INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 29: Dan Wheldon of England, driver of the #98 William Rast-Curb/Big Machine Dallara Honda, drinks milk as he celebrates in victory lane after winning the IZOD IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 29, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)

2011 Indy 500: Dan Wheldon Wins After Shocking J.R. Hildebrand Crash

J.R. Hildebrand looked set to win the 2011 Indy 500, but banged into the wall and finished second behind Dan Wheldon.

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Indy 500 Results: Dan Wheldon Wins Race, Out Of A Job Monday Morning

Dan Wheldon won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 in dramatic fashion when he sped past JR Hildebrand, who led most of the final five laps but crashed on Turn 4 of Lap 200. Wheldon raced to the finish line, drank some milk, kissed the bricks and collected a big fat paycheck.

That last one's pretty important since, as of midnight Sunday night, Wheldon is officially out of a job.

Despite a resume that includes two Indy 500 wins and an IndyCar series championship, Wheldon will be back looking for work between changing his son's diapers Monday as his one race deal with Bryan Herta Autosport ends.

Wheldon is sure to get a sizable share of the estimated $14 million purse for winning the Indy 500. That's especially sweet considering he was a freak accident away from finishing second in the race for the third-consecutive year.

Wheldon spent the last two years driving for Panther Racing, but ended up leaving bitterly, suing for unpaid wages and travel expenses. The racer who took over for him...JR Hildebrand. Wheldon spent the season with Bryan Herta Autosport on a one-year basis.

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Indy 500 Final Results Include Oriol Servia, Scott Dixon Switch

Most of the race results as announced shortly after the Indianapolis 500 held true through a Sunday evening review of the caution situation surrounding near-winner J.D. Hildebrand's last-corner crash, but the final and official box score did include one significant change.

Oriol Servia slipped from fifth to sixth, swapping spots with Scott Dixon. While Hildebrand's crash put $1.5 million more in winner Dan Wheldon's pocket than would've arrived otherwise, this post-race adjustment has a financial impact of its own.

In addition to the bonus he accrued by leading for more laps than any other driver, Dixon will also earn a better final payout for moving up a position.

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Indy 500 Final Results Declared Official After Dan Wheldon's Pass Reviewed

Dan Wheldon appeared for all the world to have passed rookie J.R. Hildebrand and won the 2011 Indianapolis 500, but hold the phone, friends. Race officials deliberated for about an hour on whether Wheldon had passed Hildebrand after the yellow caution light went on around the track, eventually concluding that the pass was made in time.

If Wheldon hadn't passed before the caution, Hildebrand would've wound up with the victory, as a yellow flag would've locked in the order of drivers for what would've been the very brief remainder of the race.

About the only way this Indy 500 finish could've gotten any wilder would've been if Hildebrand had somehow ended up with the checkered flag -- quite a few people would like to see him get to celebrate after coming so close. But it looks like Wheldon won't have to return his victory milk, which is among the most upsetting rituals in all of sports.

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Indy 500 Results: Danica Patrick Finishes 10th After Leading Late

For the second time in her IndyCar career, Danica Patrick took a late lead at the Indy 500 and needed fuel concerns to resolve themselves to have a chance at taking the checkered flag. And just like in 2005, Patrick's 2011 Indy 500 bid literally ran out of fuel a little too soon, leaving her with a 10th-place finish.

Patrick's day was a tedious drive to the front at first. She dealt with slowly wearing her car into tip-top shape and picking off drivers one by one through the first three quarters of the race, and eventually moved into the teens in the later goings. That only led to more Indy 500 frustration for the series' most famous driver.

Patrick's team gambled on a fuel-conservation strategy by pitting on Lap 159 and hoping for two things: enough green flag racing for Patrick's car to regain the form that had her running strong late, and a caution to give Patrick a chance to fill up before the finish. She got the former, and led 10 laps after taking the lead with 20 laps to go. But Patrick couldn't stay in front of Bertrand Baguette as her fuel drained, and eventually had to pit.

That last stop left her racing to make the top 10 — which she did, at 10th, giving her six top-10 finishes at the Indy 500 in seven starts. But for Patrick, who seemed to be in every other commercial during the race, consistency isn't a problem; she's long proven that she can compete on the IndyCar circuit when her cars are strong.

The issue is that the big breakthrough victory at the race she dreamed of capturing as a child continues to elude her. And while her public statements about staying in IndyCar while learning NASCAR-style stock car racing are all well and good, continued struggles to stand out in open-wheel racing will only fuel more discussion about whether she's not long for it.

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Indy 500 Full Results: Dan Wheldon Wins As Dario Franchitti Fades, Danica Patrick 10th

Dan Wheldon won the 96th Indy 500 this Sunday in dramatic fashion, but it was the dramatic dropoff of some drivers behind him that will leave a number of teams scratching their heads about the result.

Chip Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon were the putative favorites heading into the Indy 500's centennial running, and proved to be strong contenders throughout, combining to lead a majority of the laps. But Dixon was shuffled back to sixth by late cautions, and Franchitti faded all the way to 12th after moving up to second late.

Danica Patrick did well to move up from her 26th place starting position and finish 10th, but she and seventh-place finished Bertrand Baguette both led in the final 20 laps; if caution flags had flown late, one or both might have been factors on the final lap.

Maybe most disappointingly, pole-sitter Alex Tagliani, who appeared to have one of the field's fastest cars early, faded in the middle of the race, and eventually got mixed up in an accident that left him in 28th and with the race's biggest fall from a starting position.

Patrick was the highest-finishing woman. J.R. Hildebrand, who came within one clean final turn of winning, finished second as the highest-placing American and rookie. Graham Rahal, who started 30th, made the greatest gain in the race, moving up 26 spots to fourth.

The full 2011 Indy 500 results are as follows.

