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Postcard from Speedway: From Smelling Roses to Kissing Bricks, How I Was Pleasantly Surprised By My Hometown Event

I didn’t want to love the Indianapolis 500.

People told me horror stories about “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing”: the monstrous, miles-long traffic jams that’d make me beg to watch paint dry, the drunken debauchery of the Snake Pit, the mind-numbingness of watching cars go round and round a 2 1/2-mile track for 3 ½ […]

Postcard from Speedway: ‘I Had Never Seen a Spectacle Like This’

A month ago I was preparing to attend my first Indianapolis 500. Paddock Box 34, Row G, Seat 2 was where I was going to witness the start and the finish before my plans changed. I woke up Sunday knowing I was going to watch from the media center, an opportunity that would not be […]

The ‘Last Box to Tick’ Makes Power the Indy 500 Champion

By Josh Roller

Sports Capital Journalism Program

INDIANAPOLIS – For the first time, Australia is home to a winner of the Indianapolis 500. Will Power delivered the victory on Sunday to give team owner Roger Penske his 17th victory in the 102nd running. Power emerged after six lead changes in the last 25 laps to […]

Sato’s late charge gives Japan its first Indy 500 victory

By Ryan Gregory

Sports Capital Journalism Program

INDIANAPOLIS –Takuma Sato had been on many dates with the Indy 500, but this was the first that ended with a kiss.

Sato waited seven long years to lay his lips on the bricks of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including a final-lap disappointment in 2012. On Sunday, Sato […]

Running on fumes, Alexander Rossi becomes an unlikely champion

By Joe Spears | @joe_spears7

Sports Capital Journalism Program

INDIANAPOLIS – The 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 produced one of its most stunning results when Alexander Rossi, a 24-year-old former Formula One driver with only one other oval appearance, moved into first place without knowing if he would be able to reach the Yard of […]