Even apart from the great thriller of the last ten laps the 96th Indy 500 was pretty good to look at: Numerous battles throughout the field (away from the two Lotus cars) was very close together. The slipstream battles reminiscent of the best times of the Handford device in the CART series, produced 35 lead changes - the most it has ever been in an Indy 500. Unfortunately, accidents do also reminded a little of the times of the Hanford device. As in the training, there were some turners at the output of the curves - which was still quite uncharacteristic with the old car. But above all, a serious crash between Mike Conway and Will Power showed that Dallara has not yet been the problem of the side contrasting cars all under control. On the racetrack announced the previously rather frustrated Dario Franchitti (Ganassi and together with Honda) back strong back - even if he had to defend himself in the closing stages of many attack attempts.
In the end it was a real Thriller: Two late caution periods ensured a massively together stunted field that in the final laps made on the hunt for the top two Ganassi cars. First mixed Ed Carpenter from the end of the field, take the top 10, then turned from the web. In the following restart it was Tony Kanaan, who overtook the leaders in an amazing maneuvers - but also the Brazilian was captured again soon.
At the end of Takuma Sato tried, which was already long been amazingly well go the whole race, his happiness - two laps to go he overtook Scott Dixon. In Turn 1 on the last lap he tried to vorbeizupressen in a daring move to Franchitti - and turned on the white line in the direction of wall. Sato complained after the race, he was blocked by Franchitti, and been pushed too far inward. Franchitti (and the race director) saw in the maneuvers of the Scots, the legitimate defense of his place - especially since he changed sides once, and Sato had also left a carriage width space.
From this interpretation of the new blocking rule may think what you want to - but after all, it prevents the often arbitrary seeming execution of the old regime by the former race director Brain Barnhard.
Another interpretation of the IndyCar rules dagenen is extremely debatable: the new, slower "Single File" Restarts resulted too often in chaos. Although a combined field results in stunted spectacular images. If suddenly four cars next to each other, but that also provides the ability to at least as spectacular (and unfortunately also very dangerous) accidents in the "pack" - exactly what wanted to avoid the series after the events of Las Vegas urgently.
The race has shown: Maybe it was Chevrolet with the protests against Honda engine conversion but not so wrong as expected after qualifying. Goods at the start still go forward without any car with the Japanese engines, it was at the finish line 50% of the top 10 Without the late failure of Takuma Sato, it would have been even six out of ten - and probably all three on the podium. Not only the pure power plays a role, but also the enhanced consumption of Honda generators. It will be interesting to see whether the trend on the completely different supported distance of Detroit continues (see below).
The two pilots Ganassi would certainly be pleased. Dario Franchitti has clearly demonstrated with the third victory in the Indy 500, that it now comes with the new car to the edge - and despite a spin in the box, after he had been taken by the impetuous EJ Viso. Whether it will work again on round courses, will have on the weekend. Teammate Scott Dixon was yet come in this season a little better deal - the more it will annoy him that he was a laggard, just the most important race of 2012.
The big disappointment of the race was good - once again in Indianapolis - Andretti (Autosport). Three out of five cars (ie all "regular" pilots) had the potential to challenge for the front. But Ryan Hunter-Reay fell victim to mechanical problems, and Marco Andretti lost his car into a spin. And before the lead fighting James Hinchcliffe came after a botched pit stop no longer on the sixth square. That he also presented himself massively disappointed after the race, but at least shows how far it has already brought in 2011 in his short career IndyCar rookie of the year.
Outstanding speed showed two unrewarded heroes. Firstly, the already mentioned Takuma Sato. Secondly, Ed Carpenter, who, in spite of a broken front wing (!) Presented a long time to be the fastest pilot in the top group. Even his race after a spin in the closing stages of the race but de facto terminated early - Carpenter ended up with a lap behind in 21st
Finally, it is Rubens Barrichello to mention the finally arrived with his eleventh place at the very first oval race in the series. Barrichello himself called the Indy 500 as a learning experience - that he was still in the top group to the finish, and some even rode along even further forward, what talent is still in F1 pensioners slumbers.
For the Lotus pilots the race, however, was exactly as unpleasant as expected: Jean Alesi, who to become, presumably avoid detection, had dressed up in Indianapolis as a stereotypical Frenchman, and Simona of Silvestro were due to lack of Speed's just a few laps after the Start again taken out of the race. As with the IndyCar commitment of the Anglo-Malaysian manufacturer now going on, is in the stars. The final cold position of current CEO Dany Bahar last weekend (and also the series) but give the remaining teams little cause for hope.
