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BC-CAR--Indianapolis 500 Coverage,ADVISORY

May 16, 2018


The 102nd running of the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, with the career finale of Danica Patrick among the top story lines. To help you with coverage, the following stories have moved in the run-up to the big race. Please contact Dave Zelio (dzelio@ap.org) with questions. This advisory will be updated. All times Eastern.

Your readers can also follow the latest coverage of auto racing through the AP Auto Racing Digital News Experience. This locally branded, AP-managed presentation has full coverage of the major series, including photos, a blog and real-time analysis, as well as previews and features. A member-branded example: https://racing.ap.org/panews . The DNE also generates online revenue for your newspaper. Contact Barry Bedlan at bbedlan@ap.org or 972-677-2270 for details.

Spot coverage is planned all week during practice and weekend qualifying, with features and additional spot coverage next week, including media day on Thursday, May 24. The race preview will be sent Friday, May 25


INDIANAPOLIS — The throwback month is in full swing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Danica Patrick started tuning up for her final race on the historic 2.5-mile oval more than a week ago. Helio Castroneves has been peppered with questions about becoming the fourth four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500. The seemingly indestructible A.J. Foyt came back less than two months after surviving a second bout with killer bees. Even real, live bumping should be on the qualifying weekend docket. For race organizers it’s a dream script: Familiar faces, fond farewells and a return to traditions with a whole new look. By Michael Marot. SENT: 800 words, photos on May 13.


INDIANAPOLIS — Twenty-three-year-old Zach Veach looks like the perfect guy for IndyCar’s youth movement. If Veach succeeds, he could emerge as a cornerstone for the next generation of stars in the open-wheel series. Series officials don’t necessarily need Veach to jump to the forefront just yet. They’re not going all in on one guy, either. By Michael Marot. SENT: 750 words, photos on May 14.



The billboards went up all over Japan when Takuma Sato held off Helio Castroneves in a dramatic Indy 500, becoming the first driver from his nation to win one of motorsport’s pinnacle events. Now, after a switch from Andretti Autosport to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, he’s back to defend his title. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos during race week.


Paul Page remembers having his eye pressed tightly against the window of the broadcast booth, back when it was situated on the roof of the front stretch, and he could just barely see the start-finish line. It was from that vantage point that Page called Al Unser Jr. and Scott Goodyear dueling to the finish line in 1992. It remains one of the seminal calls in 54 years of ABC broadcasting “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” a wild ride that will soon end with NBC ready to take over next season. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos. Timing TBD.


INDIANAPOLIS — Dennis Reinbold wants to be a team owner again in the IndyCar Series. The first step toward that goal is a successful Indianapolis 500, where the two-car team will make its season debut. By Auto Racing Writer Jenna Fryer. UPCOMING. 700 words, photos on May 16.


INDIANAPOLIS — For all the success that Tony Kanaan has had inside an IndyCar, you’d think that his arc would have landed him with one team for good. But instead, the popular driver has bounced around several organizations during his career, and now finds himself driving for A.J. Foyt after a four-year stint at Chip Ganassi Racing. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos during race week.


INDIANAPOLIS — Drivers still hang around Gasoline Alley throughout the month of May, hoping to land a ride in an extra car or perhaps fill in for an injured driver. But for most drivers, the quest to be on the 33-car starting grid Memorial Day weekend begins months in advance, when they try to secure their own sponsorship and funding. And even then, landing a ride is no sure thing. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos during race week.

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