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  • (5/25) - Bruton Smith, the billionaire owner of Charlotte Motor Speedway, is offering the city $50 million to build a monorail from Charlotte to his speedway, 15 miles away. Why don't he just buy a helicopter ;-)
  • (5/25) - Dale Earnhardt, Jr. has not won a race in 2005, prompting his team to fire their crew chief. Their technical director will temporarily take over the job.
  • (5/25) - Formula One qualifying will change from two sessions to one, beginning with this weekend's European Grand Prix at Nuerburgring, Germany.
  • (5/22) - Kimi Raikonnen scored his second F1 win in a row. Michael Schumacher has yet to win. Alonso retains the point lead.
  • (5/15) - I've been surprised at how much money the Australian Kalkhoven has been willing to dump in order to keep Champcar alive. I know he is a billionaire. Isn't that a thousand millions? Wow, I guess he can do what he wants. He is now attempting to BUY the Long Beach race rather than have the city switch to the IRL! BWAHAHAHA! It sounds like he might be a bit desperate. Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose doesn't seem so silly now, does it?
  • (5/8) - The FIA handed down some severe penalties to the Formula One team of BAR Honda. Originally trying to bar BAR for the season(!), they manage to suspend them from competing in the next two grand prixs (Spain and Monaco) as well as stripping Jenson Button and Takuma Sato of points earned at San Marino. Alonso smiles inside.
  • (5/7) - I finally watched last weekends IRL race in Japan. Highlights: The long-haired girl Danica Patrick lead over 30 laps and stayed in 4th place through much of the race and finished there. Tomas Scheckter was blindingly fast and was was leading the race at the end. But of course this driver has the worst luck of anyone and ran out of gas 2 laps from the end! Dan Wheldon (the luckiest?) took over and won his 3rd race of the year. Helio Castroneves crashed on the last lap and Wheldon won under caution.

  • 2005 Indy 500 News

  • (5/29) - RACE DAY REPORT

    Wheldon & Andretti

    Dan Wheldon - 2005 Indy 500 Winner!
    Andretti Green Racing

    Indy 500 Entry List | Starting Grid | Indy 500 Finish |

    Some Celebrities at the track were the Teutles from American Chopper, Cheech Marin, Deborah Norville, Patrick Dempsey, rock band Fuel, Richard Karn, Montel Williams, Kate Linder, Wynonna Judd, Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Brandon Stokely and actor Russell Crowe. Indiana Pacer Reggie Miller threw the green flag. He has played for only one pro team his entire 18-year NBA career and just retired this month.

    Lap by Lap...

    • Kanaan, Franchitti and Hornish led most of the race.
    • Larry Foyt spun and hit turn one on lap 18 after a pit stop.
    • Jimmy Kite pitted on lap 47 with car problems - he can't get it fixed.
    • Roth was running too slow and black flagged on lap 51.
    • Bruno Junqueira made contact with A.J. Foyt IV in turn two and hit the wall hard, resulting in injuries.
    • Brack's car breaks down on lap 82.
    • Darren Manning had problems with the suspension and gave up on lap 87.
    • Jeff Ward is out by lap 102 with steering problems caused by some car hitting him.
    • Sam Hornish crashed in turn one on lap 147 ending his day.
    • On the restart on lap 155, Danica Patrick did a half spin in turn four which resulted in crashes for Carpentier, Bucknum, Scheckter, Jaques Lazier, and Enge. Patrick got a new nosecone and kept going. Scheckters day is done as he hit the turn four wall. Enge, whose car made contact with Patricks, is out of the race too. Carpentier had debris ruin his car. Richie Hearn and Scott Dixon got into it too and were knocked out of the race.
    • Meira and Wheldon were now leading.
    • Yasukara had to drop out with a bad clutch on lap 171.
    • The leaders pitted, but Danican Patrick stayed out and assumed the lead.
    • This is the first Indy 500 where a female has led the race.
    • On lap 186 Matsuura hits wall in north short chute.
    • Wheldon began trying to get by Danica and stays in front of her after lap 194.
    • Cart Champ Sebastien Bourdais crashed on lap 198.
    • The 500 finishes under caution with Dan Wheldon the winner. A native of Emberton, England, he is the 3rd British driver to win the Indianapolis 500. The last was Graham Hill in 1966.

    Tony Kanaan has led at least one lap in each of his first four Indianapolis 500 starts (2002-05). He joins Parnelli Jones (1961-64) and Jim Clark (1963-66) as the only drivers to lead a lap in each of their first four Indy starts.

    Danica Patrick’s fourth-place finish is the best ever by a woman in the Indianapolis 500. The previous-best finish by a woman was ninth by Janet Guthrie in 1978. She is also the first to ever finish the race on the lead lap.

    Sam Hornish Jr. led 77 laps, more than any other driver in the race, but only finished in 26th place.

    Bruno Junqueira suffered a concussion and fractures of the T-12 and L-1 vertebras. He was operated on Monday. Larry Foyt suffered a chip fracture of the lower spine.

    There were 27 lead changes among seven drivers, tying for the most with 1960 and 1923 which also had 27.

  • 89th Indy 500 Finishing Order

    Pos Driver (car#)DiffLapC/E/T Status
    1Dan Wheldon (26)...200D/H/FPits
    2Vitor Meira (17) 0.1302 200 P/H/F Pits
    3 Bryan Herta (7) 0.2061 200 D/H/F Pits
    4 Danica Patrick (16) 4.5515 200 P/H/F Pits
    5 Buddy Lazier (95) 4.8047 200 D/C/F Pits
    6 Dario Franchitti (27) 5.1450200 D/H/F Pits
    7 Scott Sharp (8) 5.5795200 P/H/F Pits
    8 Tony Kanaan (11) 6.3527 200 D/H/F Pits
    9 Helio Castroneves (3) 7.7687 200 D/T/F Pits
    10 Ryan Briscoe (33) 1 lap 199 P/T/F Pits
    11 Ed Carpenter (20) 3.7931199 D/T/F Pits
    12 Sebastien Bourdais (37) 2 laps198 P/H/F Accident
    13 Alex Barron (51) 3 laps 197 D/T/F Pits
    14 Adrian Fernandez (5) 4.3465197 P/H/F Pits
    15 Felipe Giaffone (48) 6 laps 194 P/T/F Pits
    16 Jaques Lazier (21) 11 laps189 P/T/F Pits
    17 Kosuke Matsuura (55) 14 laps 186 P/H/F Accident
    18 Roger Yasukawa (24) 33 laps167 D/H/F Garage
    19 Tomas Enge (2) 45 laps155 D/C/F Accident
    20 Tomas Scheckter (4) 46 laps154 D/C/F Accident
    21 Patrick Carpentier (83) 47 laps153 D/T/F Mechanical
    22 Jeff Bucknum (44) 50 laps150 D/H/F Accident
    23 Sam Hornish Jr. (6) 54 laps146 D/T/F Accident
    24 Scott Dixon (9) 87 laps113 P/T/F Accident
    25 Richie Hearn (70) 88 laps112 P/C/F Accident
    26 Kenny Brack (15) 108 laps92 P/H/F Mechanical
    27 Jeff Ward (22) 6:26.8692 D/T/F Handling
    28 A.J. Foyt IV (14) 116 laps84 D/T/F Handling
    29 Darren Manning (10) 118 laps82 P/T/F Mechanical
    30 Bruno Junqueira (36) 124 laps76 P/H/F Accident
    31 Marty Roth (25) 153 laps 47 D/C/F Handling
    32 Jimmy Kite (91) 1:47.42 47 D/T/F Handling
    33 Larry Foyt (41) 186 laps14 D/T/F Accident

    Target Suspended

  • (5/24) - Further publicity hijinx today as the Ganassi team hung a 2003 Indycar, minus engine, from a building in downtown Indianapolis. They hired some aerialists to then do stunts around the car dressed as team members. The car will hang there the rest of the weekend.

