Kurt Busch
May 24

Indy 500 Preview: Wide-Open Field Ready To Battle For Glory

The 33-driver field for Sunday's Indianapolis 500 is stacked with talent from all aspects of racing. (Photo: Getty Images)

The 33-driver field for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 is stacked with talent from all aspects of racing. (Photo: Getty Images)

It’s a wide-open field in Sunday’s 98th Indianapolis 500. So wide open, in fact, that it’s hard to see a clear-cut favorite in the field of 33 drivers that will celebrate at the end of the race in the most famous Victory Lane in all of racing.

It’s also a race loaded with storylines.

Tony Kanaan is the defending winner of the Indianapolis 500 and he starts way back in 16th place after struggling in qualifying with his Target/Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara/Chevrolet. But Kanaan’s confidence on race day will be high after he was the fastest driver in the final practice session known as Carb Day on Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 23

Highs And Lows: History Of The Indy 500/Coca-Cola 600 Double

Kurt Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champ, will compete in his first Indianapolis 500 before flying to Charlotte for that night's Coca-Cola 600. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kurt Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champ, will compete in his first Indianapolis 500 before flying to Charlotte for that night’s Coca-Cola 600. (Photo: Getty Images)

For more than a decade, the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s World 600 — now known as the Coca-Cola 600 — in Charlotte were held on different days, setting the stage for Cale Yarborough to make history in 1967 as the first driver to complete both races in one year.

But since both IndyCar and NASCAR have raced on the same day, the feat of running in both events has been pulled off eight times by three different drivers. Kurt Busch will attempt to add to that list Sunday, as the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion makes his first start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 17

IndyCar: Carpenter Grabs Top Seed In Indy 500′s Pole Shootout

Ed Carpenter was the fastest qualifier on Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Ed Carpenter was the fastest qualifier on Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

When Ed Carpenter, Carlos Munoz and Helio Castroneves were pushed to the edge Saturday, each remained calm and came up with their best-qualifying runs of the day.

Now they have to do it again one more time Sunday.

The American, Colombian and Brazilian who have celebrated some of their biggest career moments at Indianapolis each made daring runs over the final 80 minutes Saturday to take the top three seeds heading into Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 shootout. Carpenter finished first with a four-lap qualifying average of 230.661 mph. Munoz was second at 230.460.

May 11

IndyCar: Penske Sweeps Top Three Spots On Slow Day At Indy

Will Power (front) was quickest on the opening day of practice for the Indianapolis 500, while teammate Helio Castroneves (back) was third fastest. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Will Power (front) was quickest on the opening day of practice for the Indianapolis 500, while teammate Helio Castroneves (back) was third fastest. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Roger Penske’s team got off to a fast start on a slow day at Indianapolis.

Less than 24 hours after working feverishly to convert three cars from road-course setups to oval setups, the winningest owner in Indianapolis 500 swept the top three spots on the first day of practice Sunday.

Australia’s Will Power finished with a fast lap of 223.057 mph, Colombia’s Juan Pablo Montoya was second at 222.502 and Brazil’s Helio Castroneves was third at 222.373. Only three other drivers topped 222.

Apr 28

Kurt Busch’s Indy 500 car unveiled

Michael Andretti, Kurt Busch and Jordan Schur at the unveiling of the No. 26 Andretti Motorsports car for the 2014 Indy 500. (Photo: Michael L. Levitt/LAT Photographic)

Michael Andretti, Kurt Busch and Jordan Schur at the unveiling of the No. 26 Andretti Autosport car for the 2014 Indy 500. (Photo: Michael L. Levitt/LAT Photographic)

The No. 26 Andretti Autosport IndyCar for Kurt Busch was unveiled Monday, with Suretone Entertainment sponsoring the ride.

Kurt Busch will attempt to compete in his first ever IndyCar race at the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 25, 2014.