INDIANAPOLIS -- It was nearly four hours before "A Celebration of the Life of Dan Wheldon" was scheduled to begin at Conseco Fieldhouse, and the line down Delaware Street led far down the block. Those who came to mourn the loss of the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner who was killed in a horrific crash at Las Vegas Motor Speedway last week wanted to be a part of this tribute.
LAS VEGAS -- It was supposed to be a day of potential glory and fortune for Dan Wheldon as he had a chance to split a $5 million bonus with a fan if he could win Sunday's IndyCar World Championships at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Instead, it became one of the darkest days in the history of the sport as the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner was killed in a horrific crash on Lap 11.
INDIANAPOLIS -- For its first 45 years of existence, NASCAR dreamed of racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The track was the motor sports mecca of the world and the home of the world's most famous race -- the Indianapolis 500 -- which began in 1911.
INDIANAPOLIS -- As the dust continues to settle from Sunday's 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, the future remains uncertain for race winner Dan Wheldon -- though the prospects of seeing him in the cockpit of an IndyCar for a few more races this season have increased dramatically.
Penske Racing's superlative record of 15 victories in the Indianapolis 500 seems unassailable, like John Wooden's 10 NCAA Division I basketball championships. Just as it was with Wooden, it has been a dynasty built with the leadership and vision of one man, Roger Penske, who has surrounded himself with great talent.
INDIANAPOLIS -- With race day for the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 just around the corner, some of the sport's most notable figures discussed with SI.com the significance of the World's Greatest Race.
MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- There is exactly one month to go until the 100th Anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, which means Danica Patrick is counting down the moments until she gets yet another chance to try to become the first woman to win the historic race.
KOONTZ LAKE, Ind. -- Turn the page, it's 2011, and in just a few weeks a ridiculously short offseason will be over and it will be back to racing. In fact, by the end of the month the sports car teams will head to Daytona International Speedway for the first major racing event of the season -- the Rolex 24 at Daytona. That begins Speed Weeks 2011, followed by the Budweiser Shootout on Feb. 12 and the Daytona 500 on Feb. 20.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Dario Franchitti has always exuded a certain amount of glamour. After all, the Scotsman of Italian heritage has the dark, good looks of an actor, but it's his wife, Ashley Judd, who has gained fame in Hollywood.
Bruton Smith has put an actuary to work figuring out the probability that one driver could win the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day in 2011 in order to purchase an insurance policy that would pay a $20 million bonus.
Bruton Smith has put an actuary to work to figure out the probability that one driver could win the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca-Cola 600 on the same day in 2011 in order to purchase an insurance policy that would pay a $20 million bonus.
It was only a few short weeks ago that Jimmie Johnson celebrated his record fourth-straight Sprint Cup championship, and yet the start of SpeedWeeks at Daytona is a little more than 30 days away. So, with another offseason about to fly by like cars in qualifying laps for the Daytona 500, it's time to look ahead and make 10 observations and predictions for the upcoming season.
Tantalizing pseudofacts and unsourced assertions continue to drive the Danica Patrick-to-NASCAR storyline, and until a deal is completed with some stock car team -- reportedly JR Motorsports -- the Izod IndyCar Series' most recognizable driver and media dynamo seems content with incrementally working though her to-do list.
INDIANAPOLIS -- While the motion picture that is Helio Castroneves' life has more sequels than the old "Rocky" movies, the back story to Sunday's 93rd Indianapolis 500 included the two stars of the 2005 race.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Five weeks ago, Helio Castroneves stared into the abyss, wondering if he would spend Memorial Day in a federal prison as his fate was in the hands of a 12-member jury as they deliberated his fate in a tax evasion trial.
The 93rd running of the Indianapolis 500 is Sunday, and this year's race boasts one of the deepest fields in the event's history. With the return of Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti, and a grid that boasts a number of past champions, the Borg-Warner Trophy is up for grabs.
Stock car racing has always been Richard Petty's business. But he always had an interest in the Indianapolis 500, too. He listened to it on the radio as a youngster, and watched it on television as an adult from the condo at Lowe's Motor Speedway while waiting for the start of the Coca-Cola 600.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- After the longest offseason in sports, the IndyCar Series is back, beginning with this weekend's Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. That means the return of sleek, high-flying machines and some of racing's most diverse drivers as they begin a 17-race schedule that includes short ovals, intermediate ovals, big tracks, streets and natural terrain road courses.
KOONTZ LAKE, Indiana -- When the Indianapolis Motor Speedway announced that it was shutting down the "Brickyard Crossing" motel last week, it drew little attention, lost in the shuffle of other motorsports layoffs, race cancellations and drug testing announcements.