On an extremely hot day in Indianapolis, former Roscoe resident Danica Patrick didnt get to drink the ice cold milk that traditionally goes to the winner of the Indy 500.
After starting the race in the 10th position, Patrick slipped back to the 15th spot on the first lap. Over the course of the contest, she did advance as high as fifth, and finished the 200-lap race eighth, four spots lower than her record-setting performance a year ago.
Pole sitter Sam Hornish Jr. won the race by barely edging rookie Marco Andretti and his father, Michael Andretti. The margin of victory was the second-closest in the 90-year history of the legendary race, with only .0635 seconds separating Hornish and the younger Andretti.
Hornish was able to gain that slightest of margins by making a nifty move on the final lap. As the checkered flag was nearly in sight, Hornish ducked to the inside of Andretti and ran side-by-side. At the line, it was Hornish by a nose.
The series moves to Watkins Glen, N.Y., for the Watkins Glen International Sunday, June 4. The race will be shown locally at 2:30 p.m. on ABC.
Doug Halberstadt is a local resident and is track announcer at Rockford Speedway. He can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the May 31-June 6, 2006, issue