INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - IndyCar driver Jay Howard was a rookie driving for Marty Rothwhen he got five races under his belt in 2008, but after weeklongrains at the Speedway kept him from getting valuable seat time inthe month of May, Roth pulled the plug and gave Howard's 500 rideto veteran John Andretti.
The young Brit said the experience made him even hungrier.
"After 2008, when I thought I was going to run the Indy 500 andI was stripped of that, this is extra special for me and I'mchomping at the bit to get going," he said.
"It's really a tough place for a rookie right now, you're facedwith all of this rain, if it wasn't so wet, it would be a differentstory," Roth said in defending his decision.
Said Howard, "It was tough to say the least. You have this bigbuild-up, something you've been working for your whole career,started when I was seven years old, and you build up and up andsuddenly it's gone. I was gutted and it was painful watching therace that year."
It wasn't until three seasons later his perseverance andpatience finally paid off, long enough for most to find a new wayof life. Late last year, Howard's driving career got a new lease onlife. Sarah Fisher signed him to drive her second car, so a dreamthat came so close to realization in 2008 will finally cometrue.
Last week in Kansas, Howard finally got back behind the wheel inan IndyCar race, years that have taught him some very tough lifelessons.
"I got down a little bit, but I kind of snapped out of it, I wasdetermined to get back in, even if it kills me. It's good to seethat hard work does pay off, I'm happy as can be’" saidHoward.
He'll be easy to spot at Indy. Howard will be the driver withthe biggest grin in Gasoline Alley.
An 83-year-old woman was killed in a house fire in Owen County Tuesday night.
A multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 65 shut down lanes Wednesday morning.
The Boone County Sheriff's Office asked that drivers use caution Wednesday morning as black ice was reported on some bridges in the county.