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Truex Smashes Coca-Cola 600 Records

Under the checkered flag

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 29, 2016 – RIS) Martin Truex Jr set a gaggle of records in winning the 57th Coca-Cola 600. Among other records, he scored a perfect driver rating of 150 points; led the most laps ever in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition: 392; ran the fastest '600' on record at 3 hour, 44 minutes and five seconds, at a speed of 160.655 mph. Both of those statistics are Charlotte Motor Speedway records. Only Jimmie Johnson, Paul Menard and Joey Logano led, with Johnson heading five laps, Menard two and Logano one round on the mile and a half 'quad-oval' track. Following the race,

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Volume 2016, Issue 5, Posted 1:54 AM, 05.30.2016

American Rookie Wins 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500

Alexander Rossi (Photo RIS/Larry Clarino)

INDIANAPOLIS – RIS – Alexander Rossi, driving for Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb Agajanian, cruised to victory on fumes and an empty fuel tank to win the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.

Rossi, from California, rolled across the finish line 4.4975 seconds ahead of teammate Carlos Munoz. His car had to be towed back to victory lane after running out of fuel. Josef Newgarden, Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball rounded out the top five.

Unofficial Results of the 100th Running of the INDIANAPOLIS 500-MILE RACE

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Volume 2016, Issue 5, Posted 4:31 PM, 05.29.2016

INDY 500 - RACE DAY, THE 100th INDY 500

©RIS/Larry Clarino

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - RACE DAY - MAY 29, 2016 - Welcome to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 100th Running of the 500 Mile Race! You RIS team of Pam Clarino, Larry Clarino, Tom Beeler, David Chess, Bash Beard, and Don Andersen have been here all month, every second of every day, preparing for this most historic event.

A crowd of maybe 400,000 people will be at the Speedway today. To put that in terms that are comprehensible, that is five Superbowl's, or the combined population of South Bend and Fort Wayne, Indiana or more people than live in New Orleans, or Miami, or Minneapolis, or Tulsa. It is 3/4 of the total population of Indianapolis.

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Volume 2016, Issue 5, Posted 6:32 AM, 05.29.2016

Hamlin Beats Penalty, Dillon and Logano for Hisense 300 Win

Denny Hamlin surged to the lead from sixth in overtime

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 28, 2016 – RIS) Denny Hamlin took advantage of a late race caution, four new tires and a brave call by crew chief Chris Gayle to win the NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Appropriately enough, Hamlin's Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota was sponsored by the race sponsor. A penalty assessed 40 laps from the end of the race for an uncontrolled tire seemed to have put Hamlin's hopes for a race win to and end but an overtime restart after a late yellow flag allowed him to charge from sixth to the victory in just two laps.

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Volume 2016, Issue 5, Posted 10:37 PM, 05.28.2016

Erik Jones Leads Gibbs Xfinity Qualifying Sweep

(CONCORD, NC – May 28, 2016 – RIS) Series rookie Erik Jones won the pole position for this afternoon's Hisense 300, edging out Daniel Suarez by only 0.012 second in the third round of knock-out qualifying. Joined by Denny Hamlin, the trio gave team owner Joe Gibbs a sweep of the top three starting positions for the 25th XFINITY Series Memorial Day weekend race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

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Volume 2016, Issue 5, Posted 1:51 PM, 05.28.2016

Team Penske Scores 16th Pit Stop Contest Win

Helio Castroneves (Photo: Larry Clarino/RIS)

Helio Castroneves' hand-picked Pennzoil pit crew earned Team Penske its 16th TAG/Heuer Pit Stop Contest victory, easily besting a challenge from Mikhail Aleshin's #7 DOOM Dallara Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports crew.

The final tally was 12.235 seconds to 19.381 seconds.

Castroneves was the only driver to advance from the less-favorable right lane (against Graham Rahal), and opted to the faster, concrete-based left lane for the rest of his victory run.

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Volume 2016, Issue 5, Posted 3:35 PM, 05.27.2016

Dean Stoneman Wins Record-Setting Indy Lights Race at Indianapolis

Indy Lights Photo Finish! Photo/RIS - Don Andersen

INDIANAPOLIS – RIS – Dean Stoneman narrowly beat Ed Jones by 0.0024 seconds to win the Indy Lights Mazda Freedom 100 Presented by Cooper Tires at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was the closest Indy Lights finish ever. Dalton Kellett, Shelby Blackstock and Scott Hargrove rounded out the top five.

