Friday, May 25, 2012

Full Field Breakdown/Preview for the Indy 500

Previous 500's = how many times they have previously raced at Indy for the 500. Color codes: 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, 4th Place, 5th Place. Driver by driver preview (in order of grid position):

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Ryan Briscoe
Previous 500's: 6 
I guess he's the favorite for the race because he won the pole, but I don't think there is such a thing as a favorite in this years field. Anyone can win, and looking at previous results by Ryan, I don't expect him to win. I'm hoping he succeeds but I am not holding my breath. 

James Hinchcliffe
Previous 500's: 1
Hinch has been one of the few fan favorites this month as mainstream fans are finally seeing the other side of him. With Greg Moore guiding him, expect Hinch to have a strong showing. 

Ryan Hunter-Reay
Previous 500's: 4
Much better circumstances compared to last year, Ryan is looking for a good result at one of the few tracks were has failed to succeed.

Marco Andretti
Previous 500's: 6
Every 500 he's been in (excluding '08), Marco has had a chance to win. I don't see why it would be any different this year, he is a contender.  

Will Power
Previous 500's: 4
Will Power has had good runs at Indy in the past but a minor mistake here and there has caused the victory to be out of reach half way through the race.

Helio Castroneves
Previous 500's: 11
I would love to see Helio join the list of the four time winners at Indy. But he isn't one to carve his way through the field so he needs a mistake free race to keep himself in contention the whole race.

Josef Newgarden
Previous 500's: 0
The story of the month has been standout rookie Josef Newgarden, who has been pacing the Honda engines throughout the month of may. Can he put everything together and contend for the win? I say yes!

Tony Kanaan
Previous 500's: 10
Tony is driving for more than a win. He's driving for, not only the chance to put his face on the Borg Warner next to Dan Wheldon's, but also the chance to win it for his friend, Dan Wheldon. He has tried and failed 10 times, but everything seems to be in place for TK to win.

EJ Viso
Previous 500's: 4
EJ has never run well at Indy, but conventinal wisdom says that will change this year. He has a fast car, he just needs to pace himself throughout the race. 

Rubens Barrichello
Previous 500's: 0
The world watches as Rubens Barrichello makes his first start at Indy for the 500. He is very high up in the field and just needs to settle in after the first couple of laps. 

Alex Tagliani
Previous 500's: 3
2011 Pole Winning Driver + 2011 Indy 500 Winning Team = Recipe for success? I think they have a strong showing.

Graham Rahal
Previous 500's: 4
Many forgot about his third place finish last year. I haven't, and I am expecting a top-five finish from Golden Graham.

Ana Beatriz
Previous 500's: 2
Time to put up or shut up for Bia. Her teammates are fast, and in order for her future in Indycar to survive, she needs a good showing.

Charlie Kimball
Previous 500's: 1 
If the aggressive Charlie Kimball shows up on race day, then I expect good things. If not, then I won't bother wasting your time with a sentence on how he will do great, cause he won't.

Scott Dixon
Previous 500's: 9
Dixon knows what he's doing, expect him in the front late in the race. 

Dario Franchitti
Previous 500's: 8
Dario knows what he's doing, expect him in the front late in the race. 

James Jakes
Previous 500's: 0
No track record for Jakes excluding him getting bumped last year, so I have no idea what too expect. 

JR Hildebrand
Previous 500's: 1
So conventional wisdom says Panther will finish in 2nd? I'll give them the benefit of the doubt and go 3rd for them this year. Let's hope they can get past the 800th turn.

Takuma Sato
Previous 500's: 2
Sato is on a Indy 500 winning team who clearly know what they doing. Focusing more on the race setup in the week should bode well for him. 

Townsend Bell
Previous 500's: 5
I think Townsend Bell really loves running the 500, and the passion is there. I don't think he has a shot in hell at winning. 

Justin Wilson
Previous 500's: 4
Justin Wilson will quietly sneak his way to the front. 

Michel Jourdain Jr.
Previous 500's: 1
No one leaves Indy for 16 years, comes back, and has a good race. Nobody. I do not see Jourdain competing for a win. 

Simon Pagenaud
Previous 500's: 0
Jean Giraud will most definietly enjoy his first 500, a dream come true for him. The question is, will he contend for a win? It could go either way.

Sebastian Saavedra
Previous 500's: 1
Surprised Indycar hasn't fined him for that crazy hair of his.  

Sebastien Bourdais
Previous 500's: 1
Bourdais finally gets a good engine, but lack of testing puts him behind the eight ball.

Wade Cunningham
Previous 500's: 0
I was impressed with Wade's aggressiveness last year in the select races he ran. If I could compare him to one driver, it would be Tomas Scheckter. 

Oriol Servia
Previous 500's: 3
Big O has lost his Lotus and is now running with Panther. Talk about a win-win. Expect him to charge through the field. 

Ed Carpenter
Previous 500's: 7
Ed has had a rough month. I'm trying to figure out if he has a car good enough to make it through the field and get him to the top, as of right now, I think not. 

Mike Conway
Previous 500's: 2
Brutal month for Conway, Indy just hates this guy. 

Katherine Legge
Previous 500's: 0
The roller coaster of a month for Lady Katherine Legge finally builds up to her big moment, just finish the race Kat. 

Bryan Clauson 
Previous 500's: 0
Keep your eyes on this guy, he will be on a charge and I am expecting a top-ten from him. 

Simona de Silvestro
Previous 500's: 2
I hope she enjoys her five laps of racing before getting black flagged. 

Jean Alesi
Previous 500's: 0
I hope he enjoys his five laps of racing before getting black flagged.


Let me know what you all think, and if you have an opinion, please share.

-Matthew Hickey

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