Indianapolis 500
Jun 3

IndyCar: Indy 500 Champ Hunter-Reay Endures Downer In Detroit

Ryan Hunter-Reay sits third in the championship standings after the doubleheader in Detroit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ryan Hunter-Reay sits third in the championship standings after the doubleheader in Detroit. (Photo: Getty Images)

Just one week after winning the biggest race of his life – the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 – Ryan Hunter-Reay followed with a downer in Detroit.

The 2012 Verizon IndyCar Series champion arrived at Belle Isle looking like the king of the racing world and for a good reason. He won one of the most thrilling Indy 500s in history when he defeated three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves by just 0.0600 seconds in the second-closest Indianapolis 500 finish in history. Then it was off to New York for a victory tour that included ringing the bell at the New York Stock Exchange and an appearance on “Today” before jetting down to Dallas and a stop at Texas Motor Speedway for more media appearances.

May 27

Jim Nabors reflects on 42 years of singing at Indianapolis 500

Jim Nabors attends the 2014 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motorspeedway on May 25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Jim Nabors attends the 2014 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 25, 2014 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo: Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

INDIANAPOLIS – He may have been born and raised in Alabama but it didn’t take long for Jim Nabors to become a true Hoosier – the term for a native of Indiana.

Nabors had already earned fame on television as “Gomer Pyle USMC” on the long-running CBS comedy, when he was invited to the 1972 Indianapolis 500 and told he was singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” by a conductor for the Purdue University Band.

May 16

Hinchcliffe Talks Injury That Nearly Sidelined Him From Indianapolis 500

James Hinchcliffe is all smiles after being cleared to drive at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

James Hinchcliffe is all smiles after being cleared to drive at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

As James Hinchcliffe rolled up in his golf cart to the Andretti Autosport garage in Gasoline Alley at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with girlfriend Kirsten Dee he leaned over and gave her a kiss before heading back to work.

The popular Verizon IndyCar Series driver from Toronto – affectionately know as the “Mayor of Hinchtown” – is back in office after he passed a closed concussion test by the INDYCAR Medical Staff Thursday. That means Hinchcliffe could return to the cockpit of the No. 27 Andretti Autosport Dallara/Honda after he passed the medical evaluation.

May 12

IndyCar: Hildebrand set for Indianapolis redemption

J.R. Hildebrand (L) will drive the No. car for Ed Carpenter in the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 next Sunday. (Photo: Bruce Martin)

J.R. Hildebrand (L) will drive the No. 21 car for Ed Carpenter in the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 next Sunday. (Photo: Bruce Martin)

INDIANAPOLIS – J.R. Hildebrand has literally come “full circle” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the driver can’t help but smile when he considers the irony of his return to the Indianapolis 500.

The day after last year’s Indy 500, Hildebrand was fired by Panther Racing team owner John Barnes after crashing on the third lap of the race in Turn 2.