  1. Dan Wheldon
  2. J.R. Hildebrand
  3. Graham Rahal
  4. Tony Kanaan
  5. Oriol Servia
  6. Scott Dixon
  7. Bertrand Baguette
  8. Tomas Scheckter
  9. Marco Andretti
  10. Danica Patrick
  11. Ed Carpenter
  12. Dario Franchitti
  13. Charlie Kimball
  14. Will Power
  15. Vitor Meira
  16. Justin Wilson
  17. Helio Castroneves
  18. Buddy Rice
  19. Alex Lloyd
  20. Pippa Mann
  21. Ana Beatriz
  22. John Andretti
  23. Ryan Hunter-Reay
  24. Davey Hamilton
  25. Paul Tracy
  26. Townsend Bell
  27. Ryan Briscoe
  28. Alex Tagliani
  29. James Hinchcliffe
  30. Jay Howard
  31. Simona de Silvestro
  32. E.J. Viso
  33. Takuma Sato

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Indy 500 Winner: Dan Wheldon Takes Dramatic Victory Over J.R. Hildebrand

Dan Wheldon has won the 2011 Indy 500, and he has done it in dramatic fashion. Wheldon sped by JR Hildebrand, who led most of the final five laps but crashed on Turn 4 of Lap 200, down the backstretch, to take the checkered flag in the 96th Indy 500.

After fuel-conservation strategies from Danica Patrick and Bertrand Baguette gave both drivers a chance to hold the lead late, Hildebrand, the fastest-qualified rookie this week, inherited the lead, and appeared well-positioned to take his car to Victory Lane. But Hildebrand came into Turn 4 too sharply, and slammed into the wall, damaging his right side severely enough for Wheldon to zip between Hildebrand and a lapped driver.

It's Wheldon's second Indianapolis 500 win, and a weird one: in the centennial running of one of America's greatest motorsports traditions, it's a Brit, in a car adorned with Ronald Reagan's presidential seal, who is drinking milk and kissing bricks, after leading the race for maybe a quarter-mile.

Surely, passing a wrecked competitor is not the way any driver wants to win an Indianapolis 500. But try convincing Wheldon and his team that it's any less satisfying.

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Indy 500 Winner Dan Wheldon Takes Advantage Of J.R. Hildebrand Crash

Dan Wheldon won the 2011 Indianapolis 500 thanks to a shocking crash by J.R. Hildebrand. Hildebrand ended up finishing second after having a victory all but assured. Hildebrand slammed into the wall while making his way through straggling traffic, with Wheldon cruising his way to a shocking Indianapolis Motor Speedway victory.

Hildebrand took the lead from Bertrand Baguette with about a lap to go, having become the new second-place racer after Danica Patrick turned over the lead to Baguette. Hilebrand made a run at Baguette with just a couple laps to go and overtaking the front position at the white flag.

After climbing into the top 10 late in the race, Patrick led for a moment at the Indy 500. Baguette trailed her for a moment before making his move, with Patrick dipping to pit row shortly after. Her team had opted for an aggressive fuel strategy, cutting it close.

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Indy 500 Live Results: Dario Franchitti, Scott Dixon Still Dominating, Danica Patrick In Top Ten

More than three quarters of the 2011 Indy 500's laps have been run, and only two drivers look likely to kiss the bricks at day's end. Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon have been dominant today.

Through 161 laps, and just before an accident collected Ryan Briscoe and Townsend Bell, Franchitti led, with Oriol Servia, Graham Rahal, Dixon, and Tony Kanaan rounding out the top five.

Franchitti and Dixon have combined to lead over 100 laps at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today, and have captured three of the last four Indy 500 races as members of the powerful Chip Ganassi Racing team.

Among other notable drivers, Helio Castroneves' chances of winning a fourth Indianapolis 500 likely died with an unscheduled pit stop to fix a blown right rear tire, and Danica Patrick's bid to win her first Indy 500 despite needing Bump Day to qualify 26th has been both aided and hampered by the race's series of cautions.

Patrick has been able to make minor adjustments to keep her car competitive, but has had her strong late runs interrupted by inopportune yellow flags. She will begin the final fifth of the race in the top 10, but may need green flag racing to the checkered flag to have a chance of victory.

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Indy 500 Live Results: Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti Up Front Halfway Through Race

Through half of the 2011 Indy 500, teammates Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti are looking like the class of the field.

Dixon and Franchitti have been running first and second, respectively, for much of the last 45 minutes or so at the Brickyard, and the Chip Ganassi teammates appear to have the two fastest cars on the track. Dixon, in particular, seems well-equipped to make a run at the second Indy 500 victory of his career.

Dixon, Franchitti, and much of the rest of the front of the field were shuffled back after an accident with just more than 100 laps completed brought out the fourth caution flag of the day. Rookie J.R. Hildebrand took the lead in that exchange, becoming the 200th different driver to ever lead the Indianapolis 500.

Simona de Silvestro, the highest-qualified woman for this year's Indy 500, was also one of the first drivers to fall far off the pace. She touched the wall on the first lap, and later headed to the pits with a car that didn't feel right; de Silvestro is more than 50 laps down, but has not been officially ruled out.

Danica Patrick, who started 26th, has managed to work her way into the middle of the pack, running in the teens for much of the second quarter of the race.

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Indy 500 Live Results: Scott Dixon, Alex Tagliani Lead Through 40 Laps

Through the first 40 laps of the 2011 Indy 500, the running order closely resembles the starting grid: pole-sitter Alex Tagliani and Scott Dixon, who started second, have shared the lead thus far.

