Every Indy 500 is special in its own way no matter what the year. The 1911 race was the first ever 500 mile race on the speedway. 1920 was won by Chevrolet car manufacturer founder, Gaston Chevrolet. The race in 1942 was scheduled but cancelled due to America's involvment in World war 2. Year 1992 has been known as being one of the most boirng races but had a thrilling finish.
There is always something to watch at Indy every single year. Here are some of the things you need to know heading into race weekend.
Graham Rahal qualified thirtieth
All the way back in 30th place on the grid for race day you will find Graham Rahal. Qualified the worst out of his RLL Racing team mates Takuma Sato and Oriol Servia, Look for Graham to be charging through the field past all of his team mates and hopefully first place.
Robert Wickens charging
Robert Wickens also did not have the most impressive qualifying result winding up 18th. Wickens has shown the biggest amount of talent by an IndyCar rookie since Nigel Mansell in the early 90s. Getting a pole and practically winning in his debute at St Petersburg, Finishing second his first ever start on an oval at ISM Raceway in Phoenix, Finishing fourth his first ever IndyCar race in the rain at Barber. There is almost no reason to think that he can noy make his way to the front come near the race end.
Marco Andretti finally capturing Indy
Marco Andretti may have qualified 17th and only made his last effort good enough for 12th, But Andretti has the drive to give it his all this year. Marco has almost never fallen out of the top five in any of the practices this month. He has a good car in traffic a good team behind him and a good guy on top of his pit box in Bryan Herta who won the 500 in 2016 with Alexander Rossi. This is looking like Marco's best shot ever to win Indy since 2006 when he got passed on the front stretch coming to the checkered flag by Sam Hornish Jr.
Scott Dixon is in the top 9
Almost no more needs to be said, you can never ever count out Dixon to get it done on any sort of track. He won the Indy 500 all the way back in 2008. He is also looking to come back after his flying through the air hitting the wall crash he had a year ago. Also his team won the pit stop challenge so we know he will be able to get it done on pit road.
Danica Patrick’s final Indy 500
Not only that, her final race of her career. After not being in an IndyCar for seven years Danica would be able to hop in on qualifying day and put herself in the top 9 ending up 7th at the end of the day. She has that Ed Carpenter horse power and setup, we will definetly have to see what Patrick can do on race day.
All four Penske cars in the top 8
No other team has had the success at Indianapolis like Team Penske. 16 times they have taken the 500 dating back to 1972 with Mark Donohue. Helio Castroneves will be looking to get his fourth indy 500 in what could be his final IndyCar start. Will Power is still searching for his first ever 500 victory along with Simon Pagenaud. Josef Newgarden will be looking to add to his champion status by getting the captain his 17th win at Indianapolis.
Ed Carpenter is on pole
Ed Carpenter captured the Indy 500 pole for the third time in his career. But he has been there done that now, he is seeking victory lane more so than ever. He has all three of his cars in the top 9 for qualifying also. There is nothing he wants more, than to the drink the milk on sunday.
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