This week I figured I’d go a bit of a different direction and put on display five of my favorite IndyCar moments. This is by no means a definitive list as to the “greatest” moments ever in IndyCar but it’s more of a quick highlight reel of some of my favorite moments. I hope to write a post of this “type” more often and expose more of my favorite moments from the past couple years as well as the “good ole’ days.” Feel free to post links or descriptions to your favorite moments in IndyCar.
1.) Helio Castroneves at Indianapolis 2007
How can you not be amazed by that?! The move he makes in that video is completely insane. It truly shows the level of bravery some of these guys have. Taking the the low-side on that pass, coming with in inches of the wall, and never backing off the throttle… THAT is IndyCar racing. I can’t imagine how much fun it is driving a Team Penske Racing Indycar, he’s off the throttle going into 1 but he’s still passing cars!
2.) Tomas Scheckter at Indianapolis 2004
If you’ve watched IndyCar racing since 2002 you know one thing… Tomas Scheckter loves the outside pass. In this video from the 2004 Indianapolis 500, Tomas passes seven cars going into turn three. What the video doesn’t show is how Tomas had to catch the car going into three. You can hear him come off the throttle but unfortunately can’t see his steering wheel. If you happen to attend an IndyCar race that Tomas is racing in during the 2011 season be sure to keep your eye on him during the starts and restarts, he won’t disappoint.
3.) Vitor Meira at Indianapolis 2008
While this move was quite risky and could be considered “dirty” (as I’m sure Ed Carpenter thought) it’s pretty incredible. IndyCar racing is all about taking it to the extreme limit. Everyone wants to win so badly that coming down to the final laps of a race the “all or nothing” mentality sets in. Vitor has finished second so many times I’m sure all he was thinking about was “WIN” and he sure as heck went for it.
4.) Tomas Scheckter at Milwaukee 2007
Yep, it’s another Tomas Scheckter highlight. The guy is mighty exciting to watch. I have no idea how he does it but he seems to find grip where no one else can find it. I particularly like this video because you can really see how much work he’s doing in the cockpit making those passes. He’s definitely using the “pitch and catch” method on the high side.
5.) Dario Franchitti at Sao Paolo 2010
I’m pretty partial to road and street racing and I chose this video for a couple of reasons. It’s not necessarily a “highlight” but it shows how much skill it takes to muscle one of these beasts into turning left and right. It also shows that Tony Cotman is the MAN at designing tracks. This place is amazing…great scenery, bumpy, and super long straights into heavy braking zones. Personally I didn’t want them to grind the track coming off the last corner because I thought the lack of grip added another element of skill to the race, but then again I don’t own a team so I understand.
I look forward to hearing/seeing some of your favorite moments and showing you guys some more of my favorites in the future!