Indy 500 (2022)

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Well, the qualifying is complete. One thing about Indy Car right now, it is stuffed with awesome old talent, awesome middle aged talent, and awesome young talent. The front row, Veekay, Palou, and Dixon who has been racing since the motors were in the front (okay... that isn't true, but he has been around a while). I do ponder about Dixon and just where he sits in Indy Car legend hood. 6 titles, 5 or 6 poles now, alone in 2nd most poles being the second best racer at Indy ever, Rick Mears (Bill Vukovich gets my vote for best Indy 500 racer).

Unlike NASCAR, where similar vehicles on their big tracks are so boring to watch, the parity in Indy Car has unleashed a torrent of incredible races the past couple decades. Last year's was one of the best of the best finishes (up there with Johncock and Mears which was going to end with either Johncock winning or whomever was in third, Goodyear/Unser Jr, Hornish over Andretti), with Castroneves fighting the young up and comer Palou in an attempt at the 4th Indy 500. Palou was great, but Castroneves was older and wiser.

There are just so many racers that one wants to win. Castroneves winning a fifth would be remarkably epic. Veekay / O'Ward / Herta winning one would make them the youngest ever to win the Indy 500. Dixon could really use one more victory. Marco Andretti winning would sooth the Andretti spirit at Indy. Anyone would love Kannan winning or Grosjean whose life was nearly lost in a fireball of a crash or Graham Rahal or Jimmy Johnson (the man who was so good at stock car racing, he killed NASCAR) trying to become the third driver, and the first in a long long time to win Daytona and Indy.

Of course, to win Indy, you need talent, a great car for enough of the run, no mistakes in the pit, and a mountain amount of luck. Which is what makes the race so utterly unpredictable (see Fitipaldi and why he only has two Indys, not three), except knowing most Menards would die off 15 to 20 years ago.
 
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