Greatest Spectacle In Sports Doesn’t Disappoint [GALLERY]
What a finish, did you watch the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday?
The race lived up to it’s title as “The Greatest Spectacle in Sports.” It looked like rookie J. R. Hildebrand was cruising to victory on the last lap, passing a lapped car on the fourth corner and his momentum carried his car into the wall and he ended up sliding his damaged #4 across the finish line second.
Dan Wheldon of England won the race, the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. It was Wheldon’s second win at the Brickyard, he also picked up the trophy in 2005. The sponsor of his #98 car is William Rast, the clothing line created by Justin Timberlake along with his childhood friend Trace Ayala in 2006.
Dan Wheldon had come in second place in the past two Indy 500 races and looked like he was destined for a third until the crash of J.R. Hildebrand.
During the ABC TV coverage, check out the ESPN replays, they showed a group of soldiers happily cheering the driver of the National Guard car and then you can see their happiness turn to anger and disappointment after Hildebrand’s crash in the last corner.
Hildebrand was passing another rookie driver on that final turn, Charlie Kimball, and he admits “I caught him in the wrong piece of track, I got up in the marbles and that was it.”
Dan Wheldon’s contract with Bryan Herta Autosport expired at midnight, so he was still unsure where his next ride will be in auto racing. There’s no guarantee Wheldon or Herta will race again during this Indy Car circuit season.
There were four women drivers in Sunday’s race. Auto racing along with horse racing are the only sports to allow women to compete at the same level as men. The top female finisher was Danica Patrick, who finished in tenth after leading the race for several laps. Pippa Mann was 20th, right in front of Ana Beatriz and Simona De Silvestro ended up in 31st. Click here for complete results.
Sunday’s Indy 500 was the only race Dan Wheldon had scheduled this year and he only led the last 1,000 feet of the race. The one lap that Wheldon is credited with leading, lap 200 of 200, was the fewest ever by race winner.