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Race 2 of Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans

• Race notes: A wet, raw day is forecast for the Detroit area. Rain tires with a grooved tread pattern that improves grip, control and helps prevent hydroplaning could be used throughout the 70-lap/two-hour timed (whichever comes first) event. Each entry was allotted seven sets for the race weekend. … If the circuit remains wet throughout, the strategy obviously changes — even from Race 1, when teams picked the best time to switch from rain tires to slicks and back again.

• Qualifications: The Verizon P1 Award for the pole position will be awarded to the best overall lap time in the two qualifying sessions divided into two groups of 12 minutes each of track time. The remainder of the cars in the same group as the Verizon P1 Award winner will be ranked in the odd-numbered race starting positions based on fastest lap times. Even-numbered starting positions will be determined from the other group based on fastest lap times.

Watch it at 11:25 a.m. (ET) with real-time Timing & Scoring and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcast on

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For Race 1, Will Power led a Team Penske 1-2-3 sweep of the top positions with a qualifying lap record in the Firestone Fast Six session at 1 minute, 16.0941 seconds (111.178 mph). Ride along with Power on the circuit HERE.

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At-track schedule (all times Eastern):
10:20 a.m. – Systems check
11:25-11:55 a.m. – Verizon IndyCar Series group qualifications, two groups, 12 minutes each
3:50 p.m. – Green flag

• TV: ABC will telecast the race beginning at 3:30 p.m. (ET). Allen Bestwick is the lead announcer for ESPN on ABC alongside analysts Scott Goodyear and Eddie Cheever Jr. Rick DeBruhl, Dr. Jerry Punch and Jon Beekhuis are the pit reporters.

• Web: Streaming video of practice sessions and qualifications available on and augmented by real-time Timing & Scoring and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network broadcasts. … Timing & Scoring and the radio broadcasts are available for the races.

• Radio: Paul Page is the chief announcer alongside analyst Davey Hamilton. Qualifying and all Verizon IndyCar Series races are broadcast live on the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network, Sirius 212, XM 209,, and on the INDYCAR 15 app.

• INDYCAR 15 app: The Verizon INDYCAR 15 app has been enhanced with new features to keep fans in the know of the latest race-day action. Exclusive features of the INDYCAR 15 app for Verizon Wireless customers will stream live through the app and include interactive 3D Live View with real-time leaderboard and car telemetry to see where a fan’s favorite driver is positioned, leaderboard with enhanced 2D marching ants and car telemetry, in-car camera video streams from cameras that move 360 degrees and driver-pit crew chatter as drivers talk strategy with their pit crews during the race. Download it HERE.

Course: 2.35-mile, 14-turn temporary street course (clockwise race direction)
Distance: 70 laps / 164.5 miles
Push-to-pass parameters: 10 activations for 15 seconds each (both races)
Fuel allotment: 60 gallons
Pit box size: 38 feet x 18 feet

• Race 1: Carlos Munoz earned his first Verizon IndyCar Series victory, with Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti finishing second. READ

• Of note: Mark Reuss, the top product development executive at General Motors, will be the honorary pace car driver of the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Arie Luyendyk is the pace car driver for the race. … Racing at Belle Isle Park dates to 1992, when the first temporary course was constructed for a CART race. Bobby Rahal was the winner. … The Raceway at Belle Isle Park hosted two Verizon IndyCar races on the same weekend for the first time in 2013. It was also the inaugural doubleheader weekend in series history. … At 1:15 p.m. May 31, Smashmouth performs in concert at Belle Isle. … Shay Lewis will perform the Canadian national anthem and Jeff Gutt, 2013 “The X-Factor” runner-up, will perform the U.S. national anthem before Race 2.

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DETROIT (May 30, 2015) Carlos Munoz earned his first career Verizon IndyCar Series victory as severe weather prompted a red flag with 47 of 70 scheduled laps of Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans on the 2.35-mile, 14-turn Raceway at Belle Isle Park.

Munoz, 23, joins Carlos Huertas and Josef Newgarden as Verizon IndyCar Series race winners born in the 1990s, and he joins Newgarden as a first-time winner this season. There have been six different winners in the seven races, and for the second consecutive race the winner is a native of Colombia. Juan Pablo Montoya won the 99th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on May 24.

Munoz, who started 20th in the AndrettiTV Cinsay Honda, picked up the lead on Lap 40 when Andretti Autosport teammate Marco Andretti pitted for fuel and Firestone rain tires in anticipation of rain returning to the area. Munoz remained on track for an additional two laps, building a 26-second lead on Andretti, before also pitting for rain tires.

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“I wanted to win 100 percent and with all the laps,” said Munoz, who joined Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud as drivers who claimed their first Indy car victory at Belle Isle. “Racing is racing, which is what happened with the weather. It was a great call with the strategy and a great result for the team with a 1-2 (finish). I had the fuel to go laps longer. I wanted to get my first win by doing all the laps, but I’m really happy for my team.”

Andretti led a field-high 23 laps in the No. 27 Merchant First/Snapple Honda and secured his first top-three finish since the Indianapolis 500 last May.

“(Strategy) started very early in the race. We were running eighth and we had a bunch of strong guys in the front so it seemed like a no-brainer (to pit for Firestone primary tires on Lap 9) as long as I could keep it off the fence, which we were able to do,” Andretti said. “At the end I really didn’t want to come in, but we needed to get some fuel, and I knew whoever stayed out would beat me. It was good for an Andretti Autosport 1-2.”

It was the second victory of the season for Honda and its first 1-2 finish of the year.

Added team owner Michael Andretti, race strategist for the No. 27 entry: “In races like this, anything can happen and I felt very confident in our guys that they would get the job done.”

Pagenaud picked up his first podium finish in the No. 22 PPG Automotive Refinish Team Penske Chevrolet. Reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and pole sitter Will Power placed fourth and Scott Dixon was fifth.

“Today was all about team effort and I can’t thank the 22 crew enough for a good strategy and a great call at any time,” Pagenaud said. “It was very dicey. We never knew when the rain was going to come. We could only look at the radar, but on the racetrack it wasn’t raining when they called me in so we had a few communications exchanges. We stayed out a bit longer and then made the call at the perfect time to jump to third and then get a first podium with Team Penske. I’m over the moon right now.”

Power is 11 points behind Team Penske teammate Montoya, who placed 10th, heading into the second scheduled 70-lap race on Belle Isle. Qualifications are at 11:25 a.m. (ET) May 31, with the race at 3:30 p.m.

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CDID1 Qual Results

Detroit (May 29, 2015) – Will Power set the qualifying lap record on the way to earning the Verizon P1 Award for Race 1 of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans.  Power, who also set the track record in the season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg with the new Chevrolet road/street aerodynamic bodywork package, recorded a lap of 1 minute, 16.0941 seconds on the 2.35-mile, 14-turn street circuit in the Firestone Fast Six session.

Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves (1:16.1200) and recently-crowned Indianapolis 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya (1:16.4428) qualified second and third, respectively, in the three-round knockout qualifications for the 70-lap race May 30 (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC).

Takuma Sato, who qualified a season-high fourth (1:16.5363) in the No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Honda, held the previous track record of 1:16.1371 – which he set in 2014. Simon Pagenaud, the fourth Team Penske entry in the Firestone Fast Six, qualified fifth (1:16.6656) and Sebastien Bourdais of KVSH Racing reached the final round for the second time this season and will start sixth (1:17.0406) for the third time this season.

It was the 39th career Indy car pole for Power, one behind Team Penske consultant Rick Mears for fifth on the all-time list. His previous best qualifying position at Belle Isle was second in 2012.

“I had new tires and was pushing hard (on his final lap) because they said Helio and Juan were pretty close,” said Power, who will mark his 100th Indy car start with Team Penske in Race 2 on May 31 (3:30 p.m. ET on ABC). “It’s the pole but it’s a long race around here. Once again, it’s about battling the teammates around here as we have all year.  It’s been a great weekend and a really good start. We will try and keep ourselves out of trouble and see what magic we can do tomorrow.”

Power won Race 1 and was runner-up to Castroneves in Race 2 last year on Belle Isle, which provided a significant points boost to his championship aspirations. He ultimately won the title that season.

Castroneves, who has won three times at Belle Isle, and Pagenaud have competed in the Firestone Fast Six in all five road/street course races (the starting grid for the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana in mid-April was set by entrant points because of heavy rain in the knockout qualifications).

“The most important thing is the race. It was a good battle between me, Will and the rest of Team Penske,” Castroneves said. “Let’s go for tomorrow and see what happens.”

Scott Dixon (1:16.9768) in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet qualified seventh, and Verizon IndyCar Series rookie Stefano Coletti (1:17.3638) qualified a season-high eighth in the No. 4 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet.

Tony Kanaan, who turned the quickest lap of 1:16.2931 in the 75-minute morning practice session in the No. 10 Taylor Swift Big Machine Records Chip Ganassi Racing Teams Chevrolet, did not advance out of Segment 1 and qualified 15th.

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June 10 – 14, 2015
Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Indianapolis, IN

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The Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational returns to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the second consecutive year. This year, more than 500 vintage and historic race cars will compete on the road course and famed 2.5-mile oval. The event will showcase a wide variety of racing cars, including those that competed in past Indianapolis 500s, NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series, Formula One, Grand-Am, SCCA, and Trans-Am events. American manufacturers Chevrolet and Ford compete against famous European rivals like Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar, and MG in SVRA’s 11 racing groups.

