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2009 Indy 500 Program Art
Revealed
Mar 1 - Artist Thomas Kinkade
unveiled a new painting that will serve
as the cover of the collectible 2009
Indianapolis 500 Program
Pace Car Unveiled
Mar 1 - The 2010 Chevrolet Camaro
will pace this year’s Indianapolis 500.

The first Camaro to pace the 500
was in 1967. The other years were
1969, 1982 and 1993.

This Camaro has a 6.2-liter LS3 all-
aluminum Chevy V-8 engine that
produces 426 horsepower at 5,900
rpms.

Photos of All Pace Cars
Carburation Day Concert Announced
Mar 14 - The band 3 Doors Down will be headlining the
Carb Day concert May 22nd.

They released their last album a year ago.

Originally a 3-piece band, current members consist of:
Brad Arnold - lead vocals
Matt Roberts - lead guitar
Chris Henderson - rhythm guitar
Todd Harrell - bass guitar
Greg Upchurch - drums, percussion
Apr 6 -NASCAR legend Richard Petty will field an entry for the
Indianapolis 500 for the first time, with
John Andretti driving.

Richard Petty Motorsports currently campaigns four Dodge cars in
the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

Petty will combine efforts with the Dreyer & Reinbold Racing  to
field the blue and red No. 43.

Petty, 71, joins past Indy 500-winning team owners Roger Penske
and Chip Ganassi with entries in the both Memorial Day racing
classics at Indianapolis and Charlotte on the same day.
Apr 9 - The 500 Festival "Breakfast at the Brickyard" takes
place this year on Saturday, May 16th at the pavilion behind the
pagoda tower.

For $60, you can join all the mayors from Indiana for breakfast,
along with two-time Indianapolis 500 winner
Arie Luyendyk and
son
Arie Luyendyk Jr.

Both Luyendyk  Sr. and Jr will take part in a Q&A session hosted
by veteran motorsports announcer
Mike King.  Guests will enjoy
a hearty Hoosier breakfast, the opportunity to see the 2009 500
Festival Queen crowned, take a lap around the famed oval in their
vehicle, tour the garages and experience the third day of
qualifying for the 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500

To purchase tickets, call the 500 Festival at (317)
614-6400 or toll free at 1-800-638-4296 or go to
500Festival.com
"500" RACE PARTYS
Apr 25 - Indianapolis 500 race weekend revelers will have
multiple celebrity-filled parties to add to their social calendars.

The Conrad Hilton is getting in on the action for the first time
this year with three parties (May 22-24) hosted by "Extra"
correspondent
Carlos Diaz, an Indianapolis native. Tickets are
$29.99 per night.

On May 22, a Moves magazine party is planned at the posh
Downtown hotel, said
Jen Beaver, president of
Indianapolis-based All Access Promotions. The publication is
aimed at professional athletes, some of whom are expected to
attend.

The May 24 post-race affair, "Party Like a Race Star," will
feature the Ballas Hough Band, fronted by "Dancing With the
Stars" dancers
Mark Ballas and Derek Hough.
Plans for the May 23 pre-race festivities at the Conrad weren't
finalized Wednesday, but they could include Playboy
Playmates. "We are in talks with Playboy about hosting the
official Playboy party and hope to make a formal announcement
soon," Beaver said.

Details, however, have been released about other race bashes
on May 23.

Mario Lopez, host of "Extra" and "America's Best Dance
Crew," will hold court at the second annual Fantasy 500 Race
Party at Hilbert Circle Theatre.
Catt Sadler, of E! network, is
listed as the event's co-host. Tickets are $40 to $60.

And, of course, the 500 Festival will put on its traditional
celebrity-filled Regions 500 Festival Snakepit Ball at the Indiana
Roof Ballroom. Funk band The Ohio Players will perform.
Centennial Balloon Festival
Apr 25 - Paying honor to the traditional starting field of 33 cars
for the annual Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, a field of 33 balloons
and pilots will compete in the three-day Centennial Era Balloon
Motor Speedway.

Hot air balloon pilots hailing from 13 states, stretching from
California to Michigan, will launch from the IMS infield in both
corporate-sponsored and unsponsored "sport" balloons.
Indiana is well-represented with 13 pilots vying for prize money
and the prestige associated with winning a race during the
Speedway's Centennial Era celebrations.

