Do think Patrick's getting a bit of a free ride on her boneheaded restart late in the race yesterday -- the one that took out two other guys.
Back in the late's 80's (I think), Kevin Cogan was a rookie who qualified in the first or second row in one of Penske's cars. Right after the cars crossed the start/finish on the first lap -- Cogan's car made a big move left. He hit A.J. Foyt on the side -- then Mario piled into him. Cogan said a part in the rear axle broke -- and a forensic examination did find a broken differential -- but USAC left the door open by saying they didn't know if the break occured before the accident or not.
During and after the race, the press had a field day raking Cogan -- and even Roger Penske(!) over the coals for putting a rookie into such a piece of good equipment. Well, a very similar thing happened yesterday -- and Bobby Rahal couldn't even own up to the fact she blew it.
I believe one difference is that Cogan's dad was Chairman of Litton Corporation at the time -- so there was some jealousy over his getting really good rides on his way up to CART. That said, Penske canned him at the end of that year -- and he never got as good a ride again.
Anyway, just an observation. Frankly, if Bourdais had finished one spot behind her -- my vote for rookie would have gone to him simply because he didn't take anybody else out.