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GP Week : Issue 12
car ricocheted across the track and slid into the entrance of the pit-lane. Bizarrely, the car hit the pit-lane speed limit monitor, destroying it, but not before the doomed device measured Lloyd’s impact speed at 122 mph. Marco Andretti, who qualified and started seventh, took the lead on lap 121, which pleased the crowd almost as much as it would have if it was Danica. Justin Wilson had a strong car early but faded during the first half of the race. The Englishman spun and hit an inside wall ending this day on lap 132. The last 10 laps provided the real excitement, with Dixon leading and Andretti gaining ground from 3rd place, and ‘who’s he?’ Vitor Meira sandwiched between them in second place – coming very close to regaining the lead at one point. Ultimately Dixon held on and won the race, his first 500 and only 19th driver to do so in the 92 year history of the race. Now the big question: can the IRL maintain the momentum created by this year’s event? Meria Meria off the wall: Vitor Meira made sure neither of the top two finishers were from the USA, leading the race in the late stages and eventually finishing second, above. Meanwhile, Marco Andretti brought Indy to Indy with a new livery, right. 40