It wasn’t just current drivers who were upset.
Bobby Rahal, the 1986 Indy winner, was so concerned about what he saw Sunday that he even complained to the officials about Kanaan’s late move to pass four cars on a single move,
“They said there wasn’t a problem with it, so I just told Takuma (Sato) on the last restart you’ve got to give yourself some room or you’re going to get run over,” Rahal said. “I thought it was amazing that there were no major problems on the restarts.”
NEWGARDEN TRAVAILS: Josef Newgarden’s first Indy start did not go as planned.
First, he struggled out of the gate. Then, his No. 67 car stalled on lap 164, knocking him out of the race with mechanical problems. Newgarden finished 27th, completing 161 laps.
“It’s just unfortunate that we didn’t get to finish the race,” Newgarden said. “There were drivers who were crazy at the beginning and others were taking it easy. It was similar to what I was expecting.
Newgarden wasn’t the Sarah Fisher driver having problems Sunday.
Teammate Bryan Clauson dropped out with a mechanical problem after completing 46 laps .
HOT, HOT, HOT: Forecasts calling for the hottest day in 500 history proved to be wrong.
It was only the second hottest, though few at the track realized that.
At one point during Sunday’s race, the track’s internal video system showed a graphic that the outdoor temperature was 93 degrees and the track temperature was 133, an image that prompted the public address announcers to tell fans they were part of history.
The hottest 500 came in 1937 when it was 92 degrees. .
But after the race, speedway officials announced that the National Weather Service had recorded the day’s high temperature as 91 degrees, tying the temperature from 1919 and 1953.