By A.J. Foyt
The Indianapolis 500 is the world’s most famous race and because of that, the questions raised beforehand took on a greater importance. Sunday’s race delivered answers.
Will the Chevrolets dominate the race like they did in qualifying? The Hondas came alive in this race and not only gave the Chevys a run for the money, the Hondas took the money and the Borg Warner trophy with a one-two finish by Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon.
Will the Lotus-powered cars, due to their lack of speed, be a danger to the rest of the field? They were retired by the officials before it became an issue. It took a while to get one of the drivers off the track but I think he wanted to make his race last as long as he could.
Will race director Beaux Barfield do a good job in officiating the most famous race in the world? He handled a variety of situations with consistency, with one notable exception. The restart near the end had some drivers complaining that Tony Kanaan jumped the start – he went from fifth to second by turn 1 (but the crowd loved it).
Will the new cars provide the protection they were designed to give? There were some hard-hitting accidents, and one spectacular accident (ours), and all of the drivers walked away—including mine.