There have been a few longshot wins at Indianapolis.
A Brickyard shocker: Yes or no?
You want to say no because, for so many years, the Brickyard winner was either that season’s eventual champion or certainly among the contenders. There’s a reason for that, of course. Indy makes every available demand of a car (aside from right-hand turns, of course). You obviously need big-time horsepower for the long straightaways, but also great handling for those hard left turns on a relatively flat track. You don’t bring your B-game to Indy.
Yes, every now and then you’re at least mildly surprised. Ricky Rudd slipped into Victory Lane once with a fuel-mileage win. Paul Menard’s 2011 win is still his only career victory. And just two years ago, Kasey Kahne limped into Indianapolis 22nd in points and winless for three years. He left with the trophy. So it can happen. Are you listening, Jimmie? Matty D? Clint?