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IZOD IndyCar Series - Indianapolis 500 Preview

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DATE: Sunday, May 26
SITE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Indianapolis, Ind.
TRACK: 2.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: more than 250,000 permanent seats
ANNUAL: 97th
TELEVISION: ABC
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS Satellite Radio
START TIME: noon ET (green flag expected at 12:12 p.m.)
QUALIFYING TIME: held on May 18-19 (Ed Carpenter won pole position)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Dario Franchitti
RUNNER-UP: Scott Dixon
POLE WINNER: Ryan Briscoe (finished 5)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 500
QUALIFYING RECORD: Arie Luyendyk, 1996 (236.986 mph)
RACE RECORD: Arie Luyendyk, 1990 (185.981 mph)
 
2012 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Dario Franchitti166James Hinchcliffe2
2Scott Dixon157Justin Wilson21
3Tony Kanaan88Charlie Kimball14
4Oriol Servia279Townsend Bell20
5Ryan Briscoe110Helio Castroneves6
2012 Indianapolis 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 167.734 mph
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 58 mins., 51.2532 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 39 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 34 among 10 drivers
POLE WINNER: Ryan Briscoe (226.484 mph)
FASTEST LAP: Marco Andretti, 220.172 mph., Lap 59
Past Indianapolis 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2012 -- Dario Franchitti (16) -- Dallara-Honda -- 167.734 mph
2011 -- Dan Wheldon (6) -- Dallara-Honda -- 170.265 mph
2010 -- Dario Franchitti (3) -- Dallara-Honda -- 161.623 mph
2009 -- Helio Castroneves (1) -- Dallara-Honda -- 150.318 mph
2008 -- Scott Dixon (1) -- Dallara-Honda -- 143.567 mph
2007 -- Dario Franchitti (3) -- Dallara-Honda -- 151.774 mph
2006 -- Sam Hornish Jr (1) -- Dallara-Honda -- 157.085 mph
2005 -- Dan Wheldon (16) -- Dallara-Honda -- 157.603 mph
2004 -- Buddy Rice (1) -- Honda -- 138.518 mph
2003 -- Gil de Ferran (10) -- Toyota -- 156.291 mph
2002 -- Helio Castroneves (13) -- Chevrolet -- 166.499 mph
2001 -- Helio Castroneves (11) -- Oldsmobile -- 131.294 mph
2000 -- Juan Montoya (2) -- Oldsmobile -- 167.704 mph
1999 -- Kenny Brack (8) -- Oldsmobile -- 153.176 mph
1998 -- Eddie Cheever Jr (17) -- Oldsmobile -- 145.155 mph
1997 -- Arie Luyendyk (1) -- Oldsmobile -- 145.827 mph
1996 -- Buddy Lazier (5) -- Ford -- 147.956 mph
1995 -- Jacques Villeneuve (5) -- Ford -- 153.616 mph
1994 -- Al Unser Jr (1) -- Mercedes -- 160.872 mph
1993 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (9) -- Chevrolet -- 157.207 mph
1992 -- Al Unser Jr (12) -- Chevrolet -- 134.477 mph
1991 -- Rick Mears (1) -- Chevrolet -- 176.457 mph
1990 -- Arie Luyendyk (3) -- Chevrolet -- 185.981 mph
1989 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (3) -- Chevrolet -- 167.581 mph
1988 -- Rick Mears (1) -- Chevrolet -- 144.809 mph
1987 -- Al Unser (20) -- Cosworth -- 162.175 mph
1986 -- Bobby Rahal (4) -- Cosworth -- 170.722 mph
1985 -- Danny Sullivan (8) -- Cosworth -- 152.982 mph
1984 -- Rick Mears (3) -- Cosworth -- 163.612 mph
1983 -- Tom Sneva (4) -- Cosworth -- 162.117 mph
1982 -- Gordon Johncock (5) -- Cosworth -- 162.029 mph
1981 -- Bobby Unser (1) -- Cosworth -- 139.084 mph
1980 -- Johnny Rutherford (1) -- Cosworth -- 142.862 mph
1979 -- Rick Mears (1) -- Cosworth -- 158.899 mph
1978 -- Al Unser (5) -- Cosworth -- 161.361 mph
1977 -- A.J. Foyt (4) -- Foyt -- 161.331 mph
1976 -- Johnny Rutherford (1) -- Offenhauser -- 148.275 mph
1975 -- Bobby Unser (3) -- Offenhauser -- 149.213 mph
1974 -- Johnny Rutherford (25) -- Offenhauser -- 158.589 mph
1973 -- Gordon Johncock (11) -- Offenhauser -- 159.036 mph
1972 -- Mark Donohue (3) -- Offenhauser -- 162.962 mph
1971 -- Al Unser (5) -- Ford -- 157.735 mph
1970 -- Al Unser (1) -- Ford -- 155.749 mph
1969 -- Mario Andretti (2) -- Ford -- 156.867 mph
1968 -- Bobby Unser (3) -- Offenhauser -- 152.882 mph
1967 -- A.J. Foyt (4) -- Ford -- 151.207 mph
1966 -- Graham Hill (15) -- Ford -- 144.317 mph
1965 -- Jim Clark (2) -- Ford -- 150.686 mph
1964 -- A.J. Foyt (5) -- Offenhauser -- 147.350 mph
1963 -- Parnelli Jones (1) -- Offenhauser -- 143.137 mph
1962 -- Rodger Ward (2) -- Offenhauser -- 140.293 mph
1961 -- A.J. Foyt (7) -- Offenhauser -- 139.131 mph
1960 -- Jim Rathmann (2) -- Offenhauser -- 138.767 mph
1959 -- Rodger Ward (6) -- Offenhauser -- 135.857 mph
1958 -- Jimmy Bryan (7) -- Offenhauser -- 133.791 mph
1957 -- Sam Hanks (13) -- Offenhauser -- 135.601 mph
1956 -- Pat Flaherty (1) -- Offenhauser -- 128.490 mph
1955 -- Bob Sweikert (14) -- Offenhauser -- 128.209 mph
1954 -- Bill Vukovich (19) -- Offenhauser -- 130.840 mph
1953 -- Bill Vukovich (1) -- Offenhauser -- 128.740 mph
1952 -- Troy Ruttman (7) -- Offenhauser -- 128.922 mph
1951 -- Lee Wallard (2) -- Offenhauser -- 126.244 mph
1950 -- Johnnie Parsons (5) -- Offenhauser -- 124.002 mph
1949 -- Bill Holland (4) -- Offenhauser -- 121.327 mph
1948 -- Mauri Rose (3) -- Offenhauser -- 119.814 mph
1947 -- Mauri Rose (3) -- Offenhauser -- 116.338 mph
1946 -- George Robson (15) -- Sparks -- 114.820 mph
1945 -- Not Held
1944 -- Not Held
1943 -- Not Held
1942 -- Not Held
1941 -- Floyd Davis and Mauri Rose (17) -- Offenhauser -- 115.117 mph
1940 -- Wilbur Shaw (2) -- Maserati -- 114.277 mph
1939 -- Wilbur Shaw (3) -- Maserati -- 115.035 mph
1938 -- Floyd Roberts (1) -- Miller -- 117.200 mph
1937 -- Wilbur Shaw (2) -- Offenhauser -- 113.580 mph
1936 -- Louis Meyer (28) -- Miller -- 109.069 mph
1935 -- Kelly Petillo (22) -- Offenhauser -- 106.240 mph
1934 -- William Cummings (10) -- Miller -- 104.863 mph
1933 -- Louis Meyer (6) -- Miller -- 104.162 mph
1932 -- Fred Frame (27) -- Miller -- 104.144 mph
1931 -- Louis Schneider (13) -- Miller -- 96.629 mph
1930 -- Billy Arnold (1) -- Miller -- 100.448 mph
1929 -- Ray Keech (6) -- Miller -- 97.585 mph
1928 -- Louis Meyer (13) -- Miller -- 99.482 mph
1927 -- George Souders (22) -- Duesenberg -- 97.545 mph
1926 -- Frank Lockhart (20) -- Miller -- 95.904 mph
1925 -- Peter DePaolo (2) -- Duesenberg -- 101.127 mph
1924 -- L.L.Corum and Joe Boyer (21) -- Duesenberg -- 98.234 mph
1923 -- Tommy Milton (1) -- Miller -- 90.954 mph
1922 -- Jimmy Murphy (1) -- Miller -- 94.484 mph
1921 -- Tommy Milton (20) -- Frontenac -- 89.621 mph
1920 -- Gastno Chevrolet (6) -- Frontenac -- 88.618 mph
1919 -- Howdy Wilcox (2) -- Peugeot -- 88.050 mph
1918 -- Not Held
1917 -- Not Held
1916 -- Dario Resta (4) -- Peugeot -- 84.001 mph
1915 -- Ralph DePalma (2) -- Mercedes -- 89.840 mph
1914 -- Rene Thomas (15) -- Delage -- 82.474 mph
1913 -- Jules Goux (7) -- Peugeot -- 75.933 mph
1912 -- Joe Dawson (7) -- National -- 78.719 mph
1911 -- Ray Harroun (28) -- Marmon -- 74.602 mph
Past Indianapolis 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2012 -- Ryan Briscoe -- 5
