The 96th Running of the INDY 500: A Spectacle of Racing, Excitement and Class

Monday, June 4, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

As I sat in the stands of this year's 500-mile race, often dubbed "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," I could not help but be impressed by the amount of courage and competitive spirit shown by the drivers. Despite last year's tragedy involving Dan Wheldon, drivers continued to push themselves as hard as ever to win the coveted race. What I witnessed this year, perhaps as much or more than years past, was a desire to win. Fans should be proud to witness men and women truly passionate about what they do and competing with the utmost desire.

While 33 cars took to the field shod with Firestone tires, there could be but one winner. After 199 of 200 laps, the excitement was not over yet. In an attempt to overtake Dario Franchitti for the win, driver Takuma Sato dove to the inside of turn one but couldn't make the car stick. The resulting crash took him out of the race, but earned him a loyal fan base. Personally, I applaud his bravery. There's something to be said for a driver that would rather risk it all to take the checkered flag than coast comfortably into second place.

Although my driver, Tony Kaanan, did not come home with a victory, fans could not have asked for a better race. I do feel like there is an element of humility and class amongst most of the drivers. Even big name stars, such as Will Power, who previous to this weekend won three straight races, are humble enough to give me a greeting and a handshake.

To all those I met this year, I look forward to seeing you in 2013!

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