Indy 500 Live Blog
Michael Andretti had great races and never won at Indy. In 1991, Rick Mears passed Michael on the outside in Turn One with two laps to go. In 1992, Michael dominated the race, had something fail late in the race and fell out. His dad, Mario, and brother, Jeff, were both injured in the race and were at a hospital waiting surgery when he dropped out. Said Michael: "This is such a cruel, cruel place." But they keep coming back and Marco was second to Hornish by fractions of seconds. A win would end the Andretti curse at Indy.
There is anticipation of a tremendously competitive race among the media and likely with the fans. There were a record 34 lead changes in the first year of the new chassis and engine formula a year ago, and the cars and engines have been refined and are far better understood by the fans. I picked Marco Andretti earlier in the week and I'm sticking with him.
Jim Nabors is starting to sing "Back Home in Indiana." The rainbow colored balloons have been released from the infield. At this moment, everybody at the Speedway is happy be a Hoosier.
Marii Hulman George, the head of the famous family that has owned the Speedway since 1945, just gave the command, "Ladies and Gentlemen, start your engines and the pace car driven by San Francisco 49ers coach and Panther Racing part owner Jim Harbough has started driving around the two and a half mile track. The cars have started, zigging and zagging to warm their tires. It's especially important on a cool day like today. In 1992, on a day cooler than this, pole sitter Roberto Guerrero spun on the track on a pace lap.