"Just as the Indy 500 showcases the best in motor racing, we
have selected a strong lineup of colorful balloons and
professional and personable pilots for the Centennial Era
Balloon Festival," said event balloonmeister
Scott McClinton.
"The pilots are ready to put on a show, both at the evening
glows and morning races from the IMS infield, that the public will
not soon forget."
The Balloon Festival is one of many events over the next three
years that will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which was founded and built in
1909, and the 100th anniversary of the inaugural Indianapolis
500 in 1911.

The Energizer Bunny "Hot Hare" Balloon, celebrating its 20th
anniversary, will dwarf the competition in size. It's the world's
tallest balloon at 166 feet. Balloons representing national
brands such as AT&T Advertising Solutions, Target and
RE/MAX will add their unique splash of color and character,
mixing with Indiana favorites such as Bloomington-based Oliver
Winery and the Riley Children's Foundation.

The public is invited to attend the Friday and Saturday evening
balloon "glows," as well as the launch of the 100 Years Race on
Sunday morning, all of which are free and will take place in the
IMS infield. Public parking will be available in the IMS infield,
and guests should plan to enter IMS via the Gate 2 tunnel on
16th Street.
Stuntman takes act to IndyCar Series
Apr 25 - Even if you're not a racing fan, you've likely seen Stanton Barrett's work.

The 36-year-old IndyCar Series driver, who will compete in Sunday's Road Runner
Turbo Indy 300 at Kansas Speedway, is also well known in Hollywood as a veteran
stuntman.

The son of a stuntman, Barrett has appeared in some 200 movies and television
series. His movie credits include the "Spiderman" and "Jurassic Park" movies, "Mr.
and Mrs. Jones," "2 Fast, 2 Furious," "Jumanji" and the "Dukes of Hazzard". He also
has worked in television series such as "ER" and "Alias."

He continues to do stunt work even as he juggles a racing career that includes
competition in both the IndyCar Series and NASCAR's Nationwide Series this season.

"I still get to do them and am still happy to do them when I get it and it fits in," said
Barrett during a stop in Topeka this week. "I can't quite do all the big stuff and risk
getting hurt. I've driven with broken legs and broken feet and hands and collarbones
and all kinds of things in my stock car, but the Indy cars are definitely more
demanding and wear on you a little more."

Barrett, who has made 22 starts in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, also is starting to
work more behind the camera.

"I've been working on directing commercials and producing commercials I started a
production company with (NASCAR owner)
Ray Evernham and have five directors in
it who are really good," Barrett said. "We kind of specialize in action commercials —
cars, motorcycles, street cars, race cars — things that we have a lot of experience
and expertise at.
Non-Regular Drivers For The 2009 Indy 500
TEAM
DRIVERS
KV Racing Technology
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Richard Petty/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
Panther Racing
Chip Ganassi/Sam Schmidt
HVM Racing
Hemelgarn Racing
Conquest Racing
KV Racing
Rahall Letterman Racing
Dale Coyne Racing
Conquest Racing
Paul Tracy
Davey Hamilton
John Andretti
Scott Sharp
Alex Lloyd
Nelson Phillipe
Buddy Lazier
Alex Tagliani
Townsend Bell
Oriol Servia
Thomas Scheckter
Bruno Junqueira
May 1 - Danica Patrick's familiar black & blue Motorola car got a
new paint job today.  Her color scheme for the year is now black
& orange.

She made Time's top 100 most influential people in the world,
even topping Oprah!

Her contract with AGR expires at the end of the season.  If
she's smart, she'll stay in Indycar.
Miscellaneous 500 Festival News
* A Kenyan again won the 500 Mini-marathon.

* Indiana's own Miss America,
Katie Stam, will sing the National
Anthem at the start of the Indy 500.

* Actor
Josh Duhamel, who starred in "Transformers", will drive
the Camaro pace car at the 500.

* This year's fly-over will be two WWII B-25 bombers.
Note: Most recent news is at the bottom...
The world's tallest hot air balloon showed up to join the 33 other hot air balloons for
the race.  The Energizer Bunny balloon is 15 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty!
May 6 - Nine drivers ran today.  Paul Tracy was fastest, with a speed of
223.089 mph.  Tracy, 40, last competed in an IndyCar Series race last
July in Edmonton, Alberta.  
Scott Sharp and Alex Lloyd ran some laps.

Robert Doornbos, Raphael Matos, Alex Tagliani and Mike Conway
passed all phases of their rookie test.

