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    2008 Indianapolis 500

    The 92nd Indianapolis 500-Mile Race was run on Sunday May 25, 2008 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, USA. Scott Dixon of New Zealand won the race from the pole position. It was the thirteenth Indy 500 sanctioned by the Indy Racing League, and served as the showcase event of the 2008 IndyCar Series in DIRECTV HD season. It was the fifth round of the 2008 IndyCar Series season. It was the first Indy 500 after the open wheel "unification" took place, and it featured a full complement of entries of IndyCar Series regulars, as well as former Champ Car teams. IndyCar Series practice began May 4. Time trials took place over the two weekends prior to the race (May 10–11 and May 17–18). The final practice was held Friday May 23. The 92nd Indianapolis 500 was televised in high definition in the United States on ABC: the 44th consecutive year on that network. Time trials were shown live in high definition on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2 at various timeslots and was available via broadband at MediaZone.com. 1998 Indianapolis 500 winner Eddie Cheever joined the announcing crew, led by Marty Reid, Scott Goodyear, and Jack Arute. For the first time, two hours of pre-race was aired,
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    1998 Indianapolis 500

    1998 Indianapolis 500

    The 82nd Indianapolis 500 was held at Indianapolis on Sunday, May 24, 1998. This was the first Indianapolis 500 fully sanctioned by the Indy Racing League after the IRL relied on USAC to sanction the 1996–1997 races. The race was part of the 1998 Pep Boys Indy Racing League season. Eddie Cheever, Jr., a former Formula One competitor and Indy rookie in 1990, highlighted his racing career with this lone Indianapolis win. The 1998 race ushered in a compacted, two-week schedule for the Indy 500, omitting an entire week of practice, and trimming qualifying from four days down to two. The ongoing IRL/CART split continued into its third year. The two series began moving further apart, and for the second time, no major teams from the CART ranks entered at Indianapolis. CART teams raced on Saturday at the Motorola 300. After controversy in 1997, the "25/8 Rule", which locked in entries to the starting field based on points standings, was scrapped for 1998. The 33-car field would revert to the traditional 33 fastest qualifiers. For 1998, the schedule for the month of May was trimmed down, in an effort to reduce costs. An experimental "two-week" schedule was proposed, consisting of one full
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    2006 Indianapolis 500

    The 90th Indianapolis 500 was held on Sunday, May 28, 2006 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Sam Hornish, Jr. won the race by passing rookie Marco Andretti on the final lap, about 450 feet from the finish line. It was the first time a driver made a pass for the lead on the final lap for victory in the history of the event. The margin of victory was 0.0635 seconds, the second-closest finish in the history of the Indy 500. Hornish had earned the pole in qualifying with a four-lap average of 228.985 mph (368.516 km/h). Defending champion Dan Wheldon dominated much of the race, leading 148 laps. However, a punctured tire forced him to make a final pit stop earlier than planned, dropping him to fourth at the finish. The race was sanctioned by the Indy Racing League and was part of the 2006 IndyCar Series season. With a high temperature of 89 °F (32 °C), it was one of the hottest runnings of the Indy 500 on record. As of 2012, this is the most recent Indianapolis 500 won by an American. Opening day featured rookie orientation and refresher tests. The day opened with the Andretti family celebrating three generations (Mario, Michael, and Marco) taking a ceremonial lap around the track
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    2007 Indianapolis 500

    The 91st Indianapolis 500 was held on Sunday, May 27, 2007 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was the twelfth Indy 500 sanctioned by the Indy Racing League, and marked the fifth race of the 2007 IndyCar Series season. Hélio Castroneves started the race on the pole position. The race began at 1:11 p.m. EDT, and was televised in the United States on the ABC. The race was broadcast in high-definition for the first time. The race also was carried live on the IMS Radio Network and XM Satellite Radio. On lap 113, the race underwent a lengthy rain delay, with Tony Kanaan tentatively sitting as the leader. After three hours, the rain ceased, the track was dried, and the race re-started shortly before 6:15 p.m. EDT. A crash on lap 162 between Dan Wheldon and Marco Andretti brought out the yellow flag with Dario Franchitti leading. Under the caution, rain began falling again and officials halted the race on lap 166. Dario Franchitti was declared the winner after leading 34 laps during the race. Team Penske won the 31st annual pit stop contest, their record tenth overall victory in the event. The teams of Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish, Jr. (both Penske entries) met in the finals with
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    2004 Indianapolis 500

    The 2004 Indianapolis 500 was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 30, 2004. It was part of the 2004 IndyCar Series season and the ninth Indy 500 sanctioned by the Indy Racing League. Buddy Rice won the pole position, the pit stop contest, led the most laps, and won the race for team owners Bobby Rahal and David Letterman. After a morning rain delay, the race began two hours behind schedule. After 27 laps, rain began to fall again and threatened to wash out the rest of the day. After nearly two hours, the race resumed. The race was ended after 450 miles (180 laps), 50 miles or 20 laps short of the scheduled distance, when a severe thunderstorm, which eventually strengthened into an F2 tornado, formed in the area of the speedway, and Buddy Rice was declared the winner. Rules changes were implemented before the start of the season, which reduced engine displacement from 3.5 L down to 3.0 L. In addition, on-board capacity of fuel was reduced from 35 gallons down to 30. The changes were made in an effort to curtail speeds, which had crept up into the low 230 mph range in 2003. It was also in the wake of a fatal accident at the Speedway. On October 22, 2003, during an
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    2005 Indianapolis 500

