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Stinky The Clown Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun May-24-09 09:25 AM
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Little know facts about this year's Indy 500
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(If you don't like motorsports, that's okay. BUT GO START YOUR OWN THREAD IF YOU WANT TO TRASH IT. You even have my permission to call me out about it.)

There will be three women starting.

Many of us already know Danica Patrick. She drove a Rahal/(Dave)Letterman car in her rookie drive a few years ago.

Then there's Sarah Fisher. She owns her own car (a very big deal). She was the first woman to win the pole position. She was the youngest driver to ever have competed in the race.

The third woman is Venezuelan Milka Duno, the first Latina to race at Indy and the first woman from her native Venezuela to ever make a career of international motorsports.

There are actually two Venezuelans in the race, Milka Duno and E J Viso. Viso is starting in position #29 and Duno is in #30. I wonder if they're using Citgo branded ethanol. :)

Dave Letterman's and partner Bobby Rahal's Car 17 is being driven by Oriol Servia. The team was unable to find a full year's sponsorship, so I guess Dave is writing a few checks this week.

Meanwhile, two racing family scions are on other than the family teams. Bobby Rahal's son Graham is racing for Newman-Haas this year (Paul Newman's old team) and Marco Andretti is driving Richard Petty's first Indy ride.

Anyway, this race is such an American tradition and icon, it seemed appropriate to mention it and try to keep it interesting but apolitical ...... mostly.
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  -Little know facts about this year's Indy 500 Stinky The Clown  May-24-09 09:25 AM   #0 
  - i grew up in indy...sold newspapers on raceday as a it  spanone   May-24-09 09:26 AM   #1 
  - Indy was always  ewagner   May-24-09 09:31 AM   #2 
  - i grew up listening to the indy 500 on the radio.  madrchsod   May-24-09 10:17 AM   #3 
  - The race is iconic ......  Stinky The Clown   May-24-09 10:22 AM   #4 
     - the town the track is located in is actually called 'speedway' indiana  spanone   May-24-09 10:56 AM   #7 
  - I'm looking forward to it...  Stump   May-24-09 10:48 AM   #5 
  - sarah fisher did not win the pole at indy.....  spanone   May-24-09 10:53 AM   #6 
  - Milka Duno is racing for the CITGO team.  Mika   May-24-09 11:13 AM   #8 
  - Look out, Danica!  bumblebee1   May-24-09 10:50 PM   #20 
  - I grew up rooting for Jack Zink  madokie   May-24-09 11:28 AM   #9 
  - The Pink Zink won in '55  asteroid2003QQ47   May-24-09 06:53 PM   #19 
     - I guess it was powered by an Offy. Now they are all Hondas. Charlotte  alfredo   May-24-09 11:05 PM   #22 
  - How many gallons of gasoline will be burned? How many tires will be used?  tom_paine   May-24-09 11:39 AM   #10 
  - In Comparison to that used on a daily basis in Indianapolis?  NeedleCast   May-24-09 11:44 AM   #13 
  - How much electricity did you waste on your self-righteous post? n/t  HooptieWagon   May-24-09 11:47 AM   #14 
  - About the same as you with your nonensical, ad hominem, knee-jerk response.  tom_paine   May-24-09 11:53 AM   #15 
  - Not a single gallon of gasoline. They run on Ethanol.  A HERETIC I AM   May-24-09 12:27 PM   #17 
  - .....  Stinky The Clown   May-24-09 02:27 PM   #18 
  - I always watch it every year  Ocracoker16   May-24-09 11:41 AM   #11 
  - Not the first time for 3 women competing  HooptieWagon   May-24-09 11:44 AM   #12 
  - Here's my contribution as an old sportswriter  5thGenDemocrat   May-24-09 12:21 PM   #16 
  - i was in the stands in 64 when dave macdonald and eddie sachs were killed  spanone   May-24-09 10:58 PM   #21 
  - Panoz Indy car roadster. Artist conception.  alfredo   May-24-09 11:20 PM   #23 

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