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Latest news is at the bottom
Junqueira Lands Indy 500 Ride
Apr 2 - 2002 Indianapolis 500 pole winner Bruno Junqueira
will drive a second entry for FAZZT Race Team in the 2010
edition of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" as a teammate to
Alex Tagliani, team officials announced March 30.
Junqueira, from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, will drive the No. 33 entry
in an attempt to qualify for the race Sunday, May 30 at
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
In 2009, Junqueira qualified 30th in a Conquest Racing entry
on Bump Day but graciously turned over the car to Tagliani for
the race, as Tagliani failed to qualify
"Because we have enough sponsorship to run a second car at
Indianapolis, we felt it important to give that chance to Bruno,"
said Tagliani, FAZZT's full-time driver in the IZOD IndyCar
Series. "Last year with Bruno as the second driver in the team I
was at, he let his spot in the field go after I had a mishap in
qualifying. And it turned out, I had a pretty good race at the
Indy 500 so it is nice way to say thank you to Bruno for what he
did for me last year."
Tagliani finished 11th in 2009 and was named Indianapolis 500
Chase Rookie of the Year.
"I am thrilled with the opportunity to compete for the FAZZT
Race Team at the Indianapolis 500," Junqueira said. "The team
will give me the resources and support to compete in a car that
has the capabilities of winning at the Indianapolis 500.
"To win at Indianapolis has always been a dream of mine. I've
had some very competitive opportunities at Indianapolis, and in
each year I've led laps and scored two top-five finishes at the
Speedway. I hope that in 2010 I am able to complete my dream
of a win at Indianapolis since I have been so close in the past."
John Andretti Gets Ready For Indy
Apr 2 - Richard Petty again has joined with Window World Inc.
and John Andretti to field an IZOD IndyCar Series entry, this
time with Andretti Autosport.
Michael Andretti announced that the team will field the No. 43
Team Window World car for his cousin at Kansas Speedway on
May 1 and for the Indianapolis 500 on May 30. After his debut
on the 1.5-mile Kansas Speedway oval in the Road Runner
Turbo Indy 300, John Andretti will attempt to qualify for his 11th
Last year, Window World and Petty teamed up with John
Andretti for the 500 Mile Race through a program with Dreyer &
Reinbold Racing. He started 28th and finished 19th. Andretti
has four top-10 finishes in his 10 races, with a best of fifth in
1991 (started seventh) in a Jim Hall-owned car. Andretti made
his Indy 500 debut in 1988 (Mike Curb Motorsports) and
competed through 1994 (A.J. Foyt Racing). He returned in
2007 with Panther Racing.
The car will feature the “Pretty Blue” and “Day-Glo Red” color
scheme tied to Richard Petty’s unparalleled NASCAR career.
|Richard Petty, John Andretti, Michael Andretti
ZZ Top In Concert On Carb Day
Apr 7 - May 28th is Carb Day at the speedway this year. There
will be a Indy Lights race followed by the pit-stop competition.
Afterward, in the infield, will be the annual free Carb Day
concert, which this year will feature ZZ Top.
ZZ Top, a trio formed in 1969 in Houston, is the longest-running
band still consisting of its original members and was inducted
into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. The band has
recorded its signature blues-rock sound on 14 studio albums
since its 1970 debut. I love all of their fast, hard beat music
about women and cars and I think this will be the best Carb Day
Need a refresher? Play these songs:
Panther Racing Adds 2nd Entry for Indy 500
Apr 8 - John Barnes, co-owner of Panther Racing, will field a
car for Ed Carpenter, as a teammate to Dan Wheldon.
Carpenter lost his ride this season when Tony George allowed
Vision Racing to fold.
IndySpeedway Offers 'Dream' Cook-out to 500 Winner
Apr 30 - Tony Stewart is offering the winner of the Indianapolis 500 a
chance to race some of his buddys on his little dirt track in Ohio in
something called a dirt late model.
Not to be out done, this Web site is offering the Indy 500 winner and
his guest, a chance to eat at my after-race cook-out with my buddys.
The winner can enjoy beer and hot dogs after the race, followed by a
game of darts in my garage. Game winnings will be donated to charity.
Which Would You Choose? Hmm?
Tomas Scheckter To Compete In Indy 500
Apr 27 - Dreyer & Reinbold will add a 4th entry for the
Indianapolis 500, sponsored by Monavie and its EMV energy
drink. Scheckter and MonaVie came on board with DRR last
year competing at nine races for the team. Together they
earned three top-ten finishes
Mar 7 - Venzuelean IndyCar Driver Milka Duno
has signed with Dale Coyne Racing for the full
2010 IndyCar Series Championship schedule.
While this will be Duno's fourth consecutive
season in IndyCar -- it will mark her first
HVM Racing will enter driver Simona De
Silvestro in all 17 races of the 2010 IZOD
The 21-year-old Swiss driver came up through
the Formula BMW USA series and Formula
Renault 2000 Championship in Italy. She's also
raced in the French Formula A Championship
De Silvestro, who enters her sixth year in North
American open-wheel racing, stunned the
open-wheel world in 2009 by winning four
races in dominant fashion, earning four pole
positions and gathering nine podium finishes in
the 2009 Atlantic Championship season. She
would go on to finish third in the series.
I believe that brings the total now up to 5
women competing in IndyCars this season!
Simona De Silvestro and her HVM
Camaro to Pace 2010 Indy 500
Dec 18 - The Chevrolet Camaro SS will pace next year's Indy
500, as it did this year.
The first year for Camaro to pace the Indianapolis 500 was in
1967, the year the Camaro made its debut. Camaro has
since paced the race in 1969, 1982, 1993 and 2009.
This year's pace car is equipped with a stock 400 hp 6.2-litre
V-8, an RS appearance package and leather interior with
Inferno Orange interior accents. It features an Inferno
Orange Metallic paint scheme with White Diamond rally
stripes that travel from the front to the rear over the top of
the body, as well as extending to the interior dash. The
design is a modern interpretation of the original rally stripe
that debuted on the 1969 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car.
|Non-Regular Drivers For The 2010 Indy 500
KV Racing Technology
Richard Petty/Andretti Motorsport
Chip Ganassi / Sam Schmidt Motorsport
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Bryan Herta Motorsports
Rahal Letterman Racing
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Saturday, May 15
Seven drivers must complete the Rookie Orientation:
#5 Takuma Sato (KV Racing Technology),
#25 Ana Beatriz (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing),
#29 Sebastian Saavedra (Bryan Herta Autosport),
#34 Mario Romancini (Conquest Racing),
#36 Bertrand Baguette (Conquest Racing),
#66 Jay Howard (Sarah Fisher Racing),
#78 Simona de Silvestro (HVM Racing).
The rookie drivers must complete four phases of ROP in order to be
eligible for the Indianapolis 500. At least three of the phases must
be completed during ROP today and Sunday. The fourth phase may
be completed during practice later in the month.
The four phases of ROP include 10 laps at each of the following
speeds: 200-205 mph. 205-210 mph. 210-215 mph. 215+ mph
The rookies ran from 2 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. when rain brought a halt
Veteran drivers were able to practice from noon to 2 p.m. Helio
Castroneves was the first out on the track and he had the fastest
speed today. Castroneves remarked, "Even if you are away from
another car, the draft is tremendous. It is going to play a lot of tricks
during the month of May."
Tony Kanaan turned a total of 36 laps in five different cars today for
Andretti Autosport. That was the second-highest total of the day
behind Alex Lloyd, who turned 39 in his primary car.
Simona De Silvestro is one of five women and seven rookies
attempting to qualify for the 2010 Indianapolis 500. She is from
Switzerland, a nation that has banned auto racing. She would race
go-karts in France and Italy.
