The time has come. Agostino Canapino realize a personal dream. The reef runs the Indianapolis 500, one of the races that make up the so-called “Triple Crown” of world motorsport, together with the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix – which took place this Sunday and was won by Max Verstappen – and the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 107th edition of the event corresponds to the sixth round of the IndyCar Series season. Star+ television.
The race got off to an unprecedented start: American Graham Rahal failed to start in Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car No. 24, which he was expected to drive for the injured Stefan Wilson, and caused some of chaos in the previous round. Rahal, curiously, had remained out of the 500 Miles in Last Chance, a sort of repechage to define the last two classified and which he had lost at the last minute with teammate Jack Harvey. But Wilson broke a vertebra in Monday’s crash and the American was called in to replace him.
The Spanish Alex Pole, of the Chip Ganassi team, who started from pole position and with a very decisive pace and without risking, continued to lead when 17 of the 200 laps that the race will last had already been completed. The Dutch escorted him Rinus Veekay (Ed Carpenter Racing) and the Swede Felix Rosenqvist (Arrow McLaren), who started second and third respectively.
Canapino, meanwhile, had moved up one position and was lapping 26th, after starting 27th.
After several laps with Palou and Veekay swapping the lead, the Spaniard pitted on lap 28 and the top positions shifted. The Dutchman was in front for a few laps, but then the lead was inherited by Rosenqvist.
On lap 37, when many cars had already made their first stops, Palou had regained the lead, again with Veekay as escort and the American Santino Ferruchi as the new third.
Where was Canapino? The man from the cliff had climbed many positions and had managed to lap in 15th position, but on lap 34 he entered the pit lane and returned to 26th place.
In the first 40 laps of the race there were more than ten lead changes. For that first place went Palou, Veekay, Rosenqvist, Rossi, O’Ward and Ferruci. But it was the Spaniard and the Swede who were ahead the most times.
Meanwhile, there were two riders with too many problems. On one side, Scott Dixonwho had emerged as one of the big highlights of the afternoon, but had a problem with his tires -he rode the first few laps with a lot of vibration and little control of his car- and fell from sixth place outside the top 20.
The other, Katherine Law, who after stopping on lap 40, went off too fast, skidded and collided with a bastard in the pit lane (he almost ran over a mechanic from another team). The impact damaged the car and the Briton, of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, ended up with the retirement.
Shortly before lap 60, Canapino had moved up one position and was running in 25th, behind his teammate Callun Ilott.
The 33-year-old from the reef last Saturday had averaged 372.270 kilometers per hour in qualifying. He is competing in his first season in that American single-seater category with a car from the Juncos Hollinger Racing team.
Palou leads the championship after five rounds with 174 points; Duck O’Ward is second with 168; and Marcus Ericsson is third with 155. The Argentine has 56 drives and is in 19th position.
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