Nelson Philippe completed three of the phases, and Stanton Barrett
got through two phases during the three-hour session.  They will have to
finish their test later in the week.
<<<<< DAY 1 - Rookie and Refresher Day >>>>>>>
While three females may be competing in this year's race, ironically,
this car is driven by Alex Lloyd.
<<<<< DAY 2 - OPENING DAY >>>>>>>
May 7 - A few of the rookies came out on the track today on what was
supposed to be a full day of practice for all drivers.  However, rain came
after the first hour of practice.  
Nelson Philippe became the fifth rookie to
complete the four-phase program with a best lap of 217.688 mph
<<<<<  DAY 3 - FAST FRIDAY >>>>>>>
May 8 - 32 Drivers came out to practice today.  Marco Andretti was
fastest today with a speed of 225.478 miles per hour.  
Ryan Hunter-Reay
lost control exiting turn 2 and made moderate contact with the wall.  Rookie
Stanton Barrett completed his rookie orientation and practiced throughout
the day.  

Dan Wheldon's Panther car sported a camouflage livery for the first time.
The car will feature the camouflage look for the 500 and at three more
races during the season. Wheldon is wearing a camouflage driver's suit
made out of the same camo Nomex fire-retardant material that the National
Guard soldiers wear.
<<<<< DAY 4 - POLE DAY >>>>>>>
May 9 - Gusting winds up to 31 miles per hour on Saturday failed to deter
Helio Castroneves from capturing the pole position for May 24
Indianapolis 500. The two-time Indy 500 champion, who turns thirty-four on
Sunday, put his Team Penske No. 3 Dallara/Honda into the top spot on the
scoring pylon along Indy's long front straightaway with a blazing 10-mile
average of 224.864 miles per hour.  This is his ninth Indianapolis 500.

The Brazilian scored his third Indianapolis 500 pole position and
Roger
Penske's
record 15th pole position. No other car owner has won more than
four poles.  It was Castroneves's 27th career IndyCar Series pole and his
first of the season.

Teammate
Ryan Briscoe made a late attempt to unseat Castroneves in
the six-hour session, withdrawing his second-best qualifying time, but came
up short (224.083). He'll be in the middle of Row 1, with 2007 Indianapolis
500 winner
Dario Franchitti (224.010) on the outside in the No. 10 Target
Chip Ganassi Racing car.

Graham Rahal qualified fourth. His father, Bobby, won from the fourth
starting position in 1986.

The first 11 spots of the 33-car field were set on Pole Day.

Second year man
Alex Lloyd in the hot pink No. 99 car raced just ahead of
the closing gun to the final qualifying spot at eleventh with a four-lap
average speed of 222.622 mph for the Sam Schmidt Motorsports entry.

Several drivers including rookies
Hideki Mutoh and Raphael Matos,
Vision Racing veteran driver
Ed Carpenter and the returning Canadian
star
Paul Tracy were in and then out of the field as bumping ensued over
the last hour of qualifying.

2005 Indy 500 Champion
Dan Wheldon did not make a qualifying attempt
due to a wreck during practice. He has started on the front two rows in five
of his six starts in the Indianapolis 500.  
Robert Doornbos also hit the wall
in Turn 2.
ROW 1
#3 Helio Castroneves
224.864 mph
Team Penske
#6 Ryan Briscoe
224.083 mph
Team Penske
#10 Dario Franchitti
224.010 mph
Chip Ganassi Racing
ROW 2
#02 Graham Rahal
223.954 mph
Newman/Haas/Lanigan
#9 Scott Dixon
223.867 mph
Chip Ganassi Racing
#11 Tony Kanaan
223.612 mph
Andretti-Green Racing
ROW 3
#5 Mario Moraes
223.331 mph
KV Racing Technology
#26 Marco Andretti
223.114 mph
Andretti-Green Racing
#12 Will Power
223.028 mph
Team Penske
ROW 4
#7 Danica Patrick
222.882 mph
Andretti-Green Racing
#99 Alex Lloyd
222.622 mph
CGR/Sam Schmidt
 
1ST DAY QUALIFYING RESULTS - INDY 500
Positions 1 - 11
<<<<< DAY 5 - 2ND DAY OF QUALIFYING >>>>>>>
May 10 - Rookie Raphael Matos was fastest on the second day of
qualifications. His four-lap average speed of 223.028 mph put him into the
outside spot on the fourth row alongside yesterday's final qualifier
Alex
Lloyd
.