Tagliani consistently had the fastest car in practice, but was passed by Dixon on the first lap after a miscue at the green flag. Since, though, Dixon and Tagliani have traded off roles as the hunter and the hunted, leading every lap of the Indy 500 so far; after Lap 40, it was Dixon on top, with Tagliani second, Dario Franchitti third, Dan Wheldon fourth, and Townsend Bell fifth.

Early accidents haven't done much to disrupt the front of the pack. Simona de Silvestro, the highest-qualified woman in this year's Indy 500, came off the track early and went down a lap, and a wreck by Takuma Sato ended the Japanese racer's chances of victory, but the highest-profile name to go down a lap or more is Paul Tracy, who went into the pits on Lap 19 and has not returned to the track.

The first double-file restart in Indy 500 history happened on Lap 27, and nearly went off without a hitch, but an attempt to go three-wide in Turn 1 sparked an accident that sent E.J. Viso into the wall.

A second double-file restart on Lap 34 produced no accidents, but gave Franchitti a chance to move up to third.

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2011 Indy 500: Previewing The 'Most Important Race In History'

The Greatest Spectacle in Racing is full of tradition and history, but this year's edition is all the more so as the famed Brickyard celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. If that isn't enough for you, then consider that this year's Indy 500 field is one of the strongest in decades - and that, at Indianapolis, nothing is predictable.

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Indy 500 Schedule: Start Time, TV Coverage, Radio Broadcasts And More

Update: 2012 Indy 500 schedule is here.

After weeks of preparations, the Indianapolis 500 has arrived. On Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 33 of the best IndyCar drivers will take the track in one of America's greatest races. Alex Tagliani has the pole and there will be plenty of pre-race ceremonies to mark the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500.

Here is all the coverage information for Sunday's Indy 500.

Start Time: It's a full morning of events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, leading up to the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500. The track opens at 6 a.m. on Sunday, with six hours of festivities, including parades featuring former winners and pace laps, set for the time ahead of the race. The Indy 500 is set to get underway at noon following the parade and pace laps.

TV Coverage: ABC has the coverage, beginning with the pre-race show at 11 a.m. At 12 p.m., the big show kicks off on ABC as the field takes to the track for the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500.

Radio Coverage: In addition to the television broadcast, you can also find the Indy 500 on your radio dial and on Sirius and XM radio. On Sirius, coverage can be found on Channel 211. Channel 145 has the race on XM. A full list of the 400-plus radio partners can be found here.

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Listen To Indy 500 Radio Broadcast On IMS Radio Network

Update: Live Coverage from the 2012 Indy 500

Want to catch today's Indy 500 without a TV? Fortunately, you can listen to the Indy 500 radio broadcast via the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network. The broadcast will begin from the Brickyard at 11 a.m. Eastern and carry listeners through the checkered flag and beyond.

There are a variety of ways to tune into the IMS broadcast of the Indy 500. If you have Sirius/XM satellite radio, the IMS Radio Network broadcast is available at channel 145; in and around Indianapolis, 1070-WFNI-AM carries the network. If you need to find your local affiliate, check this list of radio stations broadcasting the Indy 500 (PDF).

In case you care about history: the IMS Radio Network has been around for quite some time, first carrying an Indy 500 broadcast in 1952, and has over 400 affiliates worldwide.

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Indianapolis 500 Race Roundup: Qualifying Results, Starting Lineup And More

The Indy 500 begins on Sunday morning, but the action on the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been non-stop for the last two-plus weeks. With testing, tuning and qualifying all in the rear-view mirror, all that's left is the race itself as the field of 33 takes the track on Sunday for 500 miles of racing.

Rain dominated the early practice sessions as teams spent more time in the garage than on the track itself, cutting into valuable tuning time ahead of the two days of qualifying sessions. With the majority of the week leading up to qualifying rained-out, teams were flying blind ahead of qualifying, and it showed.

Qualifying was tense as Michael Andretti's race team was unable to find the speed during Saturday's Pole Day, forcing Danica Patrick, Marco Andretti and others to run again on Bump Day. Patrick came ever-so-close to missing the field after a failed inspection forced her to the back of the line as rain began to fall. After multiple delays, Patrick was able to make the field while turning in one of the fastest speeds of the day.

After Andretti Autosport bought-out Bruno Junqueira to give Ryan Hunter-Reay a car for the Indy 500, the field was set. Hunter-Reay headed to the back of the pack, but was in the race after narrowly missing in qualifying sessions. The full starting grid, led by Alex Tagliani on the pole, can be found here.

The race gets underway at 12 a.m. on ABC, preceded by a one hour pre-race show.

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Indy 500 Starting Grid: Alex Tagliani, Scott Dixon Will Lead Field

We're a little more than 12 hours away from the start of the 2011 Indy 500 (noon Eastern, ABC), and the IndyCar Series' finest racers are no doubt dealing with a mix of anxiety and excitement as they try to sleep.

33 drivers will hit the Brickyard on Sunday in the 96th Indy 500, and all of them will be looking to write their names in the history books. Pole-sitter Alex Tagliani has had the fastest car in practice, and looks to become just the second Canadian to win at Indy. Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti have combined to win three of the last four Indy 500s; each man is looking to extend his prime in the sport with a return trip to Victory Lane. And three-time winner Helio Castroneves could tie the record for Indy 500 wins shared by A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, and Rick Means.

Four women are in the 2011 Indy 500 field, tying the 2010 field's record for most female drivers. If either Simona de Silvestro, Danica Patrick, Pippa Mann, or Ana Beatriz wins, though, it will be a tremendous upset: de Silvestro has the best starting position of any woman at 24th, and only three Indy 500 winners have come from 24th or worse to win, none since 1974. And de Silvestro is recovering from a practice crash, while Patrick needed to come through on Bump Day to make the starting grid.

The full 2011 Indy 500 starting grid is as follows.

