The race itself was predictable in that the eventual winner was unpredictable. Here is my personal take on the racing. I have not watched an Indy 500 race live in 30 years. The racing is too much like NASCAR for my tastes. Too many caution flags. Too many laps behind the pace car. The racing, when there is any, is fascinating, though — a chess game played at 220 miles per hour. Pit strategy is critical, as is the ability to restart successfully once the green flag waves. Alonso actually lead quite a few laps under green, but got shuffled backward during the multiple race restarts.