Scot takes second Indy 500 win; Wheldon takes second
31 May 2010

Dario Franchitti has won the Indy 500, the second time in his career that he has won the self-procalimed 'world's greatest motor race'.

Franchitti was the fastest man throughout the race, leading the vast majority of laps and heading the field by a margin of up to 10s at times.

Dan Wheldon finished in second place, capping a fine day for British motorsport after a strong drive through the field.

Another Brit Alex Lloyd had been set to take a remarkable third place, but he was later dropped to fourth after being adjudged to have overtaken Michael Andretti just after the yellow flags flew.

The caution flags were shown after British driver Mike Conway, who had led the race late on after running an alternative fuel strategy, rode over the back of Ryan Hunter-Reay's car and flew into the fencing. The back end of Conway's car was ripped off before it crashed back down onto the track.

The other British driver in the race, Justin Wilson, took seventh after a strong run that included a race-leading stint.

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31 May 2010

An Italo-Scot - and a well deserved second-time win for a likeable guy.

31 May 2010

[quote Los Angeles]An Italo-Scot[/quote]

Born in Bathgate no less!

Fantastic to hear he's won the Indy 500. Shame we don't get to hear more on how well he's doing.

31 May 2010

This event is a very pale shadow of its former self, they've got a nerve to call it "The world's greatest motor race".

As some indication of how 'Indy-Lite' compares to the past, take a look at the entry list for the 1994 race. 4 of the field ended up as F1 World Champions, a further five stood on F1 podiums, two were sportscar world champions, one a Le Mans winner, and others were champions in other fairly important classes such as IMSA and Trans-Am, now that was a world class event.
Some of the drivers taking part yesterday, are barely 'household names', even in their own households.
I'm not really knocking it, any racing is better than no racing at all, but years of pointless in-fighting between racing organisations and sanctioning bodies, has devalued US open-wheel racing to the point that it's all rather pointless, if you'll forgive the repetition, but anyway, well done to Dario, Dan and the other British drivers.

31 May 2010

Sticking it to our American cousins again, sweet!

Peter Cavellini.

31 May 2010

Michael Andretti = Marco Andretti.

And should any Andretti be referred to as Italo-American?

31 May 2010

[quote Brava]..should any Andretti be referred to as Italo-American? [/quote]

Only Mario, not son Michael of grandson Marco. Andretti senior didn't leave Italy until the age of 15, and he didn't become a US citizen until the age of 24.

31 May 2010

[quote Rob 7] Only Mario, not son Michael of grandson Marco. Andretti senior didn't leave Italy until the age of 15, and he didn't become a US citizen until the age of 24. [/quote]

And Dario was born in the UK?

31 May 2010

[quote Brava]And Dario was born in the UK?[/quote]

As was pointed out a few posts ago, Dario was born in Bathgate, West Lothian, that's in Scotland, UK.

31 May 2010

[quote Rob 7]As was pointed out a few posts ago, Dario was born in Bathgate, West Lothian, that's in Scotland, UK.[/quote]

That was what's commonly known as 'a retorical question'.

If Franchitti, born in Scotland, is an Italo-Scot, then the Andretti's, not just the first generation, should be Italo-Americans.

31 May 2010

[quote Rob 7]

This event is a very pale shadow of its former self, they've got a nerve to call it "The world's greatest motor race. I'm not really knocking it, but years of pointless in-fighting between racing organizations and sanctioning bodies, has devalued US open-wheel racing to the point that it's all rather pointless."

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I'm not really knocking it? Sounds like your ripping it to me. Maybe you should stick to watching parades at Monaco. Now that's pointless.

Congrats Dario! I'm glad Mike Conway survived his huge crash with only a broken leg. The Indy 500 is still the worlds greatest motor race!

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