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May 1 - Actor Patrick Dempsey will drive the Pace Car Corvette in the 91st Indianapolis 500 Mile race.  He is an actor
on the show "Grey's Anatomy".  Dempsey is also a co-owner of the Vision Racing IndyCar team!  He also drives in
selected sports car races for Hyper Sport Racing.

With 400 horsepower available, the Corvette only needed a stobe light and a spoiler from the Z06 added to be prepared
to pace the field this May.
Indy Speedway News Index
May 1 - Thanks to Coca-Cola, The 3rd day of Qualifying - Saturday May 19th, admission will be reduced to only $5!
May 2 - I have heard from a source that the "fly over"
during opening ceremonies at the Indy 500 this month,
is going to be four F-22 Raptors!  Cool.

Be sure and don't blink, or they'll be gone.  (They fly over
during the end of the national anthem I think.  They come
in from the north and fly south along the front straight.)
May 2 - A.J. Foyt Enterprises has hired 2-time Indy 500 Champion Al Unser Jr. to drive one of their cars in this
year's Indy 500.  Little Al will get another chance to go up against Michael Andretti.
>>>> OPENING DAY - Rookie and Refresher Day <<<<

May 6 - Seven drivers took to the track today.  Milka Duno who is
new to the IRL, passed her rookie test.  
Phil Giebler made his first
appearance, driving for Playa Del Racing.  Other veteran drivers
who needed some refresher and ran included:  Ryan Briscoe, Davey
Hamilton, Jaques Lazier, Jon Herb and Michael Andretti who was
fastest of the day at 218.871 mph.

This year's lap paraded consisted of the cars
A.J. Foyt Jr. has won
Indy 500 races in.  Foyt was the man of the day, as he was honored
for his 50 years in racing, interviewed and gave out autographs.
May 5 - Joseph Chirlee won the 31st Indy 500 Mini-Marathon in
1:04:04 hours for the men.  
Janet Cherobon won the women's
race in 1:16:02.
Tony Iniguez won the wheelchair division with a
time of 47:23.

Some 35,000 people competed on a day when the humidity climbed
to 80%.  4000 volunteers helped by passing out water along the
route.
>>>> DAY 2 - Rookie and Refresher Day <<<<

May 7 - Another sun-drenched day at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway allowed Vision Racing's Davey Hamilton to acclimate himself to
both the 2.5-mile oval and the No. 02 HP Vision Racing Dallara/Honda/Firestone after an accident six years kept him out of the cockpit,
competitively.

Rookie
Phil Giebler completed the final two phases of the Rookie Orientation Program.  Giebler, driving teammate Jaques Lazier's No. 21 Playa
Del Racing Panoz, quickly completed the final high-speed phases shortly after the track opened for the day.
"I went through my ROP segments quite quickly and easily," said
Giebler, who is attempting to become the 10th driver to graduate
from the Indy Pro Series to the Indianapolis 500. "It's just part of the
process that we had to do. It was a little frustrating. As a racing
driver, you always want to go quicker."

Giebler recorded 52 laps on the day with a top speed of 217.091
mph.

Michael Andretti was fastest again today during practice.  He
reached a lap speed of 221.579 mph.
Andretti said, "I was really happy.... It was easy to get back up to
speed, but the comfort just takes some time, and I'm glad we were
able to have this extra day and not having to worry about other fast
cars all over you. Just to be able to relax and build up to it and build
your confidence up by being out there and running around, it was
really good for me... getting the actual comfort to where you can just
lay your head back and relax, it takes a few laps... The engine is maybe a tad torquier this year, but other than that, everything is pretty
much the same."

Milka Duno said, "It was good to hit the track again today. We're getting quicker each time out and also defining our line more precisely with
each lap. I was flat out many times today and got all the speed out of the car that it had today. I know the guys will be making some
additional adjustments for tomorrow and we'll get some more speed. It's all a process and we're making great progress in line with our plans
for each day on the track."

A total of 34 cars are at the Speedway. Nineteen have passed technical inspection.
Michael Andretti
<<<< DAY 3 - First Day of Open Practice >>>>

May 8 -  Although Dan Wheldon topped 225 mph in practice today,
speeds were relatively fast as soon as practice began. The first run
of the day is usually used to shake the car down before proceeding
at speed but
Sam Hornish topped 220 mph when he first took to
the Speedway. All the top drivers on the day's speed chart were fast
right away with
Tomas Scheckter running 221.296 on his third lap.
Scott Dixon was fast out of the box too, running a lap over 222 mph
within 4 laps.


