1 Helio Castroneves 3 Honda 227.970 mph 2 Will Power 12 Honda 227.578 mph 3 Dario Franchitti 10 Honda 226.990 mph 4 Ryan Briscoe 6 Honda 226.554 mph 5 Alex Tagliani 77 Honda 226.390 mph 6 Scott Dixon 9 Honda 226.233 mph 7 Graham Rahal 30 Honda 225.519 mph 8 Ed Carpenter 20 Honda 224.507 mph 9 Hideki Mutoh 06 Honda 223.487 mph 10 Townsend Bell 99 Honda 225.097 mph 11 Justin Wilson 22 Honda 225.050 mph 12 Raphael Matos 2 Honda 225.028 mph 13 Mario Moraes 32 Honda 224.888 mph 14 Davey Hamilton 21 Honda 224.852 mph 15 Mike Conway 24 Honda 224.583 mph 16 Marco Andretti 26 Honda 224.575 mph 17 Ryan Hunter-Reay 37 Honda 224.547 mph 18 Dan Wheldon 4 Honda 224.464 mph 19 E.J. Viso 8 Honda 224.380 mph 20 Tomas Scheckter 23 Honda 224.261 mph 21 Ana Beatriz 25 Honda 224.243 mph 22 Simona De Silvestro 78 Honda 224.228 mph 23 Danica Patrick 7 Honda 224.217 mph 24 Bertrand Baguette 36 Honda 224.189 mph 25 Bruno Junqueira 33 Honda 225.662 mph 26 Alex Lloyd 19 Honda 224.783 mph 27 Mario Romancini 34 Honda 224.641 mph 28 John Andretti 43 Honda 224.518 mph 29 Sarah Fisher 67 Honda 224.434 mph 30 Vitor Meira 14 Honda 224.388 mph 31 Takuma Sato 5 Honda 224.178 mph 32 Tony Kanaan 11 Honda 224.072 mph 33 Sebastian Saavedra 29 Honda 223.634 mph
Bump day had a couple hours of mild interest to start, 40 minutes of high interest to end, and the usual complete tedium in-between (the Cubs game was on then, which worked beautifully.) It was nice that they not only were bumping cars, but they were keeping people who had no business being in the race out of it. Hooray for no Milka Duno and no AJ Foyt IV (though he took care of that himself.)
I was drawn into the phone call for the last ten minutes of qualifying, and I think anyone else who might have been watching this was probably watching Sharks/Hawks. I'm betting even if I could hear what was going on, no one would have an adequate logical reasoning for the decisions to withdrawal times and requalify. Paul Tracy, I can almost understand, due to fear of someone taking the last spot back from him, but what in the world was Jay Howard doing back on that track? There was no reason to take that risk, they didn't have a good car (and didn't seem all that surprised they missed qualifying), and by Sarah Fisher's body language during those four laps, her team is going to lose lots and lots of money by that one horrible decision. It was an amazingly dumb call, along the lines of the Giants fumble against the Eagles - take a knee!
Kanaan's fight to put a car together to actually make it in was fun, but his team's cars all are awful. It's going to be the usual couple teams up front and hopefully they'll be close enough to prevent this from being a Kansas-like parade.
I watched the last "x" minutes after the hockey game ended. I think the split-second thinking was "either we go out or we let Paul Tracy go out and he will surely bump us" so I understand WHY they did what they did...even if it was stupid. Of course, Tracy was stupider earlier. That dude is chock fulla bad luck.
I'd be more interested in this race if Symantec still sponsored a car, but that ended in '08. I fully expect another snoozefest and yet I will still force myself up early to watch it, resulting in committing myself to a mandatory nap somewhere in the middle of the Coke 600.
For all of the hoopla around Danica's complaining Saturday, she's not THAT far off the pace - the cars from 10th to 24th were separated by less than 1 mph on average. Of course, that means the race is either going to be AWESOME or a total parade.
Today's last 30 minutes was madness. And awesome. The race would be better if PT were in, though.
Holy fuck shit motherfucker shit. Read comics. Fuck shit shit fuck shit I sold out when I did my job. Fuck fuck fuck shit fuck. Sorry had to do it....
Revenge of the Sith = one thumb up from me. Fuck shit. I want to tittie fuck your ass. -- The Guinness. to Cerebus
The issue was with Sarah Fisher's team was that I think they were thinking that PT was going to be able to get the car in the field, when in reality only minutes before, he nearly put the car into the wall in turn 2 on the first and second lap of qualification.
Problem is that he simply didn't have the car to do it. Romancini, the current Indy Lights champ had bit left and put it safely into the field but you have to somewhat feel good about Kanaan finally putting 4 laps together. For a while there, it was starting to feel like 1995, when Penske had no cars in the field. Shout out to Takuma Sato, former F1 pilot flying the Lotus colors as well.
I am tired of the hype over Danica...I've grown tired of watching her race...she isn't as good as everyone thought. Ana Beatriz is miles ahead of her in terms of driving skill and I predict that she will win more races then the IRL darling...
Chuck Norris drives an ice cream truck covered in human skulls.
Considering only the Peneske & Ganassi cars were actual contenders, and the race was more about those cars taking themselves out via pit road mishaps than being passed, it still was a decently entertaining race.
Dario didn't seem that close to running out of gas as everyone makes it sound after the fact, but maybe they knew more once they looked at the gas tank. That was quite the crash to end it; I know the car shredding reduces the impact, but they're lucky only three people (the driver and two in the crowd) were hurt with all that flying debris.
I guess Andretti's team had their race setup a lot better figured out than the qualifying one.
Rankings after UFC on Fuel 9 - with the card taking place in Stockholm, notice the big influx of European folks making their debut on the voting panel - we'll see if they stick around... Here are the 72 making up the voting panel this time around: