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IZOD IndyCar Series - Indianapolis 500 Preview

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DATE: Sunday, May 29th
SITE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (1909) -- Indianapolis, Indiana
TRACK: 2.5-mile oval - 3,330 feet (Frontstretch); 3,300 feet (Backstretch)
CAPACITY: 350,000 (257,325 Grandstand Seating)
ANNUAL: 95th (100th anniversary)
TELEVISION: ABC
ANNOUNCERS: Marty Reid, Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS Satellite
START TIME: 12 p.m. (et)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Dario Franchitti
RUNNER-UP: Dan Wheldon
POLE WINNER: Helio Castroneves (Finished 9th)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 500
QUALIFYING RECORD: Arie Luyendyk, 1996 (236.986 m.p.h.)
RACE RECORD: Arie Luyendyk, 1990 (185.981 m.p.h.)
TOTAL PURSE: $13,592,815 (2010 figures)
PAYOUTS: 1st Place - $2,265,000; 2nd Place - $1,000,000; 3rd Place - $625,000
 
2010 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Dario Franchitti36Danica Patrick23
2Dan Wheldon187Justin Wilson11
3Marco Andretti168Will Power2
4Alex Lloyd269Helio Castroneves1
5Scott Dixon610Alex Tagliani5
2010 Indianapolis 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 161.623 m.p.h.
TIME OF RACE: 3 hours, 5 minutes, 37.0131 seconds
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 9 for 44 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 13 among 8 drivers
POLE WINNER: Helio Castroneves (224.864 m.p.h.)
FASTEST LAP: Will Power, 225.090 m.p.h., Lap 15
Past Indianapolis 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2010 -- Dario Franchitti (3rd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 161.623 m.p.h.
2009 -- Helio Castroneves (1st) -- Dallara-Honda -- 150.318 m.p.h.
2008 -- Scott Dixon (1st) -- Dallara-Honda -- 143.567 m.p.h.
2007 -- Dario Franchitti (3rd) -- Dallara-Honda -- 151.774 m.p.h.
2006 -- Sam Hornish Jr (1st) -- Dallara-Honda -- 157.085 m.p.h.
2005 -- Dan Wheldon (16th) -- Dallara-Honda -- 157.603 m.p.h.
2004 -- Buddy Rice (1st) -- Honda -- 138.518 m.p.h.
2003 -- Gil de Ferran (10th) -- Toyota -- 156.291 m.p.h.
2002 -- Helio Castroneves (13th) -- Chevrolet -- 166.499 m.p.h.
2001 -- Helio Castroneves (11th) -- Oldsmobile -- 131.294 m.p.h.
2000 -- Juan Montoya (2nd) -- Oldsmobile -- 167.704 m.p.h.
1999 -- Kenny Brack (8th) -- Oldsmobile -- 153.176 m.p.h.
1998 -- Eddie Cheever Jr (17th) -- Oldsmobile -- 145.155 m.p.h.
