As you likely know, the 100th running of the Indy 500 is just about to happen, and that’s a big deal. Even if we all solemnly agree that this centennial is indeed a Big Deal, there’s still many upstanding gearheads who may be confused about the differences between the two best-known open-wheel racing series. Let’s see…
There’s been a bit of consternation recently about how to make the Indy 500 popular again. Not that it doesn’t have any friends, but it’s not the absurdly massive spectacle that it used to be. One of the reasons is that much of the innovation is gone. And a lot of that is thanks to the monster hidden in this race car.
The Indianapolis 500 doesn’t greet winners with a big bottle of champagne as most races do. They hand the winner an ice cold bottle of milk. This creates a curious artifact every year: a list of driver’s milk preferences. Who wants the whole experience? Who’d rather water it down? Behold! Here’s this year’s list.
The biggest weekend in American racing is almost upon us, and as usual, Jalopnik is sending a crack squad of miscreants and weirdos to cover the race. One of them is photographer and contributor Kurt Bradley, whose smoke-filled photos have often graced our internet pages.
You’ve never felt nerves like those on the morning of the Indianapolis 500.
This weekend marks a huge milestone in American motorsports: it’s the 100th running of this country’s greatest spectacle of speed, the Indy 500. And when it’s over, you’re going to see a lot of milk-chugging from the winner.
Remember the whole “help me Tom Cruise” scene in Talladega Nights? Yeah. That was making light of one of the most terrifying fires that auto racing has ever, or rather never, seen.
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.
Defending Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya’s first qualifying run on Sunday got trashed this weekend. Montoya was given a do-over after running over a garbage bag on track.
The Verizon IndyCar Series’ James Hinchcliffe might have just pulled off one of the best comebacks in racing. In 2015, Hinchcliffe almost died in an Indianapolis 500 practice crash when a suspension piece went through his leg. This year, he’ll start the Indy 500 on pole position for its landmark 100th running.
One of this year’s rookies is more familiar with the Indianapolis 500 than most: Stefan Wilson. Stefan’s brother Justin died last year following a head injury sustained at Pocono, but Justin’s legacy lives on in an unlikely way— his notes. Stefan used Justin’s notes to help him through his first IndyCar drive since…
More than a few conservatives are quaking in their boots over the prospect of Hillary Clinton, in their mind the devil incarnate, becoming our next president. To prevent such a tragedy, one patriotic website invites to you, the American people, to help them sponsor an IndyCar dressed in anti-Hillary livery at this…
Randy Lanier got his start in grassroots sports car racing and then financed a motorsports career by moving hundreds of thousands of pounds of marijuana. It’s kind of fitting that after nearly three decades in prison, convicted as one of the country’s biggest weed kingpins, that he made his return to racing there too.
There’s something surreal about the onboards from cars that travel over 220 mph lap after lap around an oval. Indianapolis Motor Speedway looks huge in all other respects, yet the onboards make it almost feel like you’re in your cousin’s Camaro, doin’ donuts on the lawn. Everything feels much, much smaller.
There’s something about the simple, powerful, specialized racecars from the Indy 500’s past.
Indy 500 winners Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan, and Scott Dixon cooked up a brilliant prank for their young, brash 20-year-old teammate Sage Karam: Take his brand-new Camaro and have it wrapped...in an unmistakable color... Watch as the IndyCar hotshoe reacts to seeing his pride and joy turn up in a less manly motif...
Just one day after Helio Castroneves spun and flipped his car at Indy, Josef Newgarden has suffered a similar fate during practice.
Here’s a thing that you should totally not do: sneak into a Chevrolet dealer, steal a commemorative Indy 500 Festival Camaro, and then drive it out a window and down some stairs before you abandon it and flee shirtless into the night. It’s not a good look.
Simon Pagenaud celebrated the life of his hero, three-time Formula One World Champion Ayrton Senna, in the 98th Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 25 2014 by wearing a helmet with a unique blend of Senna's design and Pagenaud's trademark red scheme.
I like to eat good. Caesar salad and baked ziti. I still move swift like Dario Franchitti. These are actual lyrics from a song about IndyCar legend Dario Franchitti.