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Dario Franchitti claims second Indy 500 win, Danica sixth
By Doug Halberstadt
Another Memorial Day has passed, and another Indianapolis 500 is in the history books. After taking the green flag in the third position, Dario Franchitti claimed his second victory in four years. He had a dominant performance last Sunday, May 30. He led 155 of the 200 laps. His last visit to the winner’s circle at the famed brickyard was back in 2007.
After a week of controversy, adversity and even being booed by the once-loving fans, former Roscoe resident Danica Patrick had a very respectable sixth-place finish after starting the race in the 23rd position.
Franchitti helped his owner, Chip Ganassi, accomplish something no other car owner has ever done in history. Ganassi became the first owner in history to win both the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500 in the same year.
Following a busy week at Indianapolis, the series continues with its hectic schedule by heading to Texas for the Firestone 550 this Saturday night (June 5) in Fort Worth.
Speaking of Firestone, this is the second year in a row they ran a television commercial during the race featuring a creative twist on the lyrics to the famed baseball song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”:
Take me out to the Brickyard,
Take me out with the crowds.
Buy me some earplugs and a checkered cap.
I don’t care if we ever get back!
Take me out to the Brickyard,
Take me out where it’s loud.
This place has a history that stirs the soul—
A hundred-year drama that never gets old.
Let me root, root, root over the engines’ roar,
Let me cheer every driver and car!
For it’s 300, 400, 500 miles
’Round the old Brickyard!
Here’s a challenge for the folks at Firestone. I know they only have a week, but they should try to come up with a song for their own race. There are plenty of songs about Texas.
Here’s one suggestion. There is a song by Restless Heart called “The Bluest Eyes in Texas.” Perhaps it could be rearranged to “The Fastest Cars in Texas.” There’s not much time left before the green flag Saturday. Their ad people better get busy.
Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.
From the June 2-8, 2010 issue