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RACE: 100th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 29, 2016

WINNER: Alexander Rossi

AVERAGE SPEED: 166.634 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: Rossi was a 66-to-1 longshot, an IndyCar rookie who had chased a ride in Formula One since he was 10. Stuck without one, the California native returned to the U.S. and landed a ride with Andretti Autosport. He stunned his faster rivals by outlasting them in a fuel-mileage showdown, his car running out of gas during his victory lap.

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 View photo.The Indianapolis 500 has been known for some unpredictable finishes. The 100th one came up with an incredibly surprising winner as American Alexander Rossi coasted to the checkered flag for his first IndyCar win.

Yes, Rossi’s car literally coasted towards the yard of bricks on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway frontstretch. There wasn’t anyone around Rossi when he came to the finish line, thankfully for him because he was running on fumes. The strategy play to stay out while most of the leaders pitted for fuel late paid off as Carlos Munoz, the first driver who pitted for fuel, finished second, a quarter-track behind Rossi.

IndyCar looking to maintain speed after strong showing at Indianapolis 500 – The Morning Call

“I think the 800-pound gorilla in the room is awake,” the 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner said from the Andretti Autosport pit on Sunday as he managed to break away while his grandson Marco and his son, Michael, were quite busy during the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

One item  of note was the fact that the event sold out with 350,000 people in attendance.

Will the spectacular sellout crowd at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway generate any ticket sales for the upcoming race weekend in Detroit, or the one the following week in Texas — or on Aug. 21, when the Indy cars return to Pocono Raceway for the ABC Supply 500? Will the 101st Indianapolis 500 next May do anything similar to what just took place at 16th Street and Georgetown Road?


Unfortunately there was some downside the the otherwise extraordinary event…

After the Indy 500, many arrests, citations and trash

Revelers in the 2016 Snake Pit left behind a big mess at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but volunteers will earn money by cleaning up after them.(Photo: Jackie Molloy/IndyStar)Buy Photo

One day after the sold-out 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, officials and community members are now tackling the aftermath.

Hordes of volunteers waded through trash at the track in the glare of a hot sun on Memorial Day. Authorities amassed dozens of arrests and citations throughout the weekend.

Indiana excise officers cited or arrested 130 minors, 38 adults, and 20 juveniles on 263 charges while patrolling Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As of Sunday morning, the Speedway Police Department had arrested two people in or around the track for public intoxication. On Carb Day, the department made another two arrests for domestic battery and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.


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FILE – At top, in a May 30, 1911, file photo, Ray Harroun drives his No. 32 Marmon Wasp at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

At bottom, in a May 16, 2016, file photo, Scott Dixon pulls out of the pits during practice at the speedway.

Harroun never could have envisioned the speed, science and styling behind the cars on the starting grid for the 100th Indy 500, not when he was piloting the Marmon Wasp to victory in the inaugural race. (AP Photo/File) The Associated Press

Pippa Mann Lone Woman Left for 100th Indianapolis 500

The British driver will make her fifth start in the 100th edition of the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” but once again it’s a one-off ride for Dale Coyne Racing. She spent most of the past year trying to put funding together for this weekend, underscoring the single biggest challenge for all drivers — but particularly women.

“The really big thing is how hard it is for female drivers to find the sponsorship to be able to compete,” said Mann, who has fostered a partnership with Susan G. Komen that includes title sponsorship on her car. “It’s hard for the guys, I get that. But people think it’s easier for female drivers and it’s not.”  Via

Why Milk?

When an event has been going on as long as the Indianapolis 500, traditions are naturally going to form. The Greatest Spectacle in Racing is no exception: During pre-race ceremonies a military marching band plays “Taps,” someone will sing “Back Home in Indiana Again” and a member of the Hulman family (the owners of the track) gives the command for “Gentlemen, start your engines!”

These are just a sampling of the customs that occur on a yearly basis. But among the many traditions associated with the Indianapolis 500, the sipping of milk in Victory Lane holds a special place because of what it signifies. In a poll recently conducted of the 27 living race winners by the Associated Press, 13 said swigging milk in celebration was their favorite tradition.

“It was the best afternoon milk I’ve ever had,” Tony Kanaan, 2013 race winner, told SB Nation. “It never tasted better.”

But Why?… Read more…


The Big Day

When: 9 a.m. PT/12 p.m. ET, Sunday, May 29

(TV coverage for the Indy 500 begins at 8 a.m. PT on ABC, but the national anthem really kicks things off at 9 a.m. PT, the engines will start around 9:15 a.m. and the race will officially begin around 9:20 a.m. PT)

Where:  Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis

We just hope they don’t forget their car keys.


It’s time for the so-called “greatest spectacle in racing”: the Indianapolis 500. This year’s race is even more intense given that it’s the 100th running of the big show. Here’s why you should tune in, besides the fact that if you don’t you’re a bad American.

IndyCar often feels a bit forgotten despite usually putting on a great race. But if people tune into one IndyCar race every year, it’s the Indy 500. The Indy 500 has long been considered one leg of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, alongside the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday and next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. In other words, the three most prestigious races in the world. And this internationally respected, glamorous event happens right smack-dab in the middle of Indiana.