The popular Indy Legends Pro-Am Charity race will return on Saturday, June 13th, pairing veteran Indianapolis 500 drivers with amateur racing partners for a 45-minute race on the road course. Cars competing in the Legends Pro-Am Charity race will be 1963–1972 Chevrolet Corvettes, Camaros, and Ford Mustangs. The Road Circuit will be revised in 2015 to provide a better track experience for the competitor.

This year there will be a Car Show on the golf course on the IMS grounds with over 1000 cars expected to participate in the activities. SVRA salutes multiple great racing legends at The Brickyard in 2014. The 50th Anniversary of Jimmy Clark’s first Indy 500 win will be celebrated with a display in front of the Pagoda. The Unser Family Reunion is also planned, with Al Unser Sr., Al Unser Jr., Bobby Unser, and Robby Unser in attendance.

Saturday night’s Driver and Crew party will be held under the stars, with a live concert by Blood, Sweat & Tears and a spectacular fireworks display capping the evening’s festivities. Admission to dinner by race credential only; the concert and fireworks display are open to all at no charge.

In its first year, the Brickyard Invitational became the largest vintage racing event ever held in the U.S. SVRA is now sending invitations for the 2015 event. Be sure to add it to your “must do” list.



INDIANAPOLIS (May 27, 2015) — Verizon IndyCar Series driver James Hinchcliffe was released from IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis on May 26, following surgery May 18 for an upper left thigh and pelvic injury suffered in a practice crash on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway oval.

He will continue his recovery at his home and is expected to make a full recovery. Hinchcliffe, 28, of Toronto, has not been cleared by the INDYCAR medical staff to resume competition.

Conor Daly will fill in for Hinchcliffe in the No. 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports this weekend in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans doubleheader on the 2.3-mile Belle Isle street circuit.

Hinchcliffe was injured when his car made right-side contact with the Turn 3 SAFER Barrier during a May 18 practice session for the 99th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. He was transported by ground to IU Health Methodist Hospital, where he underwent surgery the same day. He was transferred May 20 from the Intensive Care Unit and, upon further evaluation, doctors determined no other procedures were necessary.

Veteran Verizon IndyCar Series driver Ryan Briscoe drove the No. 5 entry to a 12th-place finish in the Indianapolis 500 on May 24.


INDIANAPOLIS, Monday, May 25, 2015 – Juan Pablo Montoya earned $2,449,055 from an overall purse of $13,397,315 for his victory Sunday, May 24, in the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In driving his No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to victory, Montoya held off reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and teammate Will Power by 0.1046 of a second – the fourth-closest finish in race history. The Penske pair battled Target Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon in a thrilling final 15 laps. This marks Montoya’s second Indianapolis 500 win, as the Colombian won “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” as a rookie in 2000.
Five of the race’s 37 lead changes occurred in the last 15 laps following a restart when Montoya, who led four times for a total of nine laps, passed Dixon in Turn 1 for second place before overtaking Power exiting Turn 4 to capture the lead on Lap 197. He held the lead for the remainder of the 200-lap event. The nine laps led by Montoya is the third-fewest laps led by a winner. Dan Wheldon led one lap in 2011 and Joe Dawson led two laps in 1912.

04CJ1496The 15-year gap between Montoya’s two Indianapolis 500 triumphs is the longest stretch for a driver. The victory extended team owner Roger Penske’s record of Indy 500 victories to 16. 

Power, who earlier this month won the second annual Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the IMS road course, earned $792,555 in driving his No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to a runner-up finish, his best in eight “500” starts. Power led the race five times for a total of 23 laps.

Charlie Kimball, who started the race 14th on the grid, also posted a career best Indianapolis 500 performance in finishing third in his fifth start driving the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Kimball led the race twice for 10 laps and earned $564,055.

Finishing fourth was polesitter and 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon in his No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Dixon, who earned $615,805 for his performance on Sunday – which included $100,000 for earning the Verizon P1 Award as pole winner for the second time in his career – led the most laps of any driver with 84. He also led the most laps in 2008 (115), 2009 (73) and in 2011 (73), and now joins Mario Andretti and Louis Meyer as the only drivers to lead the most laps of an Indianapolis 500 on four occasions.

Graham Rahal drove his No. 15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Steak ‘n Shake Honda to a fifth-place finish, the second best of his career at the “500” (finished third in 2011). The highest finisher of all Honda entries, Rahal earned $439,555.

Marco Andretti, who earned $412,055, finished in sixth place in his No. 27 Andretti Autosport Snapple Honda, giving him seven top-10 finishes in 10 Indianapolis 500 starts.

