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  • (5/28) - Sam Hornish, Jr. two-time IRL Champ, wins his first Indy 500 on a hot day and in the 2nd closest finish in 500 lore.

    Sam Hornish Jr. earned $1,744,855 from a record purse of $10,518,565 for his stunning victory in the 90th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race. Hornish passed rookie Marco Andretti on the final lap as they approached the famous "Yard of Bricks," crossing the finish line just .0635 of a second ahead of Andretti.

    Sam Hornish Jr. is the fifth Ohio native to win the Indianapolis 500. This puts Ohio into a tie, with Pennsylvania, for third place in producing 500 winners. First and second places are held by Indiana, with seven, and California, with six. Sam is the first driver from Defiance, Ohio, to win the race.

    Sam Hornish Jr and Borg Warner Trophy

    It's about time things came together for Sam Hornish Jr. at Indianapolis. In his prior six starts, not only did he not win but he never even completed the full 200 laps. His best performance before today was in 2001, when he was flagged at 196 laps and credited with 14th place.

    In contrast, Hornish's teammate Helio Castroneves had completed all laps in his previous six 500 entries, winning twice, but today his run ended in a crash on the 110th lap.

    This is Roger Penske's 14th Indianapolis 500 victory. That ties him with the total of the next four most successful car owners combined: Lou Moore entered five winning cars, while Mike Boyle, Bob Wilkie and Pat Patrick were successful three times each. Twelve owners have attained two victories apiece.

    Hornish, a 26-year-old native of Defiance, Ohio, and resident of nearby Napoleon, Ohio, led three times for 19 laps, becoming the 18th driver to win the race from the pole and the first driver in the race to take the lead on the final lap. Hornish closed on the No. 26 NYSE Group Dallara/Honda/Firestone car of Andretti exiting Turn 4 and dramatically passed him on the inside just before the finish line.

    Front Row
    Front Row [photo by Jeff Barrie]

    The race featured 14 lead changes among seven drivers. 2005 winner Dan Wheldon led the most laps with 148.

    Andretti earned $698,505 for finishing an IRL IndyCar Series career-best second. The "500" was only his fourth start in the top-level open-wheel racing series, and his result earned him the prestigious Indianapolis 500 Chase Rookie of the Year Award and its $25,000 bonus. Andretti's grandfather, Mario Andretti, won rookie of the year honors in 1965 after finishing third, and his father, Michael, shared the top rookie award with Roberto Guerrero after finishing fifth in 1984.

    Michael Andretti followed his son across the line to finish third in the No. 1 Jim Beam/Vonage Dallara/Honda/Firestone and earned $480,105. Andretti nearly won the race, his 15th start at the "500," when he led Laps 194-197 before his son passed him.

    Hornish's contributions to the sport on a personal level also were recognized at the Victory Celebration. He was awarded the Scott Brayton Driver's Trophy, presented since 1997 to the driver who best exemplifies the character and racing spirit of the late Scott Brayton.

    Sugar Ray Leonard was today's Honorary Starter, and waved the green flag to start the race.

    Al Unser Jr Wreck
    Debris sent Al Unser Jr. into the wall. [photo by Jeff Barrie]

    Marco and Mario Andretti were the fourth father-son combination to race in the same Indianapolis 500. Three of the four pairs are Andrettis: Mario and Michael, Mario and Jeff, and now Michael and Marco. The only non-Andretti father-son pair was Al Unser and Al Unser Jr.

    The official high temperature during today's race was 89 degrees. This is the fourth hottest race day recorded since 1949. Of 225 fans who required medical attention, 90% were for heat-related ailments. The hottest race day temperature was 91 degrees in 1953. That year ten drivers required relief. After turning his car over to a relief driver, Carl Scarborough died of heat exhaustion in the field hospital. Bill Vukovich drove without relief, and scored the first of his two Indianapolis 500 victories.

    Lance Armstrong was the pace car driver. Here he is beside Ashley Judd.

    Ashley Judd and Lance Armstrong
  • The 90th Indy 500

    Finishing Order
    Starting Grid + Entry List

    Photos from Race Day - May 28th
    Photos from Carb Day - May 26th
    Photos from Bump Day - May 21st
    Photos from Practice - May 18th
    Photos from Practice - May 17th
    Photos from Opening Day - May 7th

    Day's Fastest Driver
    May 7Michael Andretti 220.999 mph
    May 8Townsend Bell 221.381 mph
    May 9Sam Hornish Jr 224.811 mph
    May 10Sam Hornish Jr 226.056 mph
    May 11Sam Hornish Jr 226.789 mph
    May 14Dan Wheldon 228.663 mph
    May 17Sam Hornish Jr 224.381 mph
    May 18Sam Hornish Jr 224.951 mph
    May 19Sam Hornish Jr 227.925 mph
    May 20Sam Hornish Jr 229.996 mph
    May 21Sam Hornish Jr 226.256 mph
    May 26Sam Hornish Jr 220.698 mph

    May Accidents
    May 9Dario FranchittiBrushed wall exiting T2, he's fine.
    May 10Jeff SimmonsSpun out of T1, light contact with inside guardrail, he's fine.
    May 11Buddy RiceHit T2 wall backwards hard, bruised his knees.
    May 18Arie Luyendyk JrHit T1 wall, he's fine.
    May 18Thiago MederiosHit T1 wall, he's fine.
    May 19Jeff SimmonsHit T1 wall, he's fine.
    May 21Marty RothHit T1 wall, he's fine.
    May 21Sam Hornish, JrHit T1 wall, he's fine.

