INDIANAPOLIS – Fans asked for bumping. They got it. Fans asked for no guaranteed entries for the Indy 500. They got it. Unfortunately, they didn’t show up and see the show that we were treated to on Sunday.
The ultimate underdog topped the biggest story of the month.
Juncos Racing, a team on a shoestring budget with a backup car that saw all 48 of their employees work through the night on Friday, bumped out McLaren Racing and their star Fernando Alonso as the last qualifier in the Last Row Shootout.
Game. Set. Match.
It was the perfect story of the day. It was the perfect story of the month. This is the best story of the Indianapolis 500 so far and it will take a lot to top it. The only problem with that is, the 33rd place starter in next Sunday’s 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 (11 a.m. ET/NBC/INDYCAR Radio Network) overshadowed the pole winner for this great race.
Is that a problem?
Depends on whom you ask.
I’m all for drama and the rich story of bumping. Sunday was fun. Scratch that, Sunday’s qualifying session after a 3 1/2 hour rain delay was exhilarating. To see the little guy knock out the big guy in the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” was what Indy bump day is made of.
Kaiser, has 3,278 twitter followers compared to Alonso’s 2.5-million.
But, is it fair to hold such drama right before we run for the pole?
I get as to why we had to. We had to run them so close together because of the impending rain coming our way. Initially, we had an hour between the two sessions but mother nature delayed that.
So, you get what you saw but the bumping overshadowed the pole in my opinion. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though either.