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Simon Pagenaud led 116 of the 200 laps, but had to fight with 2016 winner Alexander Rossi – the two swapped the lead five times in the final 13 laps – to give Roger Penske a record-extending 18th victory in the race. He edged Rossi by .02086 of a second and became the first Frenchman to win the 500 since Gaston Chevrolet in 1920.

Susan Peverill was expecting Doug Boles, dressed in one of his typical pinstripe suites and a perfectly matched shirt and tie to roll up in a Chevy Corvette pace car, maybe an Indianapolis 500 gift bag in tow. She’d gotten a call Wednesday evening from someone at IMS, telling her to make sure to be at her home off Georgetown Road right outside Turn 4 for a couple hours starting around 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

As it turns out, Boles, the IMS president, may have been the fourth-most impressive person or thing that strolled or rolled up her driveway, black and white checkered flags wafting in the breeze.

Scott Dixon started the season with a three-race winning streak (Texas, Indy road course, Road America 1) and holds a 49-point advantage over Pagenaud and 53 over two-time and defending series champion Josef Newgarden. Other winners have been Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing Honda teammate Felix Rosenqvist (Road America 2), Pagenaud (Iowa 1) and his Team Penske Chevrolet teammate Newgarden (Iowa 2).

There are eight past winners: Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002, 2009), Dixon (2008), Tony Kanaan (2013), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014), Rossi (2016), Sato (2017), Power (2018) and Pagenaud.

Castroneves is the most experienced driver in the field with 19 previous starts and oldest at 45. Five starters are rookies. This will be the first Indianapolis 500 since 2000 without a female driver.

Marco Andretti became the first member of his famous family since his grandfather, Mario, in 1987 to win the pole for the 500. In 64 starts combined among Marco, father Michael, second cousin John, uncle Jeff and grandfather Mario, the Andrettis have one win, Mario’s in 1969, and three poles, all by Mario. Marco was runner-up in his debut in 2006, but his overall IndyCar numbers have been disappointing: two wins in 240 starts.

After postponing from Memorial Day Weekend because of the coronavirus pandemic and then scuttling a plan to allow some spectators, the race will be run 13 weeks late in front of 232,000 empty seats. The drivers will be harder to see too. For safety, IndyCar has added an aeroscreen designed to keep dangerous debris out of the cockpit, which gives the cars a decidedly different look, particularly for those who remember how exposed drivers were generations ago. The screens affect the aerodynamics of the car and are a work in progress, having caused such side effects as making it difficult for the driver to get fresh, cool air.

More than the usual number of familiar names will have to work their way through the field after some surprises in qualifying. Row 8 includes two past winners, Power and Kanaan, Row 9 has Pagenaud and two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso, and Castroneves, four-time pole-sitter and three-time winner lines up on the inside of the 10th row.

Honda had the upper hand in qualifying, locking up 11 of the first 12 positions. Chevrolet cars seem to close the gap considerably in racing conditions. Beyond outright top speed, fuel mileage comes into play. Honda has had the edge more often than not, but it’s unclear how that will play out Sunday.

Roger Penske owned the speedway metaphorically, winning the 500 some 18 times between his arrival in 1969 and last year. Now he owns it outright – along with the IndyCar Series – after purchasing it from the Hulman George family in the offseason. His new position will take “The Captain” off pit road, where he has traditionally called a race strategy for one of his drivers, and change his role dramatically.

With all 33 cars having made at least one qualifying attempt, Colton Herta was in 10th, and Zach Veach was 15th with three hours remaining in Saturday’s session.

After going winless with his five full-time cars through the first six races this season (following only two victories last year), Michael Andretti said his team was unsure it would be so fast in qualifying until Friday’s practice.

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Susan Peverill was expecting Doug Boles, dressed in one of his typical pinstripe suits and a perfectly matched shirt and tie to roll up in a Chevy Corvette pace car, maybe an Indianapolis 500 gift bag in tow. She’d gotten a call Wednesday evening from someone at IMS, telling her to make sure to be at her home off Georgetown Road right outside Turn 4 for a couple of hours starting around 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

As it turns out, Boles, the IMS president, may have been the fourth-most impressive person or thing that strolled or rolled up her driveway, black and white checkered flags wafting in the breeze.

Britain’s Max Chilton is hoping to achieve the highlight of his career on Sunday and win the Indianapolis 500 after coming so close three years ago.

Chilton, 29, is one of three British drivers in the legendary IndyCar race – 200 laps and 500 miles. In 2017 he led for 50 laps, including 47 of the last 72, but was overtaken with seven laps to go and came fourth, 1.1 seconds behind winner Takuma Sato.

“It’s the biggest single race sporting event in the world,” said Chilton.

“There’s a saying that the race will choose the winner and you have to hope something falls into place and the stars align. Maybe it will fall into place.

“Would winning change my life? I don’t know but it would definitely change my feelings for achieving what I wanted to do. It would make me overall a more satisfied human being, that I’ve accomplished something I set out to do.

“It would definitely be my career highlight – now and probably going forward too.”

The winner of the Indy 500 is often pictured celebrating drinking milk – a tradition that has been followed since the 1950s – although Chilton’s chances appear to be slim as he starts 30th out of 33 entrants.

But his experiences of three years ago show anything is possible. “In 2017 at 40 laps Fernando Alonso was winning,” recalled Chilton. “I was a lap down in the pit lane due to a red flag, after an awful accident for Scott Dixon, then on lap 80 I was leading, so it can turn around very quickly.

“I was leading for more laps than anyone else and was super chilled – it was the easiest race of my career. I got out in front, my car was stupidly fast, no-one could touch me, so I just focused on being flat and on every corner. I led for over an hour.

“I feel like I slightly tasted the milk and someone snatched it away from me, so I definitely want to have that chance again, hopefully, sooner than later.”

First, it was a white IMS van, backing up toward her garage were a race car banner hung from the roof – stock cars on it, ironically. And then two yellow shirts climbed in the back and started bringing out two half-circle pieces that made up what looked like a stand of sorts. On the front, it read “Borg-Warner Trophy”.

Seconds later, Peverill was on the phone, practically screaming. “You cannot believe what’s in my driveway!” she exclaimed. It was THE trophy, in all its majesty, followed by it’s a most recent winner, Simon Pagenaud, and the man that 15 months ago pushed him to the absolute limit, runner-up Alexander Rossi.

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Simon Pagenaud led 116 of the 200 laps, but had to fight with 2016 winner Alexander Rossi – the two swapped the lead five times in the final 13 laps – to give Roger Penske a record-extending 18th victory in the race. He edged Rossi by .02086 of a second and became the first Frenchman to win the 500 since Gaston Chevrolet in 1920.

Susan Peverill was expecting Doug Boles, dressed in one of his typical pinstripe suites and a perfectly matched shirt and tie to roll up in a Chevy Corvette pace car, maybe an Indianapolis 500 gift bag in tow. She’d gotten a call Wednesday evening from someone at IMS, telling her to make sure to be at her home off Georgetown Road right outside Turn 4 for a couple hours starting around 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

As it turns out, Boles, the IMS president, may have been the fourth-most impressive person or thing that strolled or rolled up her driveway, black and white checkered flags wafting in the breeze.

Scott Dixon started the season with a three-race winning streak (Texas, Indy road course, Road America 1) and holds a 49-point advantage over Pagenaud and 53 over two-time and defending series champion Josef Newgarden. Other winners have been Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing Honda teammate Felix Rosenqvist (Road America 2), Pagenaud (Iowa 1) and his Team Penske Chevrolet teammate Newgarden (Iowa 2).

There are eight past winners: Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002, 2009), Dixon (2008), Tony Kanaan (2013), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014), Rossi (2016), Sato (2017), Power (2018) and Pagenaud.

Castroneves is the most experienced driver in the field with 19 previous starts and oldest at 45. Five starters are rookies. This will be the first Indianapolis 500 since 2000 without a female driver.

Marco Andretti became the first member of his famous family since his grandfather, Mario, in 1987 to win the pole for the 500. In 64 starts combined among Marco, father Michael, second cousin John, uncle Jeff and grandfather Mario, the Andrettis have one win, Mario’s in 1969, and three poles, all by Mario. Marco was runner-up in his debut in 2006, but his overall IndyCar numbers have been disappointing: two wins in 240 starts.

After postponing from Memorial Day Weekend because of the coronavirus pandemic and then scuttling a plan to allow some spectators, the race will be run 13 weeks late in front of 232,000 empty seats. The drivers will be harder to see too. For safety, IndyCar has added an aeroscreen designed to keep dangerous debris out of the cockpit, which gives the cars a decidedly different look, particularly for those who remember how exposed drivers were generations ago. The screens affect the aerodynamics of the car and are a work in progress, having caused such side effects as making it difficult for the driver to get fresh, cool air.

More than the usual number of familiar names will have to work their way through the field after some surprises in qualifying. Row 8 includes two past winners, Power and Kanaan, Row 9 has Pagenaud and two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso, and Castroneves, four-time pole-sitter and three-time winner lines up on the inside of the 10th row.

Honda had the upper hand in qualifying, locking up 11 of the first 12 positions. Chevrolet cars seem to close the gap considerably in racing conditions. Beyond outright top speed, fuel mileage comes into play. Honda has had the edge more often than not, but it’s unclear how that will play out Sunday.

Roger Penske owned the speedway metaphorically, winning the 500 some 18 times between his arrival in 1969 and last year. Now he owns it outright – along with the IndyCar Series – after purchasing it from the Hulman George family in the offseason. His new position will take “The Captain” off pit road, where he has traditionally called a race strategy for one of his drivers, and change his role dramatically.

With all 33 cars having made at least one qualifying attempt, Colton Herta was in 10th, and Zach Veach was 15th with three hours remaining in Saturday’s session.

After going winless with his five full-time cars through the first six races this season (following only two victories last year), Michael Andretti said his team was unsure it would be so fast in qualifying until Friday’s practice.

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With all 33 cars having made at least one qualifying attempt, Colton Herta was in 10th, and Zach Veach was 15th with three hours remaining in Saturday’s session.

After going winless with his five full-time cars through the first six races this season (following only two victories last year), Michael Andretti said his team was unsure it would be so fast in qualifying until Friday’s practice.

“Honda did a tremendous job,” he said. “We were behind last year, but they worked hard over the offseason and gave us the car to be where we are. The team worked hard. Honestly, it’s really crazy. We got a little bit more confidence every day.

“Yesterday we had a lot of confidence, and our goal was to put six in the top nine. It’s just been amazing. So happy and proud of all the hard work the team has done. Honda really did a great job of giving us the power this year.”

Dispelling predictions that his early afternoon draw would make a fast lap impossible because of a slick track in hot weather, Marco Andretti opened with Saturday’s first 232 mph lap around the 2.5-mile oval.

“Blew me away,” Michael Andretti said. “That first lap was amazing. We were all shocked by it. The last two laps he was driving the heck out of it. It was really loose, but he still hung with it. He’s got a lot of laps around here, and he needed all that experience to do what he did today, and he did a great job, so I couldn’t be happier right now.”

Other Honda drivers in the provisional Fast Nine were the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing duo of Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato (who drew the first two slots in the order), five-time series champion Scott Dixon and Dale Coyne Racing rookie Alex Palou in seventh.

“I think we have some more speed there,” said Palou, a 23-year-old Spaniard who raced the first oval in his career two months ago at Texas Motor Speedway. “So hopefully we get to the Fast Nine, this team deserves it.

“The team gave me such a good car that we need to go to the Fast Nine, we need to try to get that pole. I think we can fight with the Andretti cars. It’s just a shame it was too hot now and that made our run a bit more difficult.”

With the sixth-best speed (231.114), Rinus VeeKay of Ed Carpenter Racing was the only Chevrolet driver in the provisional Fast Nine. It was an impressive showing for the Ed Carpenter Racing rookie, who finished third in last year’s Indy Lights race at IMS and has four podiums on ovals during his Road to Indy career.

VeeKay said he was shaking before he got in the car, “but I just went, and the car felt as good as it has all week.

“I don’t know that I’ve been doing differently from the other Chevys,” VeeKay said. “It’s looking tough out there. It’s good to be the Chevy in the top nine.”

For teams outside the Fast Nine at the end of Saturday’s session, their starting positions are set for the Indy 500 on Aug. 23, and that could be tough news for Chevys if passing is difficult, and track position is a major factor as expected.

The next-best Chevy was Josef Newgarden of Team Penske on the 13th. Buried in 22nd was the No. 12 Penske Chevy of Will Power, who had warned during the Fast Friday practice that his team was in major trouble for earning a decent starting spot.

“Got to be one of the slowest cars out there by the look of it,” Power said. “I was wide open the whole time. Just blows my mind every time I come here. I’ve got so many poles at any every other track and never had the fastest car here. Never. And I don’t know why.

“I ran less downforce than Josef and went slower, so that’s it, man. I reckon that’s it. That’s what we got.”

Though he has yet to qualify first at the Brickyard, Power usually is in the hunt. In 11 previous Indy 500 starts with Penske from 2009-19, the Australian had started at least ninth or better, including four front-row spots in qualifying.

This will be Power’s worst start since he qualified 23rd as a rookie in 2008.

“We’ll focus on the race now,” he said. “It’s a long day, and you can win from anywhere here. We’ve got to work hard on the race car and have some fun next weekend.”

Defending Indy 500 pole-sitter and race winner Simon Pagenaud will have a steeper climb for Penske after qualifying a career-worst 25th at Indy.

Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, who likely will be making his final start for Team Penske, will start 28th.

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Simon Pagenaud led 116 of the 200 laps, but had to fight with 2016 winner Alexander Rossi – the two swapped the lead five times in the final 13 laps – to give Roger Penske a record-extending 18th victory in the race. He edged Rossi by .02086 of a second and became the first Frenchman to win the 500 since Gaston Chevrolet in 1920.

Susan Peverill was expecting Doug Boles, dressed in one of his typical pinstripe suites and a perfectly matched shirt and tie to roll up in a Chevy Corvette pace car, maybe an Indianapolis 500 gift bag in tow. She’d gotten a call Wednesday evening from someone at IMS, telling her to make sure to be at her home off Georgetown Road right outside Turn 4 for a couple hours starting around 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

As it turns out, Boles, the IMS president, may have been the fourth-most impressive person or thing that strolled or rolled up her driveway, black and white checkered flags wafting in the breeze.

Scott Dixon started the season with a three-race winning streak (Texas, Indy road course, Road America 1) and holds a 49-point advantage over Pagenaud and 53 over two-time and defending series champion Josef Newgarden. Other winners have been Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing Honda teammate Felix Rosenqvist (Road America 2), Pagenaud (Iowa 1) and his Team Penske Chevrolet teammate Newgarden (Iowa 2).

There are eight past winners: Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002, 2009), Dixon (2008), Tony Kanaan (2013), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014), Rossi (2016), Sato (2017), Power (2018) and Pagenaud.

Castroneves is the most experienced driver in the field with 19 previous starts and oldest at 45. Five starters are rookies. This will be the first Indianapolis 500 since 2000 without a female driver.

Marco Andretti became the first member of his famous family since his grandfather, Mario, in 1987 to win the pole for the 500. In 64 starts combined among Marco, father Michael, second cousin John, uncle Jeff and grandfather Mario, the Andrettis have one win, Mario’s in 1969, and three poles, all by Mario. Marco was runner-up in his debut in 2006, but his overall IndyCar numbers have been disappointing: two wins in 240 starts.

After postponing from Memorial Day Weekend because of the coronavirus pandemic and then scuttling a plan to allow some spectators, the race will be run 13 weeks late in front of 232,000 empty seats. The drivers will be harder to see too. For safety, IndyCar has added an aeroscreen designed to keep dangerous debris out of the cockpit, which gives the cars a decidedly different look, particularly for those who remember how exposed drivers were generations ago. The screens affect the aerodynamics of the car and are a work in progress, having caused such side effects as making it difficult for the driver to get fresh, cool air.

More than the usual number of familiar names will have to work their way through the field after some surprises in qualifying. Row 8 includes two past winners, Power and Kanaan, Row 9 has Pagenaud and two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso, and Castroneves, four-time pole-sitter and three-time winner lines up on the inside of the 10th row.

Honda had the upper hand in qualifying, locking up 11 of the first 12 positions. Chevrolet cars seem to close the gap considerably in racing conditions. Beyond outright top speed, fuel mileage comes into play. Honda has had the edge more often than not, but it’s unclear how that will play out Sunday.

Roger Penske owned the speedway metaphorically, winning the 500 some 18 times between his arrival in 1969 and last year. Now he owns it outright – along with the IndyCar Series – after purchasing it from the Hulman George family in the offseason. His new position will take “The Captain” off pit road, where he has traditionally called a race strategy for one of his drivers, and change his role dramatically.

With all 33 cars having made at least one qualifying attempt, Colton Herta was in 10th, and Zach Veach was 15th with three hours remaining in Saturday’s session.

After going winless with his five full-time cars through the first six races this season (following only two victories last year), Michael Andretti said his team was unsure it would be so fast in qualifying until Friday’s practice.

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With all 33 cars having made at least one qualifying attempt, Colton Herta was in 10th, and Zach Veach was 15th with three hours remaining in Saturday’s session.

After going winless with his five full-time cars through the first six races this season (following only two victories last year), Michael Andretti said his team was unsure it would be so fast in qualifying until Friday’s practice.

“Honda did a tremendous job,” he said. “We were behind last year, but they worked hard over the offseason and gave us the car to be where we are. The team worked hard. Honestly, it’s really crazy. We got a little bit more confidence every day.

“Yesterday we had a lot of confidence, and our goal was to put six in the top nine. It’s just been amazing. So happy and proud of all the hard work the team has done. Honda really did a great job of giving us the power this year.”

Dispelling predictions that his early afternoon draw would make a fast lap impossible because of a slick track in hot weather, Marco Andretti opened with Saturday’s first 232 mph lap around the 2.5-mile oval.

“Blew me away,” Michael Andretti said. “That first lap was amazing. We were all shocked by it. The last two laps he was driving the heck out of it. It was really loose, but he still hung with it. He’s got a lot of laps around here, and he needed all that experience to do what he did today, and he did a great job, so I couldn’t be happier right now.”

Other Honda drivers in the provisional Fast Nine were the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing duo of Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato (who drew the first two slots in the order), five-time series champion Scott Dixon and Dale Coyne Racing rookie Alex Palou in seventh.

“I think we have some more speed there,” said Palou, a 23-year-old Spaniard who raced the first oval in his career two months ago at Texas Motor Speedway. “So hopefully we get to the Fast Nine, this team deserves it.

“The team gave me such a good car that we need to go to the Fast Nine, we need to try to get that pole. I think we can fight with the Andretti cars. It’s just a shame it was too hot now and that made our run a bit more difficult.”

With the sixth-best speed (231.114), Rinus VeeKay of Ed Carpenter Racing was the only Chevrolet driver in the provisional Fast Nine. It was an impressive showing for the Ed Carpenter Racing rookie, who finished third in last year’s Indy Lights race at IMS and has four podiums on ovals during his Road to Indy career.

VeeKay said he was shaking before he got in the car, “but I just went, and the car felt as good as it has all week.

“I don’t know that I’ve been doing differently from the other Chevys,” VeeKay said. “It’s looking tough out there. It’s good to be the Chevy in the top nine.”

For teams outside the Fast Nine at the end of Saturday’s session, their starting positions are set for the Indy 500 on Aug. 23, and that could be tough news for Chevys if passing is difficult, and track position is a major factor as expected.

