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Scott Dixon pits during the IndyCar auto race at World Wide Technology Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Madison, Ill. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Dixon beats Sato at Gateway in reverse finish of Indy 500

Aug. 29, 2020 7:53 PM EDT

MADISON, Ill. (AP) — Scott Dixon and Takuma Sato repeated their 20-lap shootout from the Indianapolis 500 a week ago, with Dixon reversing the finishing order Saturday by winning at World Wide Technology Raceway outside of St. Louis. Sato held off Dixon last Sunday for his second Indy 500 victory in four...

Takuma Sato, of Japan, celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Takuma Sato wins his second Indianapolis 500 at empty track

Aug. 23, 2020 11:06 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — At an eerily empty Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Takuma Sato snatched a second Indianapolis 500 victory in an odd and unsatisfying finish to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” Sato held off Scott Dixon and won under caution after teammate Spencer Pigot crashed with five...

Car owner David Letterman celebrates after his driver, Takuma Sato, of Japan, won the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Sato, Rahal give Rahal Letterman Lanigan banner Indy 500

Aug. 23, 2020 7:12 PM EDT

The long, white beard cascading out from David Letterman's mask as he climbed onto the new-look winner's podium at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was evidence of just how long it's been since the longtime “Late Show" host joined team co-owner Bobby Rahal in celebrating an Indy 500 victory. Sixteen years...

Takuma Sato, of Japan, leads Marco Andretti into turn one during the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

The Latest: Sato wins 2nd Indy 500 as race ends under yellow

Aug. 23, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

The Latest from the Indianapolis 500, which was delayed from Memorial Day weekend because of COVID-19: ___ 5:45 p.m. Takuma Sato has won his second Indianapolis 500 after Spencer Pigot crashed heavily exiting Turn 4, bringing out the caution with five laps remaining and forcing what had been a thrilling race to...

Charlie Kimball, left, talks with Marco Andretti before a class photo of drivers in the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Friday, Aug. 21, 2020. The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race is scheduled to run on Sunday.  (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indy 500 does its best to shine as show goes on in pandemic

Aug. 22, 2020 11:20 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis 500 has been stripped almost to the bone for the 104th running of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.” The iconic test of man and machine is too important to new owner Roger Penske to cancel in the year of the coronavirus pandemic. Its importance to the...

Alex Palou, of Spain, looks at his qualification results for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Indy 500 rookies bring cosmopolitan flair to the Brickyard

Aug. 22, 2020 2:47 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Indianapolis 500 rookie Alex Palou is a bona fide polyglot, one of those exceptionally rare people who can speak three or more languages so fluently they can alternate between each in a single sentence. In his case, the 23-year-old Spanish driver is fluid in his native Spanish...

Ryan Hunter-Reay leads a group of cars off pit lane during a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Roger Penske to Indianapolis 500 fans: 'I wanted you here'

Aug. 20, 2020 6:39 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roger Penske will not pretend he is not disappointed he can't open the gates to spectators for his first Indianapolis 500 as steward of the iconic event. Penske purchased Indianapolis Motor Speedway in January and spent an additional $15 million on capital improvements for an enhanced...

Rinus VeeKay, of the Netherlands, climbs out of his car during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Chevy drivers hoping Honda's edge closes during Indy 500

Aug. 16, 2020 6:19 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two-time world champion Fernando Alonso and Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indy winner, knew Friday night where they would be starting the Indianapolis 500. Will Power, the 2018 Indy winner, had a pretty good sense, too. None expected to be competing in Sunday's nine-car pole shootout. None did....

Marco Andretti is shown after winning the pole for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

An Andretti wins 1st Indy 500 pole for family in 33 years

Aug. 16, 2020 5:00 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marco Andretti was 2 months old the last time his venerable racing family led the field to green at the Indianapolis 500. In this strange pandemic-plagued season, he ended a 33-year Andretti drought by winning the pole. That darned “Andretti Curse” has haunted three...

Marco Andretti poses for a photo during qualifications for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

Andretti leads Honda rout over Chevy in Indy 500 qualifying

Aug. 15, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marco Andretti led a Honda rout on the first day of Indianapolis 500 qualifying — a session dominated by Andretti Autosport and Honda as Team Penske was shut out of pole contention. Andretti posted a four-lap average of 231.351 mph to top the speed chart Saturday ahead of...