Tuesday, September 18, 2012

20 Moments of 2012

Here are the twenty most memorable oments of the 2012 Indycar Season in my opinion, starting with #20, working our way to #1:

20. Power vs Dixon at Mid-Ohio
A whole race came down to one pit stop, where Scott Dixon's crew gets him out before Will Power for the race lead, and eventually, the win.


Photo: Getty Images

19. Sato vs Castroneves at Edmonton
A thrilling battle that kind of ended in an anti-climatic way, but it was a good battle. If Sato would have been able to get around Helio in the closing laps at Edmonton, that would have been very cool.


Photo: LAT Photo

18. Long Beach Penalties
Every Chevrolet powered team was told to change their engines, resulting in Honda dominance on the grid, but it strangely resulted in Chevrolet dominance in the end.

Chevrolet Wins 2012 Manufacture's Championship
Photo: LAT Photo

17. Newgarden-Bourdais crash at Sonoma
In what Bourdais calls the biggest hit he has ever taken in a car, a frightening crash showed the world just how safe the DW12 is. Coming through the S's at Sonoma, Bourdais went off track and back on, hitting rookie Josef Newgarden sending him straight for the wall. Newgarden slammed the wall, got some air, and came back and cracked Bourdais car in half. Everyone was okay for the most part; Newgarden did suffer a broken finger, a minor injury considering how big the impact was.




16. Dixon Earns a Phantom Penalty at Milwaukee
Dixon blatantly jumps a restart at Milwaukee and gets penalized accordingly... (sarcasm). After race control saw the incorrect replay, they penalized Dixon, and he did serve it. Poor guy.


Milwaukee IndyFest 225 - Day 2
Photo: Getty Images

15. Penske Racing Outraged at Baltimore Over Restart
Ryan Hunter-Reay timed the restart perfectly and Briscoe didn't really get a good jump. You add this in with the fact that Briscoe drivers for Penske, and you have a recipe for a lot of complaining


Photo: LAT Photo

14. Charlie Kimball's Pass at Toronto
"Who are you and what have you done with Charlie Kimball?" were my thoughts as Kimball had a thrilling double overtake in turn three at Toronto, as he later went on to score a second place finish.



Photo: Aaron Elkaim

13. Simon Pagenaud's Restart at Baltimore
Simon Pagenaud did some fantastic work on a restart in Baltimore, going from sixth to first on one straightaway. Well done Simon.


Photo: LAT Photo

12. Tagliani vs Hunter-Reay at Baltimore 
Tagliani spears Hunter-Reay towards the end of the race at Sonoma, jeopardizing Hunter-Reay's chances of winning the championship, causing a heated exchange after the race.


Photo: AP Photos

11. Conway-Power Crash at Indianapolis
A spectacular crash that quite literally happened in front of me at Indianapolis involving Mike Conway in Will Power. Conway, who had just damaged his front wing, spun in turn one, hit the wall, got hit by Power, and went airborne, as his cockpit rotated towards the fence, just nicking the catch fence. Thankfully, everyone was okay.


Photo: Mark Rebilas / US Presswire

10. Viso Crotch Grab at Iowa
Viso and Power collide, taking them both out. Power initially thought he was taken out, and he made some gestures towards Viso, in which Viso responded by grabbing his crotch. I think we all know what he was implying. Best part is I shook that hand about three hours prior to the incident! Hehehehe.



9. Rahal Throws It Away at Texas
Finally, Grahan Rahal will get his second win in Indyc.... Oh shit he hit the wall coming out of four with two laps to go! Man oh man, Graham threw it away. Wilson takes the win.


Photo: Tom Pennington / Getty Images

8. Andretti's vs Rahal at Long Beach
Two things we learned: a) the wheel guard might not be as safe aw we thought since Andretti got airborne b) the rivalry between the two families is still there.



7. Belle Isle Track Debacle 
The track literally started to follow apart in Belle Isle. You know it's really bad when you see Hinchcliffe absolutely livid.


Photo: Bob Brodbeck / AP

6. Bryan Herta's Tribute Lap at Indianapolis
I can only imagine how hard that lap was for Bryan Herta. Herta took a lap in Dan Wheldon's 2011 BHA Indianapolis 500 Winning Car whilst Taps was being played in the pre-race ceremonies. So many emotions. Best part was the standing ovation by the 350,000 fans.


Photo: Getty Images

5. Power Crashes at Fontana
The moment you realized Will Power might have just thrown it away again was when Power crashed. He just lost it on his own, and he almost took Hunter-Reay with him.


Photo: AP

4. Tony Kanaan To The Lead at Indianapolis
In one of the best overtakes ever at Indianapolis, Tony Kanaan made it four wide down the straight on the restart and took the lead. For a second, I thought TK might actually end the curse and win the race.


Photo: Peirce Williams / LAT Photo

3. Helio Wins, Pays Tribute to Dan Wheldon at St. Petersburg
The most emotional moment of the year was when Helio Castroneves celebrated his victory with his usual climbing of the fence. Only this time, he climbed the fence on Dan Wheldon Way, named after the late and great Dan Wheldon. That was the first Indycar race since Las Vegas in 2011.


Photo: AP

2. Ryan Hunter-Reay Wins Title at Fontana
In the drive of his life, Ryan Hunter-Reay, with an average car, drives his way towards the front, capitalizes on a Will Power mistake, and wins the title.


Ryan Hunter-Reay Ryan Hunter-Reay driver of the #28 Andretti Autosport Dallara Chevrolet kisses the Astor Cup after winning the IZOD IndyCar Series Championship after finishing fourth in the IZOD IndyCar Series MAVTV 500 World Championship race at the Auto Club Speedway on September 15, 2012 in Fontana, California.
Photo: Robert Laberge / Getty Images

1. Dario Franchitti vs Takuma Sato at Indianapolis
One of the best Indianapolis 500s in years got one of the most memorable finishes too, as Takuma Sato, the underdog, tried to overtake the legend Dario Franchitti. They made contact, and Sato wrecked, almost taking Dario with him. Dario goes on to win his third Indy 500. Sato was applauded by many for not setteling for second and going for the win. Good for him, I was proud!


Photo: Bill Friel / AP

Thanks for a great year everyone. Roll on 2013!

Let me know what you think.

-Matthew Hickey

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