  1. Alex Tagliani
  2. Scott Dixon
  3. Oriol Servia
  4. Townsend Bell
  5. Will Power
  6. Dan Wheldon
  7. Buddy Rice
  8. Ed Carpenter
  9. Dario Franchitti
  10. Takuma Sato
  11. Vitor Meira
  12. J.R. Hildebrand
  13. James Hinchcliffe
  14. Bertrand Baguette
  15. Davey Hamilton
  16. Helio Castroneves
  17. John Andretti
  18. E.J. Viso
  19. Ryan Hunter-Reay
  20. Justin Wilson
  21. Jay Howard
  22. Tomas Scheckter
  23. Tony Kanaan
  24. Simona de Silvestro
  25. Paul Tracy
  26. Danica Patrick
  27. Ryan Briscoe
  28. Marco Andretti
  29. Charlie Kimball
  30. Graham Rahal
  31. Alex Lloyd
  32. Pippa Mann
  33. Ana Beatriz

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Indy 500 Lineup Preview: Alex Tagliani's Fast Car Lands Him On The Pole

In the weeks leading up to the Indy 500, it's become clear Alex Tagliani has one of the fastest, if not the fastest, cars in the field. But having the fastest car in practices and qualifying means little and Tagliani is still unsure how he'll run in traffic. As the pole-sitter for Sunday's Indianapolis 500, he'll start in clean air and at the front of the pack after turning in the fastest lap during the first qualifying session, then besting his speed during the afternoon's final session last Saturday.

Tagliani knows his car is fast but is also aware that running in turbulence and in the pack is a whole different ballgame. During Friday's Carb Day, the goal wasn't just to put up good numbers -- though he did have the second-fastest lap of the day. Instead, Tagliani was chasing traffic and getting a feel for his race-day setup, just like the rest of the field.

"I was quite happy with the balance of the car," said Tagliani, a Canadian who drives for Sam Schmidt Motorsports in the Izod IndyCar Series. "I was trying to find myself some traffic because I wanted to see what the car was capable of doing in turbulence.

Conditions will almost surely change between Friday's final practice and Sunday's race. Temperatures are expected to stretch into the 80s or 90s, a far cry from the pouring rain that's washed out much of the pre-race sessions. But if Tagliani's IndyCar is dialed-in, as it has been for much of the practice and qualifying sessions at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he should find himself turning some of the fastest laps. And if he can find clean air and hang onto his position at the front, watch out on Sunday at Indy.

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Indy 500: Simona De Silvestro Prepares Burned Hands For Grueling Race

Simona de Silvestro has already won fans over at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and may just be the storyline of the weeks of practice leading up to the race. De Silvestro's team had spent months outfitting her Indy 500 car with the latest and greatest equipment and massaging it to the fullest in an effort to give her the best chance in the IRL's biggest race. But during a practice session on May 19, one of those expensive pieces of equipment snapped, triggering a horrifying crash that saw DeSilvestro hit the wall, get airborne and come to rest upside-down in a ball of fire.

De Silvestro escaped without major injury, but did sustain some serious burns on her hands. Since the accident, she's been forced to wear heavy wraps under her gloves and has been subjected to periodic scrapings that remove the dead skin but leave her in pain. Yet here she is, ready to run in the Indianapolis 500 after overcoming the physical pain and mental barriers in the aftermath of the crash to qualify for the race last Saturday.

On Sunday, de Silvestro will start 24th after clocking in at 224.392 miles per hour during the Saturday qualifying session, allowing her to skip Sunday's Bump Day to rest her still-healing hands. And will 500 miles of racing ahead, she'll need all the rest she can get ahead of what's sure to be an exhilarating, yet painful, race this weekend. But her perseverance and strength have already made her a fan-favorite at this year's Indianapolis 500.

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Indy 500: Full Schedule Of The Weekend's Events

The 2011 Indy 500 doesn't start until Sunday, but there is plenty going on in Indianapolis on the day before the race as well. Here's a full schedule of the weekend's events:

SATURDAY (A.J. Foyt Day)
8:45 a.m................ Chase Rookie of the Year Candidates Q&A (Coca-Cola Stage)
9 a.m..................... Indy 500 Full Field Autograph Session (Plaza)
9 a.m..................... Indy 500 Past Winners Autograph Session
(Hospitality Plaza)
9 a.m..................... Indy 500 Memorabilia Show (Hospitality Plaza)
9 a.m..................... A.J. Foyt Autograph Session Wristband Distribution (Plaza)
10 a.m................... Red Bull BMX Event (Flag Lot)
10:05 a.m.............. Indy 500 Participant Photo (Plaza)
10:30 a.m.............. Indy 500 Drivers’ Meeting (Watch from Tower Terrace)
11 a.m.................... Live Music from Nadine Bernecker (Coca-Cola Stage)
11:30 a.m...............Q&A with A.J. Foyt (Coca-Cola Stage)
11:55 a.m............... Exclusive Autograph Session with A.J. Foyt
(Wristband Recipients ONLY) (Hospitality Plaza)
Noon......................Virtual Indy 500 (MotoGP Garage 36)
Noon...................... Indy 500 Past Participants Autograph Session
(Hospitality Plaza)
3:30 p.m................Virtual Indy 500 vs. Drivers (MotoGP Garage 36)

SUNDAY
11 a.m., ABC - The Indianapolis 500: A Centennial Celebration.
12 p.m., ABC - the 95th running of the Indianapolis 500.

 

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2011 Indy 500 Lineup: Dan Wheldon To Drive Ronald Reagan Centennial Car

The 2011 Indy 500 is the 95th running of the race, and it's 100th anniversary, so it makes some sense that another centennial — the birth of Ronald Reagan — would be honored by one of the teams entered in the race, one of America's most time-honored sports traditions. But it's how Reagan's centennial will be celebrated that's sort of funny.

