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May 5 - Cusick Motorsports has teamed with DragonSpeed Racing and AJ Foyt Racing
to enter a 33rd entry for the Indy 500.  British driver
Stefan Wilson will pilot the car.  
The brother of
Justin Wilson, Stefan has competed in three previous Indy 500 races.
May 6 - The new rule that coolers would not be allowed into the Snake Pit party has
been rescinded.  You can bring coolers into the Snake Pit, but of course, glass
bottles are always a no-no. Size limit on coolers is 18”x14”x14”.
The 46th 500 Mini-Marathon Winners

May 7 - After a two-year hiatus, the mini-marathon returned to
Indy with over 20,000 competing on this USA Track & Field
certified course.  It starts downtown, goes to the speedway
where the runners take a lap around the 2.5-mile oval and then
finishes back downtown.

Besides the 500 Mini, some professional runners compete for
the USA Track & Field organization.
The Professional USATF Winners:
Emily Sisson set a new world womans record with a time of
1:07:11, just days after recovering from Covid-19.

It’s not often a 13.1-mile race comes down to a sprint, but the
mens race did.  
Leonard Korir pulled ahead of Futsum
just before the finish to win the USA half-
marathon.  His time was 1:02:35.
Winners of the 2022 Indy Mini and 5K
•        Mini-Marathon Male: James Ngandu- 1:03:25
•        Mini-Marathon Female:
Mary Munanu - 1:11:03
•        Athletes with Disabilities Male:
Daniel Romanchuk- 45:19
•        Athletes with Disabilities Female:
Susannah Scaroni- 52:51
•        5K Male:
Paul Stamm- 15:14
•        5K Female:
Anna Weber- 17:57
Emily Sisson Set a World Record!
The 106th Indy 500 Pace Car is Revealed

May 10 -  Former IndyCar driver and team owner
Sarah Fisher, who remains the fastest woman in
Indianapolis 500 history, will drive the 2023
Corvette Z06 70th Anniversary Edition Pace Car
to lead the field to the green flag for the 106th
Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 29th.

The Pace Car Corvette Z06 is powered by the all-
new 5.5L LT6 which creates 670 horsepower,
making it the highest-horsepower naturally
aspirated V-8 ever to hit the market in any
production car.

Equipped with the Z07 Performance Package,
it comes with a carbon fiber rear wing, aerodynamic
ground effects, carbon ceramic brakes and more, for
maximum track capability.

The car is finished in a special White Pearl Tri-Coat
Metallic paint.

Unique to this package on the production car and the
Pace Car are 70th Anniversary Edition exterior
badging, including special Corvette crossflags,
Edge Red brake calipers and the 70th Anniversary
Edition logo on seats, steering wheel and sill plates.

Chevrolet’s Performance Design Studio created an
asymmetric stripe package specifically for the Pace
Car that draws inspiration from the 70th Anniversary
Edition badging on the door of the Z06.
There has been a
pace car for every
Indy 500 since the
first one in 1911.
New LED Signals for IndyCar

May 11 - IndyCar announced over the winter that they
would be adding a new light signaling system along
all street and road courses which would complement
the racing flags.  This system should help ensure the
drivers see it.  In addition, the lights will be tied in
to race control so they know instantly when something
is happening.

The colorful LED panels are 20x20 inches and will
correspond to familiar flag codes, allowing drivers
to instantly know, for example, if the incident area is
for a local yellow or for the entire course. Surface
conditions also can be communicated on the panels,
and some corners will have multiple panels for the
best possible visibility.

Not only will the information be delivered to the
drivers in a more complete manner, the EM
Motorsport system will provide race control a better
look at the incident, with real-time data illustrated
via a detailed track map. Landline communication
with the corner workers will continue to provide
race control a complete perspective of the
The new LED signal system debuts this weekend for
IndyCar GMR Grand Prix.

(The system will not be used at oval tracks.)
Will Power On Pole for GMR GP

May 13 - Will Power has been very strong and
consistent this year, finishing 3rd at the season
opener, then 4th at the following 3 races.  He is 4th
in points.

He has also been strong on the Indianapolis road
course, having won on it 5 times, more than anyone.

The 2018 Indy 500 Winner captured pole today for
the GMR Grand Prix at Indianapolis, extending his
pole-winning run to 14 consecutive seasons!

This was his 64th career IndyCar pole, only 3 more
will tie him with Mario Andretti, who holds the

Originally built for Formula 1, in 2000, IndyCar
began racing on the circuit in 2014.
Will Power
Tuesday May 17th                              DAY 1                  Rookie and Veteran Practice
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Today was a beautiful sunny day in the 70s.

The regular IndyCar drivers practice first, then
the non-regular drivers.  Open practice ended
the day.

At one point, a fox was running in the middle
of the straight toward Turn 4.

The fox noticed three IndyCars approaching the
turn in the knick of time, halted and ran to the
outside wall and leapt over it!
Rain arrived in the Indianapolis area shortly
before noon, cancelling practice for the day.

This was the first total washout of an Indy 500
practice day since May 17, 2016.
Wednesday May 18th                                DAY 2                                Indy 500 Open Practice
Some drivers get special paint jobs on their
helmets for the Indy 500.  

Here are some:
Santino Feruucci's
Callum Ilott's
Thursday May 19th                                DAY 3                                Indy 500 Open Practice
Marcus Ericsson's
Takuma Sato ripped off a lap of 228.939 mph
in the final five minutes, with a tow, to lead the
opening day of practice.

Rinus VeeKay was the fastest driver without
an aerodynamic tow, with a top solo lap of
221.551 mph.

Thirty-three drivers combined to turn 3,229
incident-free laps during the two veteran practice
sessions today.

Stefan Wilson completed his refresher test.
Adding olive green to Felix Rosenqvist's colorful 500 entry
was a strange choice.
Marco Andretti returns for his 17th Indy 500.

His father raced in 17 Indy 500 races
during his career
Sage Karam returns for his 9th Indy 500
McLaren Drivers
Pato O'Ward, Juan Montoya, Felix Rosenqvist
Nothing to do on a rainy day but goof off.
It was a dry, cloudy day with temperatures in
the 70s, climbing to 81 degrees.  

It was foggy this morning, but it cleared and
practice started on time.

Santino Ferrucci sported a dark tinted aero-
screen on his car.  

Takuma Sato was again fastest in practice,
with a speed of 227.519 mph.

The day was incident free.

A total of 3,114 laps were ran among the 33
Friday May 20th                                  DAY 4                 Indy 500 Fast Friday Practice
It was a sunny windy day with temps climbing
into the high 80s.  Drivers experienced difficult
conditions.  The track was hot and the wind was
interfering in turns 2 and 3.

Extra turbo boost is dialed into the IndyCars
for qualifying which begins tomorrow.  The
boost gains them around 90 more h.p.  They
get to use that extra boost today so that they
can prepare for tomorrow.  After this weekend,
the boost pressure will be lowered for the rest
of the week and the race.
For the 3rd practice in a row, Takuma Sato ran
the fastest lap - 232.789 mph during a four-lap
qualifying simulation run in the last hour of the
day.  He was the only driver to exceed 232 mph.  
11 drivers ran above 231.
None of the drivers ran many laps today.
The total laps ran was only 473, with rookie
David Malukas running the most laps at 39.
Takuma Sato
Saturday May 21st                              DAY 5                    Indy 500 First Day of Qualifying
Ed Carpenter turned the fastest practice lap
at the Indianapolis 500 in more than 25 years!
He ripped off a lap of 234.410 mph during the
morning's practice session.

Rinus VeeKay was fastest with a four-lap
average speed of 233.655 mph.

Qualifying was interrupted twice by rain and
lightning for a total of two hours, 14 minutes
and cut short by 60 minutes.

Takuma Sato qualified at 232.196 mph, but
failed to take to the pit lane during cool down,
impeding the qualifying of the next driver.  His
time was thrown out.  He later qualified at
231.708 which was just enough to make the top
12 and enable him to get in tomorrow's shootout.
Fastest 12 Make Tomorrow's Shootout


Rinus VeeKay
Pato O'Ward
Felix Rosenqvist
Alex Palou
Tony Kanaan
Jimmie Johnson
Ed Carpenter
Marcus Ericsson
Romain Grosjean
Scott Dixon
Will Power
Takuma Sato

Rinus VeeKay
Ed Carpenter
After practice was over, the drivers gathered
together by the pagoda to receive their starting
position for tomorrow's qualifying order.  

A low number is desired because the sooner
you qualify, the cooler the track will likely be
and the faster you can go.

A coin with a number is drawn for each driver
from a hat.  

