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The Grid: 33 Greatest Indy 500 Drivers of All Time—Ranked

We factored in the relative strength of competition, as well as personality, impact, and contribution to the sport. And, of course, we prized an appreciation for the institution and its hallowed traditions.

Helio Castroneves
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Helio: “I look at this as a brand-new race”

“We’re starting all over again,” says Castroneves. “Just because we won three times, it won’t be easy, and it won’t be the same as the times before. Every year, it changes.”

Simon Pagenaud
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IndyCar Meet-and-Greet: Simon Pagenaud

“I think when people see it, they move out of the way,” Pagenaud says of the car’s gaudy color scheme. “It’s disturbing. So it’s perfect.”

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Phil Gulley: Backseat Driver

“I grew up four doors down from the current president of the Speedway, Doug Boles, so I’m confident he’ll take these suggestions seriously.”

Keith Urban
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Just Announced: Keith Urban to Take Two-Seater Ride at Indy 500

“The Indy 500 is one of the true iconic motorsport events, and to get to drive with a legend like Mario in this 100th race is indescribable,” Urban said in a statement.

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In The Driver’s Seat For ‘People’s 500’ Exhibition

Sugarmann—whose work “engages the automotive industry as a manufacturer of human identity” and has been shown nationally and internationally—interviewed, photographed, and filmed each participant. The result is an oral and visual history of the Indianapolis 500, exhibited at Big Car’s new cultural center, the Tube Factory.

Amanda Heckert May 2016
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Editor’s Note, May 2016: The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500

The blow-your-hair-back speed, the pageantry, the people watching—yes, the spectacle, in all the word’s connotations—surpassed my expectations.

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Darius Rucker to Sing National Anthem at Indy 500

“I’m honored to sing the national anthem at the Indianapolis 500 and be invited to celebrate the milestone of the 100th Running,” Rucker said in a statement.

A.J. Foyt
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Racing Greats Lined Up for IMS Honors in May

Pace car driver Roger Penske notches his 50th year as an owner this year, and his teams have won the Indy 500 16 times.

JW Marriott
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JW Marriott Facade to Feature Giant Indy 500 Graphic

The graphic will cover 74,538 square feet and include images of the Borg-Warner Trophy, an Indy car, the 100th Running logo, and the words, “Epic Race. Epic Place.”

Melania Trump
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Dumpster Fire of the Vanities: John Menard, Steve Hilbert, and the Midwestern Nouveau Riche

With Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump dragged into the fray, the feud was no longer just a regional skirmish pitting a flamboyant Hoosier millionaire against a meat-and-potatoes billionaire from America’s Dairyland. It was a critical mass of heavyweight egos, with jealously guarded private lives hung out on the courthouse clothesline.

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Hoosier Hall of Fame: All Roads Lead to the Speedway

Is it just us, or do all roads lead to Indiana’s—and the world’s—most famous racetrack? From Hawaii to Nazareth, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway leaves its tracks.

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Caught in the Middle: What Is Indiana’s Brand?

Starting now, Hoosiers will mark two centuries of Indiana history with a yearlong party. But what, exactly, are we commemorating?

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Hot List 5.25.15

Your new go-to sandal, the local product of the moment, oversized tassles, a candle that smells of summer, and more.

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Indianapolis 500 Photos: Trackside with Team Bourdais

May Madness photographer and writer Kate Shoup spent race day trackside with her husband, Olivier Boisson, a KVSH Racing engineer and Team Sebastien Bourdais crew member.