While the race may have been confirmation of just how poor the Lotus engine really is, it was validation for Chevrolet and Honda, and most of all for the new Dallara DW12 IndyCar. After all the agonising over the new Dallara chassis and the supposed inequities of the Honda and Chevrolet engines, the IZOD IndyCar Series had succeeded in delivering an overall package capable of a humdinger of a race that thrilled from start to finish and saw some of the best, most unpredictable and nail-biting open wheel racing seen at Indianapolis in at least a decade.
With 35 lead changes eclipsing the previous record of 29 in 1960, wheel-to-wheel racing and no driver injuries despite a number of accidents and hard hits against the wall, it surely puts to bed the question of whether the DW12 is up to scratch as an oval-track race car.
That bodes very well indeed for June, in which we get three back-to-back oval races at Texas, Milwaukee and Iowa. But even before that, there's no time for the newly crowned 2012 Indy 500 champion to rest on his laurel, because it's straight back to work on the Detroit Belle Isle road course in just seven days time.
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