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WEDNESDAY, May 22
CAR--INDY 500-ANOTHER ANDRETTI
INDIANAPOLIS _ Jarrett Andretti will become the seventh member of his family to race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he competes in the Indy Lights race ahead of the Indy 500. It should be a special moment for his entire family, coming 50 years after Mario Andretti’s memorable 500 win and after his father, John Andretti, learned that his cancer had returned. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m. May 22.
CAR--INDY 500-ONE SHOT
INDIANAPOLIS _ Sage Karam spent a whole year preparing for the Indianapolis 500. So when he failed to make the field Saturday, the 24-year-old feared all that work might go for naught. It's the pressure a one-off driver faces in the IndyCar Series. By Michael Marot. UCPOMING: 700 words, photos by 8 p.m. May 22.
THURSDAY, May 23
CAR--INDY 500-DEAD TRADITIONS
INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indianapolis 500 still has plenty of traditions, from the three-wide starting grid to the milk in victory lane. But there has been a push recently for guaranteed starting positions, jeopardizing the tradition of “bump day,” and the truth is plenty of traditions have gone by the wayside when it comes to this storied race. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 a.m. May 23.
FRIDAY, May 24
INDIANAPOLIS _ With the field set, all eyes turn to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the showcase race on the IndyCar calendar. As ever, the race is wide open. Will Power won the Indianapolis 500 last year, but there hasn’t been a back-to-back winner here since 2002. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m. Eds: This is the race preview.
INDIANAPOLIS _ George Steinbrenner IV grew up walking through the hallowed corridors of Yankee Stadium, his grandfather the longtime owner of baseball’s most prestigious team. So when it comes to walking through Gasoline Alley at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 22-year-old part owner of Harding Steinbrenner Racing should be somewhat at ease. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 a.m. May 24.
SATURDAY, May 25
CAR--INDY 500-GOLDEN PENSKE
INDIANAPOLIS _ His hair was jet black back and his shirt starched white when Roger Penske rolled into Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time as a team owner. Fifty years later, that hair has long turned silver, and Penske has won the Indianapolis 500 so many times that he’s become just as much a part of the race as “Back Home Again in Indiana.” But that shirt? Still crisp and white. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by noon May 25.
SUNDAY, MAY 26
INDIANAPOLIS _ The 103rd running of Indianapolis 500, with the field expected to include former Formula One champion Fernando Alonso and Helio Castroneves chasing a record-tying fourth victory in the twilight of his IndyCar career and a host of new faces. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. 850 words, photos. Race starts at 12:21 p.m.
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CAR--INDY 500-SUPER MARIO
INDIANAPOLIS _ - Fifty years ago, Mario Andretti celebrated his only Indianapolis 500 win. But this May’s monthlong celebration has Andretti reliving that magic moment. By Michael Marot. SENT: 800 words, photos May 21.
CAR--INDY 500-McLAREN’S MESS
INDIANAPOLIS _ McLaren head Zak Brown acknowledges the team was woefully unprepared for the Indianapolis 500 and detailed a long list of errors and oversights that sabotaged Fernando Alonso's quest to make the race. The leader of the Indy 500 effort has been fired and Brown says McLaren will take a long look at all the mistakes made. Brown believes McLaren will be back at Indy next year but is unsure if missing the race hurt the team's desire to enter IndyCar full-time. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 800 words, photos May 20.
The Greatest Spectacle in Racing has long been synonymous with the Wide World of Sports. But for the first time in the iconic history of the Indianapolis 500, fans will have to flip from ABC to NBC to catch the Memorial Day weekend tradition. The network acquired the rights to the race _ and the rest of the IndyCar Series _ and is going big as it ushers in a new era for the race. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 700 words, photos May 20.
INDIANAPOLIS _ DragonSpeed team is in good shape at the Indianapolis 500. All the pressure owner Elton Julian and driver Ben Hanley expected for the last-row shootout never materialized thanks to Hanley's surprisingly strong qualifying run. The rookie from England will start 27th in the race ahead of some bigger-budget teams and better-known drivers. By Michael Marot. SENT: 600 words, photos May 19.
INDIANAPOLIS _ American IndyCar driver Alexander Rossi is in a contract year with Andretti Autosport. There has been speculation he will be courted by Team Penske. Rossi says now is not the time to discuss free agency or his future. The California native is trying to win a second Indianapolis 500 after he captured the checkered flag in 2016. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 650 words, photos May 16.
INDIANAPOLIS _ Helio Castroneves left Indianapolis last May pleading with Roger Penske for one more chance at a record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 win. Now that Castroneves is back in town and Penske has assured the exuberant Brazilian racer of making at least two more Indy starts Castroneves has adjusted his goal. He wants to win five times at Indianapolis. By Michael Marot. SENT: 650 words, photos May 16.
INDIANAPOLIS _Indianapolis native Mike Harding spent more than 20 years as a customer at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He was determined to get in the game and built a team that will attempt to make its third Indy 500 this weekend. The team has exploded this year behind rookie driver Colton Herta, who in March became the youngest winner in IndyCar history. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. SENT: 700 words, photos May 15.
CAR--INDY 500-DEBRIS DEFLECTOR
INDIANAPOLIS _ The first time Takuma Sato drove with IndyCar's new debris deflector he felt like he had one eye closed. Ed Carpenter thought he was seeing double. A one-day test in April, last weekend's road race and two full days of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have helped changed perceptions. The two drivers say they are still adapting to the new safety device attached to their chassis. By Michael Marot. SENT: 650 words, photos May 15.
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