Fans can watch Indy 500 the 2016 Indianapolis 500 live online and see who is able to take the checkered flag in the historic 100th running of the start-of-summer tradition.



The Indianapolis 500 will start Sunday, just after noon Eastern Time, and there is already unprecedented interest in the race. For the first time in the event’s history, both the grandstands and the infield have sold out, Fox Sports reported, meaning a total of 350,000 to 450,000 people are expected to be in attendance. There will be even more watching at home, the report noted, as the television broadcast blackout in the state of Indiana has been lifted for the first time since 1950.

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The blackout had generated quite a bit of controversy in recent years and local officials lobbied to have it lifted. Those efforts paid off this year, meaning residents of the Hoosier State will be able to watch the race their state has made famous.

The Indianapolis 500 will be broadcast on ABC but will also be available to watch live online for those unable to get to a television (a link to the streaming video can be found below Indy 500

As Fox Sports noted, the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is sure to bring plenty of attention. The race represents a bit of a comeback for IndyCar, which has seen plenty of ups and downs, the report added.

“While we expect the drivers to put on a great show on Sunday, the race will be worth watching even if it is without drama. While IndyCar has been through some turbulent times over the past couple of decades, at least one thing has remained the same: The Indianapolis 500 has always been remarkable. Racing wheel-to-wheel at 240 mph, the Indianapolis 500 is not only a demonstration of what man is capable of, but also of our technology. There have been some incredible innovations over the past 100 years, and it remains to be seen what is yet to come.”
Fans who watch the 2016 Indianapolis 500 live online will have a chance to see history in more ways than one. While the 100th running of the race is generating excitement in itself, there will also be plenty of attention on 79-year-old super-owner Roger Penske, who will be behind the wheel of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car as his Team Penske goes for a 17th win in the race.Penske has been a constant presence in the racing world, and the man Forbes valued at $1.8 billion has done it through a sharp knowledge of the sport and an insatiable hunger to learn more.

“What makes Roger different is that if I handed him my cell phone right now he could use it as well or better than I could,” said Brad Keselowski, who won Penske’s first NASCAR Sprint Cup and XFINITY championships, in an interview with Fox Sports. “That shows his insatiable knowledge, but not just knowledge, the pursuit or growth.

“He is growing not just in the business sense — it is easy to see business growth with a new building or race team or whatever — but Roger’s ability to grow intellectually, personally and his desire to do so has not leveled off over time and I think that makes him an exceptional person by today’s standards,” said Keselowski.Team Penske will have a good chance to win, fielding four out of the 33 cars competing, and it’s something of an all-star cast at that. Representing the team will be Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves, Will Power, and Simon Pagenaud.

Fans who want to watch the Indianapolis 500 live online can find streaming video through Watch ESPN or through the IndyCar website.


How the Indy 500 grid stacks up team by team

 Indy 500: Carb Day practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is just one hour out of an available 40 hours of track time in the lead-up to the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 (Sunday 11 a.m. ET, ABC, WatchESPN and the ESPN app).

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But as the last time the 33 cars and drivers are on the track before the biggest race of the year, teams take that last hour very seriously. That was especially applicable this year because Carb Day featured the hottest temperatures so far in the month of May: more importantly, the kind of hot, humid conditions that are expected on race day.It’s notable that, when the track has heated up over the last week, the Chip Ganassi Racing cars have usually emerged at the top of the time sheets. Andretti Autosport has also looked good in the heat, with drivers from those two teams posting six of the fastest nine laps on Carb Day.

Outright speed is one thing, but pit stop strategy and car preparation play a big part in the equation, too. In that regard, Team Penske is peerless in the Verizon IndyCar Series, and especially at Indianapolis, where Roger Penske’s cars have won a record 16 times.

With all that in mind, here is’s ranking of the eleven teams participating in Sunday’s race.

