----- — The 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 and will be remembered as one of the best races in recent history.
It won’t be memorable for a close finish but rather for a record 68 lead changes and 14 different drivers taking their turn at the front of the pack.
And, mainly, it will be for crowd favorite Tony Kanaan taking the lead on the 98th lap and winning under yellow for his first victory in 12 starts.
The fact that the race ended under yellow was about the only negative aspect of the race run in cool conditions. Izod IndyCar Series officials will review that situation.
Otherwise, there was fewer yellow-light time in the race since such information was first recorded in 1976. That fact helped Kanaan set a record of 187.433 miles per hour since there were so few yellow slow laps.
And there were no serious accidents, making it one of the safest months in history with only one incident recorded in the practice and qualifying time.
For the second year in a row, Marco Andretti led lots of laps — third most with 31 — but finished third. He assumed the lead in the series point totals and could be hard to beat for the championship. And he likely will end the Andretti Snakebite hex in the 500 some day.
Yes, he was my pick and the pick of many others to win the race.
One of the races on this week’s schedule is the Hut Hundred for U. S. Auto Club midgets which was first run in 1952 in Terre Haute. This year’s race is Friday at Tri-City Speedway at Pontoon Beach, Ill.
* * *
* Tough team — Clay City, Linton and South Vermillion all won softball sectional titles and were slated to vie for regional honors on Tuesday.
Linton had the toughest assignment, facing Evansville Mater Dei, the top-ranked team in the final Class 2A poll.
Carolyn Wilmes struck out 16 batters when the Wildcats beat South Spencer in the sectional.
* * *
* College bound — More high school seniors have confirmed where they will attend college and continue athletics competition.
Two West Vigo athletes will play football: Ethan Boatman at Earlham and Chris Neidlinger at Hanover. Fellow West Vigo senior Cameron Crooks will play baseball at Indiana Tech.
R.J. Miller of North Central will compete in football and track at Bluffton.
Cloverdale golfer Sydney Shrum recently was honored as the top Putnam County Female Athlete of the Year. She earlier made plans to play college golf at Valparaiso.
* * *
* Tom-Cattin’ It — Forest Park has a new tournament on the schedule this weekend, a two-man senior scramble open to players 50 years of age or older.
* One of the “other players” responsible for Miami taking a 2-1 lead over Indiana in its NBA Eastern Division series is Chris Andersen. He was 13-for-13 from the field going into Tuesday’s game that loomed large for the Pacers.
Miami wasn’t likely to play as well as the Heat played in the first half Sunday night, scoring 70 points and shooting better than 60 percent.
* Mike Carpenter is the new men’s basketball coach at Wabash Valley Junior College.
His teams won 139 games in seven seasons at Danville Area Communithy College including a school-record 28 last season.
* Bloomington North was on quite a roll going into the baseball tournament. The Cougars knocked off No. 1-ranked Floyd Central for its 18th straight victory in the regular-season finale.
Tom Reck may be contacted by telephone at (812) 232-3231, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail at 4284 South 5th Street, Apt. 3, Terre Haute, IN 47802.