Who's your pick for the Indy 500 today? Since the IRL does mostly (all?) oval tracks I've never been a big fan of the IRL ... road racing is where it's at. As such, I haven't followed the big players in IRL so I have no clear favorites. So I think I'll route for the Rahal/Letterman Team (yes, that's David Letterman of late night fame). Their driver this year is 23 year old ... woman? Yep, Danica Patrick is their driver and she's been tearing up the track so far. She's starting 4th today, the highest ever for a female and the experts say she has a real chance at taking the checkered flag.
Off course there is some controversy surrounding her as well ... at 5' 2" she's only 100lbs ... putting her 100lbs lighter than anyone else. That may not sound like a big deal, but in racing every pound counts and the lighter you are the faster you'll go. 100lbs is huge and several drivers are petitioning to have the rules changed on how cars are weighed in ... presently the minimum weight required is measured sans driver. I'm sure if she does win the petition will become much louder.
Here's an interesting article about the new .11g network along the race track that provides real-time data between cars and crew ... that's pretty killer considering the cars are running over 200mph! Here's a link to a prior post detailing the 900MHz wireless they use for Nascar data telemetry. Kewl stuff.
Hmm, wonder how fast I can drive by my house and pick up my wifi network :-)