Buddy Rice No. 15 entry is now known as the A1 Team USA/Dreyer
& Reinbold Honda. The partnership was announced today by A1
Tean USA owner
Rick Weidinger and Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
co-owner
Dennis Reinbold. Weidinger's A1 Team competes
internationally in the A1 GP World Cup. "We are excited to return to
the Indianapolis 500 as a co-entrant with the Dreyer & Reinbold
Racing team," Weidlinger said. Weidlinger was involved with the
Dreyer & Reinbold driven by
Al Unser Jr. in the 2006 Indianapolis
500.
First Crash of the Year - John Herb spun and hit the wall in T2.
He came in too low.  He said new wing adjustments were at fault.
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<<<< DAY 4 - Open Practice >>>>

May 9 - The speedway had rain dumped on it today, but a lot of people
were able to practice late in the afternoon after the track was dried.

Al Unser Jr. was the first of Foyt Racing's cars to hit the track
Tuesday, but he ran the slowest of the 25 drivers with a fast lap of
206.930. Unser still must complete his refresher course.

The Indianaplolis Ice hockey team was at the speedway today.

A total of 40 cars are at the Speedway. Thirty-nine have passed
technical inspection.
Jaques Lazier's car is sponsored by an Ice Hockey team.
May 9 - Indy Pro Series driver Tom Wood sustained a compression fracture in his back during a private test at The Milwaukee Mile on
May 8. Wood is being transported to Indianapolis today and will be attended to by
Dr. Terry Trammell.  Wood is retiring from racing.
Earlier today, Danica Patrick discussed a potential prank played on her by her Andretti
Green Racing teammates, a group known to initiate new teammates through various pranks.

QUESTION: We have heard stories from your teammates about the pranks and things, I
think Tony's bike got chopped up; have they messed with you yet?

DANICA PATRICK: It was funny, this morning -- last night, I was getting on my bike to ride
back to my coach, and my tire was flat. I'm like, God, that's the first thing they have done.
They gave me a flat tire. So I went in and had it pumped up and rode off and then I had to
run back to grab my phone. So I'm riding back, I'm like, this thing is still flat, what the heck.
There's a hole, oh, my gosh.

So this morning I see Marco and I say: "So I got a flat tire on my bike, I filled it up and went
flat again, and at that point I thought, you probably didn't do it." He goes, "No, we'll do
something way worse than that." (Laughter).

You guys out there I'm sure have ideas of what they can do. I try not to imagine it. They
keep telling me they want to shave my head when I win. (Laughter) See, this right here
(indicating hair) has got to be six years' worth of work for me grooming and combing. I'm
going to have wear a helmet for a few years."
                     <<<< DAY 5 - Open Practice >>>>

May 10 - We had beautiful weather at the track today as drivers continued practicing and tuning their cars for
the upcoming qualifications.

Today was
Helio Castroneve's birthday, but he doesn't look any older.  Or slower.

Ed Carpenter has added sponsorship from Hitachi.  Today they gifted him a bunch of power tools, which are
on display in the garage area.   Ed lives near the speedway and he and his friends rehab houses, so he has a
real use for these tools.

Sam Hornish Jr. held the fastest lap most of the day, but was eclipsed at the end of the day by many drivers.  
Scott Dixon of Target Chip Ganassi Racing was quickest, followed by Danica Patrick of Andretti Green
Racing.

Patrick said it was difficult to get a clean lap without a tow with more than a half-dozen cars on the track late in
the day. She plans to use the six hours of practice May 11 to fine-tune the No. 8 Motorola car.

"You're probably going to see times drop and speeds go up throughout the day just because you're going to
see rubber going down on the track," she said. "It's supposed to be a little cooler, which is better for
horsepower and should be more downforce so people will be trimming out some more. You're going to see
guns loaded on a Friday before Pole Day. We'll be no different."

