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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.

May 23, 2014

Kanaan lets 500 ride on number 10 in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – In a sport defined by hair-raising speed, it is no surprise how quickly things can change in IndyCar.

A year ago, Tony Kanaan arrived at the Brickyard driving for a small team and given little hope of ending 12 frustrating years of Indianapolis 500 heartbreak.

May 23, 2014

Motor racing-Kanaan lets 500 ride on number 10 in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, May 23 (Reuters) – In a sport defined by hair-raising speed, it is no surprise how quickly things can change in IndyCar.

A year ago, Tony Kanaan arrived at the Brickyard driving for a small team and given little hope of ending 12 frustrating years of Indianapolis 500 heartbreak.

May 23, 2014

Motor racing-Kanaan tops speed charts in final Indy 500 practise

INDIANAPOLIS, May 23 (Reuters) – Tony Kanaan signalled 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.

May 22, 2014

Busch branches off into IndyCar and run at the 500

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – There will be six former champions on the starting grid for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 but the spotlight will be on Kurt Busch, a stock-car interloper chasing motor racing history.

The 500, Run on the Memorial Day holiday weekend in the U.S. heartland, is a uniquely American event unapologetically billed as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and this year the famed Brickyard is poised to deliver on the high-octane hype.

May 22, 2014

Motor racing-Busch branches off into IndyCar and run at the 500

INDIANAPOLIS, May 22 (Reuters) – There will be six former champions on the starting grid for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 but the spotlight will be on Kurt Busch, a stock-car interloper chasing motor racing history.

The 500, Run on the Memorial Day holiday weekend in the U.S. heartland, is a uniquely American event unapologetically billed as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and this year the famed Brickyard is poised to deliver on the high-octane hype.

May 21, 2014

James, Wade spark Heat win over fired up Pacers

INDIANAPOLIS (Reuters) – Beating the Miami Heat once is difficult enough but taking two playoff games in a row from the defending National Basketball Association champions is mission impossible as the Indiana Pacers found out on Tuesday.

Dormant most of the night, LeBron James sprung to life in the final quarter scoring 12 of his 22 points, while Dwyane Wade dropped 10 of his team high 23 to lift the Heat to a battling 87-83 victory and even the Eastern Conference final at a game apiece.