Dan Wheldon, 2005 Indy 500 winner, will drive the Bryan Herta Autosport/Curb Agajanian #98 car with the Ronald Reagan Centennial Celebration seal on the nose to observe the 100th anniversary of Reagan’s birth.

Yeah, uh, Wheldon's British. And while it's an arguably bizarre move to keep Reagan's legacy alive by slapping his presidential seals on race cars — Reagan's seal was on Clint Bowyer's car at a NASCAR Sprint Cup race in March — it's seems almost farcical to be putting it on a car driven by a subject of Queen Elizabeth II.

Reagan's name still has currency in the American heartland, certainly, and it makes sense to keep his name alive by sticking it on things that go fast in another American tradition. But there's a bit of brand dilution going on, too.

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2011 Indy 500: New Double-File Restarts Unpopular, Some Concerned About Safety

This season, IndyCar has introduced double-file restarts, and drivers are concerned about the potential effects. Obviously, this rule is in effect for the 2011 Indy 500, as it is an IndyCar series race, despite the fact that it feels like a separate event to many. Paul Tracy has a positive attitude, stating "They tell us what to do, and we do it," but other drivers feel differently. Marco Andretti thinks IndyCar is trying to "imitate NASCAR," Tomas Scheckter thinks "there's probably gonna be some crashes," and Alex Tagliani was the most blunt of all, calling the restarts "really stupid."

So, why have double-file restarts in IndyCar? It's possible that Andretti is onto something with his theory that they're trying to imitate NASCAR, but according to IndyCar CEO Randy Bernard, it was team owners who spoke up and fought for the change. There's no way of knowing whether the move was a business decision or a purely competitive decision, but a couple of things are clear. These restarts are probably dangerous, and definitely unpopular.

The cars that you will see in this weekend's Indy 500 are considerably faster, lighter, and less durable than stock cars, so it's entirely possible that we could see some nasty crashes as a pack of cars attempts to enter the first turn double file. IndyCar and the drivers have had a couple of weeks to figure out double file restarts, but it's obvious that the kinks aren't all ironed out and that the giant 2.5 mile oval that is Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a completely different animal. Let's just hope no one gets hurt during the race.

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2011 Indy 500: 100 Years At Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Winning the Indianapolis 500 is special to any driver, but taking the checkered flag for the 100th anniversary of this prestigious event makes it a much bigger deal for someone.

Following weeks of preparation at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 33 drivers are ready to embark in what is one of the most historical auto races in the world.

IMS is in its last year of a three-year centennial anniversary celebration. Even though the track opened in 1909, the first Indianapolis 500, initially named the "International Sweepstakes," was not held until two years later.

Ray Harroun won the inaugural race at Indy on May 30, 1911. Harroun averaged 74.602 mph in his Marmon "Wasp". It took him 6 hours, 42 minutes, 8 seconds to complete the race, and he collected $14,250 for the win.

Since then, the Indy 500 has been an annual Memorial Day weekend tradition, with the exception of 1917-18 (World War I) and 1942-45 (World War II).

The 95th running of this race is scheduled for Sunday.

With more than 250,000 in attendance, one driver will enjoy the sweet taste of victory after completing 200 laps around the famed 2.5-mile oval. The 110- pound Borg-Warner Trophy, a bottle of milk and a more than $2.5 million payday await the Indy 500 champion in Winner's Circle.

Teams will have one last opportunity to practice and fine tune their cars for the Indy 500 in Friday's "Carb Day."

For more on the race, stay with our 2011 Indy 500 StoryStream. Be sure to head over to Pop Off Valve for all things IndyCar, including the three excellent Indy 500 resources: The Indy 500 experience, Indy 500 traditions and the history of the Indy 500 and the Brickyard.

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2011 Indy 500 Lineup: Dario Franchitti Aims For Third Brickyard Title

Dario Franchitti enters the 2011 Indy 500 as the favorite, and with good reason: he's got two Indy 500 titles already, both in the past four years, and is the defending champion at the Brickyard.

Only Helio Castroneves has more Indy 500 titles than Franchitti among active drivers, and while Franchitti will start ninth in this year's running, Castroneves is 16th.

Franchitti's also won the last two IndyCar Series championships, and three of the last four. And he's already won an IndyCar race this year, claiming the checkered flag at the season-opening Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

Franchitti's always solid, but that reliability and an aloofness from the press makes him seem like a perpetual enigma rather than a dominant champion. That could change: ESPN ran a fun feature on Franchitti's origins in advance of this year's Indy 500, and a third title at the Brickyard would put Franchitti in rarefied air, as one of 10 drivers with three or more Indy 500 titles.

Still, a third Indianapolis 500 win likely won't put Franchitti on the same rung of the endless ladder of fame as his wife, actress Ashley Judd. Something tells me that getting to kiss Judd and kiss the bricks might make that less than important to Super Dario, though.

For more on the race, stay with our 2011 Indy 500 StoryStream. Be sure to head over to Pop Off Valve for all things IndyCar, including the three excellent Indy 500 resources: The Indy 500 experience, Indy 500 traditions and the history of the Indy 500 and the Brickyard.

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2011 Indy 500 Lineup: Danica Patrick Looks For Sixth Top-Ten At Indianapolis

Danica Patrick only barely qualified for the 2011 Indy 500 field. But can she work her way from the back of the Indy 500 lineup to come up with the biggest win of her career?

Patrick has raced well at the Brickyard since joining the IndyCar Series to much fanfare in 2005. Patrick placed fourth at the 2005 Indianapolis 500, leading 19 laps and winning the Rookie of the Year award. She topped that performance in 2009, finishing third.