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves — who was the runner-up in last year’s race — finished seventh for his 12th top-10 finish in 15 starts at “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Castroneves, who qualified fifth and led once for two laps in his No. 3 Shell V-Power Nitro+ Team Penske Chevrolet, completed the full 500-mile distance for a record-extending 11th time and earned $482,555.

04CJ1258AIn his first Indianapolis 500 start, Gabby Chaves of Bogota, Colombia, qualified 26th and finished 16th in his No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport Bowers & Wilkins/Curb Honda. Chaves was voted the winner of the prestigious Sunoco Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Award and was presented with $399,055, which included a $50,000 bonus from Sunoco.

The Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Purse consists of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Verizon IndyCar Series awards, plus other designated and special awards. Purse awards were announced and presented at the Victory Awards Celebration presented by Ice Miller Legal Counsel, Contour Hardening, Inc. and Allied Solutions on Monday, May 25, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Indianapolis (May 24, 2015) Juan Pablo Montoya won the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race and held off the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and teammate Will Power by 0.1046 of a second – the fourth-closest finish in race history – in a thrilling final 15 laps of the historic race. The victory was Montoya’s second Indianapolis 500 win, as the Columbian won “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” in his first start at the 2.5 mile oval in 2000.

Five of the race’s 37 lead changes occurred in the last 15 laps following a restart, when Montoya overtook Dixon in Turn 1 for second place, and then Power in Turn 4 to capture the lead on Lap 197. He held the lead for the remainder of the 200-lap event.

“It was awesome,” Montoya said. “This is what racing in INDYCAR is all about, racing down to the wire. These guys, Team Penske, did an amazing job. I had the feeling that I had a really good car, but that fight at the end was really, really hard. All the way down to the wire. This is pretty awesome.”

The victory extended team owner Roger Penske’s record of Indy 500 victories to 16. The 15-year gap between Indy 500 wins for Montoya is the longest stretch for a driver.

3DG_5170“You give that guy the bit and put it in his mouth, and he doesn’t give up,” said Penske, the race strategist for three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves. “It’s a great day for Team Penske. I knew we had two up there, but the worry was Dixon and the 83 (Charlie Kimball). At the end of the day, they played fair. Good passing and we won the race.”

Montoya finished fifth last May in his return to the Indy 500 after a 14-year absence in which he won races in Formula One and NASCAR competition, and he is the first multiple winner in six Verizon IndyCar Series races this season. He won the opener on the streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., and extended his points lead over Power to 25 heading into the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit Presented by Quicken Loans doubleheader May 30-31.

Montoya, who started 15th in the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, fell to 30th early in the race after being hit from behind while the race was under caution, necessitating a pit stop to change the rear wing assembly. He then overshot his pit box on a Lap 95 stop, which cost precious seconds. Montoya worked his way up to third by Lap 102 and remained in the top five to challenge for the win.

Power was two-tenths of a second behind Montoya entering the white-flag lap, but couldn’t make a dramatic last-turn pass.


“I just had too much push when he got by,” Power said. “I had to lift on that last lap. He was definitely better when he got behind me. That’s why he got the run. Anywhere else I’d be happy with second, but (not) here. It was a great month overall — first, first and second, second.”

Power won the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 9 from the pole and started second in the “500” in the No. 1 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet.

Kimball finished 0.7950 of a second back in third – a career best in five Indy 500 starts – after starting 14th in the No. 83 Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Dixon, who led a field-high 84 laps, was 1.0292 seconds arrears in fourth place in the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet. Graham Rahal, who started 17th in the No. 15 Steak ‘n Shake Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, finished fifth.

Marco Andretti, Castroneves, JR Hildebrand, Josef Newgarden and front-row starter Simon Pagenaud completed the top 10 that includes five Americans on this Memorial Day weekend.

The 200-lap race saw six caution periods for 47 laps, including five incidents involving a total of 11 cars. Sebastian Saavedra, driver of the No. 17 AFS Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, sustained a contusion to his right foot when his car was hit in the side by Stefano Coletti in the No. 4 KV Racing Technology Chevrolet. Saavedra must be evaluated before being cleared to race again.

2013 Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan crashed on his own on Lap 152, but walked away and lauded the safety of the cars.

“It (crashing) is a very unfortunate thing to happen to me,” Kanaan said, “but if I had to prove it that we don’t flip cars anymore, here it is for the critics. (I’m) heartbroken but OK.”


Dale Coyne Racing crewman Daniel Jang, part of the No. 18 Tristan Vautier crew, was transported to IU Health Methodist Hospital with a right ankle injury when clipped by teammate James Davison’s car after it collided with the third Coyne car, driven by Pippa Mann, while exiting its pit.

The 100th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for May 29, 2016.

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99th Indianapolis 500 Race Day Schedule: Sunday, May 24

INDIANAPOLIS, Saturday, May 23, 2015 – Detailed schedule for 2015 Indianapolis 500 Race Day on Sunday, May 24 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: NOTE: All gates open at 6 a.m.