The next-best Chevy was Josef Newgarden of Team Penske on the 13th. Buried in 22nd was the No. 12 Penske Chevy of Will Power, who had warned during the Fast Friday practice that his team was in major trouble for earning a decent starting spot.

“Got to be one of the slowest cars out there by the look of it,” Power said. “I was wide open the whole time. Just blows my mind every time I come here. I’ve got so many poles at any every other track and never had the fastest car here. Never. And I don’t know why.

“I ran less downforce than Josef and went slower, so that’s it, man. I reckon that’s it. That’s what we got.”

Though he has yet to qualify first at the Brickyard, Power usually is in the hunt. In 11 previous Indy 500 starts with Penske from 2009-19, the Australian had started at least ninth or better, including four front-row spots in qualifying.

This will be Power’s worst start since he qualified 23rd as a rookie in 2008.

“We’ll focus on the race now,” he said. “It’s a long day, and you can win from anywhere here. We’ve got to work hard on the race car and have some fun next weekend.”

Defending Indy 500 pole-sitter and race winner Simon Pagenaud will have a steeper climb for Penske after qualifying a career-worst 25th at Indy.

Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves, who likely will be making his final start for Team Penske, will start 28th.

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Eight drivers are previous Indy 500 winners led by Helio Castroneves with three victories (2001, ’02 and ’09). Scott Dixon (2008), Tony Kanaan (’13), Ryan Hunter-Reay (’14), Alexander Rossi (’16), Takuma Sato (’17), Will Power (’18) and Simon Pagenaud (’19) also have their faces etched on the Borg-Warner Trophy.

Two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso also is making his second start in the Brickyard, trying to join Graham Hill as only the second driver to win the “Triple Crown” of the Indianapolis 500, 24 Hours of Le Mans and Monaco Grand Prix.

n addition to the eight Indy 500 winners, there are eight drivers who have victories in the NTT IndyCar Series: Marco Andretti, Ed Carpenter, James Hinchcliffe, Colton Herta, Charlie Kimball, Josef Newgarden, Graham Rahal and Felix Rosenqvist.

There are also six past IndyCar champions: Dixon, Hunter-Reay, Kanaan, Newgarden, Pagenaud, and Power.

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Bill Auberlen became the all-time winner in IMSA victories Saturday, setting the record in a GTD class victory with teammate Robby Foley during the Michelin GT Challenge at Virginia International Raceway.

Taking the checkered flag in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3, Auberlen scored his 61st victory and broke a tie with Scott Pruett.

“It’s amazing,” Auberlen told the IMSA Wire Service. “I said my best career win was Petit Le Mans last year (win No. 60); I think this one has to top it. … It is probably the best win of my career. To do it with Robby, Turner, BMW, everybody, I’m super happy.”

Auberlen led the final 53 minutes of the two-hour, 40-minute race, fending off an aggressive move by class runner-up Mario Farnbacher in the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3 of Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian.

“Hindsight is a wonderful thing,” Chilton told BBC Sport. “I honestly believe if a few things had changed that day and I had different people helping me I could have won that race, no problem.

“I did a great job, led for 50 laps, defended pretty well and made one slight mistake where I lost the front end and had to do a lift, and Helio Castroneves just got around the outside of me.

“If I hadn’t had to do that lift I would have probably been champion that day, but that’s the way it is.

“The hardest thing in motorsport is to get to the front. I’d love to be in that position again. I enjoyed leading and the good thing is it has given me the expertise to know what to do next time in that position.”

A ‘very odd’ Indy 500

The Indy 500 is normally held in May with more than 200,000 fans packing the grandstands at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This time, though, as has happened in all the F1 races this season, no spectators will be in attendance because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Chilton spent lockdown in the UK after just managing to get back from the United States in time, and said he spent “12 weeks not doing anything”, unable to race on a track between March and July.

“I was just running and eating too much food, then trying to burn it off going on my bike,” he added. “There was some naughtiness, some chocolate brownies and ice cream.

“The first race back was a shock to the system fitness-wise, but you soon adapt again.”

The race begins at 18:00 BST on Sunday, with Marco Andretti, grandson of 1969 winner Mario, on pole position, Sato third, last year’s winner Simon Pagenaud 25th and two-time F1 world champion Alonso 26th.

