There is no denying the empty feeling the field of 33 will feel for Sunday’s 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500. The absence of 400,000 fans will be enough for drivers to hear a pin drop as they make the walk down Gasoline Alley. Year after year, the atmosphere delivers the most hyped pre-race that exists in the world. A day that begins with the cannon going off at 6 a.m., the buildup includes the Gordon Pipers, Purdue Marching Band, and the United States Armed Forces, among other festivities, as the grid fills up in a sea of people - drivers, crew members and even celebrities - along the front straightaway at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Marco Andretti talks with Dave Calabro about making history and sitting on the pole for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500.
On lap 164 of the 2016 Indianapolis 500, Alexander Rossi stopped under yellow with the majority of the race's leaders. On lap 200, he won the race. If the race were one lap shorter, it would have gone to Tony Kanaan or Josef Newgarden. If it were one lap laps longer, it would have gone to Carlos Munoz. But the race was exactly 200 laps, and Rossi's incredible fuel saving over a 33-lap green flag run earned him the first win by a rookie in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing since 2001.
There are two types of conditions race drivers fear when it comes to qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 – a hot surface and wind. Colton Herta, 19, had no fear of either when he made the first of his two qualification attempts in Saturday’s Indianapolis 500 time trials. The hotter the track, the harder it is for the race car to maintain grip. The windier the conditions, the more difficult it is to keep control of the car.
James Hinchcliffe’s car crashed Saturday during a qualifying attempt, putting the NTT IndyCar Series crowd favorite’s effort to get into the 103rd Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in question for a second straight year. Within minutes, Hinchcliffe was checked and released from IU Health Emergency Medical Center at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and cleared to drive. “The car was on the edge, for sure,” Hinchcliffe said. “We were a little loose in (Turns) 3 and 4, but (Turns) 1 and 2 were solid. … Something just caught me in (Turn) 2. I don’t know if it was a gust of wind or what.”
Elton Julian figures McLaren likely has more money invested in its hospitality tent than he’s got in his whole DragonSpeed IndyCar operation. But, the full-time sports car team that took on Indianapolis with a savvy owner, rookie driver, veteran engineer and makeshift crew scored a major victory for the little guys on Saturday.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn’t racing in the Indianapolis 500, but for his first trip to the event nicknamed The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the retired NASCAR driver still managed to find a way to get on the track and behind the wheel. But it wasn’t part of his original plan.
Rash of crashes leaves Indy 500 drivers shaking their heads
Australian driver Will Power won Sunday's Indianapolis 500 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- after he took the lead with four laps to go, and never looked back.
The 36-year-old returned on Sunday to the same track that skyrocketed her career. While her last race ended in a crash, she goes down as one of the most successful female racing drivers in history.
James Hinchcliffe made one thing perfectly clear Saturday. Only he and his team are to blame for missing the Indianapolis 500 -- not Pippa Mann. Two rain delays, poor timing and a loose tire pressure sensor late in the afternoon didn't help, either.
Danica Patrick, the highest-finishing woman in the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500 and the only female driver ever to win a pole in the NASCAR Cup Series, will compete in both races next year before retiring as a race car driver. "It just came from my heart, and I think it's going to be awesome," Patrick said Friday about her decision during an emotional news conference at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
At the end of 500 miles around Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it was a former Formula One driver who took the checkered flag. He even drove for Andretti Autosport. It just wasn’t Fernando Alonso. Takuma Sato became the first Japanese winner of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday when he denied Helio Castroneves a record-tying fourth victory as the two traded the lead in the closing laps.
Scott Dixon will start in pole position for Sunday's Indy 500, as the New Zealander seeks to secure his first triumph at this showpiece event since 2008.
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Pole-sitter Scott Dixon, defending champion Alexander Rossi plus favorites Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves are among the favorites for Sunday's Indianapolis 500.
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It's time to get ready for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday