Monday, May 31, 2010

The Race: Indepth

Official Standings:
  1. Dario Franchitti
  2. Dan Wheldon
  3. Marco Andretti
  4. Alex Lloyd
  5. Scott Dixon
  6. Danica Patrick
  7. Justin Wilson
  8. Will Power
  9. Helio Castroneves
  10. Alex Tagliani
  11. Tony Kanaan
  12. Graham Rahal
  13. Mario Romancini
  14. Simona De Silvestro
  15. Tomas Scheckter
  16. Townsend Bell
  17. Ed Carpenter
  18. Ryan Hunter-Reay
  19. Mike Conway
  20. Takuma Sato
  21. Ana Beatriz
  22. Bertrand Baguette
  23. Sebastian Saavedra
  24. Ryan Briscoe
  25. E.J. Viso
  26. Sarah Fisher
  27. Vitor Meira
  28. Hideki Mutoh
  29. Raphael Matos
  30. John Andretti
  31. Mario Moraes
  32. Bruno Junqueira
  33. Davey Hamilton

-More than 1,500 fans were treated at the infield Medical Center, most suffering from heat-related illnesses

-35 of those fans were transported to hospitals for evaluation

-Highest air temp registered was 96 degrees at 3 & 3:30pm

-2 Male spectators, sitting in the North Vista, East Section 47, Rows A & G were treated for minor injuries from the Mike Conway crash.  One received stitches for a cut to the cheek, while the other required no stitches for a laceration to the head.

-1 fan was transported by ground to Methodist Hospital for injuries suffered in a golf cart accident.

-Winners average speed:  161.623mph

-Time of Race: 03:05:37.0131

-Margin of victory: Under caution

-9 cautions for 44 laps

-13 lead changes among 8 drivers (Franchitti, Conway, Wilson, Scheckter, Briscoe, Power, Castroneves, M. Andretti)

-14 cars finished on the lead lap

-3rd consecutive year the Panther Racing #4 entry finished 2nd

Rookie Stats: ROY (Romancini and/or De Silvestro)

Romancini: Start: 27th  Finish: 13th
De Silvestro: Start: 22nd Finish: 14th
Sato: Start: 31st Finish: 20th
Beatriz: Start: 21st Finish: 21st
Baguette: Start: 24th Finish: 22nd
Saavedra: Start: 32nd Finish: 23rd

Movers: (starting position to finishing position):

+22 Alex Lloyd
+22 Tony Kanaan
+17 Danica Patrick
+16 Dan Wheldon
+14 Mario Romancini
+13 Marco Andretti
+11 Takuma Sato
+9 Sebastian Saavedra
+8 Simona De Silvestro
+5 Tomas Scheckter
+4 Justin Wilson
+3 Sarah Fisher
+3 Vitor Meira
+2 Dario Franchitti
+2 Bertrand Baguette
+1 Scott Dixon
+/-0 Ana Beatriz
-1 Ryan Hunter-Reay
-2 John Andretti
-4 Mike Conway
-5 Alex Tagliani
-5 Graham Rahal
-6 Will Power
-6 Townsend Bell
-6 E.J. Viso
-7 Bruno Junqueira
-8 Helio Castroneves
-9 Ed Carpenter
-17 Raphael Matos
-18 Mario Moraes
-19 Hideki Mutoh
-19 Davey Hamilton
-20 Ryan Briscoe

Top 10 points earners from Indy:

Franchitti - 64pts
Wheldon - 44pts
M. Andretti - 39pts
Dixon - 39pts
Castroneves - 37pts
Power - 37pts
Lloyd - 35pts
Patrick - 32pts
Wilson - 30pts
Tagliani - 30pts


I'm the fan who was sitting in the North Vista Sec 45 Row G Seat 7 who received the stiches to the left side of the face (not forehead like I've seen reported). A two inch piece of carbon fiber hit me hard enough to knock me over (I'm a big dude at 245lbs and it felt like I was suckerpunched and taken off my feet) and lodge itself in my cheek. Thankfully it hit my cheek bone. It was a very scary moment and everyone is lucky it wasn't worse. One of the medics told me my eye glasses probably saved my eye...

The scariest part is thinking an inch or two in a different direction it could've been fatal (imagine if it hit my neck or I had been looking directly at the accident instead of towards turn 4 and taken it to the front of my face instead of the cheek.)

Thank you for reporting fans were injured. I have seen in multiple places that "no fans were injured" and heard nothing in the local media that anyone was hurt.

I love the race and LOVE IMS. I've got the IMS "bug" just as bad as all of you bloggers and read all these sites daily. The last thing I wanted was to let this scary situation tarnish what I view as my favorite time of year...

Wow, glad your OK, Corey! Thanks for posting.

The other things to note about the accident are that the engine apparently went through the catchfence, and that the stands were several feet above the joint of the top of the wall and bottom of catchfence, which isn't always the case. The car never got to the level of the stands.

From the photos that I've seen, the actual engine didn't go through the fence, however many parts including a tire did. As you noted, they were very lucky that it happened where it did due to the fact that at that point the stands are elevated unlike many other locations.

Thanks. It was a scary moment for sure.

You can see by the video the car never was in danger of going over the fence and when the car hit the fence the fence did exactly what it was designed to do:keep the car out of the stands.

Will this accident keep my wife and I from the track? No, not at all (although I doubt we'll sit that close to the fence in the north vista again). It's a freak accident and the odds of that happening again are very small.

I already can't wait until next year...

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