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IndyCar Breakdown: 99th Indianapolis 500

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15 years after his first victory in the Indianapolis 500, Juan Pablo Montoya overtook teammate Will Power and held him off over the final three laps to score his second victory in three tries at the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Here’s a quick look at the 99th Running of the Indy 500. How it happened: Power looked …

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2015 Indianapolis 500 Viewer’s Guide

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Sunday represents a significant turning point in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing. In many ways, the 2015 Indianapolis 500 is the beginning of the end for veterans like Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and Juan Pablo Montoya. Waiting in the wings is the next generation of potential superstar in the form of Marco Andretti, Graham Rahal, …

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Indy 500: To Lead or Not to Lead?

Want to win the Indianapolis 500? The best strategy may be to lead as few laps as possible. While that might sound unconventional from the accepted norms of racing, staying in the draft and conserving fuel might be the key to winning The Greatest Spectacle in Racing on Sunday afternoon. Those who lead laps and …

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Alex Tagliani Nearly Named His Daughter “Axle Rose”

In an alternate universe, veteran IndyCar Series driver Alex Tagliani has a daughter named Axle Rose, which is not to be confused with Axl Rose, frontman for rock and roll act Guns n’ Roses. Tagliani and wife Bronte welcomed their first child into the world on April 16 and named their newborn daughter Eva-Rose but …

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Tristan Vautier Replaces Carlos Huertas Days Before 2015 Indy 500

Perhaps the strangest month of May in recent memory continues to get stranger as yet another Indianapolis 500 driver change was confirmed late on Thursday night. Frenchman Tristan Vautier, who qualified James Davison’s No. 19 car for owner Dale Coyne with no plans to compete, will now return to the team after replacing Carlos Huertas …

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No Penske Pressure for Simon Pagenaud

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Photo Credit: Chris Jones

Despite the assumed pressure of driving for Team Penske in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time on Sunday, Simon Pagenaud says he isn’t feeling any stress whatsoever due to having a car that he knows can win. That wasn’t always a given over at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, where Pagenaud won three races in three …

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Sébastien Bourdais: Stop Making Assumptions Indy is Safe

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Veteran IndyCar champion Sébastien Bourdais accused the media Thursday of overblowing the rash of incidents during the buildup to the Indianapolis 500 this past week, claiming the rhetoric coming from the media center has made fans lose sight of the fact that open wheel racing is inherently dangerous. Bourdais was not willing to say whether …

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Ryan Briscoe Prepares to Make Most Out of Bad Situation at Indy

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Subbing isn’t the way Ryan Briscoe imagined running his 10th Indianapolis 500. But now that he is here, named as the fill-in driver for the injured James Hinchcliffe there is only one thing left to do, and that’s win it. Briscoe will make his 130th career IndyCar start on Sunday afternoon and has a solid …

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