John Andretti’s father, Aldo Andretti, watched his son take to the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway's famed 2.5-mile oval today as an
Andretti Autosport driver. John Andretti finished ninth May 1 at
Kansas Speedway driving for his cousin Michael's team, in
association with NASCAR legend Richard Petty, in the Team
Window World entry. Aldo said, "I’ve been waiting for a long time for
John to team up with Michael, and this year it was possible. Things
are looking really good so far."
Indianapolis 500 veteran and Firestone Indy Lights team owner
Bryan Herta owns an entry in the Indianapolis 500 through his
Bryan Herta Autosport team. Rookie Sebastian Saavedra is driving
the No. 29 William Rast/Bryan Herta Autosport entry.
|4 Previous Winners Are Back
Dario Franchitti, Dan Wheldon, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon
|Tomas Scheckter Returns With Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Sunday, May 16
The rookie drivers practiced from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
All 7 rookie drivers passed the Rookie Orientation Program.
Regular practice began at 2:15 p.m. Rain cancelled it at 5:20 p.m.
Helio Castroneves was again fastest among all drivers at 227.046
mph. He said, " “Today was a good day for Team Penske. Despite
the weather, with it raining off and on, we were still able to work on
some areas to make the car better for the race. It's always good to
be out there learning something. On the fast lap, I just put myself in
a good position to get a good draft, and we wound up with a faster
lap than yesterday.”
Monday, May 17
Rain fell steadily all day.
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Tuesday, May 18
They were able to dry the damp track and cars began practice at 1 p.m.
Dan Wheldon was cleared to drive today after injuring his foot in an
At 3:23 p.m. Mario Moraes does a half-spin in acceleration lane adjacent
to Turn 1. Hits inside retaining wall twice with rear of car, inflicting light
damage to rear wing on secondary contact. Moraes was fine.
E.J. Viso did quarter-spin to left in Turn 1 and backed into SAFER Barrier
at exit of Turn 1. Car slid down the short chute between Turns 1 and 2,
doing 1¼ spins to the right, before stopping on the apron at the entrance of
Turn 2. Heavy damage to rear of car. Holmatro Safety Team removed Viso
from car and placed him on stretcher and into awaiting ambulance. He
complained of back pain.
Scott Dixon was fastest of the day at over 226 mph.
2005 Indy 500 Winner Dan Wheldon
Dale Coyne Racing
Bryan Herta Motorsport
Dan Wheldon hit the outside retaining wall at exit of Turn 4 with
right side of car. Wheldon climbs from car without assistance from
the Holmatro Safety Team. Wheldon did half-spin to the left after the
apex of the corner, corrected and hit outside retaining wall with right
side of car. Moderate damage to right side of car. He bruised his
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Wednesday May 19
E.J. Viso has been cleared to drive after evaluation in the Clarian
Emergency Medical Center.
The first Indy 500 Memorabilia Appraisal Expo will take place from 11 a.m.-6
p.m. Wednesday, May 26 in the Louis Meyer and Emerson Fittipaldi rooms
on Legends Row at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The show is
presented by the National Indy 500 Collectors Club.
Practice began at noon, temperature was 63 degrees. Some drivers were
able to find ways of improving their cars on this cold day, others were less
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Thursday May 20
It was a little warmer today, at 68 degrees.
PGA Tour legend and Hoosier, Fuzzy Zoeller, visited the Speedway as a
guest of Panther Racing. Zoeller’s vodka brand, Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium
Vodka, is serving as a sponsor of the No. 20 entry driven this month by Ed
Practice began with some sunshine for a change. A little rain slowed things
down at the track in the middle of the afternoon, with practice ending at 5:
Tony Kanaan (Andretti Motorsport) predicted that either Penske Racing or
Ganassi Racing have a shot at the pole position Saturday.
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Friday May 21
The qualifying draw for Pole Day will take place at 6:15 p.m. tonight on the
Coca-Cola Stage in the Pagoda Plaza.
Practice began at 1 p.m. Paul Tracy's tires kissed the turn 2 wall. Rain fell
sporadically throughout the afternoon. All 36 drivers today were separated
by .7745 of a second. Fifteen drivers turned laps of 225 mph or faster
today. The drivers trimmed their cars out today.