Sometimes the driver draws, other times their
kid, or a team member, draws for them.
23. Ed Carpenter
24. Alexander Rossi
25. Marcus Ericsson
26. Jack Harvey
27. Sage Karam
28. Josef Newgarden
29. Christian Lundgaard
30. Simon Pagenaud
31. Kyle Kirkwood
32. Will Power
33. Dalton Kellett
12. Graham Rahal
13. Tony Kanaan
14. David Malukas
15. Santino Ferrucci
16. Colton Herta
17. Stefan Wilson
18. Scott Dixon
19. Alex Palou
20. Conor Daly
21. Helio Castroneves
22. Scott McLaughlin
1. Pato O'Ward
2. Rinus VeeKay
3. Callum Ilott
4. Felix Rosenqvist
5. Romain Grosjean
6. Jimmie Johnson
7. Devlin DeFrancesco
8.  J.R. Hildebrand
9. Juan Pablo Montoya
10. Takuma Sato
11. Marco Andretti
Rick Ware Drew #10 for Takuma Sato
Sunday May 22nd                              DAY 6                    Indy 500 Pole Day Qualifying
Chip Ganassi Racing Conquers Qualifying at Indy.

All five Ganassi drivers made the Top 12.  After qualifying was over, they had pole,
with two drivers on front row, two drivers on the 2nd and Jimmie Johnson on the 4th.
After morning practice, the fastest 12 drivers from yesterday qualified again.

The slowest 6 entered into rows 3 & 4.  The fastest 6 qualified again to determine
pole and the first two rows of the grid for the 106th Indianapolis 500.
The Fast 6

234.046 = 376 kph

Scott Dixon
Alex Palou
Rinus VeeKay
Ed Carpenter
Marcus Ericsson
Tony Kanaan


Chip Ganassi Racing
Chip Ganassi Racing
Ed Carpenter Racing
Ed Carpenter Racing
Chip Ganassi Racing
Chip Ganassi Racing
Alex Palou, Jimmie Johnson, Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi, Tony Kanaan, Marcus Ericsson

Scott Dixon
won his 5th pole for the Indy 500.  Only Rick Mears has more.
Dixon had pole in 2008, 2015, 2017 & 2021 also.

Dixon ran a 4-lap (10-mile) average at 234.046 mph!

Dixon’s run broke the all-time pole record speed of 233.718 set in 1996 by
Scott Brayton.

Arie Luyendyk set the all-time four-lap qualifying average speed record of 236.986 in 1996,
but his run came on the second day of qualifications and wasn’t eligible for the pole.)

This is the fastest starting field in Indianapolis 500 history, with an average speed of 231.023
mph. The previous fastest starting field came in 2021, with an average speed of 230.294.

Rinus VeeKay has qualified fourth or better in his three Indianapolis 500 starts.
He qualified fourth as a rookie in 2020 and third in 2021 and this year.

There are seven rookies in the field, the most since 2014.
This year’s rookies are Devlin DeFrancesco, Romain Grosjean, Callum Ilott, Jimmie Johnson,
Kyle Kirkwood, Christian Lundgaard and David Malukas.
Monday May 23rd                              DAY 7                    Indy 500 Practice
Today was cloudy and cool with temperature around 62 degrees.
All the drivers came out to practice for two hours this afternoon.

Alex Palou was fastest at 234.436 mph.

The first crash happened today.  With 1/2 hour left in practice,
Dalton Kellett was going down
the main straight approaching turn 1.  He thought he was going to pass
Romain Grosjean on the
outside, but Grosjean stayed on it.  Kellett found out too late and spun, going into turn 1.  
His car did a half turn slide and connected with the outside wall, with the left side of the car.  
Kellett got out of the car on his own power.  His foot was sore and the infield hospital x-rayed it
and it wasn't broke.
Dalton Kellett Crash
During the annual Mayor's Breakfast, the 500
Queen is chosen from among 33 princesses -
all single Hoosier coeds.

The princesses are selected in March and
participate in 1500 out reach programs
throughout Indiana, educating Hoosiers about
the history of the Indy 500.

This year's winner is Melissa Aceves.  She is
from Columbus Indiana.  She graduated this
year from IUPUI, earning a degree in
community health.
Queen Melissa Aceves
with race car driver David Malukas
Tuesday - Thursday  May 24-26                                             Track Closed
May 24 - At the annual Indiana Dairy Assoc. Rookie Luncheon,
Romain Grosjean was awarded a trophy for being the Fastest Rookie in qualifying.  
David Malukas was the 2nd fastest rookie and, got to milk a cow?
Friday  May 27                         DAY 8                                 CARB DAY
Rain delayed and shortened a cool temperature
IndyCar practice.

