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Indy 500ís better than ever at 100 -- official thread?
Boston Herald ^

Posted on 05/29/2011 9:25:20 AM PDT by archivist007

The Indianapolis 500 celebrates 100 years of competition Sunday. From the first winner, American Ray Harroun in something called a Marmon "Wasp," to the latest, Englishman Dario Franchitti, the Indy 500 has become the most famous race in the world.

This year, observers say it boasts the strongest 33-car field it has seen since the CART-Indy split in 1996. It’s a regular stop for the Izod IndyCar Series drivers, but the race also includes former champions and non-IndyCar regulars who are in a ride for one shot at glory at The Brickyard.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.bostonherald.com ...


TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: 500; abc; autoracing; espn; indianapolis500; indy500; indycar; officialthread
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1 posted on 05/29/2011 9:25:25 AM PDT by archivist007
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Green


2 posted on 05/29/2011 9:29:09 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans freed the Slaves Month")
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I was there for the 1981 Indy 500. The cameras with long lenses really don’t give a sense of how fast those cars are going.


3 posted on 05/29/2011 9:33:40 AM PDT by MtnClimber (Osama and Obama both have friends that bombed the Pentagon.)
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I searched ealier and couldn’t find an official Indy thread.


4 posted on 05/29/2011 9:36:48 AM PDT by umgud
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To: MtnClimber

I’ve been to 3 - the last was, by far, the best. That was due to the great seating we had that year.

National Anthem was very nice today. One of the few “enhanced” versions that I’ve really enjoyed.


5 posted on 05/29/2011 9:37:18 AM PDT by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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Great Anthem. The military tribute was very moving, too.


6 posted on 05/29/2011 9:38:24 AM PDT by ilgipper
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To: umgud

I did a quick search and couldn’t find any.

I love this race. If I were to name the races I am most likely to see in a year this is on it.

I missed Monaco this morning. I usually try and watch all three.


7 posted on 05/29/2011 9:39:11 AM PDT by archivist007
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To: MtnClimber

I was at the 1965 Indy. Jim Clark, a Brit won.


8 posted on 05/29/2011 9:39:21 AM PDT by umgud
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Meyer,

I would love to eventually see this race in person.


9 posted on 05/29/2011 9:41:43 AM PDT by archivist007
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Danica has picked up 5 spots, but I don’t expect her to be a factor. De Silvestro, the other girl, has had problems....... now we have 1st caution.


10 posted on 05/29/2011 9:43:06 AM PDT by umgud
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Indy belongs on Monday. It always was, a part of Memorial Day tradition--go to the parade and memorial service, come home, fire up the grill, and listen to the 500 on the radio. No it wasn't televised. That's just the way it was in America when America was great.

There was no NASCAR, but every kid in the country knew the Heroes of the Brickyard.

11 posted on 05/29/2011 9:45:56 AM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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I guess Will Poewr won’t be a factor either.....


12 posted on 05/29/2011 9:48:01 AM PDT by umgud
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Four women drivers in the race. All started close to or at the rear of the bus. As it should be.


13 posted on 05/29/2011 9:51:04 AM PDT by AGreatPer (May 21 end of world canceled until further notice.)
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Better than ever? Nah, I far prefer the days when A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti, Bobby Unser, Al Unser, Johnny Rutherford, and Rick Mears blazed around the Brickyard. You know, back when most of the drivers were Americans, and the cars actually had to be driven rather than just steered.


14 posted on 05/29/2011 9:56:11 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo
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LMAO


15 posted on 05/29/2011 9:58:01 AM PDT by umgud
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Offy powered Indy Roadsters, now that was racing.

http://indyroadsters.webs.com/apps/photos/

16 posted on 05/29/2011 10:07:06 AM PDT by troy McClure
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the cars actually had to be driven rather than just steered

The G-forces the modern cars put on the drivers is incredible.

Their heart rate goes way up for the duration of the race because the braking pulls all the blood into their feet. They have to be in great physical shape just to overcome the side G-forces they encounter in the turns.

The cars have so much downforce that if you could turn the entire racetrack upside down while they were running...the cars would still stay on it.

17 posted on 05/29/2011 10:07:19 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans freed the Slaves Month")
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Me also.

Remember Foyt always had his elderly father as a crew member in the pit?

A. J. didn’t care if his old man slowed them down.

Showing such love and respect. Priceless.


18 posted on 05/29/2011 10:07:46 AM PDT by IAMIUBU
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Offy powered Indy Roadsters, now that was racing.

That kind of racing is still around, those cars were just big-league sprint cars. It can be found as the USAC Silver Crown Series.

Of course now they use big front mounted American V-8s.

19 posted on 05/29/2011 10:15:50 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans freed the Slaves Month")
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It will probably be awhile for an American to win.

Kannan is out rats.


20 posted on 05/29/2011 10:23:05 AM PDT by archivist007
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