Sam Hornish Jr.
Sam Hornish Jr. did the unthinkable, battling back from impossible odds to win the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. I don't even think he knows how he won that. Everyone thought that Marco Andretti had it with two laps to go. Somehow, Hornish came through. Will he follow in the footsteps from Dan Wheldon in 2005 to win the Indy 500 and then the Indycar Championship later in the season?
How epic would it have been that one of the most snakebitten drivers in Indianapolis 500 history, Michael Andretti, who made a comeback to the 500 this season, went on to win the race?! I don't think there would have been a dry eye in the stands (except for those who have an irrational hatred of the Andrettis). Close, but no cigar.
Andretti Green Racing
Marco and Michael Andretti put on quite the show there at the end of the race. I thought they had a dream 1-2 finish shaping up! Even though that didn't happen, 2, 3, 5, 7, and 20 are great results for this powerhouse team with drivers Marco Andretti, Michael Andretti, Tony Kanaan, Dario Franchitti, and Bryan Herta respectively.
Indycar once again found a way to put on a great show on its finest day for the world to see. The racing was fantastic (even though it was a bit dominated by Dan Wheldon), but the finish was gripping and unbelievable. Well done Indycar! An American winning the race is also good for the domestic audience.
Sure Marco Andretti, a 19 year old rookie, finished second in his very first Indianapolis 500, but damn Marco, you were so close!! I, and 300,000 people were screaming our lungs out for you and we thought that you had it! If this is a sign of things to come, then watch out rest of the field.
Helio Castroneves got into a nasty crash with Buddy Rice, ending both of their races. Two wins and a second place finish in the first three races led many to believe that this was Helio's year to win his first Indycar championship. This puts a damper in his plans. Can Helio, who had completed every lap at Indy up to this year, rebound and save his season?
Tomas Scheckter crashed coming out of turn four, not that that is anything new. It was a pretty big hit, glad he walked away. Will Scheckter get his season, and frankly, his career back on path? Two DNFs in four starts is not the best start to his tenure at Vision Racing.
Jeff Bucknum and PJ Chesson
The biggest fear of any driver racing in the Indianapolis came true for Jeff Bucknum and PJ Chesson, and that is crashing on lap one. But hey, at least they got through one turn...
Cone of Shame
Scott Dixon had the race within reach (or at the very least, a great scrap with his teammate Dan Wheldon in store) before blocking Tony Kanaan, throwing his race away. This culminated a serious let down performance by Chip Ganassi Racing. Hopefully they can bounce back and take down Team Penske for the remainder of the season. Not the result that Dixon, and Wheldon for that matter, that they were looking for.
Let me know if there are any classic races that you want to see me do a Winners and Losers for!