1. Team Penske: Even though Team Penske’s top qualifier for this year’s race is Will Power in sixth place, Indy car racing’s most successful team still rates as the favorite to take home the Borg-Warner Trophy. Among all the multicar teams in the series, Penske is the only one that features four topflight, championship-caliber drivers. Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya are multiple Indy winners; championship leader Simon Pagenaud is the hottest driver in the sport; and Power’s speed and desire are unquestioned. With four potential winners, Penske can take radical strategy chances if necessary, and the team’s execution on critical pit stops is second to none. You can be certain that, with this being the 100th running of the 500 on the occasion of Team Penske’s 50th anniversary, winning this year would be even more special than usual for Mr. Penske.2. Chip Ganassi Racing: A rival engineer pointed out that, the hotter it gets, the more speed Ganassi finds. Admittedly aided by a big tow, Tony Kanaan was 1.5 mph faster than the next driver (Andretti Autosport’s Carlos Munoz) and four-time IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon was right there in third. Both are Indy winners (Dixon in 2008, Kanaan in 2013) and both should contend on race day. Charlie Kimball is a steady, smart competitor who has shown over the past couple of years that he is as fast as anybody on his day. Rookie Max Chilton must be considered a long shot. “I think what we have what it takes to be in it,” said team owner Chip Ganassi. “We’ve got the speed to get to the front.”

3. Andretti Autosport: Starting from the outside of the front row, Ryan Hunter-Reay is cited by many as their favorite on Sunday. But the same rival engineer who pointed out the Ganassi cars’ speed in the heat also questioned Andretti’s race setup. It didn’t seem to be a problem on Carb Day, as Munoz was second fastest, with Hunter-Reay and rookie Alexander Rossi fifth and sixth. Although Hunter-Reay might represent AA’s best shot at victory, Munoz has become known as an Indianapolis specialist and the team is very impressed with the way Rossi adapted to the fast IMS oval. Don’t forget Marco Andretti, who has never won the 500 but boasts a brace of second- and third-place finishes. And it’s not unreasonable to think that Townsend Bell, on a break from the television booth, is capable of contending for the win.

4. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports: From 2012 to 2014, Pagenaud scored his first Indy car race wins and emerged as a top-five championship contender while driving for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. People wondered whether the driver flattered the team or vice versa. While Pagenaud has gone on to great success at Team Penske, SPM has held its own with James Hinchcliffe. The combination’s momentum was slowed by Hinchcliffe’s crash at Indianapolis last year, but he returned to the Speedway this year to claim pole position. Top-10 qualifying performances by Mikhail Aleshin and Oriol Servia showed that the SPM Hondas have plenty of speed, but their ability to remain quick over 500 miles of racing remains in question.5. Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing: Graham Rahal is 26th on the grid, but he is the most popular dark horse candidate in the field. His race-day speed and aggression have been repeatedly on display the past couple of years, and he is very pleased with his car on old tires in race trim. A top-10 finish is the goal for rookie Spencer Pigot.

6. Ed Carpenter Racing: Josef Newgarden is on the brink of Indy car superstardom, and he’ll start Sunday’s race from the middle of the front row as Chevrolet’s top qualifier. JR Hildebrand came within one corner of winning the 500 as a rookie in 2011, and owner/driver Ed Carpenter’s ties to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway run deep. ECR could push its winning car back to its shop on nearby Main Street in the town of Speedway if it prevails Sunday.7. AJ Foyt Racing: Takuma Sato is another driver who came oh-so-close to winning at Indianapolis, and the Japanese driver’s “No attack, no chance” motto makes him a fan favorite. Jack Hawksworth and Alex Tagliani are starting on the back row and can’t be considered threats to win.

8. KVSH Racing: Sebastien Bourdais is a championship-caliber Indy car driver, but he has never taken a liking to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Rookies Matt Brabham and Stefan Wilson aren’t likely to provide much backup.

9. Dale Coyne Racing: Gabby Chaves ran fast in practice and Conor Daly is shaping up as a steady, dependable performer, but envisioning him winning at Indianapolis is a bit of a stretch. Not as much of a stretch as Pippa Mann, though; she crashed twice this week. Oval-track specialist Bryan Clauson has a better shot.

