Juan Pablo Montoya
Juan Pablo Montoya wins his second career Indianapolis 500 in epic fashion. Early on in the race, Montoya was rammed by Simona de Silvestro, forcing him to pit for a new rear wing. Fear not, as JPM carved his way through the field and put himself in a position to win the race at the end. Great job by the whole team all month, who, despite not qualifying well and having a poor Carb Day, bounced back when it mattered.
Will Power drove about as good of a race as you can run without winning. Was thoroughly impressed by his race craft and the skills that he showed us. It's time to stop calling him 'the guy who isn't good on ovals' because that has been blown out of the water after the last two and a half years,
Charlie Kimball did a surprisingly great job in the race and could have easily won the damn thing! Why don't we see this Kimball more often?!
Dont' look now, but Graham Rahal has finished in the top-five three straight races and hasn't finished worse than 11th. He sure is a talentless hack who rides off of Daddy... He kept a clean nose in the race and pounced on the misfortunes of others to climb to a P5 finish.
The highly praised iyoung gun Sage Karam got one corner into his second Indy 500 before crashing at the hands of Takuma Sato. His post race tantrum was epic. On Instagram, he said he forgot that he ordered Japanese takout. Jokes aside, this incident sums up Karam's year so far.
Well, he got in two pace laps.. Conor Daly, the American standout and favorite among many fans suffered a mechanical failure before he even took the green flag. A total joke of a result for a great effort by sponsors, driver, and team.
Ed Carpenter tried a pass that didn't work and he as well as Oriol Servia out of the race. Ed was mad at Oriol, when, in fact, Ed was taken out by the same move last year, except he was on the receiving end. I don't think it's ever Ed Carpenter's fault. It's not mystery that I'm not wild about Ed, but he deservedly ends up on the loser list this time.
Dale Coyne Racing
You would have thought that no more Francesco Dracone meant that Dale Coyne Racing was in the clear with their problems... Nope. An unsafe release by James Davison's crew put Davison in the path of teammate Pippa Mann, who hit Davison into the path of both of theirs teammate Tristan Vautier. The result was two hit crew men and two retirmenets from the race. Not a good showing for the team.
Cone of Shame
Well, what is there to say about the first lap incident that hasn't already been said. Anyone with any knowledge of racing knows that Sato should not have stuck his nose outside of a squeezed Sage Karam, who had a car below him. The result was damage for Sato (which would be fixed) and a retirement for Karam. Sato is on borrowed time for sure, and I don't know how or why he still has a job. I place all the blame on Sato for the incident.
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