Let’s go racing! (Take 2)

Two months after my first effort, the WTHR web staff takes aim at liveblogging history again at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Okay, race fans, let’s do this again!

I must have done something right at the Indianapolis 500, because the powers that be at the station are sending me in for more at tomorrow’s Brickya Allstate 400 at the Brickyard. If you can’t make the race, feel free to lean on me for wandering photos from the pit and garage areas, then providing the best liveblogging and Twittering available from the second floor media room.

As for the race, I really wish I would have dropped a prediction when it came to me, because now going with Mark Martin seems awfully front-runnerish. But it would be cool to see a first-time winner take the race tomorrow. With many drivers calling it “the 2nd biggest race on the schedule”, it definitely means a lot for them to do well and win at Indy. While it’s no doubt some of the favorites would make a good story – Jeff Gordon becoming the first 5-time winner at IMS or Tony Stewart and Jimmie Johnson joining the elite group of 3-time winners – I’d like to see someone come from out of the blue.

That’s why, if I have to play impartial favorites tomorrow, I’d love to see a former 500 winner – Juan Pablo Montoya or Sam Hornish, Jr. – kiss the bricks tomorrow evening, adding another unique footnote in the history of the Brickyard. Taking it a step further, what if Hornish cuts inside of oh, say, John Andretti, coming off the fourth turn to take the win? Would that be too much?


Wild dreaming aside, I’ll stick with my Martin pick, with the “multiples” – Gordon, Stewart and Johnson – boxed in my trifecta.

I don’t follow NASCAR nearly as much as I do IRL, but I can’t wait to get out to the track! I hope you’ll join me.