10. Dreyer & Reinbold Racing: Dropped after one season by Ganassi Racing, Sage Karam is back at Indy with the team he impressed for as a rookie a couple of years ago. He could crack the top 10 but is not a threat to win.

11. Lazier-Burns Racing: Buddy Lazier is a former Indianapolis 500 winner, but this small, family-run team is up against much stronger competition than what was around in 1996.


Indy 500 drivers let loose walking in fashion show

Indy 500: Indianapolis 500 pole winner James Hinchcliffe was out front again Thursday night, leading a quartet of IndyCar drivers in a “working” appearance at a fashion show.

Hinchcliffe, Max Chilton, Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud were the stars of a fashion show sponsored by the Fashion Mall at Keystone and its parent company Simon, GQ magazine and the Verizon IndyCar Series.

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The drivers, in addition to professional male and female models, walked along a runway in clothing provided by some of the mall’s stores. A crowd of several hundred attended and responded enthusiastically when the drivers appeared early in the show. Indy 500 Live Stream

“The thing that was most important was not to make fools of ourselves,” Hinchcliffe said.They didn’t. There was no stumbling, no falling, no ripped pants.

The drivers’ featured walks down the runway went as smoothly as a fast pit stop. They carried their driving helmets – maybe just in case of trouble.

Their only mistake, perhaps, was to occasionally break into slight smiles as the audience responded. Professional models, taught that the focus is on the clothing and not them, often stride down the runway looking like their dogs just died.

“People are supposed to look at the clothing and not you,” Hinchcliffe said. “We got to do a walk-through before it started and got some tips from the models.”


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Indianapolis 500 celebrates 100th running with a sellout

Indianapolis 500: Two years ago, USA Today polled its readers for their bucket lists of sports events they most wanted to attend at least once.

The top vote-getter wasn’t the Super Bowl or the Masters or the Olympics.

It was the Indianapolis 500.

The iconic race returns Sunday for the 100th running of the Memorial Day weekend classic, which draws more than a quarter of a million spectators captivated by its s speed, danger and tradition.

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway said Sunday’s race is sold out. The track doesn’t divulge exact numbers for spectator capacity, but the number of grandstand seats is about 250,000 and the track reportedly sells at least an additional 70,000 infield general-admission tickets. Indianapolis 500

There’s plenty of room. The speedway likes to boast that the Rose Bowl, Yankee Stadium, Vatican City, Churchill Downs and more would fit inside the massive infield of the 2.5-mile rectangular track that sits in a residential neighborhood.The speedway claims that the race is “the largest single-day sporting event on the planet.”

The speedway — dubbed “The Brickyard” because long ago it was paved with 3.2 million bricks — also said it has suspended its practice of blacking out the race on local television in Indianapolis. It’s the first time since the early 1950s that the race will be televised live in central Indiana.

“There’s no event like the Indianapolis 500 and for the event to sell out on the occasion of the 100th running is a testament to the enduring legacy of ‘The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,’” Mark Miles, chief executive of track owner Hulman & Co., said in a statement.

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The Indianapolis 500 has remained one of the nation’s preeminent sporting events despite a 12-year civil war between the sport’s leaders that ended in 2008, a decline in the popularity of IndyCar racing overall, a dearth of American drivers and a long history of tragedy on the track.

“The Indy 500 is part of the beautiful essence of America,” said 1998 Indy 500 winner Eddie Cheever, now an analyst with ABC, which televises the race. “Wherever I am in the world, I never have to explain to people what it is. They know.”

For the 33 drivers in the race, many say they would rather win the Indy 500 than the championship of the Verizon IndyCar Series, a stance heightened by knowing this is the race’s 100th running.

“This place makes careers and changes lives,” said Ed Carpenter, an Indianapolis native and driver/team owner who sat on the pole in 2013 and 2014 and who starts 20th this year. “It’s been my dream to win this race for a long, long time.”

