The 2002 Indy 500 didn't end the way it should have, writes ESPN.com's Jonathan Baum.
Series choice, sponsor influence and racing roots play roles in whether American drivers land rides.
With a year of experience behind him, Dan Wheldon's a key member of Michael Andretti's team.
Jimmy Vasser and Kenny Brack were both bit by gearbox problems during Sunday's Indy 500.
Michael Andretti has said Sunday's Indy 500 is his last. Don't count on it.
Jeff Ward isn't one of the first drivers mentioned as an Indy favorite -- but he should be.
The former Indy 500 and IRL champ hasn't been getting much attention this month.