Miller, Official discussed on Kim Komando


By Miller lite the official beer of the Indy five hundred and ninety three W. white BC I'm stand later this year is the one hundred Indianapolis five hundred the race is a lot to live up to considering what we saw the last time the number one hundred appeared in the five hundred logo of course if you listen to heroes of the five hundred you know we spent a lot of time talking about the twenty eleven Indianapolis five hundred and the unbelievable finish that fans are still talking about five years later it looked like a rookie was about to grab a storybook and improbable victory until something even more improbable happened he is the checkered flag waving the white side of the story this is the way the damage already star the winner Speedway historian Donald Davidson has the story behind that famous radio call but Mike king wars doing play by play I did a great job I'm Paul page was in there as sort of making observations so when that happened and we're looking at disbelief that Hildebrand it is it is into the wall but he's still going I need you thank you you can't make this stuff up and so the attention at least on my point I think wars Hildebrand is coming is he gonna make it to the line and is he gonna we can still save the win and then you think well what what I want to wish Dixon and then I thought I don't even know who else is in the mix now because it is based so topsy turvy you know edit dedica Patrick let him come in Bertrand baguette had led income ma'am we could keep up with that Mike king turned and said who won who won and Paul page pointed said Weldon Weldon Weldon Weldon just like that and the the reason that he knew that was because his son Brian Collins page worse but you didn't know about the middle landed here anyway and he was the engineer for welding and so but Paul it had more than an eye on that car all day and and how he was on top of that I've been I wish because if you if you go back and check Weldon was fifth with two laps to go and then third with one lap to go Frank Keating and Dixon we figured I remember that was all I pitched up shuffle one time I think they were tenth and eleventh Annable Paul page pointing to the monitor and we both agreed that first and second right there there's there's your one to finish and everybody else is what will have to come in and what happened with their strategy I have no idea but Frankie the I had to make I had to make a stop and was not a happy camper and then Dixon slow down to save fuel which allowed Weldon to go from from third to second and then first and so that's just one of the more unbelievable finishes of all it we usually talk about second place finisher J. 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Hildebrand when discussing twenty eleven because he was such an incredibly good support in the face of what must have been crushing disappointment but we would be remiss if we didn't talk about the incredibly talented and greatly missed twenty eleven Indianapolis five hundred winner Dan Wheldon what a loss for so many reasons and and from a selfish point of view he was so good for the event there has never been another driver I don't think that routinely made the point the Indianapolis five hundred is the greatest race in the world and that's just when we heard him you know I used I used to say if if Dan Wheldon was on the PMR PR staff many of paid him two million dollars a year salary you get your money's worth because he's promoting it so much and the credibility because of the fact that it was such a successful driver soldiers from that point of view it was a huge loss number three if you took a poll after the first seventy Indianapolis five hundred the number three finishing our countdown would certainly have been first Rick Mears started on the pole with a new one and four lap track record and was seen by many rail birds as the man to beat on may thirtieth nineteen eighty two but veterans Gordon Johncock and Tom Sneva were able to hang with the Penske racing driver to lead in the second half of the race with forty laps to go Johncock lead but both he and mayors had to make one more critical pit stop at the tactical decisions made by the two teams had a hand in the outcome of the race all right so mayors came in first and they gave her I think it was a sixteen second stop because they gave a full load of fuel and which ended up being not necessary but you didn't think about those things and then another thing that when he came in from Johnson who ended up finishing ninth was also either coming in or coming out and so Mears came in behind them and though there was a a speed differential and in five years actually got on the brakes and and and and hats but it but it wasn't a crash either but I mean it was a thump and then sold he lost time obviously a doing that but he didn't think about that at the time Sony makes the stop on I believe it was sixteen seconds and off he goes and then three laps later on one eighty six then Johncock comes in who now has a much larger lead and but you still think okay well you know Penske pit stop work probably when John **** them with his stop that not only will they be together but mayors might even be ahead box but the Patrick crew under George Chewning and I don't know who's calculation this was but somebody had figured out we don't need a full tank let's calculate just the amount of fuel that he needs and that'll be yet and so I think they figured eleven seconds and you had the fuel and somebody was standing by the fuel oil and tapping them on the back one two three and money got to eleven then stop and so off John Scott goes and I remember that that the crew doing high fives and everybody was surprised and that was eight times fuel stop which is very common now but I was not aware that that ever been down it may have been but certainly the Penske team hadn't figured that out and at that time for another team to out think Penske I do not have a very often and so now whenever things sorted out and and mere sort of gets the charge warmed up there's a deficit of like thirteen seconds so you think well that's that's too much to overcome and then don't each time he came by he was flopping off like a second second half a lap and I remember thinking at the time do not throw yellow officials whatever happens do not solely yellow and then I think it was three laps to go and sleep or who was running third either popped an engine or had something happen so is a big puff of white smoke and he comes into the pets I don't think it officials if you throw a yellow the fans are gonna together grandstands down there will be no it it affects the way left there was a shot of mir's having stopped and the helmet comes off they have sought comes off and he's still in the carpet now some people get out of the car and they do it well he took it off when he was sitting there and he said in a carpet tech head soccer coach comes off hairs on Mars and this is huge grin on his face and I thought that that is so named because he lost the race but he enjoyed the competition he's an enthusiast he enjoyed the the the the the the race instead of being upset because he lost and then the next night at the victory banquet I did not go to but I watch the the the the TV and mayors comes up first to accept the second and then he turns at some point and made some comments to Gordy and thanked him for a great race or something and then John Cocke had there's almost like Sinestro wicked grin on his face this evil correct and and then mayor said the same thing and the two of them just were laughing at each others that there was another person in the world but it was the it was not really it was almost like a little bit of terra but L. wild look and I thought the two of them just experience something that most people could could possibly understand coming up next a fabulous finish turns one race from a dud to an instant classic checkered flag is this is he rolls of the five hundred presented.

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