1997 -- Arie Luyendyk (1st) -- Oldsmobile -- 145.827 m.p.h.
1996 -- Buddy Lazier (5th) -- Ford -- 147.956 m.p.h.
1995 -- Jacques Villeneuve (5th) -- Ford -- 153.616 m.p.h.
1994 -- Al Unser Jr (1st) -- Mercedes -- 160.872 m.p.h.
1993 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (9th) -- Chevrolet -- 157.207 m.p.h.
1992 -- Al Unser Jr (12th) -- Chevrolet -- 134.477 m.p.h.
1991 -- Rick Mears (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 176.457 m.p.h.
1990 -- Arie Luyendyk (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 185.981 m.p.h. (race record)
1989 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (3rd) -- Chevrolet -- 167.581 m.p.h.
1988 -- Rick Mears (1st) -- Chevrolet -- 144.809 m.p.h.
1987 -- Al Unser (20th) -- Cosworth -- 162.175 m.p.h.
1986 -- Bobby Rahal (4th) -- Cosworth -- 170.722 m.p.h.
1985 -- Danny Sullivan (8th) -- Cosworth -- 152.982 m.p.h.
1984 -- Rick Mears (3rd) -- Cosworth -- 163.612 m.p.h.
1983 -- Tom Sneva (4th) -- Cosworth -- 162.117 m.p.h.
1982 -- Gordon Johncock (5th) -- Cosworth -- 162.029 m.p.h.
1981 -- Bobby Unser (1st) -- Cosworth -- 139.084 m.p.h.
1980 -- Johnny Rutherford (1st) -- Cosworth -- 142.862 m.p.h.
1979 -- Rick Mears (1st) -- Cosworth -- 158.899 m.p.h.
1978 -- Al Unser (5th) -- Cosworth -- 161.361 m.p.h.
1977 -- A.J. Foyt (4th) -- Foyt -- 161.331 m.p.h.
1976 -- Johnny Rutherford (1st) -- Offenhauser -- 148.275 m.p.h.
1975 -- Bobby Unser (3rd) -- Offenhauser -- 149.213 m.p.h.
1974 -- Johnny Rutherford (25th) -- Offenhauser -- 158.589 m.p.h.
1973 -- Gordon Johncock (11th) -- Offenhauser -- 159.036 m.p.h.
1972 -- Mark Donohue (3rd) -- Offenhauser -- 162.962 m.p.h.
1971 -- Al Unser (5th) -- Ford -- 157.735 m.p.h.
1970 -- Al Unser (1st) -- Ford -- 155.749 m.p.h.
1969 -- Mario Andretti (2nd) -- Ford -- 156.867 m.p.h.
1968 -- Bobby Unser (3rd) -- Offenhauser -- 152.882 m.p.h.
1967 -- A.J. Foyt (4th) -- Ford -- 151.207 m.p.h.
1966 -- Graham Hill (15th) -- Ford -- 144.317 m.p.h.
1965 -- Jim Clark (2nd) -- Ford -- 150.686 m.p.h.
1964 -- A.J. Foyt (5th) -- Offenhauser -- 147.350 m.p.h.
1963 -- Parnelli Jones (1st) -- Offenhauser -- 143.137 m.p.h.
1962 -- Rodger Ward (2nd) -- Offenhauser -- 140.293 m.p.h.
1961 -- A.J. Foyt (7th) -- Offenhauser -- 139.131 m.p.h.
1960 -- Jim Rathmann (2nd) -- Offenhauser -- 138.767 m.p.h.
1959 -- Rodger Ward (6th) -- Offenhauser -- 135.857 m.p.h.
1958 -- Jimmy Bryan (7th) -- Offenhauser -- 133.791 m.p.h.
1957 -- Sam Hanks (13th) -- Offenhauser -- 135.601 m.p.h.
1956 -- Pat Flaherty (1st) -- Offenhauser -- 128.490 m.p.h.
1955 -- Bob Sweikert (14th) -- Offenhauser -- 128.209 m.p.h.
1954 -- Bill Vukovich (19th) -- Offenhauser -- 130.840 m.p.h.
1953 -- Bill Vukovich (1st) -- Offenhauser -- 128.740 m.p.h.
1952 -- Troy Ruttman (7th) -- Offenhauser -- 128.922 m.p.h.
1951 -- Lee Wallard (2nd) -- Offenhauser -- 126.244 m.p.h.
1950 -- Johnnie Parsons (5th) -- Offenhauser -- 124.002 m.p.h.
1949 -- Bill Holland (4th) -- Offenhauser -- 121.327 m.p.h.
1948 -- Mauri Rose (3rd) -- Offenhauser -- 119.814 m.p.h.
1947 -- Mauri Rose (3rd) -- Offenhauser -- 116.338 m.p.h.
1946 -- George Robson (15th) -- Sparks -- 114.820 m.p.h.
1945 -- Not Held
1944 -- Not Held
1943 -- Not Held
1942 -- Not Held
1941 -- Floyd Davis and Mauri Rose (17th) -- Offenhauser -- 115.117 m.p.h.
1940 -- Wilbur Shaw (2nd) -- Maserati -- 114.277 m.p.h.
1939 -- Wilbur Shaw (3rd) -- Maserati -- 115.035 m.p.h.
1938 -- Floyd Roberts (1st) -- Miller -- 117.200 m.p.h.
1937 -- Wilbur Shaw (2nd) -- Offenhauser -- 113.580 m.p.h.
1936 -- Louis Meyer (28th) -- Miller -- 109.069 m.p.h.
1935 -- Kelly Petillo (22nd) -- Offenhauser -- 106.240 m.p.h.
1934 -- William Cummings (10th) -- Miller -- 104.863 m.p.h.
1933 -- Louis Meyer (6th) -- Miller -- 104.162 m.p.h.
1932 -- Fred Frame (27th) -- Miller -- 104.144 m.p.h.
1931 -- Louis Schneider (13th) -- Miller -- 96.629 m.p.h.
1930 -- Billy Arnold (1st) -- Miller -- 100.448 m.p.h.
1929 -- Ray Keech (6th) -- Miller -- 97.585 m.p.h.
1928 -- Louis Meyer (13th) -- Miller -- 99.482 m.p.h.
1927 -- George Souders (22nd) -- Duesenberg -- 97.545 m.p.h.
1926 -- Frank Lockhart (20th) -- Miller -- 95.904 m.p.h.
1925 -- Peter DePaolo (2nd) -- Duesenberg -- 101.127 m.p.h.
1924 -- L.L.Corum and Joe Boyer (21st) -- Duesenberg -- 98.234 m.p.h.
1923 -- Tommy Milton (1st) -- Miller -- 90.954 m.p.h.
1922 -- Jimmy Murphy (1st) -- Miller -- 94.484 m.p.h.
1921 -- Tommy Milton (20th) -- Frontenac -- 89.621 m.p.h.
1920 -- Gastno Chevrolet (6th) -- Frontenac -- 88.618 m.p.h.
1919 -- Howdy Wilcox (2nd) -- Peugeot -- 88.050 m.p.h.
1918 -- Not Held
1917 -- Not Held
1916 -- Dario Resta (4th) -- Peugeot -- 84.001 m.p.h.
1915 -- Ralph DePalma (2nd) -- Mercedes -- 89.840 m.p.h.
1914 -- Rene Thomas (15th) -- Delage -- 82.474 m.p.h.
1913 -- Jules Goux (7th) -- Peugeot -- 75.933 m.p.h.
1912 -- Joe Dawson (7th) -- National -- 78.719 m.p.h.
1911 -- Ray Harroun (28th) -- Marmon -- 74.602 m.p.h.
 
