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Indy 500 – Quick Notes SPOILER!

By Blake Johnson Alex Tagliani was unable to get his car into gear to roll off the grid. Eventually Tagliani was able to get the car going and rejoined the field. Conor Daly’s car caught fire on the second parade lap. Daly was able to pull his car off the track safely without incident. The...

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Sunday May 24th, 2015 – Indy 500 11am Update

By Blake Johnson The crowd is getting large and the teams have their cars on the grid. It is a mass of humanity all scurrying about before the start of the race. We have heard mixed results on traffic from “worst traffic ever” to “no problem at all.” David Letterman is on the premises. A...

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2015 Indy 500 Photos

   

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IMS Legends Day Photos

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Preview of the Greatest Spectacle in Eating – Yep this one is ONLY about FOOD

By Blake Johnson Sunday is the greatest day in motorsports beginning with the Grand Prix of Monaco, then the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 and finishing with the Coca-Cola 600. To many, the day is meant for gorging yourself. To get you ready for the Greatest Food Spectacle in Racing TSO sat down with...

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Indy – Saturday – Close

What was your take on the race Tony? Well that was a decent race – not a classic by any stretch and was certainly in a tough spot going in to try to follow Barber. But it had enough elements of modern day IndyCar racing to keep it interesting, and while not as-strategy sensitive as...

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Indy – Saturday – IndyCar Race Spoiler

By Blake Johnson IndyCar race control declared the start to be a dry start after the rain moved thought before the race. Helio Castoneves was coughing noticeably earlier this week. He told ABC that he has bronchitis but once the helmet goes on all of his troubles go away. Will Power got a jump on...

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Indy – Saturday – 2:15pm

By Tony DiZinno and Blake Johnson The crowd is moving into the grandstands and filling up the viewing mounds. Prime spots on the viewing mounds were claimed early. They are now pretty full. What is the oval turn 4 but today is the road course turn 1 is another popular spot. Turn 1 will be...

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Indy – Saturday – Morning Warmup – 12:25pm

By Blake Johnson With no Hondas qualifying in the top ten, Honda teams are searching for speed in the warmup session. Sebastian Saavedra got off track on his third lap. He went around then cut through the gravel. Everyone is looking for more speed in this session, trying to brake as late as possible to...

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Indy – Saturday – 11:30am

By Blake Johnson Fans are filing into Indianapolis motor Speedway for today’s activities. One thing fans will notice will be all of the green on the front stretch. IMS has installed green Angie’s List advertising along the prime sponsorship real estate, the front stretch. It is different but it doesn’t bother me personally. The signage...

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