• Drivers Ramping Up to Indy 500

    Drivers Ramping Up to Indy 500

    Mar 18, 2011 5:59 PM by Sean

    The Indianapolis 500 will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the very first Indy 500, as well as, the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Over 250,000 thousands spectators will witness Indy's centennial race on May 29th, partaking in the festivities in and around the speedway. Race officials have set the race time back an hour this year to 12 PM, giving drivers an extra hour of sunlight should there be inclement weather. Last year, Scottish Indycar driver Dariio Franchitti drank from the milk bottle in Victory Lane for the second time in his career. Franchitti not only dominated the "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing", but finished atop the Indy Car points standings at the end of the season. The 37-year-old Scot will roll into Indy the heavy favorite, but winning the 500 in consecutive years has never been an easy feat. 

    Hélio Castroneves - the last man to complete a two-peat at Indy could be Franchitti's greatest challenger this May. The Brazilian has won the race three times in total and has only finished once in his career out of the top ten. Adding even more international flair to IndyCar, Australian driver Will Power has proven to be a formidable force in IndyCar in recent years. Fans who purchase 2011 Indy 500 tickets should watch for Power's #12 car to make a push for the checkered flag on race day. Power came just six points short of winning the series championship last October. The biggest name speeding around the track at Indy will be that of Danica Patrick. The first woman to ever win an IndyCar race will try to surpass her personal best of 3rd place at the Indy 500. Patrick had a good race a year ago, starting in 23rd place and finishing in 6th. Should Danica Patrick pull off an emphatic victory at Indy this spring, the race could very well live up to the 100th anniversary race's monkier - "The Most Important Race in History".