2011 -- Alex Tagliani -- 28
2010 -- Helio Castroneves -- 9
2009 -- Helio Castroneves -- 1
2008 -- Scott Dixon -- 1
2007 -- Helio Castroneves -- 3
2006 -- Sam Hornish Jr -- 1
2005 -- Tony Kanaan -- 8
2004 -- Buddy Rice -- 1
2003 -- Helio Castroneves -- 2
2002 -- Bruno Junqueira -- 31
2001 -- Scott Sharp -- 33
2000 -- Greg Ray -- 33
1999 -- Arie Luyendyk -- 22
1998 -- Billy Boat -- 23
1997 -- Arie Luyendyk -- 1
1996 -- Tony Stewart -- 24
1995 -- Scott Brayton -- 17
1994 -- Al Unser Jr -- 1
1993 -- Arie Luyendyk -- 2
1992 -- Roberto Guerrero -- 33
1991 -- Rick Mears -- 1
1990 -- Emerson Fittipaldi -- 3
1989 -- Rick Mears -- 23
1988 -- Rick Mears -- 1
1987 -- Mario Andretti -- 9
1986 -- Rick Mears -- 3
1985 -- Pancho Carter -- 33
1984 -- Tom Sneva -- 16
1983 -- Teo Fabi -- 26
1982 -- Rick Mears -- 2
1981 -- Bobby Unser -- 1
1980 -- Johnny Rutherford -- 1
1979 -- Rick Mears -- 1
1978 -- Tom Sneva -- 2
1977 -- Tom Sneva -- 2
1976 -- Johnny Rutherford -- 1
1975 -- A.J. Foyt -- 3
1974 -- A.J. Foyt -- 15
1973 -- Johnny Rutherford -- 9
1972 -- Bobby Unser -- 30
1971 -- Peter Revson -- 2
1970 -- Al Unser -- 1
1969 -- A.J. Foyt -- 8
1968 -- Joe Leonard -- 12
1967 -- Mario Andretti -- 30
1966 -- Mario Andretti -- 18
1965 -- A.J. Foyt -- 15
1964 -- Jim Clark -- 24
1963 -- Parnelli Jones -- 1
1962 -- Parnelli Jones -- 7
1961 -- Eddie Sachs -- 2
1960 -- Eddie Sachs -- 21
1959 -- Johnny Thomson -- 3
1958 -- Dick Rathmann -- 27
1957 -- Pat O'Connor -- 8
1956 -- Pat Flaherty -- 1
1955 -- Jerry Hoyt -- 31
1954 -- Jack McGrath -- 3
1953 -- Bill Vukovich -- 1
1952 -- Fred Agabashian -- 27
1951 -- Duke Nalon -- 10
1950 -- Walt Faulkner -- 7
1949 -- Duke Nalon -- 29
1948 -- Rex Mays -- 19
1947 -- Ted Horn -- 3
1946 -- Cliff Bergere -- 16
1945 -- No Race
1944 -- No Race
1943 -- No Race
1942 -- No Race
1941 -- Mauri Rose -- 26
1940 -- Rex Mays -- 2
1939 -- Jimmy Snyder -- 2
1938 -- Floyd Roberts -- 1
1937 -- Bill Cummings -- 6
1936 -- Rex Mays -- 15
1935 -- Rex Mays -- 17
1934 -- Kelly Petillo -- 11
1933 -- Bill Cummings -- 25
1932 -- Lou Moore -- 25
1931 -- Russ Snowberger -- 5
1930 -- Billy Arnold -- 1
1929 -- Cliff Woodbury -- 33
1928 -- Leon Duray -- 19
1927 -- Frank Lockhart -- 18
1926 -- Earl Cooper -- 16
1925 -- Leon Duray -- 6
1924 -- Jimmy Murphy -- 3
1923 -- Tommy Milton -- 1
1922 -- Jimmy Murphy -- 1
1921 -- Ralph DePalma -- 12
1920 -- Ralph DePalma -- 5
1919 -- Rene Thomas -- 11
1918 -- No Race
1917 -- No Race
1916 -- Johnny Aitken -- 15
1915 -- Howdy Wilcox -- 7
1914 -- Jean Chassagne -- 29
1913 -- Caleb Bragg -- 15
1912 -- Gil Anderson -- 16
1911 -- Lewis Strang -- 29
Last Race Results
RACE: Sao Paulo Indy 300 (May 5)
SITE: Streets of Sao Paulo -- Sao Paulo, Brazil
MILES: 190.2
LAPS: 75
WINNER: James Hinchcliffe
RUNNER-UP: Takuma Sato
THIRD: Marco Andretti
FOURTH: Oriol Servia
FIFTH: Josef Newgarden
POLE WINNER: Ryan Hunter-Reay (finished 11)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 9 mins., 34.7383 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 88.070 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.3463 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 7 for 19 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 9 among 7 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Ryan Hunter-Reay 1-9; Tony Kanaan 10-20; Sebastien Bourdais
21-33; Takuma Sato 34-37; Hunter-Reay 38-44; Kanaan 45; Marco