KV Racing Technology's
Paul Tracy took two attempts to achieve a mark of
222.822 mph and qualify thirteenth. "We're starting in mid-pack," he said,
"and we'll go from there. A lot of things can happen in a 500-mile race. It's
three times longer than any other race in the series, and a single lap can
change everything over the course of the race."

Tracy is competing at Indianapolis for the first time since his controversial
yellow light violation and second-place finish in the 2002 race, won by
Helio Castroneves.

Scott Sharp narrowly missed disappointment after being bumped out of
the field late in the day. His team hurried his No. 16 car through technical
inspection to allow him to requalify in the last run of the day and claw his
way back into the race. Sharp had an additional incentive as his American
Le Mans Series team, Highcroft Racing, will be in Utah next weekend and
he needs to be in the Acura prototype cockpit for the event.

Sarah Fisher, who owns and operates her team, was equally relieved to
qualify for The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. "The first run was a little
hairy," she said. "We just had to readjust some things from our first attempt
and put in a solid run our second time around. We were a little quicker than
we were all week today, by ourselves, so I was really happy with that."

Indy veteran driver
John Andretti spun in Turn 1 and heavily damaged the
Petty Racing Enterprises No. 43 car as he sought more speed after being
bumped from the field in mid-afternoon. Andretti nearly slid into the path of  
Graham Rahal approaching at high speed from the rear, but Rahal veered
over the grass apron and back onto the course in a brilliant piece of
evasive maneuvering. Neither driver was injured.

Dreyer and Reinbold's
Mike Conway smacked the wall in Turn 1 rear-first
and was taken to Indianapolis Methodist Hospital with pulmonary contusion.
He was listed in good condition after being admitted for treatment.

Alex Tagliani crashed in the south end of the oval thirty minutes later. "I
don't know what happened," he said. "I was just warming up the car really
slow (199 mph) and suddenly lost the rear." Tagliani was unhurt.
ROW 4
 
 
#2 Raphael Matos
223.429 mph
Luczo Dragon Racing
ROW 5
#15 Paul Tracy
223.111 mph
KV Racing Technology
#14 Vitor Meira
223.054 mph
AJ Foyt Enterprises
#18 Justin Wilson
222.903 mph
Dale Coyne Racing
ROW 6
#27 Hideki Mutoh
222.805 mph
Andretti-Green Racing
#20 Ed Carpenter
222.780 mph
Vision Racing
#4 Dan Wheldon
222.777 mph
Panther Racing
ROW 7
#41 AJ Foyt IV
222.586 mph
AJ Foyt Enterprises
#16 Scott Sharp
222.162 mph
Panther Racing
#67 Sarah Fisher
222.082 mph
Sarah Fisher Racing

ROW 8
#44 Davey Hamilton
221.956 mph
DRR/Kingdom Racing
   
2ND DAY QUALIFYING RESULTS - INDY 500
Positions 12 - 22
Marco Andretti
Roger Penske
Tony Kanaan's Car
Helio Castroneves celebrates earning Pole
Front Row
Sarah Fisher is happy to be in the field
Raphael Matos
Dan Wheldon is the Camo Man
<<<<< DAY 6 - PRACTICE >>>>>>>
May 14 - Mario Moraes is already in the show, placing 7th fastest on Pole
Day last Saturday and today he had his KV Racing Technology IndyCar
fastest on the track with a 40.406 (222.739 mph).

Oriol Servia returns to an IndyCar for the first time this season and
showed he still has the magic. Rahal Letterman Racing announced
yesterday they not only had the Dallara powered by Honda IndyCar for the
show but they also named Servia to jump into the cockpit and jump he did.
On his first day at the Speedway, Servia's time of 40.659 (221.353 mph)
placed him 7th on the timesheets, only 0.030 seconds off of Franchitti's
best lap and just over two-tenths off the pace of Moraes. He was the fastest
of those who have yet to set a fast time to qualify into the 33-car field. They
also have to be quick enough to not be the one of the bubble at any given
time on Bump Day.

Townsend Bell, driving for KV Racing, also ran on the track for the first
time this month. He got up to 220.938 mph.
<<<<< DAY 7 - PRACTICE >>>>>>>
May 15 - A pre-dawn storm that packed wind gusts of 70 mph did some
minor damage to team equipment around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

A.J. Foyt's pit wagon, containing the computers the team uses to download
on-board telemetry, was blown over on its side on pit lane. It took several
crew members and a floor jack to right the cart.

