May 24, 2009

IRL: Indy 500 Results

It was an exciting Indy 500 with several incidents and drama surrounding who would win. That is until the final laps. At the close of the 500-miler, Helio Castroneves ran away from the field in the closing laps.

Dan Wheldon finished second, but the next biggest newsbreaker in the race was female driver Danica Patrick, who posted a career-best finish of third in the Indy 500. One or two more tweaks and she might have been the first lady to win American auto racing's biggest event.

Indy 500 Results

FinishStartDriverLapsStatusAvg Fin
11Helio Castroneves200Running6.11
218Dan Wheldon200Running9.00
310Danica Patrick200Running9.00
424Townsend Bell200Running12.00
59Will Power200Running9.00
65Scott Dixon200Running9.14
73Dario Franchitti200Running9.00
817Ed Carpenter200Running13.83
913Paul Tracy200Running5.50
1016Hideki Mutoh200Running8.50
1130Alex Tagliani200Running11.00
1226Tomas Scheckter200Running17.25
1311Alex Lloyd200Running19.00
1420Scott Sharp200Running16.08
152Ryan Briscoe200Running13.25
1619Anthony Foyt IV200Running17.00
1721Sarah Fisher200Running25.38
1827Mike Conway200Running18.00
1928John Andretti200Running21.67
2031Milka Duno199Running23.33
2114Vitor Meira173Accident9.00
2212Raphael Matos173Accident22.00
2315Justin Wilson160Accident25.00
2429E J Viso139Mechanical25.00
2532Nelson Phillippe130Accident25.00
2625Oriol Servia98Mechanical18.50
276Tony Kanaan97Mechanical14.25
2823Robert Doornbos85Accident28.00
2922Davey Hamilton79Accident14.22
308Marco Andretti56Mechanical14.75
314Graham Rahal55Accident32.00
3233Ryan Hunter-Reay19Accident19.00
337Mario Moraes0Accident25.50
Alex Tagliani0Did Not Qualify11.00
Buddy Lazier0Did Not Qualify11.23
Stanton Barrett0Did Not Qualify

F1: Monaco GP Results

Is there any stopping Brawn Racing? Already the dominant force in not only Formula 1, but also the Unified Power Rankings (which is our attempt to compare all of the major series), Jenson Button has now won five of the first six races and he's going to pad his lead in those standings because the Monaco Grand Prix has a bonus attached to it as one of racing's marquee events.

Of course teammate Rubens Barrichello came in second, but that didn't catch anyone by surprise either.

Pretty much everyone held serve and finished close to where they started, with the exception of drivers like Heikki Kovalainen who crashed on lap 51 and slipped from seventh to 16th and Sebastian Vettel, whose stellar fourth-place qualification effort went for nothing when he wrecked on lap 15.

Monaco Grand Prix Results

FinishStartDriverLapsStatusAvg Fin
11Jenson Button78Running9.88
23Rubens Barrichello78Running8.41
32Kimi Raikkonen78Running9.44
45Felipe Massa78Running6.71
58Mark Webber78Running9.33
66Nico Rosberg78Running13.25
79Fernando Alonso78Running6.63
814Sebastian Bourdais78Running14.00
913Giancarlo Fisichella78Running9.64
1019Timo Glock77Running11.00
1116Nick Heidfeld77Running9.60
1220Lewis Hamilton77Running5.00
1318Jarno Trulli77Running11.38
1415Adrian Sutil77Running16.33
1510Kazuki Nakajima76Running11.00
167Heikki Kovalainen51Accident12.33
1717Robert Kubica28Brakes8.00
184Sebastian Vettel15Accident11.50
1912Nelson Piquet Jr10Crash Damage18.00
2011Sebastian Buemi10Accident20.00

Castroneves wins Indy 500

Helio Castroneves won the 93rd Indy 500 in dominant fashion.

Our View: He was uncontested in the last segment, which took all the stress away from his fantasy owners.