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May 25, 2014

Motor racing-Hunter-Reay has Indy buzzing with American win

INDIANAPOLIS, May 25 (Reuters) – Run on the U.S. Memorial Day holiday weekend in the country’s heartland, the Indianapolis 500 is an iconic American event but for the last two decades has rarely produced a homegrown winner.

But the American flag was being waved loud and proud on Sunday as Ryan Hunter-Reay ended the American drought at the Brickyard by outduelling Helio Castroneves over the final lap to become the first U.S. winner since Sam Hornish in 2006.

May 25, 2014

Torpedoed Castroneves says Yellow Submarine will rise

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Helio Castroneves had his bid for a record-equaling fourth Indianapolis 500 win torpedoed by Ryan Hunter-Reay on Sunday but the Brazilian warned the “Yellow Submarine” would rise again.

Driving a car painted in the retro yellow livery made famous by retired drivers Rick Mears and Johnny Rutherford, Castroneves looked poised to add to the legacy of the “Yellow Submarine” which has won three 500s for team owner Roger Penske.

May 25, 2014

Motor racing-Torpedoed Castroneves says Yellow Submarine will rise

INDIANAPOLIS, May 25 (Reuters) – Helio Castroneves had his bid for a record-equalling fourth Indianapolis 500 win torpedoed by Ryan Hunter-Reay on Sunday but the Brazilian warned the “Yellow Submarine” would rise again.

Driving a car painted in the retro yellow livery made famous by retired drivers Rick Mears and Johnny Rutherford, Castroneves looked poised to add to the legacy of the “Yellow Submarine” which has won three 500s for team owner Roger Penske.

May 25, 2014

Hunter-Reay holds off late charge to win Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Ryan Hunter-Reay became the first American in eight years to win the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday and denied hard-charging Brazilian Helio Castroneves a record-equaling fourth victory at the Brickyard.

Billed as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indy 500 lived up to the hype with a heart-stopping finish as Hunter-Reay beat Castroneves to the checkered by less than a car length to become the first American winner since Sam Hornish in 2006.

May 25, 2014

Motor racing-Hunter-Reay holds off late charge to win Indy 500

INDIANAPOLIS, May 25 (Reuters) – Ryan Hunter-Reay became the first American in eight years to win the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday and denied hard-charging Brazilian Helio Castroneves a record-equaling fourth victory at the Brickyard.

Billed as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” the Indy 500 lived up to the hype with a heart-stopping finish as Hunter-Reay beat Castroneves to the checkered by less than a car length to become the first American winner since Sam Hornish in 2006.

May 24, 2014

Mann only woman on Indy 500 grid this year

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – After years of building up a presence at the Indianapolis 500 there will be a noticeable lack of girl power when the green flag drops at the Brickyard on Sunday.

At one time, the only females on starting grids were the glamorous models holding placards with drivers’ names on them, but last year there were four women in last year’s 33-car field at the Indianapolis 500.

May 24, 2014

Motor racing-Mann only woman on Indy 500 grid this year

INDIANAPOLIS, May 24 (Reuters) – After years of building up a presence at the Indianapolis 500 there will be a noticeable lack of girl power when the green flag drops at the Brickyard on Sunday.

At one time, the only females on starting grids were the glamorous models holding placards with drivers’ names on them, but last year there were four women in last year’s 33-car field at the Indianapolis 500.

May 24, 2014

Villeneuve back at Brickyard chasing Indy 500 magic

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Much has changed in the motor racing world since Jacques Villeneuve pulled his car into Victory Lane 19 years ago and chugged on the traditional quart of milk that goes to the Indianapolis 500 winner.

Back at the Brickyard to run the 500 for the first time in nearly two decades, and where the youngest driver in Sunday’s race was two months old when the Canadian won here in 1995, Villeneuve has had to familiarize himself with a new car, new rules and new faces.

May 24, 2014

Motor racing-Villeneuve back at Brickyard chasing Indy 500 magic

INDIANAPOLIS, May 24 (Reuters) – Much has changed in the motor racing world since Jacques Villeneuve pulled his car into Victory Lane 19 years ago and chugged on the traditional quart of milk that goes to the Indianapolis 500 winner.

Back at the Brickyard to run the 500 for the first time in nearly two decades, and where the youngest driver in Sunday’s race was two months old when the Canadian won here in 1995, Villeneuve has had to familiarize himself with a new car, new rules and new faces.

May 24, 2014

Kanaan tops speed charts in final Indy 500 practise

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Tony Kanaan signaled on Friday that he will not surrender his Indianapolis 500 crown without a fight after posting the fastest time in final practise ahead of Sunday’s race.

The Brazilian, looking to become the first driver to claim consecutive Indy 500 wins since Helio Castroneves accomplished the feat in 2001 and 2002, threw down a lap of 227.838 miles per hour around the 2.5 mile oval.