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The Indy 500 Has Its First Official Poet in 90 Years

Adam Henze chosen for 100th running

(Newser) - An Indiana University student who is a poet and a performer has been named the Indianapolis 500's first official poet since the early 20th century. Adam Henze of Bloomington beat out more than 200 others who submitted Indy 500-themed poems for the contest co-sponsored by Indiana Humanities, reports the... More »

After Heartbreak, Tony Kanaan Finally Wins Indy 500

Ended 12 years of frustration today

(Newser) - Popular Brazilian Tony Kanaan ended 12 years of heartbreak and frustration and won the Indianapolis 500 today on a day that saw a record 68 lead changes and a record average speed of 187.433mph. It was also the coolest day in a decade at the speedway, but it didn'... More »

C'mon, Danica, Women Deserve Better

Patrick's sexist commercials are a step backward for women drivers: Laura Helmuth

(Newser) - The thing that Laura Helmuth loves best about auto racing is that it's the one sport in which women get to compete against men as equals. Which is why Danica Patrick's decision to become a "GoDaddy Girl" and make a "series of stupid, sexist ads"—... More »

IndyCar CEO Had Promised More 'Carnage'

IndyCar had purposely been upping danger to add excitement

(Newser) - In a June interview that seems eerily prescient in light of Dan Wheldon’s death , IndyCar Chief Executive Randy Bernard promised more “carnage and wrecks” in the upcoming races. IndyCar, struggling to compete with the more popular NASCAR, was attempting to make its races more exciting by increasing the... More »

Wheldon Scored Big Deal Hours Before Death

Plus, drivers worried about safety before fatal race

(Newser) - Hours before he was killed in a 15-car pileup , Indy 500 champion Dan Wheldon had signed a major, multiyear racing team deal. Wheldon had scored the spot Danica Patrick is vacating, behind the wheel of Andretti Autosport's car No. 7, ESPN reports. He had been part of the team'... More »

Indy Winner Dan Wheldon Killed in Vegas Crash

Drivers had expressed fears about track, super-fast speeds

(Newser) - Two-time Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon died yesterday in a horrific 15-car crash in Las Vegas. The fiery accident, which sent three other drivers to the hospital, occurred just days after the 33-year-old British father of two and others expressed fears about crowded conditions and super-fast speeds of up to... More »

Franchitti Wins 2nd Indy 500

Mr Ashley Judd denies Helio Castroneves his 4th

(Newser) - Dario Franchitti has won the Indianapolis 500, beating Dan Wheldon to help Chip Ganassi become the first car owner to win at Indy and the Daytona 500 in the same year. Franchitti's victory today was his second at the Indy 500 in four years and denied Helio Castroneves a chance... More »

Castroneves Wins 3rd Indy 500

(Newser) - Helio Castroneves won his third Indianapolis 500 today, beating 2005 winner Dan Wheldon by 1.981 seconds and leaving Danica Patrick in third, the best finish by a woman at Indianapolis. With 10 laps to go, Castroneves' lead was 1.38 seconds, and he continued widening the gap the rest... More »

Indy Driver Raises Profile—on Dance Floor

Castroneves' popularity surges after stint with stars

(Newser) - Six months ago, few beyond IndyCar fans recognized the name Helio Castroneves. Thanks to "Dancing with the Stars," however, Helio’s celebrity-status has skyrocketed. The Indy Racing League is enjoying the ride—the racer’s surge in popularity has been tremendous for the sport.  "It's interesting... More »

'Danica Rule' Is Confusing, Controversial

Does move intended to even out drivers' weights even do that?

(Newser) - Danica Patrick will carry 35 pounds of ballast in her car in this weekend's Indianapolis 500 to make up for her tiny, 100-pound body. But even those who agree that ballasting is the fair way to account for differences in racers' body sizes aren't sure the IndyCar system is entirely... More »

Danica Ready to Make History at Indy 500

Racer 'really' likes her odds (and car) in next week's big race

(Newser) - No longer just a pretty face, Danica Patrick finally has a win, a winning team, and the fastest car she's ever raced. “I really, really like my chances" in next weekend's Indy 500, she tells Sports Illustrated. "And man, how huge would it be if I could win... More »

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