In Patrick's six starts at the Indy 500, she has five top-ten finishes, and her average finish is a strong 8.5 despite a dismal 22nd place finish in the 2008 Indy 500. That outing was marred by a pit row accident in which Ryan Briscoe clipped Patrick's car, eliminating both racers, and prompting Patrick to walk down to the Team Penske pits, looking to confront Briscoe.

Patrick will have to avoid accidents and pick off racers to maintain her sterling Indy reputation: she starts from 26th position on Sunday, the furthest back she has been in an Indy 500 starting grid.

For more on the race, stay with our 2011 Indy 500 StoryStream. Be sure to head over to Pop Off Valve for all things IndyCar, including the three excellent Indy 500 resources: The Indy 500 experience, Indy 500 traditions and the history of the Indy 500 and the Brickyard.

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2011 Indy 500: Simona De Silvestro Recovering From Practice Crash

The most horrifying moment of the run-up to the 2011 Indy 500 was Swiss racer Simona De Silvestro's fiery crash during practice last week. Fortunately, Silvestro escaped with minor injuries, is recovering from them, and still expects to race in the Indianapolis 500 this Sunday.

De Silvestro, the highest-qualified of four women in the Indy 500 field, suffered second-degree burns on her hands and has been wearing gauze bandages this week. She also acquired the nickname "The Swiss Missile" from fellow driver Will Power; even if it's making light of what appeared to be a very serious crash, it's an admittedly amusing nickname.

De Silvestro made her Indianapolis 500 debut in 2010, and placed 14th. She is just 22, and will be one of the youngest drivers in the Indy 500 field.

For more on the race, stay with our 2011 Indy 500 StoryStream. Be sure to head over to Pop Off Valve for all things IndyCar, including the three excellent Indy 500 resources: The Indy 500 experience, Indy 500 traditions and the history of the Indy 500 and the Brickyard.

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Indy 500 Lineup Preview: Ryan Hunter-Reay Looks To Improve On 2010's 18th Place Finish

Ryan Hunter-Reay originally failed to qualify for the 2011 Indy 500 when teammate Marco Andretti bested him, but after some phone calls Andretti Autosport purchased Bruno Junqueira's No. 41 car. Hunter-Reay will move to the back of the field for his fourth career Indy 500 start.

After joining the IndyCar series midway through the 2007 season, Hunter-Reay captured the IndyCar Rookie of the Year Award and then participated in his first Indianapolis 500 in 2008. He finished sixth overall, which led to him winning the Indy 500 Rookie of the Year Award (IndyCar rules allowed this since he only had not raced in the 2007 Indy 500).

That would be his best finish in his three races. In 2009, a crash on lap 20 ended his day and placed him 32nd overall. In 2010, Hunter-Reay was involved in a collision with Mike Conway, whose car flipped and caused Conway a broken left leg, at the very end of the race. Hunter-Reay finished 18th overall.

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2011 Indy 500 Lineup Update: Ryan Hunter-Reay Replaces Bruno Junqueira

After qualifying for the 19th spot in the 2011 Indy 500, Bruno Junqueira will sit out the race after his spot was bought for Ryan Hunter-Reay. Andretti Autosport bought the spot from A.J. Foyt for Hunter-Reay, who will now drive Junqueira's No. 41 car and move to the back of the pack.

Hunter-Reay was bumped from the original qualifying results when teammate Marco Andretti bested Hunter-Reay's 223.690 with a four-lap average of 224.628 mph. But for the fourth year in a row Hunter-Reay will compete in the Indy 500.

This is the second time in three years Junqueira has qualified for the race, but not participated. In 2009, Junqueira gave his place to teammate Alex Tagliani, who is the 2011 polesitter.

The updated Indy 500 field:

 

Position Driver Speed

 

 

1 Alex Tagliani 227.472

 

 

2 Scott Dixon 227.34

 

 

3 Oriol Servia 227.168

 

 

4 Townsend Bell 226.887

 

 

5 Will Power 226.773

 

 

6 Dan Wheldon 226.49

 

 

7 Buddy Rice 225.786

 

 

8 Ed Carpenter 225.121

 

 

9 Dario Franchitti 225.121

 

 

10 Takuma Sato 225.736

 

 

11 Vitor Meira 225.59

 

 

12 J.R. Hildebrand 225.579

 

 

13 James Hinchcliffe 225.572

 

 

14 Bertrand Baguette 225.285

 

 

15 Davey Hamilton 225.25

 

 

16 Helio Castroneves 225.216

 

 

17 John Andretti 224.981

 

 

18 E.J. Viso 224.732

 

 

19 Ryan Hunter-Reay 223.690

 

 

20 Justin Wilson 224.511

 

 

21 Jay Howard 224.483

 

 

22 Tomas Scheckter 224.433

 

 

23 Tony Kanaan 224.417

 

 

24 Simona de Silvestro 224.392

 

 

25 Paul Tracy 224.939

 

 

26 Danica Patrick 224.861

 

 

27 Ryan Briscoe 224.639

 

 

28 Marco Andretti 224.628

 

 

29 Charlie Kimball 224.499

 

 

30 Graham Rahal 224.38

 

 

31 Alex Lloyd 223.957

 

 

32 Pippa Mann 223.936

 

 

33 Ana Beatriz 223.879

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Indy 500: Michael Power Runs Fastest Lap During Thursday's Practice Session

After several days of rain at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway prevented practice sessions, the skies cleared on Thursday afternoon, allowing the drivers to pick up some much needed time on the track. Will Power and Alex Tagliani had the two fastest laps of the day at 227.778 mph and 227.652 mph, respectively. Tagliani had the fastest lap time on Monday when he had a lap of 225.878 mph.

May 20 is Fast Friday, the final practice day before pole qualifying takes place on Saturday. Bump day is on Sunday, giving some from Saturday a final chance at making the Indy 500, which takes place on Sunday, May 29.