Poor Bruno Junqueira. He is still waiting around for the sponsor money
to come in so that he can qualify.
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Saturday May 22
New Qualifying Rules
There are new Qualifying rules this year. Previously there were 4 days of
qualifying, but this year it has been reduced to one weekend. For today,
the first day, up to 24 cars out of the 33 available spots, can be qualified for
the race. The drivers who get the 9 fastest times before 4 p.m. are
guaranteed to start in the top 9 positions, however they must re-qualify
again after 4 p.m. which will determine the order they are in for the race. If
a driver is unable to qualify a second time, they will start 9th.
On Sunday, The final nine spots in the field will be earned through
traditional four-lap qualifying from noon-6 p.m. Bumping will begin once 33
cars have qualified.
|Scott Dixon Fastest of the Day
Top 9 Drivers as of 2:40 pm
4-lap Avg Speed
1 Helio Castroneves 226.774 mph
2 Alex Tagliani 226.392 mph
3 Dario Franchitti
4 Will Power
5 Scott Dixon
6 Graham Rahal
7 Hideki Mutoh
8 Ryan Briscoe
9 Ed Carpenter 225.166 mph
Ashley surprised her Dario with a birthday cake and a song.
Several cars hit the wall today, including Tony Kanaan, Mario Moraes
and Takuma Sato.
During the first part of qualifying, Alex Tagliani had the fastest speed with
his 1-car team, but Penske Racing withdrew Helio Castroneves' run and
he went out and got the fastest speed before the 4 o'clock re-qual. This
allowed him to choose his pit position for the race.
Referring to the crowd, Dario Franchitti said today was the first time he's
seen turn one full on qualifying day.
Penske Racing's 3 cars qualified in the top 4 with Castroneves winning the
shoot out of the Fast 9, which means he won the pole. This is his 4th Indy
500 Pole. He won last year's pole and race. He has won the Indy 500 3
times! Today's speed was 3 mph than his pole speed last year.
Final Top Nine Qualifiers
1 Helio Castroneves - 227.971 mph
2 Will Power
3 Dario Franchitti
4 Ryan Briscoe
5 Alex Tagliani
6 Scott Dixon
7 Graham Rahal
8 Ed Carpenter
9 Hideki Mutoh
Brooke Dorsett, of Bedford, is the 2010 500 Festival Queen.
1969 Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti put the crown on Dorsett's
head Saturday during the Breakfast at the Brickyard, held on Pole Day.
"I wasn't expecting that," said Dorsett, as she waited to take her ceremonial
ride around the track.
Andretti told her that the crowning would be the most exciting part of his
day, she said.
Dorsett, 22, is one of 33 women selected for the 2010 500 Festival
Sunday May 23
Today is sunny and very hot (upper 80s)
At 9:20 am Tony Kanaan suffered a similar accident to yesterday.
He did not qualify until the end of the day and ended up on the back row.
Takuma Sato was the first racer to get bumped.
AJ Foyt, Jr. hasn't changed any from being reactive. He has fired his
grandson AJ the 4th who criticised the race car. Jaques Lazier was called
in to qualify the no. 41 car (which he was unable to do.) Ironically, it was
Danica Patrick's comments that have gotten all the attention on TV. She
said her car was the worst car she's ever had. Reportedly she was booed
afterwards as she left.
Bruno Junquiera was the fastest Bump Day qualifier at 225.613 mph.