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Veteran Tony Kanaan, 41, a fan favorite who finally won his first Indy 500 in 2013, said the Indianapolis speedway “is magical” and that the “buzz around the city, it’s unbelievable” this year.

“I thought I had seen it all, but I haven’t seen this place sold out,” Kanaan said.

The first Indianapolis 500 was held in 1911 and won by Ray Harroun. The race has been held ever since except during six war years: 1917-18 and 1942-45.  Indy 500 Starting Grid

This year’s race already has one heartwarming story: James Hinchcliffe, the 29-year-old Canadian who nearly died from injuries in a practice crash a year ago, won the pole position during qualifying last Sunday.

Indeed, though motor racing inherently is dangerous, the threat is magnified at Indianapolis because of the high speeds.Hinchcliffe won the pole with a four-lap average of 230.760 mph, and at some spots on the speedway the cars surpass 235 mph, traveling the length of a football field in about one second.

There have been 38 drivers who died from crashes during the race or in accidents in practice and qualifying during May, according to the speedway historian.

But owing to advancing safety improvements in the cars, drivers’ gear and at the track, including so-called SAFER barrier soft walls, there hasn’t been an Indy 500-related fatality in 20 years.

The last was Scott Brayton, who was killed during a practice crash in 1996. The last driver to die from injuries sustained in the race itself was Swede Savage in 1973.

Roger Penske, who by far holds the record for the most Indy 500 victories for a team owner, with 16, is hoping one of his drivers wins the 100th edition of the race in the same year Penske is celebrating his 50th anniversary in racing.

Penske, who will drive the pace car for this year’s start, is “still the one that sets the bar,” said rival team owner Chip Ganassi.

The betting public is on Penske’s side as well. His four drivers — Will Power, defending Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, Simon Pagenaud and three-time Indy winner Helio Castroneves — have the best odds to win Sunday, according to the gambling website Bovada.

Castroneves is trying to become only the fourth driver in history to win the race four times. The others are A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears.

The drivers have one final practice Friday on so-called Carb Day, a throwback term to the days when mechanics would make final adjustments to carburetors on the cars’ engines. The Indy 500 is scheduled for 9 a.m. PDT/noon EDT on Sunday.


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Indy 500: James Hinchcliffe takes pole position for 100th Indy 500, 12 months after near-fatal crash

Indy 500: JAMES Hinchcliffe watched the Indianapolis 500 last year from his hospital bed. He had nearly died from injuries six days earlier in a crash at famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Now he’ll start the historic 100th running of “The Greatest Spectacle In Racing” from the pole.

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The Canadian driver who spent the past year fighting back from the life-threatening leg injury, completed a remarkable comeback Sunday by posting a four-lap qualifying average of 230.760mph on the final run of the day to barely edge American Josef Newgarden for the pole.

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“I get it. (The accident) was a big deal,” Hinchcliffe said after the fourth-closest pole finish in race history, winning by 0.06mph.

“You’re coming back to this place and you want to focus on the here and now and not remember or focus on hitting the wall at 125 Gs. … Hopefully, this (the pole) is the topic of conversation for the next week.”

The pole shootout was so close that Ryan Hunter-Reay, who will start third, thought he actually had passed Newgarden on the second-to-last attempt when he was clocked at 230.648. Indy 500

When Hinchcliffe’s speed was announced, the large crowd in the front straightaway roared and it wasn’t just fans who appreciated the accomplishment of one of the series’ most popular drivers.

Watch the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 LIVE in HD on FOX SPORTS, Monday at 1:10am AEST on FOX SPORTS 506.Newgarden and Hunter-Reay, the 2014 race champ and one of Hinchcliffe’s former teammates with Andretti Autosport, both congratulated the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports driver who missed the final 11 races last season after a broken suspension part punctured his left leg right and nearly caused him to bleed out the day after Indy 500 qualifying ended.

“I don’t think anyone can describe nearly losing your life at a track, then going back there to go 240mph into a corner,” Hunter-Reay said.

Hinchcliffe also struggled to explain the frenzied finish on a wild qualifying weekend.

Newgarden thought he had given Ed Carpenter Racing its third pole win in four years after finishing with an average of 230.700 on the 2.5-mile oval.

Hunter-Reay’s teammate with Andretti, Townsend Bell, came up a little short on the next run and the last two Team Penske drivers, Helio Castroneves and Will Power, both posted averages under 230.When Hunter-Reay’s speed was posted, Newgarden started trading high-fives with his crew members but then had to watch Hinchcliffe pull off of the most memorable pole-winning runs in recent years.

“It was a tough pill to swallow,” Newgarden said. “It was difficult waiting. I was trying to remind myself it’s not about (the pole). I wanted to win the pole so bad, it would have been amazing,”

Hinchcliffe’s victory marks the first time in six races that Team Penske drivers have not won the pole and ends a 31-race pole drought for Honda, which dated to the 2014 race in Houston. It’s the first time Honda has taken the 500 pole since 2011, the year before Chevrolet rejoined the IndyCar engine competition. Indy 500 2016

For Newgarden, it will be his first career front-row start at Indy.

For Matt Brabham, it will be his first career start in the big race, qualifying 27th for his maiden tilt at the Indy 500.There was one crash Sunday.

Alex Tagliani spun coming out of the fourth turn of his warm-up lap and slammed into the attenuator at the entrance to pit road. Though his car spun 5 1/2 times, he was quickly checked, released and cleared to drive by the infield medical centre. He will be the first race starter since 1924 to make the starting grid without an official qualifying speed.

Everything seemed a bit out of whack Sunday.

Defending series champion and 2015 Indy pole winner Scott Dixon needed his crew scramble to change engines in 64 minutes — a job that normally takes three hours — after the No. 9 car developed a mechanical problem in practice. Dixon qualified 13th.

Defending 500 champ Juan Pablo Montoya will start 17th after a bizarre sequence in which he ran over a trash bag during his qualifying attempt. IndyCar said the debris on the track was its responsibility and gave Montoya a second chance.

And one day after Marco Andretti was bumped from the top nine by his teammate, the American lost his fifth gear before qualifying began and still finished 14th on a day that belonged to Hinchcliffe.

“It’s crazy,” Hinchcliffe said. “It’s incredible what a difference a year makes.” THE GRID — The 100th Indianapolis 500-mile Race


