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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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June 1, 2015 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Enough with Captain America and Thor and Iron Man and Ultron. Enough with mall cops. Enough with Fury Road and the Furious crew, and enough with "The Rock. " (Although San Andreas , Dwayne Johnson's mega-temblor pic, definitely rocks.) Summer doesn't have to be the exclusive domain of comic-book superheroes, mutants of the post-apocalypse, disaster epics, effects-driven spectacles, and Melissa McCarthy turning into a spy. If you're looking for an antidote - many, in fact - to the bloat and bluster of the studios' summer lineup, alternatives are coming to theaters (and other viewing platforms)
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February 24, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
West Philly rapper and producer Hezekiah Davis III - usually known to the hip-hop world as simply Hezekiah - has two sides, the first of which you can catch Feb. 24 at International House, when he screens his debut, self-directed short, Dreams Don't Chase Themselves . His new album, also out Thursday, bears the same title. In both album (his first solo album since 2010's Conscious Porn ) and film, Davis portrays a man of great depth and exquisitely expressed, socially aware goals.
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January 29, 2015 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Fashion Writer
Maureen Doron, owner of the Bryn Mawr boutique Skirt, is ushering in the spring shopping season with seven new-to-her-store women's-wear lines. This may not seem to be major fashion news, but it marks the first time in four years that Doron is selling untested designers on her store's racks. Like many other recession-weary boutique owners, Doron didn't want to take chances with a clientele that had grown price-conscious, seemingly interested only in affordable basics. That is starting to change.
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September 28, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
Before the term indie rock existed, before there was a movement, even before the grunge '90s, there was guitarist-singer J Mascis. On Thursday, he brought songs from his past as well as his new album, Tied to a Star , to World Cafe Live. Philly-based Purling Hiss opened. Mascis' bands Dinosaur and Dinosaur Jr. predated the staged rage of nearly all American-based indie-rock that followed. With his squeaky, Neil Young-ish vocals and guitar licks heavy on the fuzz, Mascis' signature sound (also heard on Sonic Youth projects as well as records from artists such as Mike Watt)
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September 12, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
A COLLEGE coach suggested Cody Parkey log his kicks. So Parkey did that, then expanded on the idea, making it into a kind of kicking journal, from practices and games. "Along with your makes, you can learn off what you miss, as well," Parkey said yesterday. Parkey and the Eagles are preparing to visit Parkey's former team, the Indianapolis Colts. (At 22, the rookie barely looks old enough to have a former razor, let alone a former team, but he was in camp with Indianapolis until he was traded here Aug. 21)
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August 1, 2014 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
ODDS ON an IndyCar series race returning to Pocono Raceway next summer are 50-50 at the moment. That's the view of Brandon Igdalsky, Pocono's president and CEO. Igdalsky said Tuesday a decision will be made "in the next few weeks. We're deep into our 2015 planning. We would like to be on IndyCar's schedule and they like being at Pocono. " Pocono officials are surveying fans and sponsors about IndyCar racing for a third time at the track. Prior to the July 6 race at Pocono, Igdalsky challenged fans to either show up or risk IndyCar not racing at the mountaintoptrack in 2015.
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July 11, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Columnist
THOSE ATTENDING Sunday's Pocono IndyCar 500 witnessed the fastest Indy-car race ever: The average speed was 202.402 mph. Now the question is, will that speed milestone be alluring enough to bring fans back next summer? More urgently, will the IndyCar series return to Pocono next year? We won't know until Pocono Raceway officials huddle and decide. Brandon Igdalsky, the raceway's president and CEO, normally is cooperative with the media. But on Monday, Igdalsky issued a statement, then said he won't be doing interviews this week.
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July 8, 2014 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND, Pa. - Rarely have so many been so happy to see a caution flag waved at a race. Yesterday's Pocono IndyCar 500 went 159 laps, a record for a 500-mile open-wheel race, before a caution period occurred. Graham Rahal's spin brought out the yellow flag. Until then, there were few passes for the lead in the 200-lap race at Pocono Raceway and no drama that restarts create. When the race resumed, Juan Pablo Montoya damaged the front wing on his Chevrolet-powered car passing Penske teammate Will Power.
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July 7, 2014 | BY BILL FLEISCHMAN, For the Daily News fleiscb@phillynews.com
LONG POND, Pa. - Brandon Igdalsky is wondering just how committed IndyCar racing fans are. When Pocono Raceway announced IndyCar racing would return to the track last year for the first time since 1989 the track president and CEO said "excitement was through the roof. " Attendance for last year's race won by Scott Dixon was respectable, around 25,000. Expectations were fans who enjoyed the 220-mph open-wheel racing would return and likely bring more fans. Instead, Igdalsky said yesterday ticket sales for tomorrow's Pocono IndyCar 500 are "down quite a bit. " "Fans need to put their money where the mouth is," he said.
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July 3, 2014 | By Bill Fleischman, Daily News Staff Writer
WITH THE enthusiasm Mario Andretti displays for the return of Indy cars to Pocono Raceway, you almost expect to see him standing near the tunnel entrance welcoming fans. Andretti, the racing legend from Nazareth, Pa., was overjoyed that Indy cars were back at Pocono last year for the first time since 1989. Now, with Sunday's Pocono IndyCar 500 approaching at about 220 mph, Andretti's excitement is revved up even more. His fond memories of the 2.5-mile trioval aren't only because he raced there in the 1970s and 80s (he won in 1986)
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