Dario Franchitti won the 96th edition of the Indianapolis 500 motor race on Sunday, placing first in the prestigious race for the third time.
INDIANAPOLIS -- It was nearly four hours before "A Celebration of the Life of Dan Wheldon" was scheduled to begin at Conseco Fieldhouse, and the line down Delaware Street led far down the block. Those who came to mourn the loss of the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner who was killed in a horrific crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last week wanted to be a part of this tribute.
LAS VEGAS -- What happened at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Sunday's IndyCar World Championships could best be described as a perfect storm of calamity.
LAS VEGAS -- It was supposed to be a day of potential glory and fortune for Dan Wheldon as he had a chance to split a $5 million bonus with a fan if he could win Sunday's IndyCar World Championships at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Instead, it became one of the darkest days in the history of the sport as the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner was killed in a horrific crash on Lap 11.
INDIANAPOLIS -- For its first 45 years of existence, NASCAR dreamed of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The track was the motor sports mecca of the world and the home of the world's most famous race -- the Indianapolis 500 -- which began in 1911.
INDIANAPOLIS -- As the dust continues to settle from Sunday's 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, the future remains uncertain for race winner Dan Wheldon -- though the prospects of seeing him in the cockpit of an IndyCar for a few more races this season have increased dramatically.
Dan Wheldon won the Indianapolis 500 Sunday, making a mad dash past rookie J.R. Hildebrand in the last stretch of the race.
Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon talks about the thrill of winning for the second time in his career.
Dan Wheldon was rounding the fourth turn in the last lap at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, foot to the floor and focusing on passing a car when he caught something out of the corner of his eye.
INDIANAPOLIS -- It had all the ingredients to be a historic day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Dan Wheldon scored his second Indianapolis 500 victory in dramatic fashion as race leader J.R. Hildebrand crashed in the fourth turn heading to the checkered flag.
In Indianapolis, Indiana, on Sunday, on a speedway that bears the city's name, 33 drivers will crank their engines and hit their accelerators to launch the 100th running of America's best-known auto race.
Drivers may be a little more guarded at Sunday's Indianapolis 500 as a new rule could increase the risk of crashes at the iconic race.
Penske Racing's superlative record of 15 victories in the Indianapolis 500 seems unassailable, like John Wooden's 10 NCAA Division I basketball championships. Just as it was with Wooden, it has been a dynasty built with the leadership and vision of one man, Roger Penske, who has surrounded himself with great talent.
INDIANAPOLIS -- When Janet Guthrie became the first female driver to compete in the 1977 Indianapolis 500, she opened the door for future female drivers.
INDIANAPOLIS -- With race day for the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 just around the corner, some of the sport's most notable figures discussed with SI.com the significance of the World's Greatest Race.
You could never forget your first time. Mine was in 2003.
Indianapolis 500 stories in the SI Vault
INDIANAPOLIS -- There are some events that transcend their sport. The Indianapolis 500 is one of those.
This feels like already-trod territory for Scott Speed, even with so much of it unfamiliar.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- There is exactly one month to go until the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, which means Danica Patrick is counting down the moments until she gets yet another chance to try to become the first woman to win the historic race.
LEEDS, Ala. -- As the IZOD IndyCar Series prepares for its second race of 2011, the most successful team owner in the sport's history is preparing for the future.
Politics is serious business, but not all the time.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- With a talented collection of young drivers and teams, the IZOD IndyCar Series is hoping that youth won't only be served, it will be showcased in 2011.
KOONTZ LAKE, Ind. -- Turn the page, it's 2011, and in just a few weeks a ridiculously short offseason will be over and it will be back to racing. In fact, by the end of the month the sports car teams will head to Daytona International Speedway for the first major racing event of the season -- the Rolex 24 at Daytona. That begins Speed Weeks 2011, followed by the Budweiser Shootout on Feb. 12 and the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20.
ELBURN, Ill. -- As the most successful team owner in IndyCar history, winning a record 15 Indianapolis 500s, Roger Penske has earned the nickname "The Captain."
Add driving while on drugs -- even it's just cold medicine -- to the list of distractions behind the wheel to which authorities are giving special attention.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Dario Franchitti was finally first after 500 miles in the Indianapolis 500, even though he was already an Indy 500 champion in 2007.