  • (5/26) - Team Penske and Helio Castroneves won the Carb Day pit stop contest and received the $50,000 first prize for its speed and accuracy.
  • Sam and Roger

  • (5/21) - Thiago Mederios qualified during Happy Hour on Bump Day to qualify in 33rd and last position for the 500 averaging 215.729 mph for four laps. PDM Racing had a wrecked car Thursday to rebuild and they got it done in time to qualify it!

    PJ Chesson got an Indy 500 tatoo on his left bicep in the Alley Cat's holding area in Gasoline Alley. Along with PJ Jones, there are two PJ's in the race this year.

    Marty Roth ran 219 mph yesterday. Today as he was attempting to qualify, he spun and wrecked in Turn 1.

    Sam Hornish Jr was out in his backup car when he lost control entering Turn 1 and he ended up wrecking today also.

  • (5/20) - Sam Hornish Jr. will start from the pole position for the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500. Hornish's first pole at Indianapolis is the 13th for Team Penske. Hornish, who earned the pole at Miami earlier this season, now has eight IndyCar Series career pole positions. Hornish averaged 228.985 mph for four laps around the 2.5-mile speedway. Hornish's second lap was his best at 229.215 mph.
  • (5/17) - PJ Jones, the son of 1963 Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones will be joining Stephan Gregoire to drive for Greg Beck's Curb-Agajanian Beck effort - Team Leader Motorsports. Jones finished 28th in his first Indianapolis 500 in 2004 backed by the same entry.

    Frenchman Gregoire has been living in Indianapolis for 10 years now, but he hasn't competed in the 500 since 2001.

  • (5/16) - Davey Hamilton, who was seriously injured in a crash a few years ago, was considered for a drive at Cheever Racing, however, Max Papis got the job.

    It will be the second Indy 500 for Papis, 36, who has competed in Formula One, CART and several sports-car series during a 24-year career. In 2002, Papis also drove for Cheever in The 500.

  • (5/14) - The weather cleared Sunday for some practice laps before rain ended the day with no driver getting a chance to qualify. All 33 positions will be up for qualifying next Saturday.

    Order Car/Driver
    1 #92 Jeff Bucknum
    2 #90 Townsend Bell
    3 #4T Vitor Meira
    4 #4 Vitor Meira
    5 #25 Marty Roth
    6 #31 Al Unser Jr.
    7 #7T Bryan Herta
    8 #1T Michael Andretti
    9 #5T Buddy Lazier
    10 #7 Bryan Herta
    11 #3 Helio Castroneves
    12 #41 Larry Foyt
    14 #61 Arie Luyendyk Jr.
    15 #91T PJ Chesson
    16 #88 Airton Dare
    17 #9T Scott Dixon
    18 #55 Kosuke Matsuura
    19 #2 Tomas Scheckter
    20 #90T Townsend Bell
    21 #51 Eddie Cheever Jr.
    22 #55T Kosuke Matsuura
    23 #52 TBA
    24 #15 Buddy Rice
    25 #1 Michael Andretti
    26 #9 Scott Dixon
    27 #31T Al Unser, Jr.
    28 #10T Dan Wheldon
    29 #51T Eddie Cheever, Jr.
    30 #26T Marco Andretti
    31 #6T Sam Hornish, Jr.
    32 #21 Jaques Lazier
    33 #48 TBA
    34 #27 Dario Franchitti
    35 #93 TBA
    36 #11 Tony Kanaan
    37 #20 Ed Carpenter
    38 #18 Thiago Medeiros
    39 #8 Scott Sharp
    40 #15T Buddy Rice
    41 #16 Danica Patrick
    42 #26 Marco Andretti
    43 #91 PJ Chesson
    44 #2T Tomas Scheckter
    45 #11T Tony Kanaan
    46 #14T Felipe Giaffone
    47 #27T Dario Franchitti
    48 #22 TBA
    49 #6 Sam Hornish, Jr.
    50 #12 Jon Herb
    51 #10 Dan Wheldon
    52 #20T Ed Carpenter
    53 #17 Jeff Simmons
    54 #21T Jaques Lazier
    55 #8T Scott Sharp
    56 #16T Danica Patrick
    57 #5 Buddy Lazier
    58 #41T Larry Foyt
    59 #17T Jeff Simmons
    60 #14 Felipe Giaffone
    61 #97 Stephan Gregoire
    62 #3T Helio Castroneves

  • (5/14) - The Andretti "family reunion" at Indianapolis this month took on another dimension Friday at Darlington Raceway, where John Andretti said he is considering an offer to drive in the Indianapolis 500.