The computers came through unscathed, according to team director Larry
Foyt, but the antenna suffered damage.

In the adjoining pit, Vision Racing equipment suffered some cosmetic
damage.

The much anticipated weekend line up for the final attempt at making the
famed 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 has gained a strong entry in the
Mona Vie, Dale Coyne Racing #19 driven by
Tomas Scheckter.   If he
makes the field this weekend, it will be his eighth start at the Brickyard, a
race he has lead several times, but yet to win. The talented South African is
a third generation racer and son of former World Champion
Jody
Scheckter
. Jody won the Formula One World Championship in 1979
driving for Ferrari.

Second-year Indianapolis 500 starter
Mario Moraes, who led his first laps
in the IndyCar Series in last year's "500" and qualified seventh for this
year's race, paced the opening day of the second week of practice at the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Moraes recorded a best lap of 40.4061 seconds, 222.739 mph on the
2.5-mile oval.
Ryan Briscoe was second (222.406), and pole sitter Helio
Castroneves
was third (222.395) as the 22 drivers who have already
qualified for the race worked on their race setups.

At 5:40 pm, on the last practice lap for  KV Racing's
Mario Moraes, as he
crossed the finish line, one of the bricks got sucked up by his car,
damaging it.  The finish line is paved in the original bricks that the track
used to be paved in.  With Indycar's having such high suction to the track, I
suppose it was inevitable that eventually such a thing would happen.
Officials quickly examined the track and found 4 or 5 loose bricks, which of
course they will repair in time for tomorrow's qualifying.

Hemelgarn Racing will have a familiar look when it rolls out its machine in
preparation for the final qualifying weekend.
Ron Hemelgarn is the owner.
Lee Kunzman is the team manager. Ronnie Dawes is the engineer. And
Buddy Lazier is the driver. All were together when Lazier won the
Indianapolis 500 in 1996. Lazier is in eighth place in miles driven in the
"500" at 6,665, the only driver entered in this year's race in the top 10 in
that category.

A total of 48 cars are currently at the Speedway and have passed technical
inspection.
Pit Stop Competition Competitors for Carburation Day

May 22 - Pit Stop Challenge competitors: Raphael Matos, Graham Rahal,
Helio Castroneves, Ryan Briscoe, Danica Patrick, Scott Dixon, Dario
Franchitti, Tony Kanaan, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti. The top
prize is $40,000.  
Helio Castroneves and Team Penske team won it in
record time of 7.962 seconds.
<<<<< DAY 8 - 3rd DAY OF QUALIFYING >>>>>>>
<<<<< DAY 9 - 4th DAY OF QUALIFYING >>>>>>>
BUMP DAY
<<<<< DAY 10 - CARBURATION DAY >>>>>>>
<<<<< DAY 11 - RACE DAY! >>>>>>>
ROW 8
 
#06T Robert Doornbos
221.692 mph
Newman/Haas/Lanigan
#8 Townsend Bell
221.195 mph
KV Racing Technology
ROW 9
#17 Oriol Servia
220.984 mph
Rahall Letterman Racing
#34T Alex Tagliani
220.553 mph
Conquest Racing
#19 Tomas Scheckter
220.212 mph
Dale Coyne Racing
ROW 10
#24 Mike Conway
220.124 mph
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
#13 EJ Viso
219.971 mph
HVM Racing
#21T Ryan Hunter-Reay
219.502 mph
Vision Racing
ROW 11
#43 John Andretti
219.442 mph
Richard Petty Motorsports
#23 Milka Duno
218.040 mph
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
#00 Nelson Philippe
218.032 mph
HVM Racing
3RD DAY QUALIFYING RESULTS - INDY 500
Positions 23 - 33
May 16 - Rain delayed practice for over 30 minutes this morning. The
45-minute session that had been scheduled to start at 10:15 a.m. was
stopped twice for moisture. Qualifying was scheduled to get underway 30
minutes after practice but the mist turned to rain and the first qualifier didn't
take to the track until 3:30 p.m.

Conquest Racing and All Sport, Inc.announced that they will be fielding an
entry for
Bruno Junqueira at this year's Indianapolis 500.  Junqueira, who
made 15 starts in the IndyCar Series in 2008, sat on pole at the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2002 with an average speed of 231.342
mph.