SCHEDULE (all times local)

6 a.m. Cannon Signifies Opening of Track
IMS Midway Opens
7 a.m. Snake Pit presented by Miller Lite Opens featuring Kaskade, Steve Aoki
and A-Trak
8-9:15 a.m. Parade of Bands
9:30 a.m. Race Cars begin entering Pit Lane
Celebrity Red Carpet Begins – Pagoda Plaza
Sponsor Parade Car Laps Begin – South End of Pits
9:45 a.m. Sponsor Parade Car Laps End
9:54 a.m. Moto America Bike Laps Begin
9:55 a.m. All Cars in Place on Pit Lane
Purdue Band Begins March to Yard of Bricks 
10:15 a.m. “On the Banks of the Wabash” – Purdue University Band (Victory Circle)
Cars Begin to Grid on Track
10:25 a.m. Green Flag Delivered in Turn 1 by IUH Helicopter
10:35 a.m. Camaro Carrying Paul George and Riley Patient Departs – Lap to
Yard of Bricks (Pit Lane)
10:38 a.m. Paul George, Riley Patient, Deliver Green Flag to Starter on Yard of Bricks,
Camaro Carrying Grand Marshal Nastia Liukin Departs
10:40 a.m. All Cars are in Place on Grid
Winning Driver Laps in Current Pace Cars Depart from South Pit (via Pit Lane)
A.J. Foyt – 1961, ’64, ’67, ’77
Parnelli Jones – 1963
Bobby Unser – 1968, ’75, ’81
Mario Andretti – 1969
Johnny Rutherford – 1974, ’76, ’80
Rick Mears – 1979, ’84, ’88, ’91
Bobby Rahal – 1986
Arie Luyendyk – 1990, ’97
Al Unser Jr. – 1992, ’94
Kenny Brack – 1999
Gil de Ferran – 2003
Dario Franchitti – 2007, ’10, ’12
10:50 a.m. Vintage Car Laps Begin (via Pit Lane)
1968 Eagle – Alex Gurney
1973 Eagle – Justin Gurney
1975 Eagle – Jimmy Gurney
1981 Eagle – Danny Gurney
1915 Mercedes – (100th Anniversary) – TBD
1940 Maserati (75th Anniversary Indy 500 Win) – Al Unser
1965 Lotus (50th Anniversary Indy 500 Win) – Dario Franchitti
1990 Lola (25th Anniversary Indy 500 Win) – Arie Luyendyk
Engine Warm-up Begins 
11:35 a.m. Drivers in Line on Yard of Bricks under Panasonic Pagoda by row (33 to 1)
11:37 a.m. Driver Introductions
11:50 a.m. Troops Begin Marching Into Place From North of Tower Terrace
WWII Vets Walk Into Place From South Pagoda Passage
11:53 a.m. “America the Beautiful” – Danielle Bradbery
11:55 a.m. WWII Commander Inspection Speech, Pit Lane
11:55 a.m. Military Speech, General Dennis Via
11:57 a.m. “God Bless America,” Florence Henderson
Red Bull Sky Divers coming in over Snake Pit – Landing on Golf Course
11:59 a.m. Invocation – Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis
12:01 p.m. Rifle Volley Begins – Victory Podium
12:02 p.m. “Taps” Begins – Victory Podium
12:04 p.m. National Anthem Begins – Jordin Sparks
12:05 p.m. Flyover by A-10C Warthog by Indiana Air National Guard 122nd Fighter Wing,
Fort Wayne, Indiana
12:06 p.m. “Drivers to your Cars” Command
12:13 p.m. “(Back Home Again in) Indiana” Straight No Chaser
Balloon Spectacle
12:15 p.m. Command to Start Engines, Mari Hulman George, IMS Chairman of the Board
12:15 p.m. Parade Lap
12:19 p.m. Pace Laps
12:21 p.m. Green Flag – 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race
2 p.m. (Approximate – Lap 100) IMS Midway Closes
6 p.m. Public Gates Close


TICKETS:  General Admission $40, children 12 and under free. Reserved seat tickets start at $46.

MUSEUM HOURS: 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for fans 6-15 years old, with children under 5 free. Gate admission to the Indianapolis 500 is not included in Museum admission and must be purchased separately.


2015 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for all racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 – 99th Indianapolis 500, Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Lilly Diabetes 250, Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:
• Online: Visit Tickets are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
• Phone: Call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
• In Person: Visit the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

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On May 24 at the 99th Indianapolis 500, Tony Kanaan will make his 300th career Indy car start, the eighth driver in history to do so. Kanaan talks about the milestone and a look back at the early days.

Q: Pretty nice symmetry to have No. 300 at the Indianapolis 500. Guessing there’s nowhere else you’d rather have it.