1. James Hinchcliffe (CAN) 230.760mph (371.372km/hr)

2. Josef Newgarden (USA) 230.700

3. Ryan Hunter-Reay (USA) 230.648


4. Townsend Bell (USA) 230.481

5. Carlos Munoz (COL) 230.287

6. Will Power (AUS) 229.669


7. Mikhail Aleshin (RUS) 229.562

8. Simon Pagenaud (FRA) 229.139

9. Helio Castroneves (BRA) 229.115

10. Oriol Servia (ESP) 229.060

11. Alexander Rossi (USA) 228.473

12. Takuma Sato (JPN) 228.029


13. Scott Dixon (NZL) 227.991

14. Marco Andretti (USA) 227.969

15. J.R. Hildebrand (USA) 227.876


16. Charlie Kimball (USA) 227.822

17. Juan Pablo Montoya (COL) 227.684

18. Tony Kanaan (BRA) 227.430


19. Sebastien Bourdais (FRA) 227.428

20. Ed Carpenter (USA) 227.226

21. Gabby Chaves (COL) 227.192


22. Max Chilton (GBR) 226.686

23. Sage Karam (USA) 226.436

24. Conor Daly (USA) 226.312


25. Pippa Mann (GBR) 226.006

26. Graham Rahal (USA) 225.847

27. Matt Brabham (AUS) 225.727


28. Bryan Clauson (USA) 225.266

29. Spencer Pigot (USA) 224.847

30. Stefan Wilson (GBR) 224.602


31. Jack Hawksworth (GBR) 224.596

32. Buddy Lazier (USA) 222.154

33. Alex Tagliani (CAN) crash, no time


Indy 500 Revs Up for 100th Anniversary

Indy 500: On May 29, the Indianapolis 500 will celebrate its 100th anniversary. With record- attendance expected, the race track brings in $315 million annually for Indiana’s economy.“I saw this piece about Indy 500 and it was America– and it kind of is. If you look at the birth of the automobile and the way that this race has affected that in particular, all the traditions of the 500, it’s the world’s largest single day sporting event. I would anticipate nearly 4,000 people there this year which will be pretty spectacular,” said IndyCar driver Graham Rahal to the FOX Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo.

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Graham is the youngest race-car driver in history to win the Indianapolis 500, and the son of 1986 Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal. He is also married to NHA Funny Car driver Courtney Force. Indiana 500

“Our family, we focus really hard on the kids obviously to build the future fans of our sport. I think we are seeing a growth in that area… Certainly today it is more difficult to get the eyeball than it was a long time ago… Particularly in IndyCar, we’ve seen growth numbers year in, year out, which I think we are the only motorsport to see that and the other thing we are seeing is attendance.”


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Wallingford church leader heads to Indy 500

Indy 500: A Wallingford pastor is getting on track, quite literally, and the track is the storied Brickyard of Indianapolis 500 fame.

As a lifelong auto racing fan, Will Marotti, who is the senior pastor at the New Life Church in Wallingford, approached sponsors in Indianapolis and they took him on. Marotti was able to raise enough money with sponsors to join Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports and become part of a team that is entering a car in the 2016 Indy 500.

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“I said why not me? I’m going to take a shot at it,” Marotti said.

Marotti, a former AM radio host, formed Marotti Racing last year. He will head to Indianapolis later this week to join the team from Schmidt-Peterson as they unveil their new car for the 2016 race. Indy 500 Live

“When I called the track and asked how to get involved in this, they said this is impossible, it’s a million-to-one shot.” Marotti told FOX 61. “This falls in the category of ‘sometimes, dreams do come true.'”

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100th running of the Indy 500, the largest single-day sporting event in the world

Indy 500: Indianapolis — It’s a big year for a big race. 29 May will mark the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, which claims to be the largest single-day sporting event in the world. Some 300 000 spectators will gather to watch drivers race 200 times around the 4-kilometre oval track — a total of 805km, or 500 miles.

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But there are many ways to immerse yourself in the Indy 500 besides watching the competition on race day. An onsite museum displays cars, from vintage to contemporary, along with photos, memorabilia and exhibits about the event’s rich history and its champions.

There’s a bus tour that takes a lap around the track, as well as a grounds tour. Devoted fans can even get a ride in a race car, with experiences ranging from R900 to R7 500.

Though the race is named for Indianapolis, the track is located in the town of Speedway, a suburb of Indianapolis, and Speedway’s Main Street is well worth a visit. Many businesses and attractions here have a connection to the racing world, from a wine bar owned by a racing family to a new, state-of-the-art go-kart facility that provides real thrills even to the most intrepid amateurs.
941 Indianapolis 500 Winner The much storied “Curly” Wetteroth built, Noc-Out Hose Clamp Special, was already in its third race when Floyd Davis and Mauri Rose co-drove it to victory in 1941. With Rose’s pole winning Maserati sidelined at 60 laps and Davis running a distant 12th, team owner Lou Moore instructed Davis to come in and hand over the car to Rose, who had driven the Davis car to third the year before. Charging up through the field, Rose took the lead for the final 38 laps, to win the 1941 Indianapolis 500. In later years the car was driven by Ted Horn, Joie Chitwood, and Sam Hanks. It was also assigned to future “500” winners Troy Ruttman and Bob Sweikert as rookies in 1949 and 1950, respectively. This car also participated in NASCAR’s short lived Speedway division, in 1952, with driver Buck Baker winning the title with a Cadillac V8 replacing the Offenhauser.The museum attracts some 130 000 visitors a year, but museum director Ellen Bireley says only about 25% are serious racing fans. The rest are just curious about the famous track and its history, and the museum offers a great introduction. Indy 500