  • Drivers who've crashed at Indy this month before Race Day:
    5/11 Buddy Rice Backed into Turn 2 wall hard - Concussion.
    5/12 Darren Manning Backed into Turn 2 wall - ok
    5/12 Paul Dana Spun in Short Chute, Car rear damaged
    5/13 Paul Dana Spun in Short Chute, Car rear damaged, broke back
    5/13 Sam Hornish, Jr Spun in Dana's debris & flipped - sore knee
    5/15 Ryan Briscoe Spun, tagged rearend - he' ok
    5/21 Arie Luyendyk, Jr Slight tag of wall on corner exit
    5/27 Buddy Lazier He's ok.

  • (5/24) - While in NY, Danica Patrick appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, who happens to be one of her bosses!


  • (5/23) - What is a race car driver to do when the track is closed? All 33 drivers who have qualified for the Indianapolis 500 flew out to New York city for a publicity tour. TK's car, the Borg-Warner trophy, and Colin Powell went along too.

    Times Square

  • (5/22) - One bump on Bump Day - Felipe Giaffone knocked Arie Luyendyk, Jr. off the grid and out of the race. A.J. Foyt, who had 2 cars entered in the race already, offered Giaffone the ride.
  • (5/21) - Wow! Kenny Brack, who has not been racing since his accident in 2003, hopped in Buddy Rice's car today and qualified for the Indy 500 the fastest qualifying time of the month! The first 22 cars are locked in so he'll start 23rd on the grid. Rice was there to congratulate him.
  • Starting Lineup as of 1st Weekend of Qualifying:

    Pos Driver & Car# Team Engine Qual Speed
    1 Tony Kanaan (11) Andretti-Green Honda 227.566
    2 Sam Hornish Jr (6) Penske Toyota 227.273
    3 Scott Sharp (8) Fernandez Honda 227.126
    4 Danica Patrick (16) Rahal-Letterman Honda 227.004
    5 Helio Castroneves (3) Penske Toyota 226.927
    6 Dario Franchitti (27) Andretti-Green Honda 226.873
    7 Vitor Meira (17) Rahal-Letterman Honda 226.848
    8 Kosuke Matsuura (55) Super Aguri Fernandez Honda 226.397
    9 Buddy Lazier (95) Panther Chevy 226.353
    10 Tomas Enge (2) Panther Chevy 226.107
    11 Tomas Scheckter (4) Panther Chevy 226.031
    12 Bruno Junqueira (36) Newman-Haas Honda 225.704
    13 Scott Dixon (9T) Ganassi Toyota 225.215
    14 Adrian Fernandez (5) Mo Nunn Honda 225.120
    15 Sebastien Bourdais (37) Newman-Haas Honda 224.955
    16 Dan Wheldon (26) Andretti-Green Honda 224.308
    17 Roger Yasukawa (24) Dreyer & Reinbold Honda 224.131
    18 Bryan Herta (7) Andretti-Green Honda 223.972
    19 Darren Manning (10) Ganassi Toyota 223.943
    20 Richie Hearn (70) Sam Schmidt Chevy 222.707
    21 Jeff Bucknum (44) Dreyer & Reinbold Honda 221.521
    22 Alex Barron (51) Cheever Toyota 221.053
    23 Kenny Brack (15) Rahal-Letterman Honda 227.598
    24 Ryan Briscoe Ganassi Toyota 224.080
    25 Patrick Carpentier Cheever Toyota 222.803
    26 Ed Carpenter Vision Toyota 221.439
    27 Jaques Lazier Playa DEL Toyota 221.228
    28 A.J. Foyt IV A.J. Foyt Toyota 220.442
    29 Marty Roth Roth Chevy 219.497
    30 Larry Foyt A.J. Foyt Toyota 219.396
    31 Jeff Ward A.J. Foyt Toyota 219.396
    32 Jimmy Kite Hemelgarn Toyota 218.565
    33 Felipe Giaffone A.J. Foyt Toyota 217.645

  • (5/20) - A lot of cars practiced today. The weather was in the low 60's. Tony Kanaan had the fastest time - 226.49 mph.

    Arie Luyendyk Jr. could not pass his Rookie Orientation due to mechanical problems. He will be given another chance tomorrow morning.

  • (5/19) - Practice today for the 89th Indianapolis 500 was canceled due to persistent rain. Good day to go see Star Wars III.
  • (5/18) - There was a lot of action at the Speedway on a beautiful warm humpday. 29 drivers turned 2500 laps today! Dan Wheldon had the fastest lap of the day at 227.320 mph .