At the top of the Championship, the Indy 500 has changed little - no wonder, could still really convince the top three so far in the season. The Sunday falling out Will Power (200 points) is still in the lead, closely followed (on points) Helio Castroneves and James Hinchcliffe (164). Scott Dixon follows as the best Honda rider in fourth place (153).
In the Oval Score (unsurprisingly) leads Dario Franchitti (54), behind it is (thanks to poles with 45 points), Ryan Briscoe. Only then follow Scott Dixon (44) and Tony Kanaan (42).
Ratings & TV
The TV ratings for the Indy 500 are compared to the previous year or less stable, and amounted to a one-day value of 4.1. The slightly more accurate, but slower numbers of the "Final Rating" are currently not known.
Keep the known numbers, it is the second lowest rates of all the Indy 500 editions. . [Edit 30.5 As it turns out , the final rating was better this time than the overnight numbers: 4.3. This is the best viewing figures since 2008. Nevertheless, in comparison to those from the beginning of the 2000s still remains clearly room for improvement. One could in fact say with equal justification that the four-worst odds of an Indy 500 -. were even worse, only 2009-2011]
For comparison: in 2011, the overnight rating was still at 4.3, the final rating (more firmly based on rural areas and smaller cities, where the IndyCar is traditionally not as strong) was then 4.0.
At that time, however, was still a bunch of Danica Patrick fans in front of the telly - the small loss this year is so not quite as bad as the numbers sound.
Although ABC / ESPN could not fix the old problem of "almost verspassten Restarts" even at this Indy 500, but otherwise gave an impeccable performance. But maybe you also benefited from the fact that fighting was so lively at the top of the field - because with the later moving cars and pilots focused its attention this time too hardly.
Servus TV delivered at the IndyCar premiere a neat idea that was easy to understand even for beginners. In the preliminary reports some was acquired by ESPN / ABC, but also self-produced locally contributions were seen. During the anthem and the command ran at Servus TV advertising - after all, but both were immediately repeated thereafter.
The same applies to two each under yellow graduated pit stop sequences - Purists may be bothered by it. Opportunity viewers (or those without a way to track the U.S. television) but were well pleased with the reps.
Over most distribution channels, the original English soundtrack was offered bilingual. In German gave Andi Gröbl an experienced and (mostly) well informed performance as a commentator. The stationed beside him expert Andreas Leberle convinced with some interesting insider stories, and also proved to be otherwise an excellent choice. The post-coverage then did not go very long. And when there had been coated with the regular race, the scheduled transmission time, which is understandable.
Quick Preview: Detroit
As modest viewership from Indianapolis may be, for Detroit, they could give a boost to the series yet. Because, in the return to the Belle Isle circuit in the unfortunately somewhat ailing Motor City - as the weekend - again ABC TV transmissions take over (race: Sun, 21:30 clock, Green shortly thereafter). This can not necessarily hope for a great transmission, but immerhan that some opportunity spectators who have come to taste the Indy 500 could activate it without a long search on the remote control.
Then that they come on the street circuit in the north of the state of Michigan at their expense, but is not said: The somewhat narrow and angled street circuit in the past was not necessarily known to generate overtaking.
The 2007 edition will be remembered as that road race in memory, in which Danica Patrick could enter a second place. They benefited from a collision of the championship contenders Scott Dixon (Ganassi) with Buddy Rice, which also includes the second master-candidate (and eventual winner) Dario Franchitti (then still Andretti) was involved a few laps of the race. Unsightly accusations of Michael Andretti, who has already wrecked Dixon was intentionally collides with Franchitti, then remained in the room are.
The 2008 issue is a controversial classic: The leader Helio Castroneves was at that time embroiled in one of the first applications of the now re-revised blocking rule when he allegedly prevented the runner-up Justin Wilson a few laps on illegal overtaking. Race Director Brain Barnhard spoke a word of power, Castroneves had to let Wilson, and was at the end stinksaurer second.
Since 2009, have been held no further IndyCar race at the track - especially in the wake of the big layoffs and the automotive crisis in autumn 2008 a merry race in Detroit seemed neither affordable nor appropriate. Since the commitment of Chevrolet in the IndyCar Series which is different again - especially since even team owner Roger Penske hired very much for the course there.
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