The All—Motorsport Power Rankings: No. 65
Right, there we go, we'll get the big, scary FM picture out of the way first.
For those who have been living under rock for a week, this is Mike Conway's last lap flight in the Indy 500, launching his Dreyer & Reinbold entry off Ryan Hunter—Reay as the American ran out of fuel.
Conway sustained a broken leg in the accident, and is expected to be out for at least three months.
Before Con—Air (can you see what I've done there?) took flight they world had been distracted by another accident; a far less spectacular, but far, far stupider accident as Red Bull's F1 team decided to implode in Istanbul.
And now, a quick mention for Justin Wilson, who became the Indy 500's 200th ever lap leader. It's a great stat, but will doubtless be forgotten behind Dario Franchitti and Conway.
15. Ken Anderson (Honestly, I Don't Think Even He Knows)
The curtain’s only now coming down on USF1.
Seriously that thing comes down more often than BP shares.
Oh yes, the Power Rankings do satire...
14. Davey Hamilton (Indycar, Grumpyness)
He apparently doesn’t like anyone overtaking on lap one.
Expect him in F1 next year....
13. Valentino Rossi (Moto GP)
I’m starting to think this injury stuff is real.
12. Mike Gascoyne (F1)
Now, how this is exactly what not to do when you’re having legal proceedings started against you.
Hire three more people off the company who are suing you!
11. Nick Wirth (F1)
Virgin celebrate a double finish.
Ah, the joys of simultaneity....
10. Mike Conway (Indycar, Short—Haul Flights)
Unfortunate line of the week, from UK mag Autosport’s Indy 500 preview.
“Mike Conway got ‘the big one’ out of the way.”
Hmm, presumably whoever wrote that is making the tease this week.
P.S. We do, however, own it to Conway that we spared the Ashley Judd post—race twaddle.
9. Marco Andretti (Indycar)
Sixth, sixth, sixth—surname—third.
When Indycar opens the door to NASCAR levels of cynicism.
8. Dan Wheldon (Indycar)
At no.8 Dan makes it a block of Indycar drivers, so I'll be black flagged shortly.
7. Jimmie Johnson (NASCAR)
OK, I’ll admit it, Jimmie wasn’t the only one who crashed out during the Coke 600.
But it was really boring.
6. Jenson Button (F1)
Several RSPCA inspectors were called to McLaren HQ in Woking on Sunday after locals reported that a huge number of kittens had appeared during the race.
5. Sebastien Ogier (WRC)
—yawn— What’s that, a French bloke called Seb won a rally in a Citroen. —yawn—
Ogier, you say?
You have my attention WRC, for now.
4. Sebastian Vettel (F1)
Witness as Vettel employs the same of defense as nine—year—olds in school playgrounds everywhere.
P.S. With all the Red Bull, there was bound to be a crash sometime.
3. Kurt Busch (NASCAR)
Kurt has hit a massive scientific break—through—male multi-tasking.
He “thought about the troops all day long”, yet still somehow managed to not only win, but lace his victory lane speech with eye—bleedingly bad sponsor plugs.
2. Dario Franchitti (Indycar)
Watch in awe as Dario and Chip actually drink the milk, rather than creating a dairy splash zone...
1. Lewis Hamilton (F1)
Hamilton on his omnipotent father: “My girlfriend is here too, which is nice, and my dad is on holiday.... It's his 50th birthday tomorrow and a grand prix victory is the best birthday present I could ever give him.”
Well, that and your girlfriend.