A — “Not too shabby for an old guy. Indy’s a special place, I’m extremely happy that I can celebrate the 300th start of my career here. I can’t wait.”

Q — Your first career start was the 1998 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami. What do you remember about that?

A — “It was at Homestead, I lived in Miami so everybody was there. All my friends and family. There was a lot of pressure and I ended up crashing in the race, trying to pass Al Unser Jr. on the outside. He taught me a pretty good lesson. I was running in the top 10 at the time. I had a stiff neck for a couple days after that.”

05-22-Kanaan-1998-McDonalds-InsertQ — You finished in 29th and Helio Castroneves, also making his debut, crashed out in 24th.

A — “We both had a rough start.”

Q — We dug deep into the photo vault for a couple shots. Remember this one from 1999?

“That was a fun year. I still had hair. I was really young, having the time of my life. I was a single race car driver sponsored by McDonald’s – I thought I was the coolest kid on Earth.”

Q — And this one from the 2002 Indianapolis 500.

A — “This is my first ‘500,’ it was completely unexpected. I got invited because I was doing Champ Car at the time, and Mo (Nunn) had a team in IndyCar and Champ Car, and he said ‘we’re going to field a second car’ and they called me. I led that race and ended up spinning on oil, which wasn’t my fault, while on the lead. It was awesome.”

Q — You’re gesturing about something.

A — “Probably talking about some drafting, or passing somebody for sure.”


05-22-Vautier-On-PitLane-IMS-StdTristan Vautier, who substituted for James Davison in the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda in Indianapolis 500 qualifications May 17, will substitute for Carlos Huertas in the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing entry in the 99th Running of the 500 Mile Race on May 24.

Huertas has been ruled out of the race with an inner ear condition, according to INDYCAR medical consultant Dr. Terry Trammell. Huertas will have to undergo further evaluation before being cleared to return to Verizon IndyCar Series competition.

Huertas was scheduled to start on the outside of Row 6. Vautier will start 32nd based on entrant points, according to Rules and of the Verizon IndyCar Series rulebook.

Huertas, who recorded his initial Verizon IndyCar Series victory at Houston last June, has a best finish of 16th in the Indy Grand Prix of Louisiana at NOLA Motorsports Park in mid-April.

In his lone Indy 500 appearance in 2013, Vautier advanced 12 positions relative to his starting spot to finish fifth in a Schmidt Peterson Motorsports car. The 2013 Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year and 2012 Indy Lights champion filled in for Davison, who had a sports car race commitment in Canada. Davison will start 33rd based on entrant points.

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INDIANAPOLIS (May 21, 2015) – Ryan Briscoe didn’t think twice about accepting the short-notice request from Verizon IndyCar Series team co-owner Sam Schmidt to drive in the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

Joe Skibinski 1Briscoe, 33, was named today to fill in for the injured James Hinchcliffe in the No. 5 Arrow/Lucas Oil Honda for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” on May 24 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Hinchcliffe underwent surgery May 18 for a pelvic and upper left thigh injury suffered in a crash during practice earlier that day.

Hinchcliffe is recovering and was transferred May 20 from the Intensive Care Unit at IU Health Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Upon further evaluation, it was determined he will require no further procedures and is expected to make a full recovery from his injuries. Additional updates to Hinchcliffe’s condition will be released when available.

“First and foremost, I feel absolutely terrible for Hinch,” said Briscoe, who completed 21 laps in a one-hour “familiarization session” granted by INDYCAR to become acclimated to the car and aero kits that debuted this year. “I wish him the best and a speedy recovery.”

Briscoe will join the rest of the 33-car field for the traditional one-hour practice May 22 on Coors Light Carb Day (11 a.m. ET, NBCSN) in his rush to play catch-up.

“You (usually) sort of prepare for this race a year out,” he said. “You visualize how you’re going to go through practice, all the prep you’re going to do, and something like this comes up and you throw that all out the window. I feel with my experience and the experience the team has, the experience that Hinch has had with (race engineer) Allen McDonald putting this car in really good condition for the race, I feel really confident that even with a few laps I’ll be able to find my groove again.”

Briscoe will make his 10th Indianapolis 500 start and 130th overall in Indy car racing from the 32nd starting position (middle of Row 11). James Davison, who returned to the No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda after Tristan Vautier qualified the car for him May 17, will start 33rd as determined by entrant points when a driver switch is made, per INDYCAR.

Briscoe was the 2012 pole sitter for the 500 Mile Race and that year tied his best finish of fifth from 2007. Last year, he started 30th in the NTT Data entry for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams and finished 18th.

“We explored quite a few options and felt confident in Briscoe,” team co-owner Schmidt said. “We were glad he was available and willing to drive for us with such short notice. Obviously, this was not a situation we were expecting to be in for the biggest race of the year, but we’re making the best of it. Our thoughts and prayers are with James and his family right now.”

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Region Racers at the Indianapolis 500 – The Belanger Team

By: Wm. LaDow
Daily Trackside Reports from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Published in the Post-Tribune — Chicago Sun-Times Media Company — May 27, 2007
Speedway, Indiana


Murrell Belanger loved anything that had a motor in it.

His love for speed started in the early 1920s.  Before the end of his senior year of high school, he went on the road to race motorcycles, one of the roughest ways to run an oval. After one of his best friends lost his life in a motorcycle accident, Murrell’s mother told him that his motorcycle racing career had to come to an end, which wasn’t a terrible decision to live with because Murrell wanted a race car anyway.

Belanger soon made his paycheck by working for a local Buick dealer and raced when he could, mostly in the old Central Illinois Racing Association.  He raced at Roby Speedway and the Crown Point Fairgrounds and just about anywhere he could find a contest. One day though, he went through the fence at the North Shore Polo Grounds and that was the end of Murrell’s race driving career.

As he grew older, Murrell learned that there was one thing that he was naturally skilled at, selling.

After gathering up as much money as he could, Murrell along with his brother-in-law and some friends went into the automobile business. First, they started selling Auburns, Cords, Packards, Chryslers and International Trucks, Always, working, always selling, always looking for business opportunities, that was Murrell Belanger. It wasn’t long before Chrysler came to Belanger, and made it clear that they wanted his auto sales skills exclusively. With that, Belanger Motors was born.

In time, Belanger’s business success allowed him to return to his first love; racing.  He developed friendships with a whole list of local racers, Emil Andres, Duke Nalon, Paul Russo, Johnny Pawl and Ray Nichels. But his most profitable racing friendship was with a young driver by the name of Melvin Eugene “Tony” Bettenhausen from Tinley Park, Illinois.

He purchased his first Indy car in 1934 and for the next 17 years showed up for every Month of May. But to no avail. The Indy Winners Circle eluded his efforts year after year.

He came close once in 1940 when Emil Andres finished 12th. But for all the years of toil and trouble, Belanger Racing was unable to cash in. That was until the magical season of 1951.

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Their success really started in 1950, when Murrell Belanger purchased Kurtis-Kraft Chassis #327-49 from Lou Meyer and Dale Drake, the owners of Meyer and Drake Engineering, the sole suppliers of the Offenhauser (Offy) engine. In 1949, Meyer and Drake (M&D) purchased the car from Frank Kurtis. It was a newly-designed lightweight Kurtis-Kraft chassis with a specially designed super-charged Offy engine. It was labeled the M&D No. 99.  M&D, a long-time supplier to Belanger, asked that Frenchy Sirois and Dale “Tiny” Worley (from Lowell) campaign the car as a testing program for the new, smaller and lighter designed racecar. Once the Belanger mechanics got a hold of it, the No. 99 started to run with the leaders. So much so that, other racing teams to begin protesting loudly about the conflict of interest of Meyer & Drake racing their own car against other race teams; M&D’s primary customers.

So Murrell Belanger took the No. 99 home to his pristine race car operations located on the second floor of the Belanger Farm Equipment Company on Mill Street in Lowell. There his race team of Sirois, Worley, George Salih, Harold Brownell, Howard Meeker, and Ralph Collins, got it ready for the upcoming AAA race season. Their first order of business was to install a standard 270 cubic inch Offy.

Then they went racing. And race they did. The end of the 1950 season saw the No. 99 and Tony Bettenhausen go on a roll in October, running the leaders and winning its first race at Springfield.

But the best was yet to come.

The Belanger No. 99 started its record-setting campaign at the “Racing Capital of the World”, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May of 1951. But it wasn’t Bettenhausen who got to usher in a new chapter in racing history. Bettenhausen was already contracted to run the 500-mile race for former winning car owner Lou Moore in the No. 5 Mobil Oil Offy


So starting from the middle of the front row, the Belanger No. 99 was driven by 40-year-old Lee Wallard of Altamont, N.Y., who absolutely destroyed the competition. Wallard got out in front and stayed there winning the Memorial Day classic in record time. He and Murrell Belanger cashed in on a record purse of $63,612 and Wallard was awarded a brand new Chrysler convertible pace car.  Needless to say, Chrysler Corporation was thrilled that Murrell Belanger one of their most successful car dealers, was Indy 500 winning owner.

Unfortunately, a week later while driving another car, Wallard suffered severe burns in a race in Pennsylvania.

Tony Bettenhausen went back behind the wheel of No. 99 for the rest of 1951 and proved to everyone that Indianapolis was no fluke, with Belanger’s team winning nine races of the 14 run in the AAA IndyCar season.

