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Rahal, Danica take center stage with history-making performances

Helio Castroneves yesterday's news? Hardly. Graham Rahal and Danica Patrick simply stole the spotlight, writes John Schwarb.

Updated: April 26, 2008, 9:10 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- Helio Castroneves has graciously stepped aside to allow others to take the IndyCar Series spotlight five months after making his national headlines.

OK, that's not exactly how the proceedings have played out, but imagine the what-ifs.

What if he had been able to hang with Graham Rahal on the final restart on April 6 at St. Petersburg and make a pass in the closing laps?

What if his Team Penske Dallara-Honda had a little ...

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