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    I thought today's race was one of better Indy 500's I have seen. Racing was competitive and exciting.
    While I like all forms of motor racing, the oval's and Indy cars do display what is lacking in the Formula 1 series of "follow the leader" racing.
    Hat's off to Takuma Sato. He ran an clean, excellent race.

    A driver with Formula 1 experience made it to victory lane in the 2017 Indianapolis 500. And it wasn’t Fernando Alonso.

    Takuma Sato passed three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves with five laps to go to win Sunday’s race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
    https://sports.yahoo.com/news/takuma...200305716.html

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    For the motor-sports fans ... Indy is open for testing. The month of May is always "Indy" and the sounds of the screaming engines will soon fill the air around Speedway Indiana.

    Like 'presents under the tree': IMS opens for testing Wednesday
    SPEEDWAY, Ind. (WTHR) — The calendar may read April, but Wednesday is an important day when it comes to the iconic Month of May in Indianapolis.
    Wednesday is open test at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Think of it as opening day in baseball. Drivers — including veterans and rookies — get on the track and get a refresher on the famous 2.5-mile oval.
    As you can imagine, drivers are excited.

    Graham Rahal tweeted, "the greatest month in racing is almost here, folks."
    Here's a rundown of events at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Month of May:

    May 10-11: Indy Grand Prix
    May 14-17, May 20: Indianapolis 500 practices
    May 18-19: Indy 500 qualifying
    May 24: Carb Day
    May 25: Legends Day
    May 26: 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500
    https://www.wthr.com/article/present...ting-wednesday

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    While she doesn't drive professionally anymore, her accomplishments put her in the history books.
    Now a wife, mother and a college grad !

    Former IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher graduates from WGU Indiana
    Former IndyCar driver Sarah Fisher can now add college graduate to her list of accomplishments!
    Fisher was recognized for completing her bachelor's degree from WGU Indiana's College of Business at WGU’s 71st commencement Saturday.
    Though Fisher began college after graduating seventh in her high school class and with honors, her racing career grew as she became the youngest woman to ever qualify for the Indianapolis 500 at 19 years old. Because of this, finishing her degree took a back seat.
    In 2013, Sarah was ready to finish her degree but needed a university that was adaptable to her life as a mother, wife and business owner.
    https://www.wthr.com/article/former-...es-wgu-indiana

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    The race field is set for the Memorial Day classic.
    The pole winner was a tick under 230 MPH ... a 4 lap average. Unbelievable.
    Big money and names didn't make the field. McLaren and their star driver, Fernando Alonso , aren't in the race ... as of yet. They could "buy" their way in.

    Simon Pagenaud takes Indy 500 pole as Fernando Alonso fails to qualify on thrilling bump day
    INDIANAPOLIS — Kyle Kaiser and Juncos Racing are in. Fernando Alonso and McLaren Indy are out.
    On a wild, emotion-filled, rain-soaked Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, David conquered Goliath, James Hinchcliffe earned redemption, and Simon Pagenaud seized the pole as the field for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 was set.
    Ed Carpenter’s and Roger Penske’s cars went toe-to-toe for the pole during the Fast 9 Shootout as Penske’s Pagenaud continured his magical month of May, backing up his IndyCar Grand Prix victory with a sprint to the Indy 500 pole. Pagenaud put together a four-lap qualifying average of 229.992 mph to edge three-time pole-sitter Carpenter (229.889).
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/sport...newstopstories

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    In my earlier days I was a fan of Al Unser Jr. Sadly he has the alcohol demon and some personal issues, so it has taken him down a path I wouldn't have imagined.
    I watched him do some brilliant drives in some incredible cars. One that still is burned in my head is the sight of Al Jr. piloting a vicious Can-Am car on Watkins Glen road track.
    Al Jr. drove everything, from open wheel cars, stock cars and took the prestigious Indy 500 twice in his career.


    Two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr. arrested for OWI

    INDIANAPOLIS – Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser, Jr. was booked into jail overnight in Hendricks County, Indiana, charged with OWI (Operating While Intoxicated). He remains incarcerated awaiting bond.
    Unser is an executive consultant with Harding Steinbrenner Racing and has struggled with alcohol issues throughout his life.
    This is Unser’s fourth alcohol-related arrest. In 2002, he was arrested after an alcohol-involved fight with his then-girlfriend. He also has previous drunk driving arrests in 2007 and 2011.
    https://motorsports.nbcsports.com/20...ested-for-owi/

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    Interesting story on the "beast" engine that powered Al Unser Jr. to another win at the brickyard.

