This story is one of the strangest and most debatable in Ferrari’s history. It’s not clear if Ferrari was once about to dump Formula One in favor of America’s greatest race, or if the company was so petty that they built an entire car for a bluff.
At the Indianapolis 500 last weekend, we asked a bunch of IndyCar drivers how they would make the sport more popular. “Produce the same kind of race as always,” driver Ed Carpenter suggested. “The product speaks for itself,” Marco Andretti said. This year’s Indy 500 produced the third-lowest television ratings in 30…
This year’s Indianapolis 500 lured in 350,000 fans, one of the biggest crowds in all of racing history. Between that huge crowd and the fact that the Indy 500 is—for many—just a giant party, there were insane amounts of trash left at the raceway. Here’s a look at the aftermath.
Manor Formula One reserve driver and Indianapolis 500 rookie Alexander Rossi appeared to coast through the finish running on what had to be leftover fumes to win today’s 100th running of America’s most famous race.
It’s one of the biggest days in motorsports each year, and the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 will roll off in just a few hours. It’s not hard to sense the excitement surrounding the whole spectacle, and we’ve got a few folks out there to bring it all to you—from a whole lot closer than your TV will probably…
The Indianapolis 500 is about to make history with its landmark 100th race, and we’re live on the scene to survey the grid. Join our own Jason Torchinsky live now as he tours the grid ahead of the race. What do you want to know about the cars on the grid? The drivers lined up with them? Ask us now!
It’s time for the so-called “greatest spectacle in racing”: the Indianapolis 500. This year’s race is even more intense given that it’s the 100th running of the big show. Here’s why you should tune in, besides the fact that if you don’t you’re a bad American.
As you likely know, the 100th running of the Indy 500 is just about to happen, and that’s a big deal. Even if we all solemnly agree that this centennial is indeed a Big Deal, there’s still many upstanding gearheads who may be confused about the differences between the two best-known open-wheel racing series. Let’s see…
If you were a time traveler trying to determine, for some reason, what car culture was like in America in any given year, you could pretty much use the contemporaneous Indy 500 pace car as your one data point and come to some pretty reasonable conclusions.
The Indianapolis 500 doesn’t greet winners with a big bottle of champagne as most races do. They hand the winner an ice cold bottle of milk. This creates a curious artifact every year: a list of driver’s milk preferences. Who wants the whole experience? Who’d rather water it down? Behold! Here’s this year’s list.
You’ve never felt nerves like those on the morning of the Indianapolis 500.
Take one look at the picture above and you’d think that Danny Ongais would have died that day, 35 years ago. The front half of his car had disintegrated, the back half was on fire, and he, unconscious, was careening across the track at the Indy 500.
The Verizon IndyCar Series’ James Hinchcliffe might have just pulled off one of the best comebacks in racing. In 2015, Hinchcliffe almost died in an Indianapolis 500 practice crash when a suspension piece went through his leg. This year, he’ll start the Indy 500 on pole position for its landmark 100th running.
Randy Lanier got his start in grassroots sports car racing and then financed a motorsports career by moving hundreds of thousands of pounds of marijuana. It’s kind of fitting that after nearly three decades in prison, convicted as one of the country’s biggest weed kingpins, that he made his return to racing there too.
IMS chairman Mari Hulman George has been ordering Indy 500 drivers to “start your engines” for longer than most of us have been alive. Today, another woman tried to butt in on her command, Kanye-style. Mari Hulman George wasn’t having any of it, and damn near backhanded the young lady.
Canadian driver James Hinchcliffe will probably not race again this year after a brutal single-car crash during Indy 500 practice yesterday. It turns out this was the best-case scenario: according to a day-after report, Hinchcliffe came frighteningly close to bleeding out there on the track.
Ryan Hunter-Reay was invited to attend a wedding of a childhood friend on May 25th. But he already had plans on May 25th: He was racing in the Indy 500, which he won. His excuse for not attending? He'd hopefully be "winning the Indy 500." Eerie.
At the end of the Indy 500, the winner takes a traditional sip of milk, sponsored by the American Dairy Association. And last night we learned they're hardcore on what exactly you're allowed to drink. If you win and are lactose intolerant, be prepared to have to shit like a race horse.
ESPN on ABC's coverage of the thrilling final laps of yesterday's Indy 500 left many viewers upset, as Bristol's repeated coverage of the race leaders' significant others battled that of the actual racing. Here's a comparison of what ESPN aired versus video from the international feed.