Helio on the Pole for Indy

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What happened: Helio Castroneves won the pole for the Indianapolis 500 on a windy and cloudy day at IMS. It is his third career pole at Indy. He’s looking for his third career win to match.

What shocked us: Ryan Briscoe, a normally snooze-inducing Penske-bot, surprised everyone by going after the pole with less than twenty minutes remaining. He was already firmly in second position at the time, behind his teammate.  Amazingly, Penske allowed Briscoe to go after Helio.  That’s a risk you don’t see teams take, well, ever.  That’s confidence. Briscoe may have failed improve his position, but kudos to The Captain for injecting a some drama into Pole Day.

Who impressed:  Three second year Indy racers.  Graham Rahal will start fourth for the 93rd running of the 500.  Mario Moraes will start seventh, after starting 28th last year.  Perhaps the biggest shocker is Alex LLoyd in the hot pink ”Her” car.  He bumped Hideki Mutoh and will start eleventh for Sam Schmidt Motorsports. 

Who disappointed:  Dan Wheldon, Ed Carpenter, and Vitor Meira come to mind.  Even though they race for lesser teams these guys have the experience to qualify up front.  Wheldon sustained a crash in practice.  Carpenter was uncharacteristically ”pissed” about his car’s performance on the track.  Meira didn’t even make an attempt.  These guys will try again Sunday afternoon.   

What to look for Sunday:  Starting positions 12 through 22 will be decided.  Look for vets like Paul Tracy, Scott Sharp, and Alex Tagliani to nail down spots.

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Echos of the worst call in NBA history…Larry Johnson’s four-point…I can’t even finish the sentence.  It also echos the second worst call…the Reggie Miller ‘flagrant’ foul at the end of game 7 in 1994.  Geeze, no wonder I hate the NBA.

Who was it that was worried about Peria Jerry’s injury history?  Wow, maybe we dodged a bullet.

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