    The 89th Indianapolis 500 was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 29, 2005. It was the premier event of the 2005 IndyCar Series season, and the tenth Indy 500 sanctioned by the Indy Racing League. Dan Wheldon won the race under a yellow flag. Wheldon became the first British winner since Graham Hill in 1966. Rookie Danica Patrick, who qualified fourth and finished fourth, became the first female driver in Indy history to lead laps during the race. Patrick led three times for a total of 19 laps, and won the Rookie of the Year award. Considerable media hype and attention was focused on the race and on Patrick in particular during the month, giving birth to the term "Danica Mania." Her 4th place starting position broke the record set by Lyn St. James (6th in 1994) and her 4th place finishing position broke record set by Janet Guthrie (9th in 1977). The increased attention going into the race helped register a 6.5 Nielsen rating, the highest since 1996. Over the offseason, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was milled and repaved in asphalt. Selective diamond grinding was done in an effort to smooth out bumps in the turns. On April 5, 2005, a private test session saw
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    1995 Indianapolis 500

    The 79th Indianapolis 500 was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 28, 1995. Sanctioned by USAC, it was part of the 1995 CART Indycar season. Jacques Villenueve won in his second start. After dominating the 1994 race and the 1994 IndyCar season, Marlboro Team Penske failed to qualify for the race. Defending Indy 500 winner Al Unser, Jr. (too slow) and Emerson Fittipaldi (bumped) could not get their cars up to speed. On lap 190, with the field coming back to green on a restart, leader Scott Goodyear passed the pace car in turn four, and was assessed a stop-and-go penalty. Goodyear refused to serve the penalty, claiming that the green light was on, and stayed out on the track. Officials stopped scoring him on lap 195, which handed Jacques Villenueve the lead of the race, and ultimately, a controversial victory. Examination of video evidence after the race proved that Goodyear passed the pace car while the yellow light was on, and his team declined to protest the ruling. Winner Villeneuve's day was not without incident, as he was penalized two laps for passing the pace car during a caution period in the early segment of the race. He made up both laps during the race,
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    1986 Indianapolis 500

    The 70th Indianapolis 500 was held at Indianapolis on Saturday, May 31, 1986. After being rained out on May 25–26, the race was rescheduled for the following weekend. Bobby Rahal was the winner, becoming the first driver in Indy history to complete the 500 miles (800 km) in less than three hours. Kevin Cogan, who was a key fixture in the controversial crash on the opening lap of the 1982 race, took the lead in dramatic fashion with 13 laps to go. He appeared to be on his way to victory, and redemption, but saw his lead evaporate when a caution came out with six laps remaining. With two laps to, the green flag came back out, and second place Bobby Rahal got the jump on the restart and grabbed the lead. Rahal pulled away and won the race, with car owner Jim Trueman, stricken with cancer, cheering him on in the pit area. Trueman died eleven days after the victory. The race was sanctioned by USAC, and was included as part of the 1986 CART/PPG Indy Car World Series. The highlight of offseason construction at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the construction of an new, state-of-the-art garage area. Just days after the 1985 race, the old Gasoline Alley garage area, most of which had
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    2002 Indianapolis 500

    The 86th Indianapolis 500-mile (800 km) race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 26, 2002. It was the seventh Indianapolis 500 held as part of the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series schedule, and was part of the 2002 Indy Racing League season. Rookie Tomas Scheckter led 85 laps, and appeared on his way to a victory, which would have marked the third consecutive Indy win for a rookie driver. However, Scheckter crashed while leading with only 27 laps to go. Hélio Castroneves, who also won the 2001 running became the fifth driver in Indy 500 history to win back-to-back races. It is largely considered one of the most controversial races in Indy history. On the 199th lap, second place Paul Tracy attempted to pass Hélio Castroneves for the lead in the third turn. At the same time, a crash occurred on another part of the track, bringing out the caution flag. Indy Racing League officials ruled that the yellow came out before Tracy completed the pass, and Castroneves was declared the victor. After an official protest was filed, and after an appeals hearing, Castroneves' victory was upheld on July 2, 2002. About 7.46 inches of rain fell during the month of May,
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    1978 Indianapolis 500

    The 62nd International 500 Mile Sweepstakes was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 28, 1978. Danny Ongais dominated the early stages of the race but eventually dropped out with a blown engine. Al Unser, Sr. dominated the second half, and held a large lead late in the race. However, Unser bent his Lola's front wing during a pit stop on lap 180, causing his handling to go away over the final 20 laps. Second place Tom Sneva charged to catch the crippled Lola but came up 8 seconds short at the finish - the second-closest finish in Indy history to that point. Unser held off the challenge, and became a three-time winner of the 500. Later in the season, Al Unser, Sr. would go on to win the Pocono 500 and the California 500, sweeping the "triple crown" of Indy car racing, the only driver in history to do so. Second year driver Janet Guthrie finished ninth, and it was later revealed she drove with a broken wrist. It was the highest finish for a female driver in Indy history until Danica Patrick in 2005. Tony Hulman, the popular owner and president of the track since 1945, died the previous October. For the first time, his widow Mary F. Hulman delivered the famous
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