Friday, May 28, 2010
Target Rules Indy Carb Day - Cunningham Wins Lights Race
On a hot and beautiful spring day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Target Ganassi teammates Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon ruled the roost in final Carburetion Day practice, both able to run laps in excess of 225 in race trim. Penske duo Will Power followed in third with Helio in fifth sandwiching the most impressive run of the day by Bruno Junquiera in fourth. All 33 teams got on track and Tony Kanaan was back in his original car and will start shotgun on the field Sunday. From my vantage point in Turn 3, it was a clean final hour of practice under the midday sun and bodes well for a fast race Sunday as numerous drivers were able to run over 220 in race trim. I will have a full field rundown before Sunday with my annual predication for the winner.
Wade Cunningham won the highly entertaining Firestone Indy Lights Freedom 100 race, taking his third win at Indianapolis in the process. Surprise pole winner Pippa Mann was taken out by a spinning Jeff Simmons on Lap 2 in the first turn which opened the door for some great wheel to wheel battles among the top 5 Lights drivers. The remainder of the race was clean and green but Cunningham had to hold off several stout challenges to take the win.
The wrapup for the day was provided by that little band from Texas, ZZ Top. A huge crowd gathered in the infield road course section for the show by these rock legends amid sweltering conditions at the 3:30 concert time. I will be back with much more as the weekend progresses and hope that everyone got home safely from the Speedway today. The heat took its toll on many of the partiers that we saw throughout the day and Sunday promises more of the same conditions for the 500. It sure looked like everyone had a good time: I know we did and the best is yet to come in less that 48 hours. Back again soon!