NOTE: Formerly called International 500-mile Sweepstakes Race (1911-16),
Liberty Sweepstakes (19190, International Sweepstakes (1920-80). Race is
The 500, The 500-Mile Race, Indy 500 or
Indianapolis 500.
 
Past Indianapolis 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2010 -- Helio Castroneves -- 9th
2009 -- Helio Castroneves -- 1st
2008 -- Scott Dixon -- 1st
2007 -- Helio Castroneves -- 3rd
2006 -- Sam Hornish Jr -- 1st
2005 -- Tony Kanaan -- 8th
2004 -- Buddy Rice -- 1st
2003 -- Helio Castroneves -- 2nd
2002 -- Bruno Junqueira -- 31st
2001 -- Scott Sharp -- 33rd
2000 -- Greg Ray -- 33rd
1999 -- Arie Luyendyk -- 22nd
1998 -- Billy Boat -- 23rd
1997 -- Arie Luyendyk -- 1st
1996 -- Tony Stewart -- 24th
1995 -- Scott Brayton -- 17th
1994 -- Al Unser Jr -- 1st
1993 -- Arie Luyendyk -- 2nd
1992 -- Roberto Guerrero -- 33rd
1991 -- Rick Mears -- 1st
1990 -- Emerson Fittipaldi -- 3rd
1989 -- Rick Mears -- 23rd
1988 -- Rick Mears -- 1st
1987 -- Mario Andretti -- 9th
1986 -- Rick Mears -- 3rd
1985 -- Pancho Carter -- 33rd
1984 -- Tom Sneva -- 16th
1983 -- Teo Fabi -- 26th
1982 -- Rick Mears -- 2nd
1981 -- Bobby Unser -- 1st
1980 -- Johnny Rutherford -- 1st
1979 -- Rick Mears -- 1st
1978 -- Tom Sneva -- 2nd
1977 -- Tom Sneva -- 2nd
1976 -- Johnny Rutherford -- 1st
1975 -- A.J. Foyt -- 3rd
1974 -- A.J. Foyt -- 15th
1973 -- Johnny Rutherford -- 9th
1972 -- Bobby Unser -- 30th
1971 -- Peter Revson -- 2nd
1970 -- Al Unser -- 1st
1969 -- A.J. Foyt -- 8th
1968 -- Joe Leonard -- 12th
1967 -- Mario Andretti -- 30th
1966 -- Mario Andretti -- 18th
1965 -- A.J. Foyt -- 15th
1964 -- Jim Clark -- 24th
1963 -- Parnelli Jones -- 1st
1962 -- Parnelli Jones -- 7th
1961 -- Eddie Sachs -- 2nd
1960 -- Eddie Sachs -- 21st
1959 -- Johnny Thomson -- 3rd
1958 -- Dick Rathmann -- 27th
1957 -- Pat O'Connor -- 8th
1956 -- Pat Flaherty -- 1st
1955 -- Jerry Hoyt -- 31st
1954 -- Jack McGrath -- 3rd
1953 -- Bill Vukovich -- 1st
1952 -- Fred Agabashian -- 27th
1951 -- Duke Nalon -- 10th
1950 -- Walt Faulkner -- 7th
1949 -- Duke Nalon -- 29th
1948 -- Rex Mays -- 19th
1947 -- Ted Horn -- 3rd
1946 -- Cliff Bergere -- 16th
1945 -- No Race
1944 -- No Race
1943 -- No Race
1942 -- No Race
1941 -- Mauri Rose -- 26th
1940 -- Rex Mays -- 2nd
1939 -- Jimmy Snyder -- 2nd
1938 -- Floyd Roberts -- 1st
1937 -- Bill Cummings -- 6th
1936 -- Rex Mays -- 15th
1935 -- Rex Mays -- 17th
1934 -- Kelly Petillo -- 11th
1933 -- Bill Cummings -- 25th
1932 -- Lou Moore -- 25th
1931 -- Russ Snowberger -- 5th
1930 -- Billy Arnold -- 1st
1929 -- Cliff Woodbury -- 33rd
1928 -- Leon Duray -- 19th
1927 -- Frank Lockhart -- 18th
1926 -- Earl Cooper -- 16th
1925 -- Leon Duray -- 6th
1924 -- Jimmy Murphy -- 3rd
1923 -- Tommy Milton -- 1st
1922 -- Jimmy Murphy -- 1st
1921 -- Ralph DePalma -- 12th
1920 -- Ralph DePalma -- 5th
1919 -- Rene Thomas -- 11th
1918 -- No Race
1917 -- No Race
1916 -- Johnny Aitken -- 15th
1915 -- Howdy Wilcox -- 7th
1914 -- Jean Chassagne -- 29th
1913 -- Caleb Bragg -- 15th
1912 -- Gil Anderson -- 16th
1911 -- Lewis Strang -- 29th
Last Race Results
RACE: Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 (May 2nd)
SITE: Streets of Sao Paulo -- Sao Paulo, Brazil
MILES: 139.48
LAPS: 55
WINNER: Will Power
RUNNER-UP: Graham Rahal
THIRD: Ryan Briscoe
FOURTH: Dario Franchitti
FIFTH: Oriol Servia
POLE WINNER: Will Power (Finished 1st)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hours, 4 minutes, 5.2964 seconds
AVERAGE SPEED: 67.442 m.p.h.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 4.6723 seconds
