Anyone winning Sunday's Indy 500 will be a worldwide story instantly. But some potential winners -- such as Marco Andretti -- would really add luster to the race's lore.
It will happen Sunday. The echoes will resound through the most massive grandstands on the face of the earth and the Indianapolis 500 will be the most important race in history ... again.
Mario Andretti remains the only driver ever to win the Indianapolis 500, the Daytona 500 and the Formula One world championship. So when he talks racing, we listen.
Tony George succeeded in killing CART as the American open-wheel war dragged to its conclusion, but the win was costly for him, his speedway and the IRL. One question still resonates: Could it all have been avoided?
American flights of F1 fancy have come and gone through the years. Add up the forces against the upstart USGPE team in Charlotte, and this too shall pass.