Who Will Win the Indy 500?

This Memorial Day weekend’s Merc retrograde leads me to believe that the scion of one of America’s great racing families will win the Indy 500, or that this year’s winner will be someone who has taken the checkered flag in the past in Indianapolis. I think that means Danica Patrick will not win, even though she won the Japan Indy 300 last month.

It’s noteworthy that there’s a Dancing With the Stars connection between race opener Kristi Yamaguchi and competitor Helio Castroneves, a two-time Indy 500 winner and Stars champ, but I don’t think this is Helio’s year to win another Indy 500.

I don’t have time to look at the charts of all 33 drivers in the race, but I think the winner will be a member of a prominent racing family. This hunch has me zeroing in on the charts of A.J. Foyt IV, Marco Andretti, John Andretti, and Graham Rahal. Here’s the race lineup, in case you want to look at it: http://www.indy500.com/images/pdf/2008_ics_indy_starting_grid.pdf

Having recently suffered a couple of major-league strikeouts with my predictions, I’m going to be more cautious in my forecasts. Rather than declaring him the winner, I’m going to say that I think the prospects look good for Marco Andretti, especially because of his car name: Team Indiana Jones presented by Blockbuster.

Since the asteroid Indiana is traveling with the North Node, that could bode well for Marco Andretti, given that the new Indiana Jones film is opening this weekend. In other words, all things involving Indiana and the public are highlighted this weekend.

The Neptune/North Node lineup in Aquarius falls between the midpoint of Marco Andretti’s Venus and Mercury in Aquarius, which seems pretty auspicious to me. Andretti is a Pisces born March 13, 1987 in Nazareth, Pa. Here’s his chart, courtesy of Astrodienst:


His cousin John Andretti, another Pisces, is also getting a boost from the transiting Jupiter sextile Uranus right now. But his natal Saturn is the midpoint of the transiting stellium in Aquarius, which I think means he’ll feel old at this race. He’s 45, while Rahal, a Capricorn who is making his IndyCar debut this weekend, is just 19.

As readers of my blog know, I’m a believer that people do important things on or around their birthdays. Here’s an interesting factoid: Race day is the 24th birthday of A.J. Foyt IV. So the Sun in the sky will be shining on his natal Sun, giving him the solar power to do become the person he is meant to be.

Here’s Foyt’s chart, courtesy of astrodienst

You can see that his Sun is conjunct his North Node, which is great for connecting with the public. In the limited time I’ve been analyzing the charts of winners, including my successful NCAA prediction, I’ve noticed the North Node is very important.

But even though the Sun is on Foyt’s Sun/North Node conjunction on race day, that transiting Aquarius stellium of Neptune, Node, Chiron, and the asteroid Indiana doesn’t appear to make any major aspects to Foyt’s chart. As I mentioned above, it does in Marco Andretti’s chart.

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines!