Sebastien Bourdais’ IndyCar victory in Florida was particularly special given he started the race DEAD LAST on the grid. Although it was mostly due to luck with strategy and safety cars (which angered some of his rivals) last-to-first is still a cool achievement in any form of racing.
Will Power was beaten to the 2016 IndyCar title earlier this month. Simon Pagenaud was a deserving winner, but incredibly it was the FIFTH TIME Will Power has fallen short in a season finale where he had a chance at winning the championship.
1. Joseph Newgarden led the race for a massive 282 laps – an all time IndyCar record.
2. He did so whilst recovering from a broken wrist and shoulder he sustained just 4 weeks ago.
James Hinchcliffe has taken pole position for the 100th Indianapolis 500 after almost being killed at the same event last year. Hinchcliffe was lucky to survive his accident 12 months ago when a piece of suspension pierced the cockpit and severed an artery in his leg. The amount of blood he lost before reaching hospital was life threatening, so to claim pole position on his return to Indianapolis is a brilliant way to cap his recovery. It’s also a special moment for the local safety crews whose quick thinking saved his life. This great 4 minute feature covers Hinchcliffe’s long road to rehabilitation.
Practice for the Indianapolis 500 was cancelled yesterday due to rain which meant ‘Safety Truck 3’ topped the timesheets ahead of some stiff competition.
— Dave Furst (@DaveFurst) May 17, 2016
Juan Pablo Montoya started the year’s final IndyCar race as raging favourite to win the title but a clumsy collision with his teammate opened the door for Scott Dixon to steal the championship from under his nose. Dixon owes his success to the fact that no driver was able to stamp any authority on the 2015 season. Even Montoya, who led the championship for 15 of the 16 races, only claimed two victories and the below stats illustrate how 2015 was an especially competitive and mixed-up season.