Rahal's ride a short one

DEAN MCNULTY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:17 AM ET

INDIANAPOLIS -- After a month of being in the racing world's spotlight, 19-year-old Graham Rahal's Indianapolis 500 experience lasted less that 45 minutes.

Driving the No. 06 Newman-Haas-Lanigan Racing Dallara/Honda, Rahal -- the son of 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal -- got loose trying to pass another rookie, Alex Lloyd, on Turn 3, sending Rahal crashing into the track's safety barrier.

"Lloyd, for some reason, wouldn't stay right on the bottom and when he came up a couple of feet, I reacted slightly and just got into the marbles," Rahal said.

Just moments later, A.J. Foyt IV, grandson of another Indy legend, A.J. Foyt, watched in horror as his No. 2 Vision Racing car caught fire after refuelling. Indianapolis Motor Speedway firefighters worked feverishly to get Foyt out of the car, while simultaneously attempting to douse the flames.

OH, OH CANADA

Marty Roth, the lone Canadian in yesterday's race, reacquainted himself with the wall at Indy Motor Speedway on Lap 64.

It was the third time in four tries at Indy that the 49-year-old former real estate developer from Toronto ended his day in a wrecked race car.

"I was just going around (Buddy) Lazier on the outside and I got really loose and at that point I was just along for the ride."

A second car owned by Roth and driven by John Andretti finished 16th, one lap down.

BEST OF CHAMP CAR

American Ryan Hunter Reay was the top finishing former CHAMP Car World Series driver, who brought his No. 17 Rahal-Letterman Racing car home in sixth place. Spain's Oriol Servia in the No. 5 KV Racing Dallara finished on the lead lap in 11th place.

Australia's Will Power was 13th, Bruno Junqueira 20th and Justin Wilson took a hard hit near the end of the race and finished 27th.

"I felt the back lighten up so I got out of the throttle but (the rear) just slowly came around," Wilson said.

"And the next thing you know I'm going backwards. I tried to keep it our of the wall but I just ran out of real estate."


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