Special thanks to The American Mutt for pointing out the unusual number of accidents involving consecutive numbers.
Lap 31: Meira (#4), Fisher (#5), Hornish (#6) and Patrick (#7)
Lap 46: Patrick (#7) and Sharp (#8)
Lap 68: Scheckter (#2) and Castroneves (#3)
Seriously, what are the odds of having four consecutive numbers being involved in a crash? Are they enough to warrant the purchase of Michigan Lottery tickets? (Not condoning gambling here - just noting it.)
Here's another number: 601. According to IndyCar.com that's the maximum number of points Tony Kanaan can have after Chicagoland. In order for that to be enough for the championship Nariz would needs Franchitti to finish 16th and Dixon 13th - presuming Kanaan wins AND leads the most laps, in which case Tony would win on a tie breaker.
Of course, Franchitti and Dixon could conceivably finish even worse, but...does anyone see this happening? Anyone?
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