Monday, May 14, 2007

Pole Day - part deux



If you read the previous post, you already know Dario Franchitti led the race for the pole position for this year's Indy 500. In fact, he led for about five hours before Helio Castroneves, the second to last driver on the track, took it from him. Castroneves waived off his earlier attempt to take another shot at the pole, and it paid off. But after the first two laps from Tony Kanaan, who took the track last, Castroneves' lead looked in doubt. Kanaan held the fastest pace through three laps, but his last lap cost him the pole by the slimmest of margins at .06 mph. Castroneves held on to the pole, giving team owner Roger Penske his 14th pole position at the Brickyard. News-Sentinel columnist Reggie Hayes pointed out to me that Castroneves had won the pole in more than half of the last 26 races he's entered. If things go his way on May 27, Spiderman will climb the fence at Indy for the third time.

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