Check out my photos from today at
Dan's Race Journals.
Scott Dixon shows you get more
than bragging rights by being the
fastest driver of the day.
IMS President Tony George and Chip Ganassi
Happy Birthday Helio!
May 10 - Times are strange.  AJ Foyt IV isn't driving for grandpa this year, and now Little E says he's ducking out on DEI next year.  
Apparently he wants Teresa to back off and let him run the show.
<<<<  DAY 6 - Fast Friday >>>>

May 11 - Drivers took to the track today to prepare for first day of qualifying tomorrow.  The weather was
dry and pleasant.  A total of 28 drivers have turned 4,444 laps in practice this week, for a total of 11,110
miles, and all 28 were on track at some time today, with 13 drivers posting their fastest speeds of the week.
This year's field of hopefuls includes six former "500" race winners and two rookies looking to make their
first Indy start. In the only incident of the day, rookie
Milka Duno spun and crashed exiting Turn 1, but
escaped serious injury.  This surprised me because she did not glance off the wall, but the rear of her car
made solid contact with the wall, albeit into the safety barrier which is built into the outside corner walls.

Ganassi drivers were fastest today, followed by Andretti Green and Penske drivers.  Vision Racing's Ed
Carpenter snuck into the top 10 with the 6th fastest lap of the day.

Rock band Saliva played a rock concert at the end of the day.  Lead singer Josey Scott got to wave the
flag and got a lap around the track from Johnny Rutherford.  When asked how fast he was going to go,
Rutherford replied "I'm going to blow the paint right out of his hair."

2007 INDIANAPOLIS 500 POLE DAY QUALIFYING ORDER

1. #15 Buddy Rice
2. #9 Scott Dixon
3. #16 TBD
4. #12 Ryan Briscoe
5. #8 Scott Sharp
6. #77T Stephan Gregoire
7. #10 Dan Wheldon
8. #17T Jeff Simmons
9. #23T Milka Duno
10. #21T Jaques Lazier
11. #20 Ed Carpenter
12. #13 TBD
13. #3T Helio Castroneves
14. #40 PJ Jones
15. #22T A.J. Foyt IV
16. #02 Davey Hamilton
17. #12T Ryan Briscoe
18. #20T Ed Carpenter
19. #18 Jimmy Kite
20. #99T Buddy Lazier
21. #77 Stephan Gregoire
22. #18T Jimmy Kite
23. #23 Milka Duno
24. #16T TBD
25. #31 Phil Giebler
26. #22 A.J. Foyt IV
27. #55 Kosuke Matsuura
28. #41T TBD
29. #21 Jaques Lazier
30. #99 Buddy Lazier
31. #4T Vitor Meira
32. #7 Danica Patrick
33. #98 TBD
34. #19 Jon Herb
35. #9T Scott Dixon
36. #27T Dario Franchitti
37. #91 TBD
38. #2T Tomas Scheckter
39. #4 Vitor Meira
40. #43 TBD
41. #14 Darren Manning
42. #26T Marco Andretti
43. #15T Buddy Rice
44. #10T Dan Wheldon
45. #55T Kosuke Matsuura
46. #11 Tony Kanaan
47. #27 Dario Franchitti
48. #8T Scott Sharp
49. #14T Darren Manning
50. #2 Tomas Scheckter
51. #5T Sarah Fisher
52. #39 Michael Andretti
53. #50 Al Unser Jr.
54. #6T Sam Hornish Jr.
55. #19T Jon Herb
56. #25 Marty Roth
57. #11T Tony Kanaan
58. #3 Helio Castroneves
59. #50T Al Unser Jr.
60. #17 Jeff Simmons
61. #41 TBD
62. #39T Michael Andretti
63. #02T Davey Hamilton
64. #26 Marco Andretti
65. #5 Sarah Fisher
66. #6 Sam Hornish Jr.
67. #7T Danica Patrick
Today's Photos by Brian Wheeler
<<<< DAY 7 - Pole Day >>>>

May 12 - Dario Franchitti was fastest in qualifying early in the day and he held onto it all afternoon.  That is until Helio Castroneves came out onto the
track at 5:55 pm, after track conditions had cooled, and knocked him off pole position.  Pole position pays $100,000.  

After Castroneves, Tony Kanaan had time to make another attempt and he pushed Franchitti back to 3rd, but missed taking the pole by a hair.   It was
also a nerve racking day for Michael Andretti, who was sitting around waiting to be bumped off the 11-position grid in the closing hours.  However, he did
not get knocked off.  

The remaining drivers will try to qualify for the next 11 positions tomorrow during the 2nd Day of Qualifying.

Drivers who tried to qualify today and failed: Jeff Simmons, Ed Carpenter, Scott Sharp, Kosuke Matsuura, Buddy Rice, A.J. Foyt IV., Darren Manning
#3 Helio Castroneves
225.817 mph
Penske Racing
#11 Tony Kanaan
225.757 mph
Andretti Green Racing
#27 Dario Franchitti
225.191 mph
Andretti Green Racing
#9 Scott Dixon
225.122 mph
Ganassi Racing
#6 Sam Hornish Jr.
225.109 mph
Penske Racing
#10 Dan Wheldon
224.641 mph
Ganassi Racing
#12 Ryan Briscoe
224.410 mph
Luczo Dragon Racing
#7 Danica Patrick
224.076 mph
Andretti Green Racing
#26 Marco Andretti
223.299 mph
Andretti Green Racing
#2 Tomas Scheckter
222.877 mph
Vision Racing
#39 Michael Andretti
222.789 mph
Andretti Green Racing
 
RESULTS FROM 1ST DAY OF QUALIFYING AT THE INDY 500
Milka Duno, Sarah Fisher, Lyn St. James, Billy Jean King,
Danica Patrick pose.  King was the official starter today.  
 
 
#8 Scott Sharp
223.875 mph
Rahal Letterman Racing
#17 Jeff Simmons
223.693 mph
Rahal Letterman Racing
#20 Ed Carpenter
223.495 mph
Vision Racing
#14 Darren Manning
223.471 mph
AJ Foyt Racing
#15 Buddy Rice
222.862 mph
Dreyer & Reinbold
#55 Kosuke Matsuura
222.595 mph
Super Aguri Panther Racing
#22 AJ Foyt IV
222.413 mph
Vision Racing
#4 Vitor Meira
222.333 mph
Delphi Panther Racing
#02 Davey Hamilton
222.327 mph
Vision Racing
#5 Sarah Fisher
221.960 mph
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
#99 Buddy Lazier
221.380 mph
Sam Schmidt Motorsport
 
 
RESULTS FROM 2ND DAY OF QUALIFYING AT THE INDY 500
Check out my photos from today at Dan's Race Journals.
Positions 1 - 11
Positions 12-22
Starting Front Row for Race Day
Scott Sharp is in Margaritaville
(May 15) - Rookie Milka Duno spoke of her accident last week during
practice.

"Sports cars require concentration and they are fast, but you have a
little margin (for error)," she said, holding up her fingers to show the
margin available. "The IndyCars offer no margin, and you have to
concentrate so hard. You can make a slight mistake on a road course,
but not with these cars."

The well-educated driver completed more than 140 laps before she
suffered the wall-banger. Her fastest lap to date has been 219.843
miles per hour. "The accident happened so quickly and so fast," she
stated. "You have no time to react, and you don't even know how it
happened."
<<<< DAY 9 - Practice >>>>

(May 16) - John Andretti was confirmed today as the driver of the third
car at Panther Racing. Andretti's No. 33 will be sponsored by Camping
World and RVs.com. After passing technical inspection the No. 33 was
taken to pit lane where Vitor Meira climbed aboard. Meira spent the
afternoon in the No. 33 turning 38 laps. Andretti is expected to complete
the last two phases of the refresher/orientation program when the track
opens for practice on Thursday.

Roger Yasukawa will drive the No. 24 Wellman Corbier/Dreyer &
Reinbold Racing entry. The car had been entered as Sarah Fisher's
backup car.

Jimmy Kite has been tabbed as the driver of the No. 18 PDM Racing
entry. In his first appearance on track, Kite turned 15 laps before hitting
the Turn 1 wall. "I'm fine," said Kite. "I wasn't going fast enough to hit
anything that hard. We were just shaking the car down." Kite was
checked and released from the Clarian Emergency Medical Center. He is
cleared to drive.

The No. 40 driven by
P.J. Jones was rolled onto pit lane for the first time
this month. Entered by Team Leader Motorsports, the No. 40 Dallara will
carry the same number and color scheme as the historic Pratt and
Whitney Turbine driven by Parnelli Jones 40 years ago.
All five Andretti Green Racing drivers are scheduled to attend a breakfast benefiting the Michael Andretti Foundation on May 23 in the
team's hospitality area at the Speedway. In addition to spending time with Michael and Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan, Dario Franchitti and
Danica Patrick, attendees will be able to tour the Andretti Green Racing garage area. Tickets are $100 and can be obtained by calling
(610) 365-0500.
Roger Yasukawa
John Andretti
<<<< DAY 10 - Practice >>>>

(May 17) - Cooler temperatures continued today.  
Stephan Gregoire was planning to qualify this
weekend for the Indy 500, however an accident has
put him out of contension.   He spun out coming off
the first turn and slammed backward into the wall.  
He appeared unhurt as he walked away from the
wreck, but he went to Methodist Hospital where he
was diagnosed with an endplate fracture of the third
thoracic vertebrae. Chastain Motorsport, said that
he will not be racing in the Indy 500.  There's a
chance they could get a car qualified this weekend
with another driver.

Milka Duno, who also hit the wall hard backwards,
has had a hard time regaining her speed during the
last two practice days.   She was running under 170
yesterday, but got up to 211 mph today.

None of the Andretti Green Racing cars were on
the track today.
Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation's "Racing to Recovery" Gala raised nearly $300,000 on May 14 at Eddie
Merlot's in Indianapolis.

Al Speyer of Bridgestone/Firestone received the "Partner for a Cure" award for his generosity and support
towards the Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation. The Sam Schmidt Paralysis Foundation's Legendary Driver
Award was given to four-time Indianapolis 500 champion Al Unser.

Other Indianapolis 500 personalities attending the event included: Al Unser Jr., Danica Patrick, Buddy Lazier,
Jaques Lazier, Jimmy Kite, Kim Green, the Hulman-George family, Roger Bailey, Brian Barnhart, Logan
Gomez, Alex Lloyd, Jonathan Klein, Chris Festa, Arie Luyendyk Jr., Jon Herb, Robbie Buhl and Marty Roth.
Stefan Gregoire suffered a back
injury in a crash today at the
Speedway.
<<<<  DAY 11 - Practice >>>>

(May 18) - Panther Racing's John Andretti was the fastest among drivers who have not yet qualified for the
33-car field. Andretti's top lap was 222.830 mph.

Roger Yasukawa, Marty Roth, rookie Phil Giebler, two-time "500" winner Al Unser Jr. and Jon Herb also were
non-qualified drivers who turned laps faster than 220 mph.

Stephan  to replace him.  Moreno will need to do a refresher course so he really needs to hurry if he's going to
Morenoqualify.
<<<< DAY 12 - 3rd Day of Qualifying >>>>

(May 18) - It was a cloudless sunny day with moderate temperatures.

Dario Franchitti's birthday was today.  As he was getting interviewed on tv today, all of his
teammates ran out and hit him with chocolate cream pies!

Parnelli Jones, 73, hopped in his son's IndyCar and made some laps.

Roberto Moreno, who hasn't been in an IRL car since 1999, qualified  today at 216.229
mph.  He said he used a car with a race setup, just to get it into the field incase of a
rainout tomorrow.  

Phil Giebler crashed today during his qualifying run.  His team will have to hustle to get
the car fixed in time for the last day of qualifying tomorrow.

Jimmy Kite came out last and had the slowest speed - 214.528 mph.  Kite's team chose
#18, in honor of Peyton Manning, the Super Bowl Champion Indianapolis Colt's
quarterback.  

Jaques Lazier's car has logos on the wing of the NBA Indiana Pacers and the WNBA
Indiana Fever.  His main sponsor is the Indiana Ice hockey team.

Richie Hearn is back and going to try and qualify the #91 tomorrow.

AJ Foyt Jr said he does not plan to roll a third car out of his stable tomorrow... unless
someone qualifies who he does not like.  I'm think he's referring to Arie Luyendyk.
ROW 1
ROW 2
ROW 3
ROW 4
ROW 4
ROW 5
ROW 6
ROW 7
ROW 8
 
#24 Roger Yasukawa
222.654 mph
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
#33 John Andretti
221.756 mph
Panther Racing
#50 Al Unser Jr.
220.876 mph
AJ Foyt Racing
#98 Alex Barron
220.471 mph
Beck Motorsport
#19 Jon Herb
220.108 mph
Racing Professionals
#21 Jaques Lazier
219.409 mph
Playa Del Racing
#23 Milka Duno
219.228 mph
Samax Racing
#25 Marty Roth
218.992 mph
Roth Racing
#77 Roberto Moreno
216.228 mph
Chastain Motorsport
#18 Jimmy Kite
214.528 mph
PDM Racing
 
ROW 8
ROW 9
ROW 10
ROW 11
RESULTS FROM 3RD DAY OF QUALIFYING AT THE INDY 500
Positions 23-33
Long Live The Queen!
Danielle Sylvester
Ed Carpenter got a new sponsor this
month.  Here are his new colors.
The Lazier Brothers
often race against
each other at the Indy
500.  Buddy won the
race in 1996 with a
broken back!
P.J. Jones and Parnelli Jones.

PJ was unable to qualify this
year.
The Andrettis - Only Mario ever won the 500, in 1969.
Cousin John is in the show this year too.
The Al Unsers - Senior won 4 times, Junior Twice.  Brother Bobby has won too.
The Foyts
AJ is a 4 time Indy 500 winner.
Larry Foyt is a manager for Foyt Racing.
AJ Foyt IV is racing for Vision Racing this year.
                     <<<< DAY 13 - Bump Day >>>>

The field of 33 starters is set for the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 27. Bump Day, the fourth
and final day of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, began with one open position in the field of 33. Four
qualification attempts were made today, adding two drivers to the field and removing one.

Richie Hearn filled the field after making the first qualifying run of the day.

Roberto Moreno qualified again today, going 4 mph faster than yesterday.

Phil Giebler qualified and bumped Jimmy Kite in the PDM car.

PDM let
PJ Jones down too, who was unable to qualify.

* The oldest qualifier is
Marty Roth, 48. The youngest qualifier is Marco Andretti, 20.

* There are 30 Dallara chassis and 3 Panoz chassis in the field

* There are seven graduates of the Indy Pro Series in the field, the most graduates in the field ever. The
seven graduates are: Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter, A.J. Foyt IV, Phil Giebler, Jon Herb, Marty Roth, Jeff
Simmons.

* This is the seventh-closest matched field by time Indianapolis 500 history as 5.0207 seconds separate
fastest qualifier Helio Castroneves and slowest qualifier Marty Roth. The record is 3.2422 seconds in 2001.

* Thirteen drivers who were not in the 90th Indianapolis 500 qualified for the 91st Indianapolis 500.
STARTING GRID
Partnering with 12 champion personalities from the world of sports and music, including Baron be
running its #12 Symantec Dallara/Honda, IndyCar® Series car for charity in the 91st Indianapolis
500, it was announced today.

The Luczo Dragon Racing team will donate more than half of its racing profits to the charities
selected by the champion celebrities.

Other participating sports and music personalities are Marcus Allen, Jackson Browne, Brandi
Chastain, Ronnie Lott, Jonny Moseley, Chris Mullin, Kerri Walsh and Kristi Yamaguchi. Combined
they have won nine Super Bowls, nine Olympic Gold Medals, four Stanley Cups, two Super Bowl
MVPs, one Heisman Trophy and one World Cup.

"We have focused our efforts on supporting people and spearheading projects that are tied to
socially relevant issues," said Steve Luczo, co-owner of Luczo Dragon Racing and Chairman of the
Board for Seagate Technology. "We thought partnering with these great champions on one of the
most prestigious stages in all of sports, the Indianapolis 500, was a wonderful opportunity to
generate much needed money and awareness for several outstanding charitable organizations and
their causes. We are excited for the race."

Luczo Dragon Racing has guaranteed at least $250,000 for the charities no matter how the car
finishes. The benefiting charities will be All Stars Helping Kids, Friends of Washington Prep, Bay
Area Women's Sports Initiative, Team Play L.A. Stars, Jackson Community College Foundation --
Wilbur Dungy Endowment, Fisher House of Colorado, Wayne Gretzky Foundation, Northern
California Special Olympics, Chase the Stars Foundation and the Always Dream Foundation.

Luczo and co-owner Jay Penske have assembled an experienced race team, including driver
Ryan
Briscoe
, who has qualified seventh. Briscoe finished 10th in the 2005 Indy 500.
Ryan Briscoe
Roberto Moreno
Lazier congratulates Giebler
Old Foes
(May 22) - Ex-heavy-weight boxing
champion and hamburger cooker,
George Foreman, has become a part
owner in Panther Racing.  Foreman's
sons also participate in their father's
marketing company.

Foreman said "Hi, my name is George
and this is my son George and my
other son George.

(Left: Foreman with Vitor Meira)
(May 22) - Mistakes can be costly!  An inexperienced team member on the Dreyer Reinbold
Racing team poured a gallon of old methanol into one of the cars last weekend.  The cars
run on 100% Ethanol this year.

The IRL fined the team $25,000 and Honda is expected to bill them $70-$100k for damage
to the Honda engine.  I'd hate to be the team member that did that!
AJ Foyt's Winning Cars
Danica Patrick
May 25 - (Carb Day) A huge crowd turned out for the final IndyCar Practice before the Indy 500  
today.  
Tony Kanaan was fastest.

Helio Castroneves won the Pit Stop Competition, defeating his teammate Sam Hornish Jr. in
the championship round. His pit crew received the $50,000 first prize for its speed and accuracy.

Alex Lloyd, driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsport, won the Freedom 100.  The young Brit has won
every Indy Pro race this year!

Kid Rock drew an unprecedented crowd to the Carb Day Concert.
Date
Driver
Crash Details
May 8
Jon Herb
Spun in T2. hit outside wall, sore foot
May 11
Milka Duno
Spun in T1, hit outside wall hard, shes ok
May 16
Jimmy Kite
Spun in T1, hit outside wall, he's ok
May 17
Stefan Gregoire
Backed into wall, injured and out
May 18
Phil Giebler
Wrecked during qualifying.  He's ok
CRASHES in May at IMS
Date
Fastest Driver
of the Day
Speed
May 6
Michael Andretti
218.874 mph
May 7
Michael Andretti
221.579 mph
May 8
Dan Wheldon
225.074 mph
May 9
Dan Wheldon
226.391 mph
May 10
Scott Dixon
226.473 mph
May 11
Scott Dixon
227.167 mph
May 12
Tony Kanaan
226.827 mph
May 13
Scott Sharp
224.214 mph
May 16
Danica Patrick
221.189 mph
May 17
Scott Dixon
219.985 mph
May 18
Sam Hornish Jr
225.006 mph
May 19
Dan Wheldon
224.895 mph
May 20
Dan Wheldon
222.797 mph
May 25
Tony Kanaan
225.467 mph
Fastest Practice Times in May at IMS
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May 27 - There was a big rain this morning, but the Indy 500 would start on
time at 1pm.   Jim Nabors, who sings "Back Home Again",  was absent for
the first time in decades, due to illness.  

The rain returned, but after the Indycars were past the half-way point of the
race.  If unable to restart the race later in the day, the finishing order would
be:
Winner - Tony Kanaan
2nd place - Danica Patrick
3rd place - Marco Andretti

The rain stopped, the track was dried, people filtered back into the stands,
and the race was restarted three hours after it was halted.

There was a big wreck on the back straight that sent
Marco Andretti's car
into the air and upside down.   Many of the one-off teams crashed during
the day, including rookie
Milka Duno.

Tony Kanaan drove miraculously after another driver's smash into the
outside wall sent Kanaan flying toward the pit entrance wall.  With some
wiggles, gas and brake, he righted the car with no contact with the wall, and
continued into the pit lane.  

The rain returned and the race was called at lap 166.  
Scott Dixon was
2nd and
Dario Franchitti won the 91st Indianapolis 500.
Kanaan Keeps It Off The Wall!
Richard Petty finally visits the Indy 500
Rahal Letterman Racing has struggled, but finished in 6th & 11th
Milka Duno's crash on lap 65
John Andretti's wreck on lap 95
Jaques Lazier  out on lap 155
Photos of Indy 500 Champion Dario Franchitti
The Winning Andretti Green Racing Car
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