The Month of May has come and gone again with the completion of another 500-mile stroll around the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
There have been plenty of Mays in the last 16 years — the time in which U.S. open-wheel racing endured a crippling 12-year civil war and its aftermath — that have gone by without much of the luster that traditionally has accompanied the Indianapolis 500, that have left observers wondering if the race could ever again truly live up to its billing as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
I’m here to tell you this: On Sunday, the 96th running of the 500, which Dario Franchitti claimed for his third career Indy victory, it did. In every way imaginable.
The speedway and the IZOD IndyCar Series got pretty much everything it could have hoped to get out of this year’s 500 — the on-track action, the crowd response, the special tributes, the victory and more.
The racing. I think we have an absolute slam dunk on our hands in Dallara’s new DW12 formula...