May 28, 2005 |
Danica Patrick set the pace on Carburetion Day yesterday, and Buddy Lazier's hopes of winning his second Indianapolis 500 suffered a setback. Patrick ran a 225.597-mph lap in the Pioneer/Argent Panoz-Honda to claim fast time of the day honors. Tony Kanaan, Dan Wheldon and Sam Hornish Jr. also topped the 225-mph mark. Carb Day practice's being cut in half from previous years to only an hour was not a factor, as no driver ran more than 28 laps in the final tuneup for tomorrow's 200-lap race.
May 29, 2011 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Kanaan, the gregarious racecar driver from Brazil, began hearing the stories from the old-timers and hangers-on not long after he arrived for his first Indianapolis 500 nine years ago. There was one common thread: The Indy 500 used to be a lot better. Sometimes, particularly when wide patches of the enormous gray grandstands were noticeably empty three years ago, Kanaan wondered if he would ever feel the excitement the way that the veterans had described it. But this year, as the race celebrates its 100th anniversary, Kanaan and other longtime participants in the event have seen signs of a revival.
May 28, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan is conflicted over green-white-checkered flag finishes. Kanaan won his first Indy 500 under caution Sunday in an anticlimactic ending to a thrilling race. There were a record 68 lead changes, with the last one coming when Kanaan slid around Ryan Hunter-Reay on a restart with three laps remaining. Moments later, Dario Franchitti's crash brought out the caution and the race ended with Kanaan following the pace car around Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the final two laps of the 500-mile race.
May 27, 2013 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Tony Kanaan had one more lap, one anticlimactic last lap under the yellow caution flag, to end 12 years of frustration in the Indianapolis 500. He flipped up his visor to wipe away tears as the crowd roared its approval, and then in Victory Lane he gave his bride of two months a long kiss and poured the celebratory winner's milk over his head. Kanaan is Indy's hard-luck loser no more. He is its champion at last, fittingly with a dose of good luck for a change. "I have to say, the last lap was the longest lap of my life," Kanaan said.
May 31, 2004 |
Rain, glorious rain. Drops, big and small, fell on the shoulders of first-time winner Buddy Rice as he climbed from his race car after yesterday's Indianapolis 500. Intermittent showers had delayed the race for more than two hours, and a downpour ended it 20 laps early. But even as puddles formed in the winner's circle and fans huddled under umbrellas, team co-owner David Letterman downplayed the rain. The late-night television star knows a thing or two about tracking Indiana storms, having honed his unique brand of humor while working as a weatherman on a local station here.
July 8, 2014 |
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.
June 4, 2007 |
Helio Castroneves, who started from the pole in the ABC Supply/A.J. Foyt 225, was cruising toward an easy win when the rear wing on his Team Penske Dallara collapsed yesterday in West Allis, Wis. That mishap sent Castroneves into the wall 25 laps from the finish - and allowed his fellow Brazilian, Tony Kanaan, to win the IndyCar race at West Allis, Wis. Horse racing Todd Pletcher will decide today whether to run his filly, Rags to...
May 30, 2005 |
"No more curse. " With those words, Michael Andretti took a long gulp from the bottle of milk in his right hand and declared himself a winner yesterday. "I finally won the Indianapolis 500," he said, breaking into a wide grin. "I never tasted milk so good. " Seemingly hexed at Indianapolis Motor Speedway throughout his 20-year driving career, Andretti, 42, finally nabbed the ultimate prize. As a team owner with Andretti Green Racing, he celebrated when Dan Wheldon outdueled rookie phenom Danica Patrick in the closing laps to win the Indy 500. The leaders ran so close to the edge as the miles wound down that Wheldon ran out of fuel before he could return to Victory Lane.
May 26, 2003 |
As Michael Andretti stood in front of his garage, speaking softly, the cars still running in the Indianapolis 500 kept drowning out his voice. "It was just a loose mechanical thing in the engine," Andretti said. "Just a throttle body that came apart. We never had that before. " Andretti's career had ended minutes earlier with one final torture. His first words to his father: "Why did it have to happen to me?" Mario Andretti, who had handed down "the curse" from his own Indy career, said, "Same song, a different day," after driving the golf cart that ferried Michael back to the garage.
May 29, 2005 |
Picking a favorite to win today's 89th Indianapolis 500 might be tougher than cashing the trifecta at this year's Kentucky Derby. This week, more than a dozen drivers have been pinpointed by owners and participants as front-runners in the quest to raise the Borg-Warner Trophy and to swig milk in Victory Lane. Roger Penske, who has fielded a record 13 Indy 500 winners, thought long and hard when asked to assess this year's crop of contenders. "There are so many . . . it's hard to say," he said with a shrug.