We don’t write about car racing too much here at Manolith because car racing kinda sucks. Stock or open-wheeled, it’s all just dudes sitting in machines and traveling the same course over and over. Sure, it’s a sport and it’s very difficult to be good at it (calm down, racing fans), but the same can be said for long-distance running and biathlon– and you don’t see us writing about those events, either.
Every once in a while, something happens in the car racing world that makes us take notice — something that’s actually worth writing about. Today is one of those days.
Usually, that “thing” is some big crash, or perhaps a funny incident in the pits. Not today. Today, one of the coolest things to happen in years happened during the final lap at the 2013 Freedom 100 Indy Lights race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Describing what happened doesn’t do it justice. You have to just watch it go down:
Talk about timing your run perfectly. The commentators were basically crapping their pants with excitement at the possibility of an incredible three-wide finish when, seemingly out of nowhere, Irishman Peter Dempsey jumped into the mix and slingshotted himself to a win — by mere inches.
“Gotta be the greatest finish in this history of this speedway,” said one of the commentators.
“It looks staged,” noted another, while looking at this still shot of the finish line: