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Dixon's win launches new, better era for the Indianapolis 500

A huge crowd, hard crashes, tempers flaring, teammates dissing teammates. Oh yeah, the Indy 500 is back, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: May 25, 2008, 9:22 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Sunday was an Indianapolis 500 the way we all remember it. Well, those of us old enough to remember when so many things made this event special.

A giant crowd, clearly the biggest in a decade. Tempers flaring, almost A.J. Foyt style, among several contending drivers, including Danica.

Unexpected moments and wild crashes, but thankfully, no one hurt. Tears of disappointment from one driver. And the race favorite holding off the little-team underdog ...

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