    When ‘The Beast’ obliterated the Indianapolis 500
    INDIANAPOLIS – It seems only fitting the 50thAnniversary of Penske Racing’s first Indianapolis 500 in 1969 would also be the 25thAnniversary of what may have been his greatest Indy 500 win ever.
    It came at the halfway point of team owner Roger Penske’s historic achievements in the “World’s Biggest Race” and it may have been the last true competitive innovation that has been created to dominate the race.
    In 1993, Penske met with Ilmor’s Paul Morgan and Mario Illien, telling both about his grand idea for the 1994 Indianapolis 500. Illien assured him he could design an engine and the secret project began. Shortly after signing Al Unser, Jr. in September 1993 to join Penske Racing beginning in 1994 Penske whispered in the driver’s ear, “We’ve got an engine” for the Indianapolis 500. “It’s a rocket,” Penske told Unser.
    All three drivers would routinely drive slow in Turn 4 and down the straightway in an effort to not show their advantage. In racing terms, it’s called “sandbagging.”
    The three drivers had to be delicate with the engine, however, because it produced well over 1,000 horsepower – nearly 200 hp more than the other engines at Indy that year. The end result would be perhaps the most-lopsided Indianapolis 500s in modern history.
    https://motorsports.nbcsports.com/20...ianapolis-500/

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    Read about the first woman to qualify and compete in the Indy 500 back in 1977.
    No, Danica Patrick wasn't the first. Or the second or third.
    My hat is off to any person that can qualify, but for a women the climb over the mountain of sexism alone shows how powerful women can be.

    Racing trailblazer Janet Guthrie reflects on Indy 500 and sexism in motor sports
    Janet Guthrie changed motor sports when, in 1977, she became the first woman to qualify for and compete in the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. And, in fact, that same year, she was also the first female driver to compete in NASCAR’s Daytona 500.
    Guthrie was an aerospace engineer whose interests shifted from aviation to racing. She faced a mountain of backlash from her fellow drivers, the media and fans when she began racing at top American motor sports series, and her racing career is chronicled in ESPN Films’ new 30 for 30 documentary, Qualified, which premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.
    Now, Guthrie, 81, is regarded as a trailblazer who helped people shed their skepticism about female drivers, opening the door for others like Danica Patrick, Lyn St. James and Pippa Mann — who will compete in her seventh Indy 500 on Sunday.
    https://ftw.usatoday.com/2019/05/ind...espn-qualified

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    It was a good clean race. The pole winner also won the race, after 500 miles of track action. Simon Pagenaud, the first Frenchman to win Indy since 1920. His car was fast and handled well. However the first three cars, at the finish, were less then a second apart. There were 29 lead changes between 10 different cars though the race. Only 4 cautions during the race. Weather was excellent with the temp sitting at 78 for the start of the race.
    Even my wife got into the race while watching as she talked of the passes and the track action.

    If you've never been to Indy, then it's one of those spectacles of entertainment that should be seen one time ... in my opinion.

    PAGENAUD FINISHES MAGICAL MONTH WITH INDIANAPOLIS 500 VICTORY AFTER DUEL WITH ROSSI
    https://www.indianapolismotorspeedwa...0-victory-2019

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    This years Memorial Day Classic has been postponed until August. Not sure how the heat will affect the race, but the month of May can be hot at times.

    This is to pay tribute to an Indy 500 veteran, Bob Lazier. His sons also participated in open wheel racing and Buddy Lazier won the 500 and the Championship in 2000.
    Another racer is driving the big track in the sky. RIP.

    Indy 500 Veteran, 1981 CART Rookie of the Year Bob Lazier Dead at 81
    Bob Lazier, the 1981 CART Rookie of the Year who made his sole Indianapolis 500 start in that season, died Saturday. He was 81.
    The affable Lazier also was well-known as the father of 1996 Indianapolis 500 winner and 2000 IndyCar champion Buddy Lazier and Indy 500 and IndyCar veteran Jaques Lazier.
    A Minneapolis native, Bob Lazier started 13th and was credited with 19th place in the No. 35 Montgomery Ward Auto Club Penske/Cosworth, owned by Bob Fletcher, in his sole Indy 500 start, in 1981. He was forced from the race due to engine failure after completing 154 laps.
    https://www.autoweek.com/racing/indy...er-dead-at-81/

    This is the link to the Indy 500 web site for the date change and other information.
    SCHEDULE - INDIANAPOLIS 500 PRACTICE - Wednesday August 12, 2020
    Indianapolis 500 Event Schedule
    The roar of engines returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway as drivers of the NTT IndyCar Series prepare for the 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. Enjoy the sights and sounds at the Brickyard while seeing your favorite drivers push their cars to the limit at speeds over 220 mph.
    https://www.indianapolismotorspeedwa...-info/schedule

 

 

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