Race cars on display show the evolution of technology and design, but the collection also includes motorcycles, passenger cars and vintage autos like Duesenbergs and a 1915 Stutz. You’ll learn about traditions like winners drinking a bottle of milk and “kissing the bricks” at the finish line.
You’ll also learn about the Indy 500’s origins: The track was built on farmland in 1909 as a “playground for the automobile,” with an all-day race to show off what cars were capable of doing. The original gravel-and-tar surface was soon repaved with 3.2 million bricks, which led to the nickname “Yard of Bricks.” it’s now covered with asphalt except for the 35cm brick strip that gets the winner’s kiss.

The track was owned at one time by World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker (who raced cars before he learned to fly). It shut down for several years due to World War II and was reopened by Tony Hulman, who thought the race would help promote his family’s business, the Clabber Girl baking powder company.

The Hulman family still owns the track.You can take a narrated bus tour on one lap around the oval track or sign up for a grounds tour that includes the victory platform, media center, the famous brick strip kissed by winners and other stops.

Whatever you’re in the mood for, you can find it on Main Street: breakfast at the legendary Charlie Brown’s Pancake House, coffee at Lino’s, craft beer at the Daredevil Brewing Co, and a wine bar, The Foyt Wine Vault, owned by the family of race car driver AJ Foyt. Other options include Barbecue & Bourbon and Dawson’s on Main.And then there’s Speedway Indoor Karting, which, as the employees like to say, is “not your grandfather’s go-kart.” The 5 500-square-metre facility offers two courses: one with a banked oval and a quarter-mile track with two levels and 14 turns. It’s owned by Sarah Fisher, who raced in the Indy 500 nine times.

Another attraction is the Dallara IndyCar Factory, where visitors can explore interactive and hands-on exhibits about racing engineering and technology. The Dallara company makes the chassis for all Indy race cars.If You Go…

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum
Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas, 09:00 – 17:00 (March-October hours).
Adults R150, children 6-15, R75. Grounds tours, including media center, victory platform, start/finish line and museum, adults, R450, children 6-15, R180. Narrated bus tour around one track lap (when track is not in use), adults, R120, children 6-15, R75.

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Variety of bars, restaurants and attractions along Main Street in the town of Speedway, a suburb of Indianapolis.


Despite expected sellout, Indy 500 won’t be televised live in local market

Indy 500: For the first time in the long history of the Indianapolis 500, WRTV-TV Channel 6 has rights to air the ABC broadcast of the race twice.

Unfortunately for those not attending the 100th running of the race this year, neither of those broadcasts will be live despite the fact the race is expected to be sold out this year for the first time in 20 years.

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While ABC airs the race live nationwide, WRTV—per ABC’s contract with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway—will broadcast the race on a delayed basis. Typically, the race has aired in central Indiana the night of the race—several hours after the 500-mile race has ended. This year, WRTV will air the race at 7 p.m. on race day (May 29) and again from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 30, Memorial Day.Indianapolis 500

ABC said the decision whether or not to broadcast the race live in the Indianapolis market belongs to IMS.

Speedway President Doug Boles said televising the race live on race day has been discussed by IMS and ABC officials for several years, but no changes to the policy of blacking it out locally are planned despite projections of a sellout and a live crowd that is expected to be be nearly 100,000 spectators larger than it has been in recent years.

Ticket brokers said many tickets are selling at twice the price on the secondary market as they did just a year ago, with tickets in the penthouse and those high up in prime locations in Turn 1 and Turn 4 going for more than twice face value. Officials at Carmel-based FanFare Tickets said they’ve even sold a handful of tickets with a face value of $350 for between $1,250 and $1,500.

