A quieter start to the “Greatest Month in Racing”

The month of May finally arrived and so it brought with it the first weekend of racing festivities in Indianapolis: the Indy Grand Prix.

And compared to the previous races of the season, it was a rather tame one.

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(Above: Annnnnd they’re off! The starting grid making their way to the green flag.)

The main takeaway is that #12 Will Power took both the pole and the win for the Grand Prix on Saturday. And aside from a good start, he didn’t have to fight too hard to keep it. #3 Helio Castroneves was Power’s only contender at the head of the grid, and each time he lost that lead, he would fight his way back with ease and use his Penske team power to remain there.

I wish I could say the rest of the race was a little different and more exciting, but it really wasn’t. But considering the races we have had this season to compare it to–especially the first corner crash on that first lap in Phoenix–it was just another race. Phoenix was painful to watch, and almost half the field was gone by the end of it.

The Indy GP had some passing, but was well, relatively uneventful.

There were no cautions, especially major cautions (note the first four races of the season), which meant no bunching up or creating an interesting mixing of the field. And I think some of us secretly yearned for one just to liven the race up a bit.

There was a small, non-caution causing incident in the first lap between #27 Marco Andretti and #10 Tony Kanaan. It did a number on the Kanaan, who had rough go for his entire race. Andretti, appeared to have suffered the same fate. Although there wasn’t any damage, his drive through penalty seemed to be enough to hold him in the rear of the field for the rest of the race as well.

On a lighter note for Marco and the rest of the Andretti team, at least all of their cars finished this race (and cheers to that small, yet large victory in itself).

#18 Sebastien Bourdais and #83 Charlie Kimball would not experience the same luck. Bourdais retired after veering off course on the third lap. Kimball would suffer some issues that would cause him to retire on Lap 32.

#15 Graham Rahal had the most impressive finish of the race–considering he started at 20th and finished 6th. Bad luck with these last few races have resulted in weak finishes for Rahal, but he proved himself this weekend with his outstanding progress up the field on Saturday.

The final result: Will Power took the podium, with #9 Scott Dixon for 2nd and #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay for 3rd. It’s the IndyCar dream team.

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(Above: Dixon, Power and Hunter-Reay showing their prizes to the crowd.)

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(Above: Ah yes, champagne everywhere.)

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(Above: Sharing a little bubbly with the crowd.)

It was great to see Power finally get a win this weekend, albeit what looked to be an easier win. But to be fair, luck hadn’t been on his side in his few close wins this season already, so it was time it stayed on his side for one race.

And now everyone will be hoping for as much luck as they can get with the 500 approaching quickly–next in the schedule.

Speaking of–catch live streaming of the IndyCar practices for the 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on IndyCar.com or on the IndyCar Series Facebook page.

And don’t forget qualifying this weekend.

 

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