Although his car would give up on long runs...Scott Dixon put together two short stints of speed which put him into the lead and Homestead's Victory Circle for the Gainsco Indy 300. Marco Andretti led 85 of the 200 laps and finished 2nd. Ganassi Racing teammate Dan Wheldon drove his guts out to get from the back to the front...and ended up 3rd (in the last four years, Wheldon has won three and finished third...not a bad record). Helio Castroneves (he of the DWTS "Happy Feet") came home 4th.
The general consensus is that the teams which came to the IndyCar Series through reunification and had drivers with little oval experience are bucking an almost vertical learning curve. Drivers were very complimentary--Wheldon did remind us that the teams would eventually figure things out and be competitive...but it would take a long time.
Scorecard for Racing Owners:
Roger Penske--Daytona 500 Winner and 12 Hours of Sebring Overall Winners
Chip Ganassi--24 Hours of Daytona Winners and IndyCar Unified Series Opener at Homestead
See you next week at St. Pete...and on the radio with Race-Talk and Radio-Road-Test.