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BC-CAR--Indianapolis 500 Coverage,ADVISORY

May 16, 2019

Editors:

The 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 26. To help you with coverage, the following stories are planned next week after spot coverage of practice and qualifying this week. This advisory will be updated until race day. Please contact Dave Zelio (dzelio@ap.org) with questions. All times Eastern.

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MONDAY, May 20

CAR--INDY 500-NBC

The Greatest Spectacle in Racing has long been synonymous with the Wide World of Sports. But for the first time in the iconic history of the Indianapolis 500, fans will have to flip from ABC to NBC to catch the Memorial Day weekend tradition. The network acquired the rights to the race _ and the rest of the IndyCar Series _ and is going big as it ushers in a new era for the race. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by noon May 20.

TUESDAY, May 21

CAR--INDY 500-SUPER MARIO

INDIANAPOLIS _ — Fifty years ago, Mario Andretti celebrated his only Indianapolis 500 win. But this May’s monthlong celebration has Andretti reliving that magic moment. By Michael Marot. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by noon May 21.

WEDNESDAY, May 22

CAR--INDY 500-ANOTHER ANDRETTI

INDIANAPOLIS _ Jarrett Andretti will become the seventh member of his family to race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he competes in the Indy Lights race ahead of the Indy 500. It should be a special moment for his entire family, coming 50 years after Mario Andretti’s memorable 500 win and after his father, John Andretti, learned that his cancer had returned. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 5 p.m. May 22.

THURSDAY, May 23

CAR--INDY 500-DEAD TRADITIONS

INDIANAPOLIS _ The Indianapolis 500 still has plenty of traditions, from the three-wide starting grid to the milk in victory lane. But there has been a push recently for guaranteed starting positions, jeopardizing the tradition of “bump day,” and the truth is plenty of traditions have gone by the wayside when it comes to this storied race. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 a.m. May 23.

FRIDAY, May 24

CAR--INDY 500

INDIANAPOLIS _ With the field set, all eyes turn to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the showcase race on the IndyCar calendar. As ever, the race is wide open. Will Power won the Indianapolis 500 last year, but there hasn’t been a back-to-back winner here since 2002. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 5 p.m. Eds: This is the race preview.

CAR--INDY 500-STEINBRENNER

INDIANAPOLIS _ George Steinbrenner IV grew up walking through the hallowed corridors of Yankee Stadium, his grandfather the longtime owner of baseball’s most prestigious team. So when it comes to walking through Gasoline Alley at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the 22-year-old part owner of Harding Steinbrenner Racing should be somewhat at ease. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 a.m. May 24.

SATURDAY, May 25

CAR--INDY 500-GOLDEN PENSKE

INDIANAPOLIS _ His hair was jet black back and his shirt starched white when Roger Penske rolled into Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the first time as a team owner. Fifty years later, that hair has long turned silver, and Penske has won the Indianapolis 500 so many times that he’s become just as much a part of the race as “Back Home Again in Indiana.” But that shirt? Still crisp and white. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by noon May 25.

SUNDAY, MAY 26

CAR--INDY 500

INDIANAPOLIS _ The 103rd running of Indianapolis 500, with the field expected to include former Formula One champion Fernando Alonso and Helio Castroneves chasing a record-tying fourth victory in the twilight of his IndyCar career and a host of new faces. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. 850 words, photos. Race starts at 12:21 p.m.

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_ Sidebars on merit.

_ CAR--RACE DAY-THE LATEST, updates from the three showcase races on Sunday, from Monaco to Indianapolis and Charlotte, North Carolina.