CAUTION FLAGS: 6 for 21 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 2 among 2 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Will Power 1-25; Takuma Sato 26-48;
Power 48-55.
Indianapolis 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain)Telemundo/Newman-Haas Racing
3Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo,Brazil)Shell/Pennzoil/Team Penske
4J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA)U.S. National Guard/Panther Racing
5Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)Monavie/Panasonic/KVRT-Lotus
06James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada)Sprott/Newman-Haas Racing
6Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia)IZOD/Team Penske
07Tomas Scheckter (South Africa)Redline Xtreme/Circle K/KVRT-Lotus
7Danica Patrick (Roscoe, IL)GoDaddy.com/Andretti Autosport
9Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
10 *Dario Franchitti (Scotland)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
11Davey Hamilton (Nampa, ID)HP/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
12Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia)Verizon/Team Penske
14Vitor Meira (Brasilia, Brazil)ABC Supply Co./AJ Foyt Enterprises
19Alex Lloyd (Manchester, England)Boy Scouts of America/Dale Coyne Rac
22Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England)Z-Line Designs/Dreyer & Reinbold Rac
23Paul Tracy (Scarborough, Canada)Wix Filters/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
24Ana Beatriz (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Ipiranga/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
26Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)Venom Energy/Andretti Autosport
30Bertrand Baguette (Belgium)RACB/Aspria/Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan
36Pippa Mann (Ipswich, England)Conquest Racing
38Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH)Service Central/Chip Ganassi Racing
41Ryan Hunter-Reay (Dallas, TX)A.J. Foyt Enterprises
43John Andretti (Indianapolis, IN)Window World/Andretti Autosport
44Buddy Rice (Phoenix, AZ)Panther Racing
59E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela)PDVSA/KV Racing Technology-Lotus
67Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN)Dollar General/Sarah Fisher Racing
77Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, Canada)Bowers & Wilkins/Sam Schmidt Motor.
78Simona de Silvestro (Switzerland)Nuclear Clean Air Energy/HVM Racing
82Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil)GEICO/KV Racing Technology-Lotus
83Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA)Levemir & NovoLog/Chip Ganassi Rac
88Jay Howard (Basildon, England)Service Central/Sam Schmidt-RLL Rac
98Dan Wheldon (Emberton, England)CURB/Big Machine/Bryan Herta Autospt
99Townsend Bell (San Luis Obispo, CA)Herbalife/Sam Schmidt Motorsports
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200220032004200520062007200820092010
Dario Franchitti19th---14th6th7thWon---7thWon
Dan Wheldon---19th3rdWon4th22nd12th2nd2nd
Marco Andretti------------2nd24th3rd30th3rd
Alex Lloyd------------------25th13th4th
Scott Dixon---17th8th24th6th2ndWon6th5th
Danica Patrick---------4th8th8th22nd3rd6th
Justin Wilson------------------27th23rd7th
Will Power------------------13th5th8th
Helio CastronevesWon2nd9th9th25th3rd4thWon9th
Alex Tagliani---------------------11th10th
Tony Kanaan28th3rd2nd8th5th12th29th27th11th
Graham Rahal------------------33rd31st12th
Simona de Silvestro------------------------14th
Ryan Hunter-Reay------------------6th32nd18th
Ryan Briscoe---------10th---5th23rd15th24th
Oriol Servia------------------11th26th---
 