    Jimmy Kite is trying to fill in for Paul Dana. Kite is racing the Nascar Truck series and is flying back and forth for that.

    1999 Indy 500 champion Kenny Brack is back! He's going to fill in for Buddy Rice who was injured last week. Buddy Rice's will have to wait until next year to run the Indianapolis 500. Doctors have identified a problem with a spinal ligament that was torn during his hard crash in practice. Rice will need three weeks of rest.

    Also, Arie Luyendyk Jr. was named as the driver of the CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports ride. Now he needs to pass his rookie orientation.

  • (5/15) - Pole Day is held on a cold 50-60 degree Sunday, which kept the crowds down.

    Ryan Briscoe spun and hit the wall backwards and almost flipped over. Apparently he is ok.

    NASCAR's Casey Mears showed up after racing at Richmond last night.

    While Danika Patrick had the fastest laps today (over 229 mph), Tony Kanaan captured the pole position (and a $100,000) with a average 4-lap speed of 227.566 mph. The Brazilian drivers for Andretti-Green Racing. This is Kanaan's 6th Indy 500. Helio Castroneves had been qualified on the front row, but went back out in the last 10 minutes of the session in an attempt to capture pole. He ended up going slower and got slotted back to the 2nd row, moving Scott Sharp up to the first row and Danika to the inside of row 2. Sam Hornish, Jr. is also on the front row. 22 drivers were allowed to qualify today and Jaques Lazier, Patrick Carpentier were bumped off. They will try to qualify next weekend with others who did not make attempts today, including both A.J. Foyt cars and 2004 Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice.

  • (5/15) - Paul Dana, driver of the No. 91 Hemelgarn Racing car, has been released today from Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, but will be sidelined for the remainder of the month and will miss his debut in the Indianapolis 500. It was confirmed by doctors on Saturday that Dana suffered a fracture in the T-7 and T-8 vertebrae during a crash on Friday in practice. There is no paralysis and no surgery will be required, as doctors will allow the injury to heal on its own in a brace, Dr. Henry Bock, said in a statement.
  • (5/14) - Pole Day is cancelled due to rain. I think it was cancelled way too early. The rain stopped soon and the sun came out and we ended up with a nice day.
  • (5/13) - Rain shortened Indy 500 practice.

    Paul Dana again spun in turn two and hit the wall. Dana was awake and alert when he was transported to Methodist Hospital where he was listed in good condition after sustaining a spinal fracture and concussion.

    Sam Hornish, Jr. hit Dana's debris launching him up into the air where he did a end over end flip! Luckily Sam is ok, but he has a sore knee.
    Sam's flip

    Tomas Schecker posted the fastest speed today at 227.804 mph.

    Scott Sharp drew to go first in qualifying tomorrow. Sam Hornish, Jr will be second.

  • (5/12) - Miss Danica Patrick fastest of the month so far hits 227.633 mph!!!
  • (5/11) - Tony Kanaan was the fastest at the Speedway today with a speed of 227.453 mph. Danica Patrick was 2nd fastest!

    Buddy Rice is the first person to wreck at the Speedway during 500 practice. He was the first last year too, and then went on to win the race! He spun and hit the turn 2 wall backwards very hard today. He got up and walked away. He complained of back and neck pain and went to the hospital. He has no broken bones, but he does have a concussion. His team-owner, Bobby Rahal, said that the safer barrier that IMS employs definately helped spare Rice further injury. He will miss the first weekend of qualifying, but hopefully be back the following week.

  • (5/10) - Dan Wheldon, Scott Sharp and Helio Castroneves all go over 226 mph in the first day of practice at the Speedway.
  • (5/9) - Rookie Orientation ended today and the weather was great. Danica Patrick once again set fastest speed: 222.741.

    Sebastien Bourdais with Newman Haas completed his rookie test. Scott Mayer with Foyt passed 3 of 4 phases and can finish tomorrow.

    Jeff Ward with Vision completed his refresher.

    Neither Larry Foyt nor Jeff Bucknum made it off pit road. Bucknum's dad won the 1970 Michigan Champ Car race.

