Thursday, May 7, 2009

Marco Quickest at Indy on Vets' First Day

Grandpa Mario must have been proud today as Marco showed everyone else the way at Indy this afternoon on a very busy day at IMS. Word was he had a tow however, while Helio did not and set second quick time, with both over 225. After Wednesday's complete washout, teams were anxious to hit the bricks today and ran 2,199 laps between 10:30 a.m. and the final gun at 6:00 p.m.

The day started off foggy and overcast but turned warm and beautiful by mid afternoon, but not too hot for the fast guys to do what they do at the Speedway: go fast and turn left. Ryan Hunter-Reay in one of Tony George's Vision Racing cars was involved in the only incident on the day coming off of Turn 2 but the car didn't look too badly damaged when we saw it on the hook in the garage area. We spent most of the day on the front side searching for driver shots and interesting people. We found a bunch, and had a wonderful day at the track, especially with the fickle May weather cooperating as it did. Tomorrow would be equally busy if the weather is the same as 32 cars with 31 driver combinations hit the track today with rookie Mike Conway running the most laps.

If today's results are a preview for pole day, it looks like it will go about like I predicted with the Penske, Ganassi, and Andretti Green teams leading the way, with Newman Haas Lanigan and Panther sneaking a peak at the top 11. And there was Paul Tracy in 12th, seven years since running Indy last, and as racy as ever. It was great to see him out there and I hope he gets a chance at redemption May 24th. He deserves to be in IndyCars in my opinion and he will certainly help sell tickets at the IRL's Canadian races later this summer. Maybe he'll even get in a scuffle or two to liven things up a tad off the track.

I can't wait to see what tomorrow will bring. See you out there!

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