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Indy 500 Crash: Video Of Simona de Silvestro's Accident During Practice

Practice for the Indianapolis 500 is happening all week, but the one thing no driver wants to have happen came to pass today, when Simona de Silvestro's car got loose heading into a turn, went airborne, flipped, and eventually caught fire. SB Nation Indiana has the horrifying video of de Silvestro's crash, but also notes that she has apparently escaped serious injury.

De Silvestro, a 22-year-old Swiss driver, drives for HVM Racing and was the 2010 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year after placing 14th in that race. She has four career top-tens in the IndyCar Series.

Reuters reports that de Silvestro needed help to get out of her car, but was relatively unhurt.

De Silvestro was helped out of her car but walked to the ambulance unassisted. She was examined at the track medical facilities and transported to a nearby hospital with reported second degree burns to her right hand.

We'll have updates on de Silvestro's condition and much more Indianapolis 500 news in this StorySteam.

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Indy 500: Weather Delays Continue As Qualifying Nears

As the rain continues to fall at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, drivers are beginning to get restless while waiting for some semblance of clear skies to come. Practice sessions have been almost completely washed-out, leaving drivers little time to get familiar with the track before Saturday's qualifying session and Sunday's bump day. With just one session to go until Fast Friday, the final practice day before qualifying, drivers are crossing their fingers and hoping for a sunny Thursday.

The weather has teams and drivers worried about the missed practice time. The lack of practice time could make the weekend's qualifying sessions all the more interesting as rookies fly blind while racing at speeds well above 220 miles per hour.

"For some, two days won't be enough to make up for lost time with as many as 41 cars vying for 33 spots.  “This is going to be a tragic bump day,” Beatriz said. “I like Indianapolis a lot. I feel confident, but this place is tricky. You never know what is going to happen.

If the rain stays away, the field will be on the track at 12 p.m. EDT on Thursday for the start of a six hour practice session.

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Indy 500: Marco Andretti, Mike Conway Only Drivers To Practice On Rain-Shortened Day

Indianapolis Motor Speedway was washed-out again on Tuesday as only two drivers were able to take the track before officials shut down the session. Marco Andretti and Mike Conway were the lucky recipients of bonus practice time, but it didn't last long. Between the two drivers, 13 laps were completed, none of which came near a blistering pace.

In previous sessions, the fastest laps clocked in at just about 225 miles per hour, with the leaders all clusters in the high 224s and low 225s. On Tuesday, however, Andretti and Conway, using the same car, just barely broke the 220 mile per hour barrier.

Andretti completed five laps in Conway’s car with a fast lap of 220.656 miles per hour. Conway completed eight laps in the same car with a best speed of 219.910 miles per hour.

Of course, this is just practice and it's taking place on a rain-soaked track in less than ideal conditions. There isn't much to read into the times as teams are testing, tweaking and tuning ahead of next Sunday's big race. But with just a few days to go until qualifying weekend begins, teams are running out of time to find the right setups to make the field and secure an advantageous spot on the starting grid.

Drivers will be back out on the track, weather permitting, on Wednesday morning.

For more on the race, stay with our 2011 Indy 500 StoryStream. Be sure to head over to Pop Off Valve for all things IndyCar, including the three excellent Indy 500 resources: The Indy 500 experience, Indy 500 traditions and the history of the Indy 500 and the Brickyard.

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Indy 500: Paul Tracy Honors Contract, Switches Teams

Paul Tracy is playing team roulette ahead of the Indy 500, but he has good reason. Tracy, who is in a bit of an odd team and sponsorship situation, will step away from his Dragon Racing car and into a car owned by Dreyer & Reinbold's for the Indy 500. And it's all in the name of honoring obligations put together long before the 2011 Indianapolis 500.

The complicated deal came together in March and April as Tracy signed with Reinbold on a limited basis that included the Indy 500 before Dragon Racing inked him to a five-race deal. Never one to go back on his word, Tracy kept his pledge and will run with Reinbold's team at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Reinbold offered the 43-year-old former Champ Car champion a full-month, fully-funded program for Indy, the biggest _ and most expensive race _ of the season. That one-off contract, signed in March, allowed Tracy to continue shopping his limited sponsorship to another team for as many races as he could get.

Dragon Racing, the team owned by Roger Penske's youngest son, and Sam Schmidt Motorsports teamed up to give Tracy the five-race deal a few weeks later, and suddenly the nonconformist Tracy found himself in the position of honoring both deals.

Early practice sessions have been positive for Tracy, though he's a step behind some of the quickest cars. On Monday, Tracy turned in a fastest-lap of 223.780 mph, good for 12th on the day but a full two miles per hour behind  Alex Tagliani.

For more on the race, stay with our 2011 Indy 500 StoryStream. Be sure to head over to Pop Off Valve for all things IndyCar, including the three excellent Indy 500 resources: The Indy 500 experience, Indy 500 traditions and the history of the Indy 500 and the Brickyard.

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Indy 500 Qualifying Practice: Alex Tagliani Posts May's Fastest Lap Time

Alex Tagliani of Canada has turned in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's fastest lap time of the month in advance of the 2011 Indy 500, putting together a 225.878 mph lap during Monday's late practices. With qualifying scheduled for Saturday, Tagliani may have just established himself as the favorite to win the pole.

Close behind were 2008 winner Scott Dixon (225.124 mph), American Graham Rahal (225.071 mph), Ryan Briscoe (225.016) and Oriol Servia (224.903), with 2010 winner Dario Franchitti turning in at 224.496 mph performance, good enough for seventh, and Helio Castroneves posting 224.348 mph to rank eighth.

Teams will have four more days of practices in advance of qualifying, with preparations culminating in Indy's infamous Fast Friday.

