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Through the Field: A Look at the 100th Indy 500 Starting Grid

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After years of buildup and anticipation, the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is upon us. For the 100th time, one man (or woman) will etch their name and face onto the Borg Warner Trophy, the most famous trophy in all of racing. One of 33 drivers will drink the milk, wear the wreath and kiss the …

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Anthony Martin Triumphs in Freedom 75

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Anthony Martin used consistent pressure an a bold move in traffic to pass teammate Parker Thompson and claim the Freedom 75 at Lucas Oil Raceway. Starting in second, Martin followed Thompson for the opening 61 laps of the 75-lap event. He mounted multiple challenges on the .686-mile oval’s inside lane, but Thompson continued to ride …

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James Hinchcliffe’s Indy 500 Pole Stands Among the Greatest Moments in IMS History

James Hinchcliffe’s dramatic pole run for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 is arguably one of the most improbable events to occur in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 106-year history. It’s also one of the best. I’m not just talking about the best moments during the IndyCar years, either. On first impression, this moment stands …

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James Hinchcliffe Claims Pole in Dramatic Indy 500 Qualifying


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One year ago, a life-threatening crash at Indianapolis Motor Speedway kept James Hinchcliffe from competing in the Indianapolis 500. On May 29, when the field goes to green for the 100th edition of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, it’ll be Hinchcliffe that leads the way. Driving the gilded No. 5 Arrow Electronics Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda-Dallara …

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Montoya Granted Re-Do in Indy 500 Qualifying After Hitting A Trash Bag

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Juan Pablo Montoya gave a new meaning to the phrase, “this car is garbage”, and benefitted in the form of a second qualifying attempt during Sunday’s final qualifying session for the May 29 Indianapolis 500. Montoya was in the middle of his first attempt at a four-lap qualifying run when he ran over an errant …

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Alex Tagliani Crashes During Indy 500 Time Trials


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A bad Month of May just got much worse for Alex Tagliani. Tagliani, 42, was involved in a shunt off of Turn 4 during the final day of qualifying for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, hitting the attenuator at pit entrance and spinning multiple times before stalling on the frontstretch. The …

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Rossi, Newgarden Top Sunday Practice at IMS


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Alexander Rossi may not be in the Fast 9, but he is fast. Rossi put down a 230.064mph lap to pace Sunday’s pre-qualifying practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After being bumped from ninth in the final minutes of Saturday’s first round of qualifications, Rossi will qualify for a starting position between 10th and 33rd in …

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INDYCAR Finds Drama With Fast 9 Qualifying Format


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As the sun began to set closing stages of Saturday’s opening day of time trials for the Indianapolis 500, the scene on pit road was one of bedlam. Teams sprinted around. Crew chiefs and engineers crunched numbers, looking for that one critical adjustment to put them over the top. Drivers looked at the time charts nervously, …

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Mikhail Aleshin Snags Final Fast 9 Spot with Valiant Late Drive


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It had to be Mikhail Aleshin. Known as “The Mad Russian” for his homeland and fearless driving style, Aleshin spent the better part of Saturday afternoon thrilling the fans at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as he kept finding ways to get closer to the wall. Man that was close…!!!! But a good 230mph drift??? https://t.co/LobdWmWyF0 — …

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