“As far as I know at this point, it will still be tape delayed [locally],” Boles said. “We explore it every year. It’s one of those conversations that we have with our partners and others. But at this point in time it’s still tape delayed.”

Local sports marketers said there are no shortage of race fans that would like to see the race televised live, but Boles said it’s also part of the local tradition to watch it tape-delayed.

“It’s funny, because I’ll get responses from our customers who can’t wait to get home and watch it on TV,” Boles added. “Part of their tradition is going home, cooking a burger out back and watching it on TV at home to see what they didn’t see when they were in the venue. At least for the locals that come to the 500, that’s part of the tradition.”

IMS controls the local broadcast rights and has blacked out the live broadcast in the Indianapolis market since 1950, according to WRTV officials. The Speedway made the decision this year to give WRTV rights for a second broadcast. Financial terms of that deal were not disclosed.

“Indianapolis loves the tradition of this iconic sporting event,” Larry Blackerby, vice president and general manager of WRTV, said in a written statement. “Hundreds of thousands of people pack the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to see all of the action, but that’s not enough. They want to watch every lap and every pit stop at home on TV. With our second broadcast, fans will have more opportunities than ever to relive that unforgettable experience.”

When asked who would have to approve of lifting the local blackout, Boles said “a whole bunch of people,” including IMS, “partners and others.”

“It’s not as simple as it might seem,” Boles said.


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Stefan Wilson Indy 500 campaign honors late brother

Indy 500: When IndyCar driver Justin Wilson lost his life in an accident at Pocono last August, fives lives were saved by his decision to be an organ donor. Justin’s brother Stefan Wilson, 11 years younger, is driven to save more lives. Stefan’s first ride in the Indianapolis 500 partners with the Indiana Donor Network.

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“It’s going to be a little bit bittersweet,” said Stefan at an announcement Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “But knowing that I’m out there honoring Justin and honoring his decision to be an organ donor makes it all worth it.” Indy 500 2016

“The story behind Justin Wilson and Stefan Wilson is so amazing,” said Indiana Donor Network Chief Operating Officer Steve Johnson. “It was so fitting. It was just something that we felt like would really get the story out there in a poignant way with not only Hoosiers, but on a nationwide level.”

Racing in the Indy 500 has been the goal of Stefan Wilson for a few years now. He wanted to race in the 100th Indy 500 with his big brother, his hero. But now he’ll race for Justin.

“I always looked up to him,” said Stefan. “I was always so proud to be his brother. I remember being at race tracks and watching races that he was in. It was like there was no one else on track. I just watched him.”

The number 25 KV Racing Technology Chevy partnership with Indiana Donor Network hopes to see 25 hundred people register for organ, tissue and eye donation through the Driven2SaveLives campaign. Over 120 thousand people in the United States are waiting for a transplant. 22 people in the U.S. die every day waiting for a needed organ. One donor can save up to eight lives.

“As much as it’s healing for the people who are receiving organs, many times it’s healing for the people that are family members of the donors,” said Indiana Donor Network Chief Operating Officer Steve Johnson. “They can see how impactful that was and how gracious their loved one was, and what a hero they became through tragedy.”

Justin Wilson died from head injuries suffered when nosecone debris from another crash bounced on the track and struck him on the helmet. Justin had previously registered to become an organ donor and discussed it with his wife, Julia. The Indiana Donor Network reports that about 90% of Americans support organ donation, yet only 50% are registered.

Stefan races this May to remember his brother’s life-giving impact. He will drive the third entry for KV Racing Technology. Teammates Sebastien Bourdais and Matthew Brabham will also carry the #Driven2SaveLives campaign logo on their cars.

“I just want to focus on getting in the car now,” said Stefan. “It’s a lot of anticipation building. Obviously, I’ve driven here in Indy Lights and driven many laps in the (IndyCar) two-seater, but it’s a little bit different from the speeds were going to be doing in an IndyCar.”


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