Andretti 46-52; J.R. Hildebrand 53-56; Sato 57-74; Hinchcliffe
75.
Indianapolis 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
1Ryan Hunter-Reay (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)DHL/Andretti Autosport
2A.J. Allmendinger (Los Gatos, CA)IZOD/Team Penske
3Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Shell V-Power/Team Penske
4J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA)U.S. National Guard/Panther Racing
5E.J. Viso (Caracas, Venezuela)Venezuela/Andretti Autosport/HVM
6Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota, Colombia)Dragon Racing
7Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans, France)Dragon Racing
8Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia)NTT Data/Chip Ganassi Racing
9Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Target/Chip Ganassi Racing
10 *Dario Franchitti (Edinburgh,Scotland)Lexar/Chip Ganassi Racing
11Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil)Hydroxycut/KV Racing Technology
12Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia)Verizon/Team Penske
14Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt Racing
15Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH)Midas/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
16James Jakes (Leeds, England)Acorn Stairlifts/RLL Racing
18Ana Beatriz (Sao Paul, Brazil)Ipiranga/Dale Coyne Racing
19Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England)Dale Coyne Racing
20Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN)Fuzzy's Vodka/Ed Carpenter Racing
21Josef Newgarden (Hendersonville, TN)Century 21/Sarah Fisher Hartman Rac.
22Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain)Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
25Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)RC Cola/Andretti Autosport
26Carlos Munoz (Bogota, Colombia)Unistraw/Andretti Autosport
27James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada)GoDaddy.com/Andretti Autosport
41Conor Daly (Noblesville, IN)ABC Supply Co./A.J. Foyt Racing
55Tristan Vautier (Corenc, France)Lucas Oil/Schmidt Peterson Motorspt.
60Townsend Bell (San Luis Obispo, CA)Sunoco Turbo/Panther Racing
63Pippa Mann (Ipswich, England)Cyclops Gear.com/Dale Coyne Racing
77Simon Pagenaud (Montmorillon, France)Schmidt-Hamilton HP Motorsports
78Simona de Silvestro (Thun, Switzer.)Nuclear Entergy Areva/KVRT
81Katherine Legge (Guildford, England)Angie's List/Schmidt Peterson Motor.
83Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA)NovoLog FlexPen/Chip Ganassi Racing
91Buddy Lazier (Vail, CO)Lazier Partners Racing
98Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, QB, Canada)Barracuda Racing/Bryan Herta Autospt
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200420052006200720082009201020112012
Dario Franchitti1467Won---7Won12Won
Scott Dixon82462Won6552
Tony Kanaan2851229271143
Oriol Servia------------1126---64
James Hinchcliffe---------------------296
Helio Castroneves992534Won91710
J.R. Hildebrand---------------------214
Takuma Sato------------------313317
E.J. Viso------------2624253218
Ed Carpenter3111111758171121
Marco Andretti------2243303924
Ryan Hunter-Reay------------632182327
Will Power------------13581428
A.J. Allmendinger---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Josef Newgarden - started 25 and finished 5
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - Marco Andretti
Last Week's Pick to Win (Will Power) - finished 24
 
