7-11 car had something break, and he went head-on into the wall. Fortunately, while a little battered, he was fine. He was worried more about his two-year-old son who was watching the race on TV.

      There were a couple of pit lane incidents of note. Danica Patrick over-slid her pits, costing her four spots at one point. Then Dario Franchitti was given the sign to go and started to but his crew wasn’t done. That cost him several positions that he had to race back against. Then there was a frightening moment when Viggo Meira’s car caught fire. Now ...

      • that was really scary, but the amazing thing was that he didn’t even lose a lap. That car was blazing, so I just don’t understand that.

        I was really impressed with Will Power. He’d replaced Castroneves while he was having his IRS troubles, and he was so good, he found himself with a ride in the 500. He was running a great race when on a caution pit stop, his right rear tire changer had a problem that cost him four precious spots.

        The worst race moment was when Matos and Meira got together towards the end of the race. It was a horrid crash. Matos walked to the ambulance, but Meira was placed on

        a stretcher, and it took a long time to get him out of the car. He was taken to a hospital, alert but complaining of back pain.

        With ten laps to go, it was all Helio Castroneves. He had a huge lead over the second place Dan Wheldon and third place Danica Patrick, and that’s how it finished, Castroneves winning his third Indy 500. He climbed the fence as is his trademark to the cheers of thousands. He’s had quite a year, and his emotions were extremely high. It was very poignant to watch and see just how much this race meant to him.

        It was a great Indy 500, and it couldn’t have had a better ending!

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