    I asked Arie Luyendyk if he would race in the 500 this year and he said no.

    34 drivers have submitted to physicals and passed them in order to be able to begin practicing tomorrow afternoon.

  • (5/8) - Opening Day/Rookie Orientation at the Indianapolis Speedway saw rookie Danica Patrick being the first driver on the track for the month as well as setting fastest time of the day - 221.468 mph - fast enough to qualify on the 2nd row of last year's Indy 500.

    DRIVERS WHO PASSED ROOKIE TEST: Paul Dana with Hemelgarn, Tomas Enge with Panther, Ryan Briscoe with Ganassi, Patrick Carpentier with Cheever, Danica Patrick with Rahal.

  • (5/4) - Indianapolis Power & Light utility company is going to sponsor the Indy 500 Parade, May 28th. 300,000 people are expected to attend this year.
  • 2005 Indy 500 Entries

    1. Tomas Enge (R) Panther Racing Dallara Chevy
    2. Tomas Scheckter Panther Racing Dallara Chevy
    3. Buddy Lazier (W) Panther Racing Dallara Chevy
    4. Paul Dana (R) Hemelgarn Dallara Toyota
    5. Alex Barron Cheever Racing Dallara Toyota
    6. Patrick Carpentier (R) Cheever Racing Dallara Toyota
    7. Richie Hearn Sam Schmidt Motorsports Panoz Chevy
    8. Helio Castroneves (W) Team Penske Dallara Toyota
    9. Sam Hornish Jr. Team Penske Dallara Toyota
    10. TBA Team Penske Dallara Toyota
    11. Buddy Rice (W) Rahal Letterman Panos Honda
    12. Danica Patrick (R) Rahal Letterman Panos Honda
    13. Vitor Meira Rahal Letterman Menards Panos Honda
    14. Scott Sharp Fernandez Racing Panos Honda
    15. Kosuke Matsuura Super Aguri Fernandez Racing Panos Honda
    16. Roger Yasukawa Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara Honda
    17. Jeff Bucknum (R) Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara Honda
    18. TBA PDM Racing ? Chevy
    19. Adrian Fernandez Mo Nunn Fernandez Racing Panos Honda
    20. Marty Roth Roth Racing Dallara ?
    21. A.J. Foyt IV A.J. Foyt Racing Dallara Toyota
    22. Larry Foyt A.J. Foyt Racing Panoz Toyota
    23. Scott Mayer (R) A.J. Foyt Enterprises Dallara Toyota
    24. Bryan Herta Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda
    25. Tony Kanaan Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda
    26. Dan Wheldon Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda
    27. Dario Franchitti Andretti Green Racing Dallara Honda
    28. Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz Toyota
    29. Darren Manning Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz Toyota
    30. Ryan Briscoe Chip Ganassi Racing Panoz Toyota
    31. Ed Carpenter Vision Racing Dallara Toyota
    32. Jeff Ward Vision Racing Dallara Toyota
    33. Bruno Junqueira Newman Haas Racing Panoz Honda
    34. Sebastien Bourdais (R) Newman Haas Racing Panoz Honda
    35. TBA CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports Dallara Chevy
    36. Jaques Lazier Playa DEL Racing Panoz Toyota

    New Changes to this year's 500 schedule

    1. Rookie Orientation is moved from April to Opening Day and Opening Day Ceremonies are cancelled and Mayor's Breakfast moved to 2nd weekend of qualifying.

    2. Traditionally, a driver had 3 attempts during May to qualify for the big show. They will now be allowed 3 attempts on each of the four qualifying days. Also, the first day of qualifying will only be for the first 11 spots on the grid. The 2nd day of qualifying will be for the next 11 spots, and the 3rd day will be for the last 11 spots. The fourth day of qualifying, traditionaly Bump Day, will be for any spot on the grid. Each day will effectively be a "bump day" where faster qualifiers can knock slower qualifiers off the 11-spot grid.

    3. Carburation Day is moved from Thursday to the Friday before the race. In addition to all the normal activities (IRL practice, Pit Stop Competition, Carb Day Concert) an Infiniti Pro Series race will be ran.

    4. The start time of the Indy 500 is being moved up from 11 a.m. to noon.


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