Mover of the Week
E.J. Viso - Started 26th on the grid and finished 13th
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Dario Franchitti
Darkhorse - Simona de Silvestro
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Helio Castroneves) - Finished 21st
Last Week's Darkhorse (Mike Conway) - Finished 6th
 
NOTES:
Alex Tagliani will start on the pole for the 95th running and 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500. Tagliani, who qualified with a speed of 227.472 m.p.h., will be joined on the front row by Scott Dixon and Oriol Servia. The Canadian will be appearing in his third Indy 500. His first two trips resulted in an 11th and 10th place finish, respectively.

Defending champion Dario Franchitti will start ninth on the grid. Last year, Franchitti stretched his fuel long enough to capture his second Indianapolis 500. Franchitti, the two-time defending IZOD IndyCar Series champion and 2007 Indy 500 winner, dominated the race by leading 155 of 200 laps. The Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver last pitted on lap 164. During that stop, several drivers, including pole sitter Helio Castroneves, remained on the track.

Castroneves gave up the lead to Franchitti with nine laps remaining when Castroneves was forced to pit for fuel. Franchitti went into fuel conservation mode from there until the final lap when Mike Conway was involved in a horrifying crash between turns three and four. Franchitti, who won the first event of the 2011 season, now has 17 career IndyCar titles.

In 2009, pole sitter Castroneves led twice for 66 laps, including the final 58, to claim his third Indianapolis 500 win. Castroneves led the opening seven laps, until Dario Franchitti took over for the next 45. Ryan Briscoe then gained the advantage, leading for 11 laps, before Scott Dixon took control. Dixon led for 73 of the next 78 laps. Castroneves then gained the lead and avoided a rash of accidents to cross the finish line 1.9819 seconds ahead of 2005 race winner Dan Wheldon for his 15th career IZOD IndyCar Series victory.

Scott Dixon dominated the race in 2008, as he led 115 of 200 laps to capture his first Indianapolis 500. Despite the domination, Dixon still needed a great final pit stop from his No.9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing team to secure the win, as he finished 1.7498 seconds ahead of Vitor Meira. On his last pit stop, Dixon was running in second place, but his crew put up a lightning 7.0-second stop. He beat Meira out of the pits to take the lead for good.

In 2007, Dario Franchitti took the checkered flag under caution, as he defeated Scott Dixon to capture the coveted racing title. Starting in the third position, Franchitti moved into the top spot on the 74th lap and held the position through lap 88. Franchitti reclaimed the lead on the 137th lap for another seven laps, until Jaques Lazier took the lead. Tony Kanaan moved in front on lap 146, but Franchitti overtook him on the 155th lap. With rain pending, Franchitti stayed in front and maintained the lead through lap 164, as the rain came. Franchitti eased his car around the flooded track and saw the checkered flag for his first win at Indy.

The 2007 race was the seventh shortened by rain. The first came in 1926, when only 160 laps (400 miles) were completed. The shortest rain-plagued event was in 1976 when 102 laps (255 miles) were finished. The 2004 race was the longest, rain-shortened race with 180 laps (450 miles) completed.

Sam Hornish Jr scored the victory in the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500, as he clipped Marco Andretti by less than one second for his 15th career IndyCar title and his first at the famed Brickyard. Helio Castroneves, who held the lead for the first nine laps, failed to finish due to an accident, completing only 109 laps. Dan Wheldon dominated most of the race, leading five times for a race-high 148 laps, but finished fourth. Hornish led on three separate occasions for only 19 laps, but he overtook Andretti on the final lap for the .0635-second win. The margin of victory was the second closest in Indianapolis 500 history.

When Dan Wheldon won in 2005, he fought off a late challenge from Danica Patrick to capture the 89th running of the Indianapolis 500. His seventh career IndyCar title was his first at the famed Brickyard. The win also enabled Michael Andretti to earn his first Indy 500 win as an owner after going 0-for-14 as a driver. Wheldon grabbed the lead from Patrick on lap 193, and held it the rest of the way. The race finished under caution following a crash by Sebastien Bourdais. Patrick, trying to stretch her fuel for more than 38 laps, fell to fourth place behind Vitor Meira and Bryan Herta.

This race traditionally has run on Memorial Day weekend since 1911, except war years (1917-18, 1942-45). It is the oldest automobile race in the United States.

The track was once paved with 3.2 million bricks, earning the nickname "The Brickyard." A 36-inch "Yard of Bricks" remains at the start/finish line. They are the only remaining visible bricks on the track.

Eddie Cheever Jr's win in 1998 came from the 17th starting position, only the second driver to win from that spot in the history of the race. This is the largest single-day sporting event in the world, with an estimated 350,000 to 400,000 spectators.

Twenty drivers have won this race from the pole position, the last coming in 2009, when Castroneves captured the checkered flag. The pole sitter has won four of the last seven Indy 500s.

