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May 28, 1988 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN, Daily News Sports Writer
Indy car racing is a serious, risky business. But occasionally, there are opportunities to have some fun. Yesterday was one of those occasions as I "played" Indy-car driver. For about 2 1/2 minutes, I was Rick Mears or Mario Andretti. Seated in a Formula 440 mini-Indy car, I drove one lap around the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). Neither Mears, Andretti, nor any of the other 31 starters in tomorrow's Indianapolis 500 were on the track. No other Formula 440 cars were in sight, either.
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May 7, 1992 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Once again, the theme at the Indianapolis 500 will be "speed thrills. " Each team is obsessed with going faster and faster in the May 24 race. 225 mph? That's not fast enough anymore. 230? That's better, but every driver tells his or her crew, "I need more power. " With the first weekend of time trials for the 76th running of the Indy 500 beginning Saturday, Jim Crawford has warmed up by driving the fastest practice lap in Indianapolis Motor Speedway history. On Monday, steering a stock-block Buick-powered Lola, Crawford sped around the 2.5-mile track at 233.433 mph. The fastest official lap is 225.575, by Emerson Fittipaldi, two years ago. "On a scale of 10," said the veteran Crawford, "it was a 9.99.
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May 20, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
JOSEF NEWGARDEN and Graham Rahal took care of business right away yesterday. Less than 24 hours after getting bumped out of the top 24 starting spots, Newgarden and Rahal posted the two fastest four-lap averages on Bump Day, easily earning spots in the race. On a day that lacked the usual drama, tension and rumors, all the drivers who made attempts on the second and final day of Indy qualifications made it into the 33-car field, though nobody had it easier than the two young American drivers - Newgarden and Rahal.
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May 22, 1987 | By BILL FLEISCHMAN, Daily News Sports Writer Compiled from staff and wire reports
Ten years have passed since Janet Guthrie became the most publicized rookie in the history of the Indianapolis 500. She was the first and only woman driver in the Indy 500. Guthrie was greeted by skepticism at Indy, was surrounded by the media, and put under a microscope by her fellow drivers for any sign that she might be less than an equal competitor. "By 1977, the pressure wasn't quite as bad as it had been," Guthrie said, "because by then I had driven a few Indy races (at other tracks)
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May 22, 1987 | By MIKE KERN, Daily News Sports Writer
When Bobby Rahal captured the Indianapolis 500 a year ago, he also put his name in the record books. And he wasn't the only one. Rahal established new marks for average overall speed (170.722 mph) and the fastest leading lap (201.152 mph, on his triumphant last one.) In addition, pole-sitter Rick Mears, who would come home in third place, just 1.881 seconds behind the winner in the closest 1-2-3 finish ever, set a record for the average four-lap qualifying speed (216.828 mph). This year, it appears as if a different type of standard has a chance of being broken.
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May 30, 1995 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Bizarre things always happen at the Indianapolis 500. Favorites falter, contenders crash. No Penske drivers qualified for Sunday's 79th running of the world's most renowned auto race, but the quality of racing still was superb. With two-time Indy 500 winners Al Unser Jr. and Emerson Fittipaldi restlessly watching from Roger Penske's suite, younger drivers responded. Jacques ("Call me Jack") Villeneuve, Scott Goodyear, Scott Pruett, Jimmy Vasser, Robby Gordon and Mauricio Gugelmin either led the race or ran near the lead.
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January 21, 1994 | Daily News Wire Services
John Andretti, the nephew of auto racing legend Mario Andretti, will attempt a historic double May 29, competing in both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca Cola 600 stock car race in Charlotte. The Indy 500 will begin at noon Eastern time; the Coca Cola 600 will start at 5:30, giving Andretti 5 1/2 hours to complete the race in Indianapolis and fly to Charlotte for the stock car race. Andretti said he does not think it will be a problem getting to Charlotte on time. He plans to helicopter from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to the airport for the flight to Charlotte.
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May 28, 1993 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Don Ohlmeyer, the director of ABC's Indianapolis 500 telecast (Channel 6, 11 a.m.), figures he makes between 2,000 and 3,000 decisions during the race. Last year, one of Ohlmeyer's decisions caught everybody's attention: Viewers didn't see the closest finish in Indy 500 history live. As Scott Goodyear made his final attempt to pass Al Unser Jr. on the inside as they sped toward the finish line, Ohlmeyer switched from an infield tower camera to a camera behind Dwayne Sweeney, the U.S. Auto Club official who waves the checkered flag from the flagstand.
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September 25, 2000 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Formula One often produces a festive event more than it does compelling racing. Since most of the crowd of more than 200,000 for the inaugural U.S. Grand Prix yesterday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway were presumed to be F1 fans, this fact was not a shock. However, surely curious F1 first-timers at Indy left wondering why the international series is so popular. With F1, the racing is secondary, although seeing the cars hurrying down the Indy straightaway at 215 mph is an impressive sight.
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September 11, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
Indy-car driver Roberto Guerrero was on the last lap on the last day of tire testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when his car careened into the wall, leaving him with a critical head injury. Guerrero, 29, was unconscious and in critical but stable condition at Methodist Hospital yesterday with moderate to severe head injuries, said Dr. Stephen Olvey, medical director for CART, the Indy-car sanctioning body. Guerrero was breathing with the aid of a ventilator in the neurosurgical critical care unit and no surgery was planned.
