Over a three-year period, IndyCar has lost three of its most charismatic personalities in Dan Wheldon, Danica Patrick and Dario Franchitti. A name like Rahal or Andretti rising to the top could do wonders.
On her second Memorial Day weekend removed from the Indianapolis 500, Danica Patrick spoke in wistful terms about her open wheel career and conceded that the likelihood of again attempting the race that manifested her fame is "less and less likely."
An hour before Danica's dramatic Indy 500 Bump Day qualifying run, espnW sat with Bev Patrick. She talked about her daughter's early days, the whirlwind of 2005, and -- well, don't even ask her about NASCAR.