Indy 500

I am certainly not much of an auto racing fan, but I was pleased to here that Newman/Haas Racing got Bruno Junqueira and his Pacificare care, into the Indy 500. Bruno’s quite the hot shot in the rival Champ Car series, winning a number of titles for our company in that car. And last year he finished in fifth place at Indy, so I had high hopes for this year. Alas, it was not to be as Danny Wheldon won the Indy 500. And Bruno?

Bruno Junqueira, who finished fifth in the rain-shortened race in 2004, ran among the leaders and was sixth when he tried to pass A.J. Foyt IV and wound up in the wall. The Brazilian driver, one of only two drivers from the rival Champ Car series in the Indy field, was taken to Methodist Hospital complaining of back pain.

Some are not so politic in meting out blame. Foyt IV has admitted responsibility for clipping Junqueira, and that site called Foyt a ‘rolling roadblock’ in the race. Junqueira was in fifth when the accident happened while Foyt was five laps behind the leaders at the time. Sound like AJ Foyt IV is a weak reproduction of his grandfather.

Oh wait, MSNBC reports that Junqueira broke two bones in his back and is to undergo surgery tomorrow. Guess that means he won’t be finishing his winning season in the Champ Car series for Newman/Haas.