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May 18, 2009

Bump Day! With Bumping!

Filed under: The Disciple Blogs — Disciple of INDYCAR @ 1:22 am

Qualifications are over, and 11/11/11 warts and all the format worked great. There was drama and strategy every day. Terrific stories evolved in the end. John Andretti and his D & R team never gave up and persistence, luck and tweaks all peaked at exactly the right moment. The story of Ryan Hunter-Reay is equally intriguing and his entrance to the field by milliseconds was the perfect way to close the day.

DJohn-Andretti_2espite what mindless criticism idiot critics with no hope of ever understanding anything about the month of May may toss out there, there are people going home. Quality folks like Buddy Lazier, Alex Tagliani and Indy Car regular Stanton Barrett. Buddy Rice evidently did not make it off his couch in Phoenix. I find it telling that all through the web the primary topic of racing discussion is Indy, even though folks like Tony Stewart and Sam Hornish did really well in the NASCAR events.

The week leading up to the race is upon us, and it’s time to wrap up business before I my annual race week trek to the Crossroads of America begins. It is popular to make picks. Common sense says to take about any of the Ganassi or Penske teams. That’s safe, and Ryan Briscoe may be a great choice. But why be safe?

I keep hoping Tony Kanaan does not become the Lloyd Ruby of this generation. Tony needs to win. The driver who has had a quiet month and has done about everything exactly correctly is Danica. It would not surprise most (especially since a female horse won a big horse race) to see her in Victory Lane. I would love to see Dan Wheldon lead Panther to the big win. There are any number of potential Cinderellas out there as well.

Stand by for the best week of the year!


  1. That was a little too much drama if you were wanting Schekter and Andretti to be in the field, not to mention Ryan Hunter Ray. It comes with a bitter ending not seeing Buddy Lazier in the field. I’m happy for Tagliani getting the seat from Bruno. He had the speed to bump his way back in, but the team screwed up.

    I think John Andrett’s Sunday experience added a new appreciation to getting into the Indy field. And also think a few drivers might have to have a little more appreciation for Larry Curry.

    I’m finding it interesting that Hornish’s rise corresponds with his comments about not comming back to Indy Car. Wonder if he got “the call”. Or perhaps he was placed into the “run with” status on race days.

    Comment by Mike Miller — May 18, 2009 @ 3:56 pm | Reply

    • I just love the tin foil hat thinking when it comes to Nascar. I’m sure Sam was called into the trailer and told “great job.” Nascar doesn’t give a damn about what happens in Indy Cars. No more than an average fan.

      Comment by TroyM — May 19, 2009 @ 12:05 am | Reply

  2. So who’s your choice, you mentioned seven drivers
    Editors note:I would love to see a dark horse such as Bobby D or Graham, but sense tells me to pick any of Roger or Chip’s pilots. My personal favorite is Kanaan. He’s running out of time.

    Comment by Rosco — May 18, 2009 @ 6:47 pm | Reply

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