For more on the race, stay with our 2011 Indy 500 StoryStream. Be sure to head over to Pop Off Valve for all things IndyCar, including the three excellent Indy 500 resources: The Indy 500 experienceIndy 500 traditions and the history of the Indy 500 and the Brickyard.

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Indy 500: Rained-Out Sunday Practices Give A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Spotlight

After rainy conditions shortened Saturday's Indianapolis 500 practices, worsening weather caused Sunday's events to be canceled at 1:08 pm local time. Monday's Indianapolis Motor Speedway forecast should permit teams to start catching up on lost work time in advance of the May 29 race.

With little else going on, drivers and crew members busied themselves while A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears were honored as the front row of the Indianapolis 500's all-time greatest lineup.

The three drivers won the race four times each, tying for the most in its soon-to-be 100-year history. Mears is the most recent Indy 500 winner, having taken his last swig of victory milk in 1991.

For more on the race, stay with our 2011 Indy 500 StoryStream. Be sure to head over to Pop Off Valve for all things IndyCar, including the three excellent Indy 500 resources: The Indy 500 experienceIndy 500 traditions and the history of the Indy 500 and the Brickyard.

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Indy 500: Ed Carpenter Turns In Fastest Lap During Rain-Shortened Practice Session

The rain came early and often on Saturday as early practice sessions at Indianapolis Motor Speedway got underway. With the 2011 Indy 500 still two weeks away, teams are tinkering and drivers are getting a feel for the track during practice sessions in preparation for next weekend's qualifying. Though it may be too early to infer whether these early practice times with transfer to qualifying and the Indianapolis 500, they do give us an idea of which drivers are performing well.

Ed Carpenter cclocked the fastest lap of the day, navigating the track at an average speed of 224.786 mph. Scott Dixon, running his backup car, was second-fastest at 224.491 mph. JR Hildebrand was third at 224.433 mph, followed by Dario Franchitti and Marco Andretti at 224.107 mph and 223.927 mph, respectively.

Practice gets back underway on Sunday at noon, weather permitting. The session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled to last six hours.

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2011 Indy 500 Schedule: Practice, Qualifying And Race Times For Indianapolis Motor Speedway Events

A full two weeks of racing are in store at Indianapolis Motor Speedway ahead of the 2011 Indy 500, including plenty of practice sessions, two days of qualifying and the race itself, which is scheduled to get underway on Sunday, May 28. The run-up to the race is an event in itself, and this year the Indianapolis 500 will turn 100, with ceremonies to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the race scheduled throughout the next two weeks. Practice sessions are already underway and will continue for the next week as drivers prepare for qualifying.

Here is the full Indy 500 schedule for the next two weeks, culminating in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29.

Sunday, May 15 through Thursday, May 19: The Indy 500 schedule calls for practice sessions at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Practices typically begin at noon

Friday, May 20: Fast Friday. The final practice session ahead of the Indianapolis 500. Fast Friday runs from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. as drivers and teams make final adjustments and put their best foot forward.

Saturday, May 21: Indianapolis 500 Pole Day qualifying. The pole and first 24 positions are up for grabs as drivers push for the fastest speed of the day. Qualifying begins at 11 a.m. and the fastest eight drivers from the first session return to the track at 4:30 p.m. in an effort to improve their time and seize the pole.

Sunday, May 22: Bump Day. Those that didn't make the field on Saturday give it one more shot on Sunday, with the final spots in the Indy 500 field up for grabs.

Sunday, May 29: The 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 takes place on May 29. Start time is 12 p.m. at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as drivers race 500 miles in IndyCar's biggest race.

For more on the race, stay with our 2011 Indy 500 StoryStream. Be sure to head over to Pop Off Valve for all things IndyCar, including the three excellent Indy 500 resources: The Indy 500 experience, Indy 500 traditions and the history of the Indy 500 and the Brickyard.

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2011 Indy 500: Schedule, Practice And Qualifying Information

We're still just about two weeks away from the 2011 Indy 500, but it's never too early to take a look ahead at the race. 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of the Indy 500 and the celebrations will be aplenty. From Fast Friday to qualifying to Bump Day, there's plenty of racing to keep open-wheel fans entertained ahead of the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 and we'll be covering all the action as the race draws near.

Here is a quick look at the basic information for the 2011 Indy 500.

Schedule: The festivities begin on Saturday, May 14, though the race doesn't get underway until just over two weeks later. Practice begins on May 15 and runs through Fast Friday, on May 19. Qualifying takes place on Saturday, May 21 and Bump Day is on Sunday, May 22. Finally, at 12 p.m. EDT on Sunday, May 29, the Indianapolis 500 gets started as drivers hit the track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A full schedule can be found here.

TV schedule: With the Indy 500 comes fond memories and looks back to outstanding races of the past. Typically, in the two weeks leading up to the race, Versus and ESPN Classic will combine to show some of the finest Indy 500 moments, as well as qualifying and bump day. We do know ABC has the race day coverage, but the full schedule of broadcasts has not yet been released.

SB Nation's IndyCar blog, Pop Off Valve, put together an outstanding three-part series on the Indy 500, looking at the traditions, experience and the race itself at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

After over a century of existence, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is an American icon woven into our social fabric. The 500-Mile Race, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and its 100th running in 2016, remains the largest single-day sporting event in the world with an estimated 400,000 spectators. Like the Kentucky Derby, the World Series, the World Cup and the Super Bowl, it is a tradition-filled sporting event that crosses all generational and demographical lines to appeal to a universal audience.

For more on the race, stay with our 2011 Indy 500 StoryStream. Be sure to head over to Pop Off Valve for all things IndyCar, including the three excellent Indy 500 resources: The Indy 500 experience, Indy 500 traditions and the history of the Indy 500 and the Brickyard.

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