Drama filled day at Bump Day, Gutted for Ryan Hunter Reay, Thrilled for the last row members and basking in the illumination of an epiphany.
First trip through we saw Simona Desilvestro out signing autographs. I told him how she had second degree burns on her hands after a wicked accident on Thursday. We saw her hands and the bandages. We saw the same hands sign autograph after autograph, even at a time when there was concern whether she would need to zip up the Nomex, hop back in the old warhorse tub and bang out 4 laps fighting through the pain the whole way.
We saw the clouds and wandered over to the paddock to take advantage of a covered seating space while we watched Ana and Graham make their runs. I found the replay of Simona’s accident on YouTube and he expressed the same surprise he had a year earlier watching Mike Conway’s accident “The driver lived?”
Bob Kravitz of the IndyStar made his once a year trip to the speedway to write his after the matter has been decided column about how IndyCar must do everything it can to keep Danica in the fold. Educated fans know the truth, she’s gone. But the retort “she’s the only one that moves the needle” is always thrown about.