NOTES:
The Indianapolis 500 is the fifth race on the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series schedule. This will be the first oval event of the season. The first four races have been held on road/street circuits.

This will be the 97th running of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Ed Carpenter will start on the pole for this year's 500-mile race. This past Saturday, Carpenter won the pole at Indianapolis for the first time in his career with a four-lap average of 228.762 mph during the final segment in qualifying (the fast-nine shootout).

The Indianapolis 500 traditionally has run on Memorial Day weekend since 1911, except war years (1917-18 and 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 visible bricks left at this historic facility.

This famed 2.5-mile "rectangular" oval, which opened in 1909, has 9 degrees of banking in all of its turns and no banking on the straightaways. The lengths of the turns are 1/4-mile in length, while the straightaways are 5/8-mile long. The width of each turn is 60 feet, and the width of each straightaway measures 50 feet.

Ray Harroun won the inaugural Indianapolis 500 on May 30, 1911.

Three drivers share the record for most Indy 500 victories with four: A.J. Foyt (1961, '64, '67, '77), Al Unser (1970, '71, '78, '87) and Rick Mears (1979, '84, '88, '91).

Mears holds the record for most pole wins in this race with six (1979, '82, '86, '88, '89, '91).

There are seven drivers who have won the Indy 500 three times: Louis Meyer, Wilbur Shaw, Mauri Rose, Johnny Rutherford, Bobby Unser, Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti. Castroneves and Franchitti are competing in this year's race.

One year ago, Franchitti joined the list of those drivers who won the Indy 500 three times or more. Franchitti's victory was a difficult task and an emotional one as well. The four-time IndyCar champion overcame adversity by not only starting 16th in his Honda-powered Target Chip Ganassi Racing car but enduring a pit-road mishap that occurred early in the race. E.J. Viso bumped into the back of Franchitti and turned him around in his pit stall. He fell way back to 28th in the field.

After patiently making his way through the field, Franchitti grabbed the lead for the first time with 47 laps to go. The lead changed hands numerous times among Franchitti, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Takuma Sato. Franchitti grabbed the lead for good with less than two laps to go. During the final lap, Sato made contact with him, with Sato slamming into the outside wall in turn one.

The race ended under caution, with Franchitti taking the checkered flag. His teammate, Dixon, crossed the line in second to give Ganassi a 1-2 finish in the Indy 500. Franchitti's other victories in this race came in 2007 and '10. He won the IndyCar title in both of those years as well.

Franchitti dedicated his victory to the late Dan Wheldon, who won the 2011 Indy 500 after taking the lead from then-rookie J.R. Hildebrand when Hildebrand crashed coming out of the final turn on the last lap. Wheldon lost his life during a horrifying multi-car accident in the early going of the Oct. 16, 2011 race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The 2012 Indy 500 featured a record 34 lead changes among 10 drivers. The previous record for most lead changes in this race was 29, set in 1960.

Castroneves' victories in the Indy 500 came in 2001, '02 and '09.

There are three rookies in this year's starting field for the Indy 500: A.J. Allmendinger, Carlos Munoz and Tristan Vautier. Munoz will start in the middle of the front row for this race.

Eight drivers have won the Indy 500 in their rookie year, with Castroneves the most recent one to do it in '01.

Four women -- Simona de Silvestro, Ana Beatriz, Katherine Legge and Pippa Mann -- will race in this year's Indy 500. It will be the second time that many females compete in this event. Beatriz, de Silvestro, Mann and Danica Patrick were in the starting field for the 2011 Indy 500.

Patrick, who is now a full-time competitor in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, holds the record for the highest-finishing female in the Indy 500. She placed third in the 2009 race. Patrick also is the only woman to lead laps in the Indy 500, doing so in her 2005 rookie season.

Twenty time has the Indy 500 been won from the pole position. Castroneves most recently did it in 2009.

Roger Penske holds the record for most car owner wins in the Indianapolis 500 with 15. Team Penske has three entries in this year's race: Allmendinger, Castroneves and Will Power.

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.

The next IndyCar events are the Chevrolet Indy Duel in Detroit. Race 1 at Detroit's Belle Isle Park road course is scheduled for June 1, and race 2 is slated for June 2. Scott Dixon won last year's event there.

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