SI.com's Bruce Martin is at Indy delivering live insight and analysis.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Dario Franchitti has always exuded a certain amount of glamour. After all, the Scotsman of Italian heritage has the dark, good looks of an actor, but it's his wife, Ashley Judd, who has gained fame in Hollywood.
INDIANAPOLIS -- After a condensed schedule that saw only one week of practice and one weekend of qualifications, it's time to get ready for the "World's Greatest Race" -- the Indianapolis 500.
The Indianapolis 500 is this weekend, and unless you grew up in the Hoosier State or in a garage, you may not know it.
The Indianapolis 500 has a rich and proud heritage of being an international event.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Helio Castroneves ended Saturday's Indianapolis 500 Pole Day "Shootout" with his very first shot.
Bruton Smith has put an actuary to work figuring out the probability that one driver could win the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day in 2011 in order to purchase an insurance policy that would pay a $20 million bonus.
Bruton Smith has put an actuary to work to figure out the probability that one driver could win the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day in 2011 in order to purchase an insurance policy that would pay a $20 million bonus.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Now that 21-year-old Graham Rahal is competing in the 94th Indianapolis 500 for his father's race team, it creates an interesting dynamic.
INDIANAPOLIS -- In any other year, Saturday would be Indianapolis 500 Pole Day but instead it will be Opening Day for the 94th running of the "World's Biggest Race."
SAO PAULO, Brazil -- With so many of IndyCar's top drivers imported to the United States, it makes perfect sense for the series to open the 2010 season abroad.
It was only a few short weeks ago that Jimmie Johnson celebrated his record fourth-straight Sprint Cup championship, and yet the start of SpeedWeeks at Daytona is a little more than 30 days away. So, with another offseason about to fly by like cars in qualifying laps for the Daytona 500, it's time to look ahead and make 10 observations and predictions for the upcoming season.
With just a few days and hours left in 2009, it's a chance to look back and reflect on the year that is about to come to a close before wiping the slate clean to begin a New Year.
Tantalizing pseudofacts and unsourced assertions continue to drive the Danica Patrick-to-NASCAR storyline, and until a deal is completed with some stock car team -- reportedly JR Motorsports -- the Izod IndyCar Series' most recognizable driver and media dynamo seems content with incrementally working though her to-do list.
INDIANAPOLIS -- While the motion picture that is Helio Castroneves' life has more sequels than the old "Rocky" movies, the back story to Sunday's 93rd Indianapolis 500 included the two stars of the 2005 race.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Five weeks ago, Helio Castroneves stared into the abyss, wondering if he would spend Memorial Day in a federal prison as his fate was in the hands of a 12-member jury as they deliberated his fate in a tax evasion trial.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Helio Castroneves' comeback from adversity is complete as the driver from Brazil who five weeks ago could have gone to prison for tax evasion won his third Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.
INDIANAPOLIS -- There are few sporting events that transcend sports and enter the mainstream. The Indianapolis 500 is one of them.
The 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 is Sunday, and this year's race boasts one of the deepest fields in the event's history. With the return of Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti, and a grid that boasts a number of past champions, the Borg-Warner Trophy is up for grabs.
Race fans have a big Memorial Day weekend ahead. Open-wheel cars at the Indianapolis 500. Stock cars at the Coca-Cola 600.
INDIANAPOLIS -- In any other year, a comeback like the one Dario Franchitti has made this month would be the big story leading into the Indianapolis 500.
INDIANAPOLIS -- How's this for a Hollywood Script?
INDIANAPOLIS -- When it comes to popularity at the Indianapolis 500, Danica Patrick is the big winner without even taking the checkered flag.
The Phoenix Coyotes are having trouble paying the ice bill, so much so the National Hockey League has intervened to steady a bankrupt club that not even Wayne Gretzky could save.
Stock car racing has always been Richard Petty's business. But he always had an interest in the Indianapolis 500, too. He listened to it on the radio as a youngster, and watched it on television as an adult from the condo at Lowe's Motor Speedway while waiting for the start of the Coca-Cola 600.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After the longest offseason in sports, the IndyCar Series is back, beginning with this weekend's Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. That means the return of sleek, high-flying machines and some of racing's most diverse drivers as they begin a 17-race schedule that includes short ovals, intermediate ovals, big tracks, streets and natural terrain road courses.
KOONTZ LAKE, Indiana -- When the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that it was shutting down the "Brickyard Crossing" motel last week, it drew little attention, lost in the shuffle of other motorsports layoffs, race cancellations and drug testing announcements.
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