Helio Castroneves has won the 2009 Indianapolis 500, marking his third career win here at the Brickyard. It also makes for a record breaking 15th team with for Penske Racing. Official race results below.
During a pit stop, Vitor Meira got the OK to pull away before the fuel probe was totally withdrawn, resulting in a full-car fireball! The pit crew quickly put out the fire and Meira went back into the race and remained on the lead lap! Cajones? Yep.
For the second straight year, Graham Rahal has crashed in the beginning laps of the Indy 500, grinding the outside of his car hard into the outside wall while exiting turn four. Lucky for us he came to rest just in front of the press box. Pics below.
The green flag dropped on the 93th running of the Indianapolis 500 and almost right away two cars went into the wall. Mario Moraes and Marco Andretti tangled in the first lap. The 22-year-old Moraes was apparently on his cell phone and not paying attention, pushing Andretti into the wall.
It's getting close to the start now, the grandstands are full, cars are on the track, all the teams are making last minute checks and Miss America is singing "America the Beautiful." Here's a collection of some of the sights and sounds going on right now at the Indy 500.
It may be 200 laps worth of left turns, but the Indianapolis 500 is a very big race. We've assembled the definitive collection of everything you need to know about today's events.
After a harrowing battle with 326 miles of cornfields and freeways, we've made it through the gates of the Indianapolis 500. It's already muggy, and the red sunrise looms like a warning from the racing gods.
We'll be live-blogging everything from the inane to the stupendous with A.J. Daulerio at Deadspin over the course of Saturday and the buildup and race on Sunday. If you can pry yourself away from backyard barbecues and pool and beach openings, you can follow along at the tag "I AM INDY." Why "I AM INDY"? Well because…