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My Indy 500 awards

     The formal Indy 500 banquet has been held.  The event was not televised ( a travesty, in my opinion-- I thought it had some merit as a local TV event).  Tony Kanaan received his well-deserved 2-point-four million dollar check for winning the thing.
      Now that's all well and good... but it's time for the the most important (in my mind) awards to come out... the first TTOS Indy 500 Awards. Here goes...

-- The "I Never Thought I Would Get the Milk Shower" award:  Kanaan.  He was in a distinct and formidable field of stars to never win the 500-- a field headed by recent driver Michael Andretti and legendary driver Rex Mays.  He left that neighborhood with his win-- a very popular one among both fans AND fellow drivers.  And his Victory Lane milk celebration was the best part of the post race ceremonies...

-- The "Newest Snakebit Andretti" Award:  Marco Andretti.  He could have won in his rookie year, but lost on the final lap to Sam Hornish, Junior.  After that, he did what Andrettis do at the Speedway-- qualify great, look great in the race for 400 miles, and either drop out or fade in the final 100 miles.  Still only one Andretti win at the Speedway-- Mario's in 1969-- despite Andrettis being part of almost EVERY race since then.  The Andrettis love the Speedway so much they hate it-- and the fans still love the Andrettis, as they should.

-- The "What have YOU done with YOUR Second Chance?" Award:  AJ Allmendinger.  The guy has been around so long, you forget he was a rookie at the Speedway.  Allmendinger was a open wheel driver who went to race for Richard Petty in NASCAR.  After some success, he was picked up by Roger Penske in NASCAR.  Drug problems did him in, as he was fired by Penske's NASCAR team-- but he came clean, got clean, and guess who picked him back up for the Indy 500?  You guessed it, Roger Penske.  Allmendinger repaid Penske's faith with a seventh place finish that could have been even better, had a loose seat belt not got him out  of pit sync.  I have to admit, I was rooting for the guy-- like almost all Americans, I love a redemption story-- and Allmendinger's is as good as any.  

-- The "Was this the Indy 500 or the Brickyard 400 ?" award to this year's race.  68 lead changes-- double last year's record.  18 of the 33 drivers led at one point or another.  And a first victory for popular Brazilian Tony Kanaan.  By the way, he is an adopted Hoosier, so there is another Indiana tie....

-- The "Indiana Hometown Hero" award:  Ed Carpenter, Junior. Kanaan moved here-- and owns the state's esteem and love this morning-- but you still have a soft spot for those born and raised here.  Carpenter grew up near Indianapolis, got into the open wheels, and took the pole.  He led some in the race before falling back.

-- The "Danica Patrick Legacy" award:  To the 4 women who qualified for the race.  It will not be long before a woman wins this thing-- but the best shot will be if Patrick gives up NASCAR to give it another chance.

And Finally....

-- The "Will Anyone Else ever do the Double?" award.  The Indy 500 and NASCAR Coke 600-- "The Double"-- on the same day.   Four or five drivers have tried it-- only one finished top 10 in both-- Tony Stewart.  The year he tried it?  7th at the Indy 500, and 4th at the Coke 600-- and is stil the only man to complete the entire 1,100 miles in one day.  Now that the Coke 600 start time has been moved back, can anyone do the "Double"?  Some names here-- headed by Danica Patrick.  She can do it, I believe.  The other names for "doublers" include Sam Hornish Junior, Tony Stewart, AJ Allmendinger (there's that name again!)-- and Kurt Busch.  Busch tested at Indianapolis this month-- raising questions about a possible future double.  It is possible....

                                                     That's my take-- I'm Tom Lee.

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Locations : IndianaIndianapolis
People : Danica PatrickKurt BuschMarco AndrettiMichael AndrettiRex MaysRichard PettyRoger PenskeSam HornishSam Hornish JuniorTony KanaanTony Stewart

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05/28/2013 7:47AM
My Indy 500 awards
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