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Indy Money, Awards Handed Out
Monday, 30 May, 2011 – 20:54 | Comments Off
Indy Money, Awards Handed Out

RacinToday.com
Dan Wheldon earned $2,567,255 from an overall purse of $13,509,485 for his victory Sunday, May 29 in the 100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
Wheldon’s No. 98 William Rast-CURB/Big Machine car for Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb/Agajanian passed JR Hildebrand’s No. 4 National Guard Panther Racing car on the final straightaway of the race after Hildebrand [...]

IndyCar PR Machine May Have Panther In Its Tank
Monday, 30 May, 2011 – 16:41 | Comments Off
IndyCar PR Machine May Have Panther In Its Tank

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – There is reason to believe that the wow-factor surrounding Dan Wheldon’s second Indianapolis 500 victory on Sunday will, unfortunately, have a shelf-life about as long as his first win in 2005.
Eclipsed by rookie Danica Patrick’s record-setting performance in ‘05, Wheldon’s improbable, last-lap victory on Sunday easily could be [...]

Ingram: Crashing, Not Crying On Racing’s Big Day
Monday, 30 May, 2011 – 9:35 | 2 Comments
Ingram: Crashing, Not Crying On Racing’s Big Day

From the Monday Morning Crew Chief™:
1. Big motor races are so often a big start, a long middle and a big finish. That was not the case on this Memorial Day weekend. At Indy and Charlotte, big starts were followed by only a few muddles in the middle and exceptionally big surprise endings.
2. In Charlotte, [...]

Wheldon Wins 100th 500 After Last Turn Crash
Monday, 30 May, 2011 – 7:20 | 3 Comments
Wheldon Wins 100th 500 After Last Turn Crash

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Englishman Dan Wheldon celebrated his second Indianapolis 500 victory Sunday with the clock ticking, and the beach and dirty diapers beckoning.
“I think my contract expires at midnight tonight,” said Wheldon, joking with team co-owners Bryan Herta and Steve Newey during their post-race news conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. [...]

Servia Is Under Orders Of Paul Newman Today
Sunday, 29 May, 2011 – 7:58 | One Comment
Servia Is Under Orders Of Paul Newman Today

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – If actor/racer Paul Newman was patrolling Gasoline Alley at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this morning, Oriol Servia knows exactly what his marching orders would be for the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500.
“ ‘Go get it!” said Servia, imitating the late Newman’s low and raspy voice. “He wouldn’t be the voice [...]

Race Day: Helio Reloads For A Fourth Victory
Sunday, 29 May, 2011 – 7:27 | Comments Off
Race Day: Helio Reloads For A Fourth Victory

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Indianapolis – Three-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves better hope Race Day spotter Rick Mears is better at identifying cars than he is at counting championships today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Mears, one of three four-time winners of the Indy 500, will be Castroneves’ eye-in-the-sky during the 100th anniversary edition of [...]

Old Friends Meet In Indy Museum
Saturday, 28 May, 2011 – 19:21 | Comments Off
Old Friends Meet In Indy Museum

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Two years ago, RacinToday.com senior writer John Sturbin visited the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, which is located in the infield of the world’s most famous auto racing track.
In the museum, Sturbin ran into an old friend.
This year, the Indianapolis 500 is celebrating its 100th anniversary. In conjunction with that celebration, RacinToday.com has decided to replay [...]

Simona Shows True Grit At Indianapolis
Saturday, 28 May, 2011 – 17:49 | Comments Off
Simona Shows True Grit At Indianapolis

By John Sturbin | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – The gauze hand-wraps Simona de Silvestro has been wearing for the last 10 days likely will not resonate with the hipsters who shop boutiques for the recently released William Rast Racing lifestyle collection.
Simona’s “haute couture” is courtesy of Methodist Hospital downtown, where her burned hands have been the [...]

Does Tags Have One More Surprise Left In Him?
Saturday, 28 May, 2011 – 9:27 | Comments Off
Does Tags Have One More Surprise Left In Him?

By Mike Harris | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Indianapolis – Most years the driver who wins the pole for the Indianapolis 500 is a favorite to win the race.
This year, not so much.
While fellow front-row starter Scott Dixon and his Target Chip Ganassi teammate Dario Franchitti, starting ninth in the 33-car field, are the co-favorites in Las [...]

Indy Notes: Dixon Fastest During Carb Day Tune-up
Friday, 27 May, 2011 – 18:26 | Comments Off
Indy Notes: Dixon Fastest During Carb Day Tune-up

Indianapolis – Carburetion Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is for sending messages, and the word from pole-sitter Alex Tagliani is that his car is “very racey.”
Tagliani posted a speed of 224.739 mph during the traditional one-hour session that marks the last time the 33-car starting field will be on-track before the start of Sunday’s 100th [...]