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May 26, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS -- Veteran driver Tony Kanaan finally won his first Indianapolis 500 on Sunday after 12 years of trying. The Brazilian had become a sentinmental choice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway because he had come close to winning the legendary race several times. On a restart with only four laps left, Kanaan took the lead and then, when three-time winner Dario Franchitti crashed with only two laps remaining, which brought out the caution flag, the field was frozen and Kanaan had secured the victory.
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April 11, 2014 | By Jim Peltz
No matter where he starts Sunday's race, veteran IndyCar driver Tony Kanaan believes he is sitting pretty. Kanaan, a fan favorite who won the Indianapolis 500 for the first time last year, was hired by the powerhouse team of Target Chip Ganassi Racing this year. The 39-year-old Brazilian took over the car formerly driven by his good friend Dario Franchitti, the four-time IndyCar champion who retired after being seriously hurt in a crash in Houston last October. Kanaan qualified second and finished sixth in the season opener March 30 on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Sunday's Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach will be his second race driving Ganassi's No. 10 car. Kanaan has never won Long Beach and his best finish in 10 starts was third in 2009.
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May 26, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Californian A.J. Allmendinger passed Tony Kanaan to take the lead at the halfway point of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Kanaan was second, reigning IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay was third and Marco Andretti was fourth in a race that featured repeated lead changes. Before Allmendinger charged to the front, Andretti, Kanaan and pole-sitter Ed Carpenter repeatedly swapped the lead. Carpenter then dropped back to ninth. Helio Castroneves, one of two drivers trying to win his fourth Indy 500, was running fifth.
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September 12, 2013 | Wire reports
Kurt Busch said Thursday that he will not race in IndyCar's season finale at Fontana. Busch said the deadline has passed by which he and Andretti Autosport needed to notify Chevrolet they'd need an engine for the Oct. 19 race at Auto Club Speedway. Busch wanted to run the race as a possible warmup for next year's Indianapolis 500. He has not given up on trying to run Indy next season for Andretti. "I was just hoping to have more of my homework done, more experience and more of an education, which would have meant to race Fontana this year and to be better prepared for Indianapolis next year," Busch said.
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May 29, 1988 | MIKE KUPPER, Times Assistant Sports Editor
Tero Palmroth is hoping that today's Indianapolis 500 is a race to the Finnish. Actually, that isn't so much his hope as his wildest dream. But then, the way things have been going for him lately, is any dream beyond the realm? Palmroth, 35, is from Tampere, Finland, where as a youngster, he established himself as a speed-crazy kid.
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May 26, 1991
No. Driver (Home), Car-Eng., Speed (m.p.h.) FIRST ROW 3. Rick Mears (Bakersfield), Penske-Chevy, 224.113 14. A.J. Foyt (Houston), Lola-Chevy, 222.443 6. Mario Andretti (Nazareth, Pa.), Lola-Chevy, 221.818 SECOND ROW 18. Bobby Rahal (Dublin, Ohio), Lola-Chevy, 221.401 10. Michael Andretti (Nazareth, Pa.), Lola-Chevy, 220.943 2. Al Unser Jr. (Albuquerque, N.M.), Lola-Chevy, 219.823 THIRD ROW 4. John Andretti (Indianapolis), Lola-Chevy, 219.059 26. Jim Crawford (Scotland), Lola-Buick, 218.947 20.
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May 25, 1993 | Associated Press
Kevin Cogan, the slowest qualifier with a speed of 217.230 m.p.h., earned the Slo Poke award, worth $10,000, from the D.L. Clark Co. And the manufacturer of the Slo Poke carmel sucker will present Cogan with a check for $1 million if he also wins the race. . . . The spread between the fastest and slowest qualifiers in this year's race is only 6.737 m.p.h., the closest spread since 1970, when it was 4.848.
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May 8, 2005 | From Associated Press
The Indianapolis 500 is passing on tradition this year. For the first time, two races will be held the last weekend of May. And a new qualifying format is likely to change everything from pole strategy to solidifying starting spots. Welcome to Indy of the 21st century. "I think it's going to bring a lot more excitement, because we'll be going all day instead of waiting and waiting and waiting," said Darren Manning, an English driver on the Target Chip Ganassi team.
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May 28, 1997
Official results of Tuesday's Indianapolis 500, with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown or country, car number, chassis-engine, laps completed with reason out when available in parentheses, and unofficial prize money. r-rookie: 1. (1) Arie Luyendyk, Netherlands, No. 5, G Force-Aurora, 200, $1,553,650 2. (5) Scott Goodyear, Canada, No. 6, G Force-Aurora, 200, $518,000 3. (7) r-Jeff Ward, San Juan Capistrano, No. 52, G Force-Aurora, 200, $413,350 4.
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May 26, 2012 | By Jim Peltz
What: 96th running of the Indianapolis 500. When: Sunday, 9 a.m. Pacific time Where: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (200 laps, 2.5-mile rectangular oval). TV: ABC, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Pole-sitter: Ryan Briscoe. 2011 winner: Dan Wheldon.
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May 27, 2013 | By Jim Peltz, Los Angeles Times
INDIANAPOLIS — There would be no new member of the Indianapolis 500's four-time winners' club Sunday. Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti came up short in their bid to join A.J. Foyt , Al Unser and Rick Mears as the only four-time winners of the race. Mears was the last driver to do it, in 1991. Castroneves finished sixth despite briefly leading and Franchitti had a decidedly poor day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and finished 23rd. "We finished top six, which is great championship-wise for points," Castroneves said.
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May 26, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS -- Veteran driver Tony Kanaan finally won his first Indianapolis 500 on Sunday after 12 years of trying. The Brazilian had become a sentinmental choice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway because he had come close to winning the legendary race several times. On a restart with only four laps left, Kanaan took the lead and then, when three-time winner Dario Franchitti crashed with only two laps remaining, which brought out the caution flag, the field was frozen and Kanaan had secured the victory.
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May 26, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
Californian A.J. Allmendinger passed Tony Kanaan to take the lead at the halfway point of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Kanaan was second, reigning IndyCar champion Ryan Hunter-Reay was third and Marco Andretti was fourth in a race that featured repeated lead changes. Before Allmendinger charged to the front, Andretti, Kanaan and pole-sitter Ed Carpenter repeatedly swapped the lead. Carpenter then dropped back to ninth. Helio Castroneves, one of two drivers trying to win his fourth Indy 500, was running fifth.
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May 26, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS -- As 200,000 spectators poured into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday morning, the question was whether they'll see history at this year's Indianapolis 500. Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti are trying to become four-time winners of the legendary race, joining A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears as the only drivers to do so. No driver has won it five times. Castroneves starts eighth and Franchitti starts 17th. Ed Carpenter is the pole-sitter after qualifying at 228.762 mph, and San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh will drive the pace car that leads the 33-car field to the green flag.
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May 26, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS - When he arrived for this year's Indianapolis 500, Tony Kanaan was asked if the Brickyard owed him one. The popular Brazilian many call "T.K. " had tried to win the famous race 11 times and, despite several close calls, failed 11 times. That made him a sentimental favorite, but Kanaan, a 38-year-old former IndyCar Series champion, would have none of it. "I don't feel this place owes me anything," he said. "I have had great times here. " But none as great as Sunday.
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May 25, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS - In a back room inside garage stall A-5 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, just off Gasoline Alley, A.J. Foyt sits at a cramped lunch table entertaining friends and co-workers. The 78-year-old Foyt shifts in his chair carefully, having had lower-back surgery a month ago. But the famously temperamental Texan is calm and smiling amid the clanking sounds of mechanics tweaking his team's race cars nearby. "It feels good" to be back for this year's Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, Foyt said.
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May 30, 1994
Results in the 78th Indianapolis 500, with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, residence or country, car number, chassis-engine, laps completed, speed or reason out. 1. (1) Al Unser Jr., Albuquerque, N.M., No. 31, 1994 Penske-Mercedes, 200 laps, 160.872 mph. 2. (4) r-Jacques Villeneuve, Canada, No. 12, 1994 Reynard-Ford, 200 laps, 160.749 mph. 3. (28) Bobby Rahal, Dublin, Ohio, No. 4, 1993 Penske-Ilmor, 199 laps, 159.992 mph. 4. (16) Jimmy Vasser, Discovery Bay, Calif.
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May 22, 1987 | Jim Murray
The drivers call him "Hollywood." "Barrymore." The Great Profile. They figured he was just slumming. The first time he got A.J. Foyt in his rear-view mirror, he would suddenly remember he had this tennis date in Malibu. Why would anyone want to go dicing with Emerson Fittipaldi when he could be dating Ali McGraw? Who needs 230 miles per hour when the studio will send a limousine? What would you want to put burn scars on those eyelashes and cheekbones for?
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May 24, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
INDIANAPOLIS - Marco Andretti thinks he's poised to finally end the decades-long "Andretti Curse" at the Indianapolis 500. The 26-year-old Andretti qualified third, so he'll start Sunday's race in the front row, and he was among the quickest drivers again Friday on the final day of practice. "I just want to make sure I'm not getting overconfident, because I know how many elements can take you out of this race," Andretti said. But it "would be huge to be able to break" the curse.
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May 22, 2013 | By Jim Peltz
San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was tapped to drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday. Harbaugh already has ties to IndyCar racing and Indianapolis. He's a co-owner of the Panther Racing team, which has two drivers in the 500: J.R. Hildebrand and Townsend Bell. Driving the Chevrolet Corvette to lead the 33-car field at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is "a tremendous thrill," Harbaugh said in a statement Tuesday night. Harbaugh, 49, got the racing bug attending the Indy 500 as a child.
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