Take one look at the picture above and you’d think that Danny Ongais would have died that day, 35 years ago. The front half of his car had disintegrated, the back half was on fire, and he, unconscious, was careening across the track at the Indy 500.
This story is one of the strangest and most debatable in Ferrari’s history. It’s not clear if Ferrari was once about to dump Formula One in favor of America’s greatest race, or if the company was so petty that they built an entire car for a bluff.
My camera and I have been to the best races on the planet. We’ve had full accreditation for Formula One, MotoGP, the World Endurance Championship and many others. But there was one photo that had a prominent place on my bucket list—the “milk shot,” the photograph of the Indy 500 winner drenched in milk after taking…
At the Indianapolis 500 last weekend, we asked a bunch of IndyCar drivers how they would make the sport more popular. “Produce the same kind of race as always,” driver Ed Carpenter suggested. “The product speaks for itself,” Marco Andretti said. This year’s Indy 500 produced the third-lowest television ratings in 30…
While I was at the Indy 500 this past week, I saw all manner of remarkable things: the winning car taking a victory lap on a tow rope, people pretending to find milk refreshing, and acres of vivid sunburned red, sweat-slicked bodies slapping up against one another. But one detail really stuck with me: the push-to-pass…
One of the last drivers expected to win the Indianapolis 500 drank the milk after his team made a smart call on strategy. While racing fans know Alexander Rossi from Formula One, he didn’t make huge waves running with backmarker teams. Now that he’s won the Indy 500, that could change. Here’s why we should all stand…
The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 ended with Alexander Rossi—an IndyCar rookie—coming out of nowhere to take the win after a brilliant fuel-saving strategy. Rossi not only got a giant trophy, a big wreath, and a big jar of milk, but also a big wad of cash. Here’s how much he, and his competitors, made from the…
This year’s Indianapolis 500 lured in 350,000 fans, one of the biggest crowds in all of racing history. Between that huge crowd and the fact that the Indy 500 is—for many—just a giant party, there were insane amounts of trash left at the raceway. Here’s a look at the aftermath.
Friend of Jalopnik Sarah Connors is a yuuuuuuuuuge Alexander Rossi fan, down to the big American flag banner she made for his maiden attempt at the Indianapolis 500. Needless to say, she’s overjoyed with the results of yesterday’s race.
Good morning! It’s Memorial Day, a holiday for everyone else at Jalopnik so I’m running the show. This past weekend was full of exciting endurance racing, disappointing (if unsurprising) Formula 1 results, and a 100th Indy 500 that truly deserved a special note in the history books. So, here’s your Memorial Day…
America’s big hope in Formula One wins America’s greatest spectacle in racing on his first attempt, for America? Yeah, there’s going to be a party. Something tells me there was going to be a party regardless of the outcome with the Indianapolis 500's sold-out crowd, anyway.
Manor Formula One reserve driver and Indianapolis 500 rookie Alexander Rossi appeared to coast through the finish running on what had to be leftover fumes to win today’s 100th running of America’s most famous race.
When you’re driving 200 mph, there’s not much time to react to a crash, especially when that crash happens only a few feet ahead of you. Just ask Conor Daly at this year’s Indy 500, who spun himself into a wall trying to avoid a crashed Mikhail Aleshin.
We already know how complicated Formula One steering wheels can be, but are the reins of an IndyCar any simpler? What do all of those buttons do? Here’s a breakdown.
Today’s Indianapolis 500 is full of unlikely mistakes from experienced hotshoes, and that’s exactly how to describe this bizarre pit lane collision between Townsend Bell, Helio Castroneves and Ryan Hunter-Reay. Seriously, what are they doing in pit lane today?
The Indiana Pacers—it’s a sporty enough name, and it fits well for a basketball team. Without outside knowledge or a strange knack for putting two and two together, there wouldn’t be any reason to question it. But, as far removed as the two sports are, the Pacers actually got their name from the Indianapolis 500.
Sage Karam, one of several one-off entries hoping to impress his way into more IndyCar drives during today’s Indianapolis 500, is out of the race after smacking into the wall outside Turn 1.
Juan Pablo Montoya will have his worst-ever finish at the Indy 500, and his first finish outside the top five today. He’s officially out of the race after a spin sent him into the wall outside Turn 2.
IndyCar’s Will Power got sent to the back of the field for an unsafe release into the path of Tony Kanaan during today’s Indianapolis 500. From the onboard video, it just kind of looks like the driving of a sleepy grandma puttering outside her lane as sleepy grandmas do.
The 100th Indianapolis 500 only attracted 33 cars—enough to fill the grid, but not enough to have entries bumped from the grid during qualifying. Despite the milestone year, teams are still very conservative with who they’ll put in a car. Here’s why just making the grid was so hard this time.