Indianapolis 500

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Indianapolis 500's Huge Crowd Makes COVID-Era History

135K fans attended the race, the most anywhere for a sporting event during COVID

(Newser) - As the minutes ticked closer to the green flag, Roger Penske took in the pageantry from a perch overlooking the Indianapolis Motor Speedway he owns. Then he glanced at his watch. The time? Time to throw open the doors and usher in thousands of Indianapolis 500 fans wearing checkered flag...

COVID-Weary Fans Scoop Up All 135K Tix to Indy 500
Indy 500 Sells Out
All 135K Tickets

Indy 500 Sells Out All 135K Tickets

Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be at 40% capacity for Sunday's race

(Newser) - If anyone was worried that COVID safety protocols would keep fans away from the Indy 500, they needn't have been. Fox News reports that every one of the 135,000 tickets that was up for grabs for Sunday's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been scooped up, meaning...

135K Set to Attend Biggest Sporting Event Since Pandemic

Indy 500 is set for Memorial Day weekend, with 40% of venue capacity allowed to attend

(Newser) - The Indianapolis 500 is set to be the largest sporting event in the world since the start of the pandemic, with 135,000 spectators permitted to attend the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" next month. Indianapolis Motor Speedway said Wednesday it worked with the Marion County Public Health Department to...

Indy 500 Rescheduled for First Time Ever

Race will honor health workers on new date

(Newser) - The Indianapolis 500 was postponed Thursday and won't run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1945. The race will instead be held Aug. 23, three months later than its May 24 scheduled date, the AP reports. "The month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway...

Big Name in Racing Charged With Drunk Driving

Al Unser Jr. won Indy 500 twice, but he has long battled alcohol problems

(Newser) - A big name in auto racing is making headlines for the wrong reasons. Two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr. was charged with drunk driving early Monday, reports the Indianapolis Star . Unser, 57, is now retired from racing, but he won the Indy 500 in 1992 and 1994 and competed...

Danica Patrick's Racing Career Comes to Disappointing End

Patrick crashed out at Indianapolis 500

(Newser) - Danica Patrick's racing career ended with a wreck in Turn 2 at the track that made her famous, Patrick had been running near the middle of the pack in the Indianapolis 500 when she lost control, slid hard into the outside wall, then caromed across the track and hit...

Insane Indy 500 Crash Sends Race Car Flying Through Air

Video: Both drivers survive the accident

(Newser) - This year’s Indy 500 found its instant replay moment, and it looks like it could have come straight from a Michael Bay film. Driver Scott Dixon walked away Sunday from the nightmare crash captured in this video . (Replay starts about 47 seconds in.) It also can be seen...

Indy 500 Racer Robbed at Taco Bell Drive-Thru

Scott Dixon is a victim just hours after winning the pole position

(Newser) - Safe to say that race-car driver Scott Dixon had one of the most memorable days of his life on Sunday. Hours after he won the pole position for this weekend's Indianapolis 500, he got robbed in a Taco Bell drive-thru, reports the Indianapolis Star . Police say that Dixon, wife...

Montoya Wins Indy 500
 Montoya Wins Indy 500 

Montoya Wins Indy 500

Team Penske driver bragged to teammates that his car was best

(Newser) - Juan Pablo Montoya insisted he had the best car in the Team Penske stable—even to his three teammates, who all believed they were legitimate contenders to win the Indianapolis 500. With the same confidence he showed 15 years ago when he routed the field, Montoya sliced his way through...

American Wins Indy 500 for First Time Since 2006

Ryan Hunter-Reay's victory is race's 2nd-closest ever

(Newser) - The finish at the Indianapolis 500 was worth the wait for Ryan Hunter-Reay. He used a series of daredevil moves to deny Helio Castroneves a chance at history today and became the first American since 2006 to win "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Hunter-Reay passed Brazil's Castroneves...

Franchitti Wins 3rd Indy 500
 Franchitti Wins 3rd Indy 500 

Franchitti Wins 3rd Indy 500

Dario Franchitti takes advantage of Takuma Sato crash

(Newser) - Dario Franchitti won the Indianapolis 500 today for the third time, taking advantage when Takuma Sato crashed on the final lap. The Japanese driver went for the lead going into the first turn, pulled even with Franchitti but got too low, and it sent him into the outside wall. Sato'...

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...

Dan Wheldon Wins Indy 500 After Rival Crashes

Wheldon finally takes the lead as JR Hildebrand slams wall

(Newser) - A spectacular crash on the last turn of the last lap made this year's Indianapolis 500 one of the most exciting in recent memory, giving Dan Wheldon his second win at the fabled track. It was just the second time a driver—Wheldon rival rookie JT Hildebrande—lost the...

Franchitti Wins 2nd Indy 500
 Franchitti Wins 2nd Indy 500 

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...

Where to Find Real America
 Where to Find Real America 
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Where to Find Real America

(Newser) - Travel writer Gary McKechnie helps USA Today round up some of the best places to get a taste of old-fashioned Americana:
  • Little League World Series, Williamsport, Pa.: The end-of-August tradition is free.
  • Mark Twain America, Hannibal, Mo.: Be like Tom Sawyer and go on a guided cave tour.
  • All-American Soap
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Two Crash on Lap 1 of Indy 500
 Two Crash on Lap 1 of Indy 500 

Two Crash on Lap 1 of Indy 500

(Newser) - Today's Indianapolis 500 had barely started when Mario Moraes drifted to the outside and made contact with Marco Andretti, sending both cars into the wall going into the second turn. "The kid doesn't get it, and he never will," Andretti said, blaming Moraes for the crash. "He's...

Dixon Nails Indy 500 Win
 Dixon Nails Indy 500 Win 

Dixon Nails Indy 500 Win

Patrick knocked out after one of many race mishaps

(Newser) - Quick crew work boosted Scott Dixon to victory at the Indianapolis 500 today, ahead of Vitor Meira and Marco Andretti, the AP reports. Danica Patrick, vying to be Indy's first female winner, got clipped with 29 laps left, snapped her suspension, and finished 22nd. Several other crashes and failures haunted...

'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...

Indy Champ Castroneves Considering NASCAR

Driver may follow previous open-wheel racers and bolt for stock cars

(Newser) - Two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves is considering trading in his Indy car for a NASCAR stock car, reports the Los Angeles Times. "I won't deny that I'm thinking about it," Castroneves said. "It would be great to one day try the cars. But at this point...

Danica's Car Hits Crew Member
 Danica's Car Hits Crew Member 

Danica's Car Hits Crew Member

Mechanic has concussion after accident in pit row

(Newser) - Danica Patrick, racing's rising star, clipped a crew member yesterday during practice for the Indianapolis 500. Patrick—who became the first woman to win an Indy Car race last month—struck the 63-year-old mechanic in pit row with both left tires and sent him flying through air, the Indianapolis Star...

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