The Indianapolis 500 is ready to roll on Memorial Day weekend, as race fans around the country head to Indiana for one of the biggest days in racing. The Indy 500 lineup has been set, and fans can already check out what the 2009 Indianapolis 500 starting grid is going to look like. Helio Castroneves will start on the pole, and many from the United States will remember him as the guy who participated (and won) on Dancing With The Stars not so long ago. Well the dancing shoes are now off, and in exchange Castroneves is looking to pick up another trophy and do a dance in victory lane at the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 24th. Everything gets started at 10 a.m. Pacific time.
After a great showing in the time trials, Helio Castroneves posted a speed of 224.864 MPG and a time of 2:40.0967 in order to secure the pole on race day. Joining him in the front row will be Ryan Briscoe in the #6 car, and Dario Franchitti in the #10 car. The front row all looks very good in this Indianapolis 500, as all three cars were able to post 224 mile per hour times on their practice runs, and now it sets up what will surely be an interesting race to the checkered flag on Sunday. Other notable drivers in this 2009 Indianapolis 500 are Marco Andretti who will be starting in position eight in the third row, and Danica Patrick who will be starting in the 10th position in row four.
33 drivers will be starting the Indianapolis 500 this year, split between 11 rows of cars on the starting line. There is a pretty big separation in the time trial times that the front of the pack and the back of the pack were able to put up, with a total of almost four miles per hour separating the drivers. That could make for a quick break-away by the cars at the front of the lineup, and means that several cars will have a lot of work to do on their cars in the days leading up to the green flag at Indianapolis.
The Indianapolis 500 has been running their race since 1911, and it all takes place on an oval that spans 2.5 miles in length. The race itself is 500 miles, which consists of exactly 200 laps around the track. Three drivers have won the Indianapolis 500 four different times over their careers, and that list includes A.J. Foyt, Al Unser, and most recently Rick Mears joined that group in 1991. Everyone will be racing for the Borg-Warner trophy and will celebrate in victory lane with a big bottle of milk.
Source: Indy 500 Web-Stie