Battle of The Big Races
 
Photo by Wesley Daniel / TheRacingExperts.Com.
1100 miles of racing were ran between the Indianapolis 500 and Coca-Cola 600.



By Jonathan Fjeld
TheRacingExperts.Com Reporter
6/5/2012

 

 

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

 

 

This past Memorial Day weekend marked arguably, motorsports biggest weekend. The races occurred everywhere on the planet from Monaco to Indiana to North Carolina where they wrapped up the day of racing. After about 1100 miles of racing, we compare two of those races in this article.

 

The Indy 500, also known as "The Greatest Spectacle in All of Motorsports," had much anticipation leading up to it. With the DW12 chassis making its Indy 500 debut & remembering Dan Wheldon at a track he was so good at, it was expected to be a great race.

 

Once the 500 got going, the feeling to it was that you could pull away but either the field would bunch up again or a caution would fall at the right time.

 

 

As the race progressed, favorites emerged: Andretti, Hinchcliffe, Briscoe, Dixon, Sato, Franchitti, and Kanaan.

 

Overall, this race had excitement with record lead changes and the best 500 in a while.

 

We then moved onto the Coke 600 where we knew that, at almost every mile-in-a-half track, the aero push and clean air effect would be a major factor. Basically, if you got out in front, you were tough to get.

 

Early on, there was good racing but as it started to get later on into the 128 lap green flag run, the field was strung out single file.

 

Mid race, the leaders dueled out and it was actually exciting. Sadly, NASCAR threw a caution to break it all up.

 

When they went back green, it almost looked like the first run except they were strung out much faster. Kahne would then pull away and take the Coke 600 victory by four seconds over Denny Hamlin.

 

Overall, the Indy 500 proved to be the better of the two races with constant racing going on and only a couple times where someone would pull out and run away. The 600 featured almost the opposite, even though some racing did occur in the mid-way point.

 

Winner: Indy 500