When it was all said and done, the Belanger No. 99, won the 1951 Indianapolis 500, the 1951 AAA National Championship and went on to become the winningest Kurtis-Kraft built, Offy-powered race car ever. Its performance is a cornerstone of the racing career of Murrell Belanger. To this day, Belanger is one of the winningest race car owners in all of IndyCar history.

Probably the most telling instance of what the Belanger Kurtis-Kraft meant to the racing community, is when that gorgeous dark blue Belanger No. 99, entered the victory circle to collect its place on the Borg-Warner Trophy in the 1951 Indianapolis 500, a youngster from Ohio, sitting alongside his father for his very first Indy 500, made up his mind, that he too, one day would race at Indianapolis.

That youngster’s name was Roger Penske.

As for the Murrell Belanger No. 99, it now rests in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall-of-Fame Museum.


INDIANAPOLIS (May 21, 2015) – INDYCAR announced today that it will race in the South Boston Waterfront on Labor Day weekend during the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season. The Grand Prix of Boston will feature an 11-turn, 2.25-mile temporary street course that surrounds the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The event marks the first time INDYCAR has raced in the Boston area, a key northeast market for the Verizon IndyCar Series.

“The level of enthusiasm we have received from the Boston community has been phenomenal and we look forward to showcasing the Verizon IndyCar Series on Labor Day weekend in 2016,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Company, the parent of INDYCAR and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. “There has been a tremendous amount of work from community leaders and Grand Prix of Boston officials and those efforts led to this key addition to our 2016 calendar. We’re thankful to Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Grand Prix of Boston CEO Mark Perrone and many other supporters who were instrumental in making today’s announcement possible. Establishing INDYCAR racing in the northeast is an integral part of our strategy for growing our national fan base.”


“This is an exciting time in Boston and as we explore new ways to grow and attract visitors here, we’re engaging in strong dialogue with organizations like the Grand Prix of Boston,” said Mayor Walsh. “This event has great potential to bring an influx of tourism and support our local businesses during what is traditionally a challenging holiday weekend for hospitality. I’m excited to begin this process and hear from our residents and business owners as we move forward.”

The Verizon IndyCar Series offers the most diverse array of venues in motorsports, racing on temporary street circuits, permanent road courses, short ovals and superspeedways. Other integral street-course events on the schedule include the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Fla.), Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Calif.), Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix and Honda Indy Toronto.

“We’re excited to bring this event to the world-class city of Boston,” said Perrone. “From the initial concept, and every step of the way, Mayor Walsh and his leadership have shown an incredible enthusiasm and openness in exploring this new concept, and we’re looking forward to continuing this engagement with the community.”

The Verizon IndyCar Series will be competing in the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The race will be broadcast live this Sunday at 11 a.m. ET on ABC, with radio coverage provided by SIRIUS 212, XM 209 and the IMS Radio Network.


INDIANAPOLIS, Thursday, May 20, 2015 – Next year, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will celebrate its greatest milestone with the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, which will take place on Sunday, May 29, 2016. In preparation for this historic event, IMS unveiled the logo that will provide a symbol for the year-long celebration.

“Each year we design a new logo for the Indianapolis 500, but this year’s effort has been given special consideration,” said Mark Miles, CEO of Hulman & Co. “The logo for the 100th Indianapolis 500 recognizes both our illustrious past and an even brighter future.”

Watch a video explaining the logo and a video on the 100th Running.

This is a once-in-a-century milestone culminating next Memorial Day weekend with the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. Somewhere along the line, the Indianapolis 500 became more than just a race. It has taken on a deeper meaning to competitors and fans alike, providing a spectacular example of human progress highlighting the imagination, innovation and drive required to stake a claim in sporting history.

The Indianapolis 500 Mile Race also means a tremendous amount to the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana, and has become a part of the lives of so many of its residents. 

“The Indianapolis community has shown time and time again that we rise to the occasion and get behind historical opportunities to generate results that surprise even ourselves,” said Allison Melangton, senior vice president of events, Hulman Motorsports Corporation.

In 2016, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will celebrate our desire to push forward, to reach farther and to go faster. With those ideals in mind, preparation for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race has begun as today’s drivers will look to eclipse the feats of legends.  


2015 Ticket Information: Ticket information is available for all racing events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015 – The 99th Indianapolis 500, Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational, Lilly Diabetes 250, Crown Royal Presents the “Your Hero’s Name Here” 400 at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP.

Fans have three quick, convenient methods to buy tickets:
• Online: Visit Tickets are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
• Phone: Call 800-822-INDY or 317-492-6700 between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.
• In Person: Visit the IMS Ticket Office at the IMS Administration Building at the corner of Georgetown Road and 16th Street between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday.

Tickets for groups of 20 or more also are available. Contact the IMS Group Sales Department at 866-221-8775 for more information. Information on parking and camping at IMS events is available at