The race was an interesting one. The weather was beautiful, and we had an unobstructed view of Graham Rahal, Justin Wilson, and Buddy Rice's pits. A little farther down, we could see Tony Kanaan's pit crew in action.
Julianne Hough (Helio Castraneves' partner on Dancing With the Stars) sang the National Anthem; Jim Nabors sand 'Back Home Again in Indiana'; Kristy Yamagucci waved the green flag, and they were off.
A series of crashes kept several laps under the yellow light, but no one was seriously injured. And a couple of crashes happened in our line of vision.
Our rookie this year was Graham Rahal; Favorite car was a tie between Marco Andretti (Indiana Jones) and Alex Lloyd (Wii Fit). Marco finished 3rd; Alex crashed around mid-race. We cheered on Danica Patrick and Sarah Fisher, and groaned when Sarah and Tony collided. And again when, with 30 laps to go, Ryan Briscoe collided with Danica as they were leaving the pits and Danica's rear suspension broke. Her day was over, and she angrily stormed over to Ryan's pit to give him a piece of her mind. But the PR people were able to restrain her before the confrontation took place.
The end of the race felt anticlimactic. After all, Scott began the race on the Pole, and he pretty much stayed with the front runners the entire race. Aukland, New Zealand is very proud of its native son, and this is his first Indy win. But at least it didn't end under the yellow light. But the excitement of cars jostling for position just wasn't there this year.
Today the kids and I are heading back home and my sister and her family will fly out tomorrow. Both D and R 'love their Aunt Molly' and R even shared my breakfast this morning. S had no problems watching the three toddlers while we were at the track; the toddlers played well together and I'm sure there will be tears when we have to go our separate ways later today. R wants me to come to her birthday party next August, but I think we're trying to arrange another get together in October. Maybe in Colorado?
Saw on the news this morning there is only one remaining WW1 veteran. He is 107 years old, and a photographer is trying to get support for a WW1 Memorial. I hope his project is met with enthusiasm and success.
May we never forget those who gave their lives for our country.