Besides the cycling of leaders during pit stops, were there any outright passes for the lead? I can't remember any but I may be wrong. It was follow the leader most of the way. I nodded off a few times and finally ended up putting the race in my picture in picture and watched the Trans Am race from mosport on speed on one screen with the 500 on the main screen. Anyhow, good for Gil and at least it was a safe month. Thank goodness for Tony George The best thing that could have happened to the Indy500 and open-wheel racing in general was for Tony George to take control of the sport and HIS race. Before the IRL was formed, the Indy500 was in danger of losing its prestige and popularity. Foreign drivers, especially from Brazil, were threatening to dominate the field. Big-dollar teams with big-dollar sponsorship were diluting competition. Japanese engine manufacturers were poised to push aside American engine manufacturers. And American drivers, especially those with short-track backgrounds, were either relegated to inferior teams or were given no rides at all. Thank God Tony George stepped in to save the Indy 500 and Indycar racing from all of these ailments.