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August 19, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, For the Daily News
THE GOOD NEWS for racing fans is, the Verizon IndyCar series will be running 200 mph laps at Pocono Raceway next year and in 2018. I was surprised when the two-year extension was announced last week. The vibe I was getting was Sunday's ABC Supply 500 might be the last IndyCar event at Pocono. In the three years since IndyCar returned to Pocono, the crowds have diminished from the first year's crowd of an estimated 20,000 to 25,000. Conceding that attendance for IndyCar at Pocono is not what track officials hoped for, Brandon Igdalsky, the track's president and CEO, said Monday: "We've lowered our expectations.
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August 12, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, FOR THE DAILY NEWS
POCONO RACEWAY removed any doubts that the Verizon IndyCar series would return to the track by announcing Wednesday that IndyCar will be back next year and in 2018. No dates were announced for the 2017 and '18 races. The ABC Supply 500, the fourth IndyCar race since the series returned to Pocono, is scheduled for Aug. 21. "We are thrilled to share this great news that we will host the Verizon IndyCar Series through 2018," said Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono's president and CEO. "Our track was originally designed for open-wheel cars, and our fans really enjoy the action on the track.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
Swiss Army Man is a big existential fart joke. That's good news if you like fart jokes, not so good otherwise. It should be noted, however, that this fearless oddity of an indie, written and directed by Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert and starring Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe (the power of Dans!), is propelled by more than mere flatulence. This is a movie about the safe haven of imagination, about loneliness and despair and resilience, about obsession and, um, stalking. It begins on a desert isle, where a lone castaway, Hank (Dano)
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June 3, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, CORRESPONDENT
NORMALLY, when a driver leads 392 of 400 laps, as Martin Truex Jr. did in winning the Coca-Cola 600 last Sunday night at Charlotte, we would stamp a big B on the race, for Bor-ing. Instead, Truex receives a big "attaboy!" for dominating the race and outperforming the multicar teams. While Truex's team is affiliated with Joe Gibbs Racing, it is a single-car operation based in Denver. Truex is part of another, much more personal team. His girlfriend, Sherry Pollex, is a Stage 3 ovarian cancer survivor.
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May 26, 2016 | By Bill Fleischman, CORRESPONDENT
INDY. Say "Indy" and even many sports fans who don't follow auto racing know it means the Indy 500 or, officially, the Indianapolis 500. On Sunday, the 100th running of the Indy 500 is scheduled. The one-hundredth: That's a lot of fast left turns and rubber on the track affectionately known as the Brickyard. "It's really something special. It's known all over the world," Mario Andretti, the 1969 Indy 500 winner, said from his Nazareth, Pa., home before leaving for Indianapolis.
NEWS
May 4, 2016
OSCEOLA, Ind . - Ted Cruz's conservative crusade for the presidency fought for new life Monday ahead of an Indiana vote that could effectively end the GOP's primary season. The fiery Texas senator hinted at an exit strategy, even as he vowed to compete to the end against surging Republican front-runner Donald Trump. "I am in for the distance - as long as we have a viable path to victory," Cruz told reporters after campaigning at a popular breakfast stop. With his supporters fearing Cruz could lose a seventh consecutive state Tuesday, the candidate's formulation hinted at a time when he may give up. Like Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Cruz is already mathematically eliminated from reaching a delegate majority before the Republican Party's national convention in July.
TRAVEL
May 2, 2016 | By Michael Matza, Staff Writer
In November, I booked our all-inclusive vacation to Martinique, wired the deposit, and began counting down the days to our March week in the Caribbean. Including my wife, Linda, and our grown children, Max and Zoe, we were a family of four headed for the nonstop sports and lavish buffets of Club Med's Buccaneers Creek in the French West Indies. We had heard that some vacationers were canceling travel to the region because of a spooky, mosquito-borne virus surging in South America and making its way up the archipelago that includes Martinique.
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April 24, 2016 | By Dan DeLuca, Music Critic
Bernie Sanders wasn't among the announced headliners at the Coachella music festival that's taken place over the last two weekends in the Southern California desert, but the candidate for the Democratic Party nomination for president was at the oversize gathering in more than just spirit. During a headlining set by Grimes, the Canadian DJ/producer born Claire Boucher, who plays the Electric Factory on June 3, a giant drawing of the senator from Vermont was projected on a video screen . And in a prerecorded message, Sanders introduced Run the Jewels, the acclaimed rap duo of El-P and Killer Mike, the latter of whom has been among the most outspoken of a long list of indie rockers and rappers who have not been shy about declaring how intensely they #FeelTheBern.
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December 23, 2015 | By Brion Shreffler, For The Inquirer
The indie music festival Kat Kat Phest IV will take place Sunday through Jan. 1 at venues such as Kung Fu Necktie, Everybody Hits, and Cha Cha Razzi. It's also the end of Kat Kat Phest and of its hosting organism, the Philadelphia Kat Kat recording label. But why? "I'm turning 30," says DIY show booker and promoter Ruben Anree' Polo. "I don't want to say that I'm definitely doing something. If I don't do anything, it's cool. Leave it on a good note. " Kat Kat Phest is/was a massive celebration to close out another year of great shows held in basements, lofts, repurposed kitchens, and former warehouses by people actively shaping a scene they love.
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October 29, 2015 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News
PERHAPS the fourth time will click for the Verizon IndyCar series and Pocono Raceway. As the Daily News, citing Racer.com, reported Tuesday, IndyCar will return to Pocono next year on Aug. 21, officials confirmed. Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono's president and CEO, sounded confident that attendance will increase for the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono. Igdalsky said the reaction from social media "and renewals flooding into our ticket office" are early indicators that attendance will be up. The largest crowd in IndyCar's first three years back at Pocono was estimated in the 20,000 to 25,000 range.
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