Graham Hill and Arie Luyendyk were inducted into the 2009 Indianapolis
Motor Speedway Auto Racing Hall of Fame on Friday night in a ceremony
at the Marriott downtown.
May 17 - Bruno Junqueira, with only 15 laps under his belt, went out and
qualified for the Indy 500.

Alex Tagliani got bumped out of the field.  

On his third attempt,
John Andretti finally was able to bump back into the
field.  He had been very worried about team owner and NASCAR legend,
Richard Petty showing up next week only to see his car not in the race.


Stanton Barrett and Buddy Lazier failed to qualify.
Townsend Bell - KV Racing Technology
Oriol Servia - Rahal Letterman Racing
Sarah Fisher
Stanton Barret
TK made a bet and is
growing his hair until he wins
Alex Tagliani - Conquest Racing
Mike Conway
Robert Doornbos - Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing
Oriol Servia and girlfriend
Hideki Mutoh
Vito Meira and A.J. Foyt Jr.
A.J. Foyt IV
ROW 9
#17 Oriol Servia
220.984 mph
Rahal Letterman Racing
#19 Tomas Scheckter
221.496 mph
Dale Coyne Racing
#24 Mike Conway
221.417 mph
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
ROW 10
#43 John Andretti
221.316  mph
Richard Petty Motorsports
#13 EJ Viso
221.164 mph
HVM Racing
#23 Milka Duno
221.106 mph
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
ROW 11
#00 Nelson Philippe
220.754 mph
HVM Racing
#21T Ryan Hunter-Reay
220.597 mph
Vision Racing
#36 Bruno Junqueira
221.115 mph
Conquest Racing
>>>>>  4TH DAY QUALIFYING -  WHO BUMPED IN?  <<<<<
Drivers in red got bumped and re-qualified
Driver in blue qualified today
The Carb Day concert featured the Three Doors Down band.
3-time winner Johnny Rutherford
Bruno Junqueira happy to be in the show
Mario Moraes - KV Racing Technology
Hideki Mutoh - Andretti-Green Racing
Will Power - Team Penske
Ryan Briscoe had the fastest speed today.
UPDATE:

Alex Tagliani will drive in the Indianapolis 500 after all.

Conquest Racing team owner
Eric Bachelart said Sunday night, hours
after Tagliani was bumped from the 33-car lineup, that the Canadian
driver will replace teammate
Bruno Junqueira in the No. 36 car.

Junquiera, who didn't get his ride until Saturday, qualified the second
Conquest Racing car Sunday in the final round of time trials, while
Tagliani, who qualified Saturday, was bumped from the field by
Ryan
Hunter-Reay
, the final qualifier.
"We've been working with Alex for a long time now and have built
our commercial and marketing program around him," Bachelart
said in a team release. "He has been our primary driver since the
start of the season and we felt that it was in the best interest of
the team and our partners to have him in the car for the Indy 500
as we continue to build our future together."

Tagliani, a longtime open-wheel racer making his first start at
Indy, was relieved to be back in the race.  He will be moved to the
back of the grid for the start.
Complete Starting Grid with Photos
Queen Annie Berning
Freedom 100
May 22 - This Indy Lites 40-lap 100-mile race with no pitstops, lasted much
longer than intended due to four cautions.  The first caution was caused by
a driver who lost it in turn one and went straight into the wall.  After the
cleanup from that wreck, two cars came together in the south chute and
wrecked.  Later there was a caution for debris on the track and finally
someone spun at the north end, but without hitting the wall.  
Wade
Cunningham
won the race, which was competitive with many lead changes.
Wade Cunningham
Helio Castroneves
Marco Andretti
500 FASTEST DRIVER OF THE DAY
May 5
May 7
May 8
May 9
May 10
May 14
May 15
May 16
May 17
Paul Tracy
Marco Andretti
Ryan Briscoe
Helio Castroneves
Dan Wheldon
Mario Moraes
Scott Dixon
Townsend Bell
Ryan Briscoe
223.089 mph
225.478 mph
225.981 mph
225.405 mph
224.164 mph
222.739 mph
222.799 mph
223.580 mph
223.338 mph
CRASHES DURING MAY - INDY 500
May 7
May 8
May 8
May 9
May 9
May 10
May 10
May 10
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Robert Doornbos
Scott Sharp
Dan Wheldon
Robert Doornbos
John Andretti
Mike Conway
Alex Tagliani
half spin T2, touched wall, he's ok.
Heavy contact in T2 slid to T3, he's ok.
Spun in T1, hit wall in T2, he's ok.
Major damage after hitting wall, he's ok.
Hit wall in 2, big damage, he's ok.
Spun in T1 hit the wall, he's ok.
Hit T1 wall, he has a pulomonary contusion.
Crashed at south end, he's ok.
93rd INDIANAPOLIS 500 RACE RESULTS
May 24, 2009
33rd - Mario Moraes started 7th.  His radio wasn't working.  Won $301,805

32nd -
Ryan Hunter-Reay got checked up by A.J. Foyt IV on lap 20 and hit
the wall in turn 4, ending his race. Won $353,305

31st -
Graham Rahal started 4th but found the wall in turn 4 again this
year.  This time he made it to lap 56. Won $305,805

30th -
Marco Andretti started 8th but tangled with Mario Moraes on the
first turn of the first lap.  His car was repaired late in the race and he came
out and ran 53 laps. Won $315,305

29th -
Davey Hamilton didn't finish for the first time in 9 years.  He got
loose and hit the wall.  Won $271,805

28th -
Robert Doornbos, rookie year,  Won $305,555

27th -
Tony Kanaan did not lead the race today as he had in years past,
but he was in the lead pack, having started in 6th.  Something broke in his
rear suspension on lap 98 and he hit the turn 3 wall hard (175 Gs!), ending
his race.  He hurt his leg and broke 3 ribs.  Won $303,305

26th -
Oriol Servia started from 25th and worked his way up to 9th place
for Letterman Rahal Racing.  His fuel pump broke and ended his race at lap
97. Won $271,805

25th -
Nelson Felippe - rookie from France - started 31st - Won $270,555

24th -
EJ Viso from Venzuelua.  Won $300,305

23rd -
Justin Wilson 2nd Indy 500, lost it in turn 1 and hit the wall.   Won
$300,305

22nd -
Raphael Matos rookie from Brazil  ran in top 5, crashed with Vitor
toward the end of the race in turn 1.  Won $308,305

21st -
Vitor Meira hurt and in the hospital after a spectacular crash where
his car slid backwards on it's side down the wall.  Won $300,305

20th -
Milka Duno in her 3rd 500, ran around in last place all day.  Won
$301,805

19th -
John Andretti On lead lap Won $276,805

18th -
Mike Conway from England   Won $300,555

17th -
Sarah Fisher finally finished a 500.Won $270,305

16th -  
AJ Foyt IV  - the first time an Andretti and a Foyt finished an Indy
500. Won $271,805

15th -
Ryan Briscoe went a lap down early on.  led 11 laps before having
to come in for fuel late in the race.  Won $349,755

14th -
Scott Sharp Won $270,305

13th -
Alex "Pink" Lloyd wife was due to delive ra baby during the race.    
Won $270,305

12th -
Tomas Scheckter   Won $280,305

11th -
Alex Tagliani started from last place in his first Indy 500.  Won
Rookie of the Year.  Won $295,305

10th -
Hideki Mutoh  his 2nd 500.  Won $301,805

9th -
Paul Tracy been away for 7 years.  Won $271,805

8th -
Ed Carpenter started in 17th position and got as high as 6th. He
gained approximately nine positions through good pit stops.   Won $302,805

7th -
Dario Franchitti  Slipped up in last pit stop and dropped back from
the front.  Won $386,305

6th -
Scott Dixon   last year's champion, led a lot of laps, Won $374,155

5th -
Will Power  from Australia, jumped in for Penske Racing,  Won
$345,305

4th -
Townsend Bell from California, was in 12th by first pit stop, but pit
stop went back and he dropped back to 25th  Won $445,305

3rd -
Danica Patrick started 10th.  Highest finish for a female ever.   Won
$763,305

2nd -
Dan Wheldon   Won $1,258,805

1st -
Helio Castroneves is the 9th driver in history to have won the Indy
500 three times.   Won $3,048,005 and the Camaro pace car.
The Start
Vitor Meira
Tony Kanaan
Danica Patrick finished 3rd
The Finish!
Dan Wheldon finished 3rd
Townsend Bell finished 4th
Helio Castroneves won his 3rd Indy 500