Check out this video clip. Lap 159, coming off a yellow. The pass takes over 1 1/2 miles to set up and execute, yet it's all over in a few seconds. This is one of the best moves I have seen in the 18 years I have been attending the race as a spectator or working as a crewman.
Menard's Ed Carpenter is leading, and Target Chip Ganassi driver Scott Dixon, the eventual winner, is running second. My man Vitor Meira is in third, driving the Delphi/National Guard machine.
The video begins while Vitor is coming out of turn two and heading down the backstretch. Pancho Carter, long time Indycar and USAC driver, is his spotter. Pancho is keeping Vitor on the gas, as the green is thrown while the cars are in the short chute between turns 3 and 4.
As Vitor runs through turn 4, Pancho is yelling "Stay on that nine! Stay on that nine!" He's referring to Dixon, whose car is number 9.
This is some serious sheeit, threading the needle at 200 MPH.......
After the race, Vitor said "I wasn't going to lift...."