Stoneman, from Croydon, England, drove to victory ahead of Jones after a caution set up a one-lap shootout for the race victory. Jones passed Stoneman after Juan Piedrahita ran into the back of Stoneman on the restart. They battled side-by-side until Stoneman inched ahead of Jones at the finish line.

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Volume 2016, Issue 5, Posted 2:10 PM, 05.27.2016

INDY 500 - CARB DAY FINAL PRACTICE, PIPPA POPS WALL

Pippa Mann contacts the turn four wall at IMS in Carb Day practice. ©RIS/Don Andersen

THE 100th running of the INDIANAPOLIS 500-MILE RACE
Indianapolis Motor Speedway

INDIANAPOLIS - RIS - May 27, 2016 - Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. A very health  crowd has come for the final practice session for the 100th running of the  Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

A warm humid day with the threat of precipitation greeted the largest Carb Day gathering certainly this century.

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Volume 2016, Issue 5, Posted 1:09 PM, 05.27.2016

INDY 500 Carb Day Final Practice Times

Tony Kanaan leads Charlie Kimball in Carb Day practice. (Photo: Larry Clarino/RIS)

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THE 100th running of the INDIANAPOLIS 500-MILE RACE
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
May 27, 2016

FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS (CARB DAY)

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Volume 2016, Issue 5, Posted 12:50 PM, 05.27.2016

Truex Gets Another 2016 Pole

Martin Truex Jr won the pole for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600

Truex Grabs Coca-Cola 600 Pole (CONCORD, NC – MAY 26 2016 – RIS) Martin Truex Jr led the second and third qualifying sessions to earn the pole for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. His lap of 28.077 sec/192.328 mph brought the Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Toyota to his ninth career pole in 382 starts and is his second pole in the current season.

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Volume 2016, Issue 5, Posted 10:22 PM, 05.26.2016

2015 Indy 500 Entrants - Where Are They Today? - Tragedy and Trajectory

2015 Indy 500 Starting Field (Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway)

INDIANAPOLIS – RIS – There are a group of drivers entered in this year’s 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil that, if history repeats itself, will not participate next year.  The reasons why are varied and sometimes heartbreaking.  Yes, money is the number one answer - but luck is another. Only fate and time will tell.

Where are those drivers that participated in last year’s 99th running and not entered in this year’s event?

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Volume 2016, Issue 5, Posted 4:57 PM, 05.23.2016

2016 INDIANAPOLIS 500 STARTING GRID

2016 Indy 500 front row: Ryan Hunter-Reay, Josef Newgarden, James Hinchcliffe (L to R) (PHOTO: IMS)

The official starting grid for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, to be held May 29, 2016 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Volume 2016, Issue 5, Posted 1:44 PM, 05.23.2016

Full Moon Over Charlotte Makes Wild All-Star

Joey Logano celebrates in Victory Lane

(CONCORD, NC – MAY 21, 2016 – RIS) Confusing rules, crashes, penalties and general mayhem decided the outcome of the 2016 Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Joey Logano won the million dollar purse after passing Kyle Larson, winner of the second 50-lap segment of the race. Larson got loose, sliding up the track and handing the win to Logano.

 

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Volume 2016, Issue 5, Posted 1:55 AM, 05.22.2016

The 2016 Indianapolis 500 Rookie Class (aka "Who ARE these guys?")

Max Chilton (IMS Photo)

Every year, the Indianapolis 500 sees new, eager drivers, flush with hope to win the prestigious race.

Rookie winners of Indy have included such names as Frank Lockhart, Louis Meyer, Graham Hill, Helio Castroneves, and Juan Pablo Montoya.

We've put together a short bio of this year's rookie class. They include drivers with Formula One experience and an important familial racing pedigree. Perhaps this year's race winner is among them?

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Volume 2016, Issue 5, Posted 2:55 PM, 05.18.2016

For those who came in late...

Living in Indianapolis nearly my entire life, I've learned that there are three kinds of people here in "The Racing Capital of the World": Indy car fans (not necessarily to be confused with "IndyCar fans" - there's a difference), Indy 500 fans, and "Huh?"

Here is a primer of what you need to know going into this month's 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, whether you're a local fan, a casual observer, or just waiting around until HBO shows this week's episode of "Game of Throne" again.

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Volume 2016, Issue 5, Posted 12:30 PM, 05.17.2016