ABC gears up for its 50th production of the Indianapolis 500 -- the third-longest marriage between a network and sporting event. But the broadcast team's coverage has never been just about the racing, writes Ryan McGee.
Before the Brickyard 400, before stock cars kicked up dirt on the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway rectangle, some of NASCAR's greatest names tried to race in the Indy 500. And failed.
Foyt. Rutherford. Parnelli. Luyendyk. Granatelli. The Unsers. The living legends of the Indianapolis 500 gathered at Gasoline Alley on Sunday in a throwback weekend for the ages.
Marco Andretti is ready to fill his family's big shoes in racing at the Indianapolis 500.
Danny Sullivan won the Indianapolis 500 in 1985 with his "spin to win." But his real legacy after that win was turning himself into the model for the modern race car driver.
Was it the wild crash on Turn 1 where he broke his back? Or the pit fire that engulfed him in flames? Any way you look at it, the 2009 Indy 500 made a cult hero out of Vitor Meira.
Janet Guthrie made history in NASCAR and IndyCar three decades before Danica Patrick, overcoming obstacles and insults even worse than those female racers face today.