    Andretti, who drives fulltime in the Busch Series was the first NASCAR driver to "do the double" when he raced in the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600 Cup race in 1994.

  • (5/13) - Dreyer & Reinbold picked up a new associate sponsor - James “Jazzy” Jordan. He is a senior v.p for a African-American record company called Verity Records which promotes real music. Go check 'em out.
  • (5/13) - Pole Day was rained out, however the Cheap Trick concert in T3 still took place. Pole Day will now be Sunday (weather permitting!)
  • (5/12) - No practice today due to rain.
  • too much rain

  • (5/12) - Dr. Henry Bock has cleared Buddy Rice to drive following his accident yesterday.
  • (5/11) - It rained a lot and it was very windy today. Still, drivers found a little track time. Last year at this time Buddy Rice wrecked injuring himself bad enough where he could not compete and defend his Indy 500 title. Today he hit the wall hard in the same spot, but only hurt his knees.
  • (5/10) - It began raining during practice in the afternoon.
  • (5/10) - The bands performing for Carb Day will be THIRD EYE BLIND and the B-52s.
  • (5/7) - Kent Baker and Greg Beck have formed Team Leader Motorsports in collaboration with Bob Hillis, Mike Curb, Cary Agajanian and Turner Woodard and have officially entered the 2006 Indy 500.

    Stephan Gregoire has been hired to drive their #97 entry.

  • (5/7) - Arie Luyendyk, Jr., Larry Foyt and Thiago Medeiros are on a budgeted engine lease program that won't begin until May 17th, so they won't be competing in the first weekend of qualifying.
  • (5/7) - Mario, Michael and Marco Andretti took a ceremonial lap on OPENING DAY. Mario is driving his pole winning car from 1967!
  • Andrettis

  • (5/6) - Townsend Bell will be piloting Vision Racing's 3rd entry for the 90th Indianapolis 500. He is sponsored by Rock & Republic.
  • (5/6) - 2004 Infiniti Pro Series winner Thiago Medieros will attempt to qualify for the Indy 500 for PDM Racing.
  • (5/6) - Playa Del Racing, which loosely translates to "Beach Racing" in Spanish, was founded in 2001 in the beach community of Playa Del Rey, Calif. Gary Sallee, Schafer, Jeff Brougher, Herb and Moody are the co-owners of the team.

    PDR announced sponsorship from Videopoker.com. Driver Jaques Lazier will be in the #21 Panoz, while Jon Herb will be driving the #12.

  • (5/6) - For the first time since 1993, an American has won the Indy 500 Mini-marathon women's race. Lucie Mays-Sulewski is her name.

    Ben Kimondiu won the Indy 500 Mini-marathon men's race, extending the streak of Kenyan champions to 11 years in a row.

    His time of 1:03:22, was 21 seconds ahead of countryman Daniel Cheruiyot. Laban Moiben, also of Kenya, was third.

  • Kimondiu

    May 13 - 3:00 p.m. - Cheap Trick
    May 24 - 4:00 p.m. - Sonicflood
    May 26 - 3:30 p.m. - B-52's & Third Eye Blind

  • May 2006

  • (5/28) - Michael Schumacher again showed his true colors during qualifying for Monaco when he parked his car in the middle of the track in an attempt to prevent Fernando Alonso from taking the oh-so-important pole position away from him.

    His plan backfired as he was sent to the back of the grid. Alonso went on to win the race, his fourth of the year.

  • (5/14) - Fernando Alonso won his home grand prix (Spain) for the first time. So far this year, the world champion has finished every F1 race in either 1st or 2nd place!
  • (5/12) - U.S. Olympic champion Justin Gatlin broke the 100-meter world record Friday with a time of 9.76 seconds at the Qatar Grand Prix.

  • Justin Gatlin

  • (5/6) - Barbaro won the Kentucky Derby by over 6 lengths!
  • (5/5) - Marlin's 30th anniversary May 18th: Two days after his start at Richmond this weekend Sterling Marlin will mark his 30th anniversary in NASCAR racing. Marlin made his NASCAR racing debut on May 18, 1976 and has garnered 10 wins and 83 top fives.

    "I hadn't really thought about this being my 30-year anniversary to be honest," said Marlin. "But I guess that's about right," said Marlin, a two- time Daytona 500 champion. "I'm amazed I'm still around and that I've been running that long. When you've been messing with racecars like I've been doing since I was 12 or 13-years-old, time flies. Racing is my life and I'm still having a blast."

    Saturday night's race will mark Marlin's 685th start.


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