Four women qualified including the two rookies. Milka Duno did not
qualify. Also, not qualifying was rookie Jay Howard (Sarah Fisher Racing)
and Paul Tracy (KV Racing). Howard was in the field, then ran again to kill
time and keep Tracy from qualifying, however, Howard's speed was not
good and he ended up losing his qualifying position which allowed rookie
Sebastian Saavedra to move up into the field. Saavedra was notified that
he was in the field while at the hospital. He was getting examined after a
crash earlier in the day where he suffered a bruised back.
||#3 Helio Castroneves
||#12 Will Power
||#10 Dario Franchitti
||#6 Ryan Briscoe
||#77 Alex Tagliani
||#9 Scott Dixon
||#30 Graham Rahal
||#20 Ed Carpenter
||#06 Hideki Mutoh
||#99 Townsend Bell
||#22 Justin Wilson
||#2 Raphael Matos
||#32 Mario Moraes
||#21 Davey Hamilton
||#24 Mike Conway
||#26 Marco Andretti
||#37 Ryan Hunter-Reay
||#4 Dan Wheldon
||#8 E.J. Viso
||#23 Tomas Scheckter
||#25 Ana Beatriz
||#78 Simona De Silvestro
||#7 Danica Patrick
||#36 Bertrand Baguette
||#33 Bruno Junqueira
||#19 Alex Lloyd
||#34 Mario Romancini
||#43 John Andretti
||#67 Sarah Fisher
||#14 Vitor Meira
||#5 Takuma Sato
||#11 Tony Kanaan *
||#29 Sebastiean Saavedra
Qualifying Order for the 94th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race
Mark Wahlberg will get a ride around in the 2-seat IndyCar by
Jack Nicholson will wave the green flag for the race.
Kim Kardashian adorns the sidepods of Graham
Rahal's #30 Quick Trim/Rahal Letterman Racing
Special. Rahal qualified in 7th position yesterday.
* Tony Kanaan will be moved from starting 32nd to starting 33rd because
he has switched to his main car, which is not what he qualified.
Daytona 500 champ Jamie McMurray (from left), Chip Ganassi and Dario Franchitti stand
at the finish line. Ganassi's the first team owner to win both races in the same year
|500 FASTEST DRIVER OF THE DAY
|CRASHES DURING MAY - INDY 500
Crashed in turn 4. He has bruised right foot.
Crashed in turn 1. He has back pain.
Spun in South warm-up lane. He's ok
Hit turn 2 during Quals. He's ok
Spun in SC, hit T2 during Quals. He's ok.
Similar accident as yesterday.
May 31, 2010 - Dario Franchitti earned $2,752,055 from an
overall purse of $13,592,815 for his victory May 30 in the
2010 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
Franchitti and the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing team
put together a near-perfect 500 miles at Indianapolis Motor
Speedway. Franchitti shared several emotional moments in
Victory Lane with his team, family and friends after he took
his second career victory in "The Greatest Spectacle in
Racing" in his Target-sponsored Dallara/Honda/Firestone.
Franchitti, a Scottish-born resident of Nashville, Tenn., led six
times for 155 laps in a command performance, but victory
was far from guaranteed as the 200-lap event drew to a
With just 20 laps to go, Justin Wilson led with three-time
winner Helio Castroneves in second and Graham Rahal,
the son of 1986 "500" winner Bobby Rahal, in third. Those
three drivers then were forced to pit for fuel, and Franchitti
took the lead on Lap 192 with Tony Kanaan chasing him
It appeared the race could come down to a duel between
Franchitti and Kanaan until Kanaan had to pit for fuel on Lap
196. Franchitti went on to win under caution following a crash
between Mike Conway and Ryan Hunter-Reay on the final
2005 Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon finished second
for the second consecutive year in the No. 4 National Guard
Panther Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone, earning
$1,007,305. Marco Andretti finished third in the No. 26
Team Venom Energy entry for Andretti Autosport, earning
Alex Lloyd finished an Indy career-best fourth in the No. 19
Boy Scouts of America entry fielded by Dale Coyne Racing,
earning $425,305, and Franchitti's Target Chip Ganassi
Racing teammate, 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Scott
Dixon, finished fifth and earned $377,305.
Simona de Silvestro earned the prestigious Indianapolis
500 Chase Rookie of the Year Award, which includes a
$25,000 bonus plus the Chase Rookie of the Year Trophy.
De Silvestro finished 14th in the No. 78 Team Stargate
Worlds HVM Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone.