AJ's 50th, 3 Women Expected, and a
Widely Scattered Chance of Bumping
April 27, 2007
May at the Speedway always brings excitement. This year
will be no different. Or will it?
With the Legend of AJ Foyt being celebrated, with emphasis on his 50 years in
racing at Indy, we will all get a chance to reminisce about simpler times. When
cars were allowed to go as fast as a driver's courage and mechanic's (now
engineers) innovation could make them. When builders were independent and their
reputations were built on wins and speed alone.
Super Tex has been there through so much, it's difficult to comprehend. He is
the only driver to win the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500 and 24 Hours of Le
Mans. He is credited with 172 major victories (Indy cars; USAC stock car,
midget, sprint car, dirt car; NASCAR; sports car). Nobody even comes close. In
fact, the only way he could increase his legend is to spend an evening with us
at Camp and Brew Corner on the Coke Lot.
As for the ladies (no, not Foyt's) in the running this year, Sarah is welcomed
home, Danica is with a new team and a new female (or two?) is set to take the
stage on these most hallowed grounds. Some older fans remember when women were
not even allowed in the pits. Now they command the lioness' share of media
attention behind the wheel.
Politics take a front seat with Milka Duno being sponsored by Hugo Chavez's
CITGO. Could the controversy overshadow the driving? Could it be any more
ironic, at a time when the IndyCar series runs 100% Ethanol? Could these three
ladies be any more different from each other? Could mud wrestling make a
comeback in the Turn 1 Snake Pit with these three, or is that just in the minds
of all the male racers?
When two women first ran the Indy 500 (Sarah and Lyn St. James in 2000) they
crashed into each other! Will we see a cat-fight, three wide, debacle that tops
that? Only time will tell.
Will one of these three, or the rumored fourth lady attempting to qualify, get
bumped? Will Billy Boat show up and take his place as Super Bubble Boy? Or,
maybe Marty Roth will get additional funding from the Canadian Hockey League and
be able to buy the necessary speed to be solidly in the show? As always, only
time(s) will tell.
Stop back in here for our May 17th update that will focus on the REAL reason
496,033 fans show up at The Speedway-The 6th Annual Camp and Brew. New and
improved, bigger and better.
Remember, we don't send out invitations-'cause the whole world is invited