Pole Day drama lacking with existing format

Helio Castroneves grabbed the pole, and Tony Kanaan provided some late-afternoon fireworks. But Saturday's six-hour Pole Day at Indy was more snooze than sizzle, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: May 14, 2007, 3:25 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Pole Day for the Indy 500 had some breathtaking final minutes Saturday. Helio Castroneves grabbed the pole, and then watched Tony Kanaan fall just short of topping him on the final qualifying run of the afternoon.

The old Brickyard produced real excitement, but it came in front of mostly empty grandstands. IMS doesn't release attendance figures, but 20,000 is an optimistic estimate.

This wasn't a highly anticipated Saturday in front of a packed grandstand. That ...

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