Monday, May 24, 2010

The Grid: Indepth

Countries represented: (13)

(9) United States
(8) Brazil
(4) Britain
(2) Australia
(2) Japan
(1) Belgium
(1) Canada
(1) Columbia
(1) New Zealand
(1) Scotland
(1) South Africa
(1) Switzerland
(1) Venezuela

Teams: (18)

(5) Andretti
(4) DRR
(3) KVRT
(3) Penske
(2) Conquest
(2) dFDR
(2) Ganassi
(1) BHA
(1) Coyne
(1) Fisher
(1) Foyt
(1) NHR
(1) Panther
(1) RLR
(1) SSM/Ganassi
(1) Vision/Panther

-A record breaking 4 Woman in the Indianapolis 500: Danica Patrick, Sarah Fisher, Simona De Silvestro (R), Ana Beatriz (R)

-3 family combinations qualified: Ma. Andretti/Mi. Andretti, E. Carpenter/T. George, G. Rahal/B. Rahal

-The only driver of the 4 KV Racing Technology entries not to put their car into the wall during the Month, Paul Tracy, was the only KVRT car not to qualify

-10 teams had a driver with a higher qualifying position then Andretti Autosport's highest driver, Marco Andretti 16th (Penske, Ganassi, FAZZT, RLR, Panther/Vision, NHR, SSM, DRR, dFDR, KVRT)

-The 10th row (J. Andretti, S. Fisher, V. Meira) has the most '500' starts (28).

-6 rookies: Beatriz, De Silvestro, Romancini, Baguette, Saavedra, Sato

-4 previous winners: Dixon, Castroneves, Franchitti, Wheldon

-Oldest driver: Davey Hamilton, 47

-Youngest driver: Sebastia Saavedra, 19

-9 former Firestone Indy Lights drivers: M. Andretti, Carpenter, Beatriz, Mutoh, Lloyd, Romancini, Saavedra, Matos, Rahal

-3 'T' cars qualified (Franchitti, Viso, Kanaan)

-4 Non qualifiers: #15 Tracy, #66 Howard, #41 Foyt/Lazier, #18 Duno

-10 qualifying bumps

-8 failed qualifying attempts

-11 qualifying withdraws

-17 qualifying wave offs

-Average speed 224.974 (5th fastest in history)


Actually, there are 5 Brits in the field: Conway, Wilson, Wheldon, Bell and Lloyd, and only 8 Americans: 2 Andrettis, RHR, Danica, Hamilton, Rahal, Carpenter, and Fisher.

Technically Scotland is part of Britain, I don't know why the IICS recognizes Dario's Scottish heritage but not the "British" drivers English heritage.

I can't understand why Scotland is considered a separate country - it isn't. "Britain" means the entire island. England is the bit below Hadrian's wall.

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