Indianapolis 500: Which Newspaper Headline Would Benefit the Series the Most?
Photo Credit: Brady Whitesel
In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I have compiled the five best headlines that we could see after this years Indianapolis 500.
While these are all significant in their own way, they are all actually very possible. Every race is filled with surprises and unexpected events that take place, and this year will be no exception.
While we examine each of these five scenarios, think about which one would be the best for the IndyCar Series in terms of making headlines across the sporting world.
Which of these would be the headline that gets the media buzzing and will have everyone talking weeks after the race is over?
While I have my personal favorite, I'm sure each of you will be able to find yours as well.
Perhaps you have another one that would be even better? The basic rule applies here though, if you add a new one, you have to take one out.
Graham Rahal Winning the Indy 500, 25 Years After His Father Won
In 1986, Bobby Rahal found his way to victory lane, in one of the most exciting finishes in "500" history.
While I was only one year old at the time, I have been able to watch the race many times, and it never gets old seeing him pull into victory lane. His pass on Cogan with two laps to go was incredible.
Now, 25 years later, his son Graham Rahal, has the best shot in his young career to achieve the same thing.
Last year he started on the inside of row three, and ended up finishing in 12th. Now behind the wheel of a Ganassi machine, Graham will look to celebrate his father's 25th anniversary win in style.
Danica Going Out With Style
It would appear that Danica Patrick will make her NASCAR transition complete at the end of this season, when her contract is up with Andretti Autosport.
If that truly is the case, this will probably be her last "500" race, or at least her last real chance of winning it. Part-time drivers don't particularly do so well, unless their name is Foyt.
There is nothing Danica would love more than to win in her final attempt. Some would say that it would mean so much to her that she would seriously consider coming back.
I like to think more practically and say that once she wins this race, why would she ever come back?
Her main goal is to win at Indy, and if she checks that off of her list, there is really nothing left for her to do in this series.
Winning the "500" is more important to her than the Series Championship, and the same can be said for every driver that has been in this race.
Helio Becomes Just the Fourth Driver to Win Four Times
Helio with the milk
Last year it looked as if Helio Castroneves was going to make history.
After starting on the pole, he ended up in ninth, leading just three laps.
Perhaps there is no greater time for Helio to return to Victory Lane in Indianapolis.
This season has been a disaster for him so far, crashing in three of the first four events, which included taking out his teammate Will Power.
Will still holds a slight lead in the Championship over Dario Franchitti, but you know Helio is still bothered by what happened in St. Pete.
Getting his fourth win here and joining the elite drivers of Foyt, Unser and Mears as the only drivers to achieve that would certainly push the clouds away and bring out the sun.
Can Marco Win the Race His Father Couldn't?
Michael, Marco, and Mario
As bad as Helio's luck has been this year, it still doesn't compare to the Andretti family's here at IMS.
Some call it the Andretti Curse, although Mario did get a win in the historic race in 1969.
All three have had some horrible things happen here at the Speedway.
There was the testing session where Mario did a full flip, as the car somehow landed back on it's tires.
Michael was never able to win the elusive "500" as a driver, and who could forget the 2006 race where Marco had the lead coming off of turn four, only to be passed by Sam Hornish at the start/finish line.
Marco has had an up and down season so far, and has just one win to his name in his young career.
There is no reason why he can't be up front all day and contend for the win. Last year, Marco started on the inside of row six, but had a solid race and wound up finishing in third.
Kanaan Finally Gets to Taste the Milk
TK, now with KV
There are popular drivers, there are the fan favorites and then there are both.
That is what you have with Tony Kanaan. He is loved by everyone, and he is one of the most talented drivers in the Series.
He has had some bad luck over the years in Indianapolis, but still loves this place more than anything.
After his horrible year last year, and the frustration he suffered in Brazil, getting a win here this year would unleash a powerful display of emotion from TK.
After so many tries with Andretti Autosport, Kanaan is now with a revitalized KV Racing team that has the muscle to match Tony's ability to get to the front.
He knows that the clock is ticking, and this year he looks to have one of the best opportunities at winning this race that has eluded him for too long.
Last year he started dead last, and quickly made his way through the field. He was running in the top five late in the race, but had to pit late, finishing 11th.