Having worked with Dan Wheldon in 2000 at PPI Motorsports, it was no surprise to me when he won the Indianapolis 500 back in 2005 and it was no surprise to see him back in the winner’s circle at today’s Centennial running of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing”. It was clear to me back when Daniel (I still have a hard time calling him Dan, but I’m trying) raced in the Toyota Atlantic series that he is an incredibly talented driver in addition to being an absolutely wonderful person. I’m happy for him and his family and hope to see them back fulltime in the near future.
Oriol Servia was also part of that 2000 PPI Motorsports team and I was incredibly excited to see him leading several laps in today’s race. I was of course routing for him last weekend when he was so close to winning the pole and very happy that he was able to finish in the top 10 today. I know he wanted to win, but I’m also sure that he’s happy for his old teammate. He’s a great driver as well and an all-around nice guy and I’m confident that he’ll continue to be successful this season. I can’t wait to see Oriol in the winner’s circle soon!
Last, but certainly not least, is the man that could always make me smile… Tony Kanaan was ABSOLUTELY amazing today! I’d really like to see a total for the number of cars he passed in his incredible run to the front not once, but twice! It’s easy to see why he’s such a fan favorite… charming, funny and a wicked good race-car driver.
All-in-all, it was an exciting race and a great 100th anniversary for the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Great job guys, I’m proud of you all!!!