Tony Kanaan was fastest of the session, turning
a lap at 227.114 mph.

There were two big crashes during the session.

First, David Malukas made contact with
while entering Turn 1.  Malukas did a
half-spin and hit the outside wall.  Malukas was
ok.  Ferrucci was blamed for the incident and not
allowed to finish participating in the remaining
20 minutes of practice.
Scott Dixon 3rd
Alex Palou 2nd
Rinus VeeKay 3rd
David Malukas Crash Damage
Colton Herta Wreck in Turn 1
The Carb Day Concert returned after a 2-year hiatus.  
Thousands of fans had fun, despite the rain.
33 drivers combined turned 1,590 laps during
this practice session, with rookie
Callum Ilott running the most at 68.

The annual Pit Stop Competition was held after the practice session.
Team Penske's
Josef Newgarden won the final, beating Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon.
The No. 2 Team Penske crew earned $50,000 in awards from a prize pool of $100,000
20 minutes later, Colton Herta lost it going in to Turn 1 and had a spectacular crash,
hitting the wall flying through the air, landing upside-down, and then sliding all the way to Turn 2.  
His car was totalled.  He'll have to use a backup car for the race.
Sunday  May 29                         DAY 9                                The INDY 500
May 17
May 18
May 19
May 20
May 21
May 22
May 23
May 27
Takuma Sato
Rain Out
Takuma Sato
Takuma Sato
Ed Carpenter
Scott Dixon
Alex Palou
Tony Kanaan
228.939 mph
May 17
May 23
May 27
May 27
Mr Fox
Dalton Kellett
David Malukas
Colton Herta
Ran across track, jumped wall
Spun, hit Turn 1 wall sideways
Contact w S.F, then into T1 wall
Hit T1 wall, flew upside down
He's ok
Sore foot
He's ok
He's ok
Windy, sunny day with temperatures 75-81

Predictably, the Chip Ganassi Racing drivers
controlled the race today.

Scott Dixon led the most laps and looked the
fastest, along with teammate
Alex Palou.
Pitting at wrong time dropped Palou to the back,
though he was able to work his way forward,
finishing 9th. Speeding in the pit lane toward
the end of the race dropped Dixon to the back
and he finished in 21st..

Arrow McLaren SP's
Pato O'Ward stayed in the
Top 5 all day.  Ganassi's
Tony Kanaan and
Marcus Ericsson stayed in the Top 7 all day.

Ericsson won the Indy 500, followed by O'Ward
and Kanaan in third.

The highest finishing rookie of the race was
David Malukas, age 20, is the youngest driver
in the field.

The cash award for the winner was a record $3.1
million, out of a total purse of $16 million.

Santino Ferrucci finished in 10th.  I'm a
customer of his sponsor, "Screamin' Sicilian"
pizza.  They come in a box with a punch-out
mustache, which Ferrucci displayed during
driver introductions - Ha!
THE FINAL - Chip Ganassi Racing vs Team Penske
The Kings of Chaos
Morris Day and the Time
Rick Springfield
Speedway Owner Roger Penske
"Gentlemen, Start Your Engines!"
Marcus Ericsson and his girlfriend.  His family came over from Sweden and saw him win the big race.
The Mystery of Daly's Squishy Balls

May 31 - Pranks are a fun diversion for race car
drivers during the long weeks at Indy.

This year a prank on
Conor Daly received a lot
of media attention.

It began with Daly setting up an inflatable pool
by his trailer in the infield of IMS.  He said it
was inspired by
Tomas Scheckter many years

A week later, Daly found the tub full of
marble-sized colored balls which had sucked up
all the water!  

It took five days before a method of removing
the balls could be found.  IMS sent over a
sanitation truck to pump out the balls.

While track pranksters normally take credit
shortly after the joke, no one stepped forward.

The days rolled by and Daly's humorous
investigation into the crime was a common topic
on the local news and in social media.  
Alex Rossi and Sage Karem confessed today for the stunt.  They used a novelty product
called Orbeez Seeds, which come in a packet of 75,000 and expand 100-1,000 times their
original size when placed in water.  

Now that the teams have left IMS, they may feel safe from reprisal.  However, Daly now
has an entire year to plot revenge!