Chilton expects a thrilling, if unusual, race weekend and said: “IndyCar is massive here. You normally have 200,000 people and lots of things to do.

“On Saturday you have the parade downtown with 100,000 people, but now there is none of that and the next hive of activity will be the green flag on Sunday.

“On Sunday morning it will be very odd and feel like a practice session. When you are barrelling down to turn one the grandstands are normally full.

“But everyone will be racing as hard as ever with no crowd and the winning team and the driver will still celebrate but not get the full sensation of winning it.

“We will mix the strategy up a bit and hopefully it gets us up in the action. It’s going to be different this year but it will still be an exciting finish.”

The victory came 27 years after Auberlen’s inaugural win at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

“This was the most nerve-racking hour of my life,” Auberlen said. “When I got to about 35 minutes, every little calculated mistake or whatever I was making, I would talk to myself: ‘Don’t blow this!’ This time it was all in my head, trying not to screw up, get this monkey off my back. Now we can put our head down for the season and try to win this championship.”

Said Foley: “To have a guy like Bill as my teammate to lean on a little bit and just watch how he does things and performs and learn off him is just an amazing opportunity. To be a very small part of his historic career is a humbling experience but also fun to be a part of.”

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Susan Peverill was expecting Doug Boles, dressed in one of his typical pinstripe suits and a perfectly matched shirt and tie to roll up in a Chevy Corvette pace car, maybe an Indianapolis 500 gift bag in tow. She’d gotten a call Wednesday evening from someone at IMS, telling her to make sure to be at her home off Georgetown Road right outside Turn 4 for a couple of hours starting around 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

As it turns out, Boles, the IMS president, may have been the fourth-most impressive person or thing that strolled or rolled up her driveway, black and white checkered flags wafting in the breeze.

Britain’s Max Chilton is hoping to achieve the highlight of his career on Sunday and win the Indianapolis 500 after coming so close three years ago.

Chilton, 29, is one of three British drivers in the legendary IndyCar race – 200 laps and 500 miles. In 2017 he led for 50 laps, including 47 of the last 72, but was overtaken with seven laps to go and came fourth, 1.1 seconds behind winner Takuma Sato.

“It’s the biggest single race sporting event in the world,” said Chilton.

“There’s a saying that the race will choose the winner and you have to hope something falls into place and the stars align. Maybe it will fall into place.

“Would winning change my life? I don’t know but it would definitely change my feelings for achieving what I wanted to do. It would make me overall a more satisfied human being, that I’ve accomplished something I set out to do.

“It would definitely be my career highlight – now and probably going forward too.”

The winner of the Indy 500 is often pictured celebrating drinking milk – a tradition that has been followed since the 1950s – although Chilton’s chances appear to be slim as he starts 30th out of 33 entrants.

But his experiences of three years ago show anything is possible. “In 2017 at 40 laps Fernando Alonso was winning,” recalled Chilton. “I was a lap down in the pit lane due to a red flag, after an awful accident for Scott Dixon, then on lap 80 I was leading, so it can turn around very quickly.

“I was leading for more laps than anyone else and was super chilled – it was the easiest race of my career. I got out in front, my car was stupidly fast, no-one could touch me, so I just focused on being flat and on every corner. I led for over an hour.

“I feel like I slightly tasted the milk and someone snatched it away from me, so I definitely want to have that chance again, hopefully, sooner than later.”

First, it was a white IMS van, backing up toward her garage were a race car banner hung from the roof – stock cars on it, ironically. And then two yellow shirts climbed in the back and started bringing out two half-circle pieces that made up what looked like a stand of sorts. On the front, it read “Borg-Warner Trophy”.

Seconds later, Peverill was on the phone, practically screaming. “You cannot believe what’s in my driveway!” she exclaimed. It was THE trophy, in all its majesty, followed by it’s a most recent winner, Simon Pagenaud, and the man that 15 months ago pushed him to the absolute limit, runner-up Alexander Rossi.