There are nine drivers who have won this race three or more times. Four-time champions are: A.J. Foyt (1961, 1964, 1967, 1977), Al Unser (1970-71, 1978, 1987), Rick Mears (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991), while three-time winners are: Louis Meyer (1928, 1933, 1936), Wilbur Shaw (1937, 1939, 1940), Mauri Rose (1941, 1947-48), Johnny Rutherford (1974, 1976, 1980), Bobby Unser (1968, 1975, 1981) and Helio Castroneves (2001-02, 2009).

Castroneves took a controversial win in 2002 over Paul Tracy when it was determined that Tracy passed him after the yellow flag had been displayed for a caution. Castroneves also became the eighth rookie to win this race in 2001 when he started from the 11th spot. Castroneves took the lead on lap 149 and held on the rest of the way to beat Gil de Ferran by just over one second. The other rookies to win the Indianapolis 500 are: Ray Harroun (1911), Jules Goux (1913), Rene Thomas (1914), Frank Lockhart (1926), George Souders (1927), Graham Hill (1966) and Juan Pablo Montoya (2000).

Only three rookies have started on the pole position, other than the inaugural event in 1911: Walt Faulkner (1950), Teo Fabi (1983) and Tony Stewart (1996).

With his win in 2009, Castroneves became the all-time money winner in Indianapolis 500 history. He has currently won $9,219,283. Castroneves has appeared in 10 Indy 500s, with nine top-10 finishes, including three victories and four poles.

When Al Unser Jr clipped Scott Goodyear for the 1992 title, he took the checkered flag by just 0.043 seconds, the closest margin of victory in the history of the Indianapolis 500.

THIS AND THAT FOR 2011: Seal and Kelly Clarkson will sing the national anthem during pre-race ceremonies. Four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt will drive the Chevrolet Camaro convertible pace car, leading the field to the green flag.

There are four former Indianapolis 500 winners in the starting field: Helio Castroneves (2001, '02 and '09), Dan Wheldon (2005), Dario Franchitti (2007, '10) and Scott Dixon (2008). The record for most former winners in the field is 10 in 1992. The fewest, other than the inaugural race in 1911, is zero in 1912.

There are five rookies in the field; JR Hildebrand, James Hinchcliffe, Charlie Kimball, Jay Howard and Pippa Mann.

The Borg-Warner Trophy, which is one of the most recognizable trophies in all of sports, has been awarded to every Indianapolis 500 winner since 1936. Crafted out of sterling silver by Spaulding-Gorham of Chicago, it was unveiled at a dinner in New York in February 1936, featuring bas-relief sculptures of every "500" winner up until that time. The new winner has been added every year since, and in 1986 (the trophy's 50th anniversary), the final space became filled. The solution for 1987 was to add a base, but this too became filled, and in 2004, an even larger version replaced it, this one with enough spaces to last through 2034. The only sculptured face not of a winning driver is that of the late speedway owner Tony Hulman, whose likeness, in gold, was placed on the base in 1987.

DID YOU KNOW: Only three of the 726 drivers who have competed in the race have won four times: A.J. Foyt (1961, '64, '67, '77), Al Unser (1970, '71, '78, '87) and Rick Mears (1979, '84, '88, '91). Rick Mears holds the record with six Indianapolis 500 pole positions (1979, '82, '86, '88, '89, '91). Eight rookies have won the Indianapolis 500, with Helio Castroneves in 2001 the last driver to achieve the feat. Ray Harroun won the inaugural Indianapolis 500 in 1911 and immediately retired as a race driver. Troy Ruttman is the youngest driver to win the Indianapolis 500, age 22, in 1952; Al Unser is the oldest driver to win, age 47, in 1987. Arie Luyendyk won the 1990 Indianapolis 500 at an average speed of 185.981 mph, the record average speed for the race. Luyendyk also holds the all-time speed record for qualifying at the race, a four-lap average of 236.986 mph in 1996. Helio Castroneves earned $3,048,005 for his 2009 victory, a record winner's purse for the race.

The IZOD IndyCar Series moves on to Texas Motor Speedway for the June 11th running of the Firestone Twin 275s. Ryan Briscoe won there last year.

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