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Honorary starter Fred Redmer, from Terre Haute, Ind., waves the green flag to signify the start of practice for the day.

May 16, 2008

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The car of #4 Panther Racing's Vitor Meira is pushed out on to the track for practice.

May 16, 2008

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The 1988 Indianapolis 500-winning car, driven by the legendary Rick Mears, in the Hall of Fame Museum.

May 16, 2008

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A group of fans heads towards Gasoline Alley to see the teams prepare for practice.

May 16, 2008

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#34 Conquest Racing driver Jaime Camara waits for practice to start.

May 16, 2008

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#16 Rahal Letterman Racing driver Alex Lloyd prepares for practice.

May 16, 2008

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#5 KV Racing Technology driver Oriol Servia before practice.

May 16, 2008

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#99 Dreyer and Reinbold Racing driver Townsend Bell passes #26 Andretti Green Racing driver Marco Andretti during practice.

May 16, 2008

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A group of fans gather on the winner's circle before practice starts.

May 16, 2008

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#9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Dixon on track during practice.

May 16, 2008

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#3 Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves on track as practice begins.

May 16, 2008

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Teams work hard in the morning hours to prepare for practice.

May 16, 2008

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Soungjin Wou of Bishop Steering Technology and Steve Holman, chairman of the selection committee of the BorgWarner Louis Schwitzer Award

May 16, 2008

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A view of the pagoda at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 16, 2008

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#18 Dale Coyne Racing driver Bruno Junqueira on track during practice.

May 16, 2008

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#23 Dreyer and Reinbold Racing driver Milka Duno signs an autograph for a fan.

May 16, 2008

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Soungjin Wou of Bishop Steering Technology

May 16, 2008

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1996 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Lazier gets ready to go out on the track for practice.

May 16, 2008

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#96 Pacific Coast Motorsports driver Mario Dominguez on track during practice.

May 16, 2008

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Live music was provided by Psychodots at the Coca Cola Zero stage before practice began.

May 16, 2008

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#33 HVM Racing driver E.J. Viso on track during practice.

May 16, 2008

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#19 Dale Coyne Racing driver Mario Moraes leads #12 Luczo Racing driver Tomas Scheckter during practice.

May 16, 2008

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Fans get a chance to ride in the two-seater before practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 16, 2008

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Driver #44 Max Papis, on track during practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 16, 2008

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#11 Andretti Green Racing driver Tony Kanaan gets ready for practice.

May 16, 2008

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#25 Roth Racing driver Marty Roth in the pits before practice.

May 16, 2008

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#2 Vision Racing driver A.J. Foyt IV on track during practice.

May 16, 2008

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Jim Travers (left), chief mechanic for Indianapolis 500 winner Bill Vukovich in 1953-54, and Bob Gates, who recently wrote a book on Vukovich

May 16, 2008

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#17 Rahal Letterman Racing driver Ryan Hunter-Reay on track during practice.

May 16, 2008

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A view of the front straightaway at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 16, 2008

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A view of driver Danica Patrick's new watch, presented by the President of Tissot, Francois Thiebaud.

May 16, 2008

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#67 Sarah Fisher Racing driver Sarah Fisher on track during practice.

May 16, 2008

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Fans line up to get their chance to ride in the two-seater on day 9 of practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 16, 2008

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#3 Team Penske driver Helio Castroneves leads #16 Rahal Letterman Racing driver Alex Lloyd during practice.

May 16, 2008

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Members of the military come to watch practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 16, 2008

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Driver #36 Enrique Bernoldi, on track at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during day 9 practice.

May 16, 2008

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A.J. Foyt Enterprises owner A.J. Foyt Jr. talks with his driver #41 Jeff Simmons before practice.

May 16, 2008

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#4 Panther Racing driver Vitor Meira on track during practice.

May 16, 2008

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#27 Andretti Green Racing driver Hideki Mutoh smiles for the camera before practice.

May 16, 2008

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Target Chip Ganassi driver #10, Dan Wheldon, at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on day 9 of practice.

May 16, 2008

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#12 Luczo Dragon Racing driver Tomas Scheckter on track during practice.

May 16, 2008

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Today's honorary starter Fred Redmer, from Terre Haute, Ind., and three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford

May 16, 2008

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#10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing driver Dan Wheldon on track during practice.

May 16, 2008

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A view of the tower at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 16, 2008

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Andretti Green Racing drivers #11 Tony Kanaan (left) and #26 Marco Andretti talk before practice begins.

May 16, 2008

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#6 Team Penske driver Ryan Briscoe hits the SAFER Barrier in Turn 1 during practice.

May 16, 2008

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Andretti Green Racing driver Danica Patrick, left, receives a new watch from Tissot President Francois Thiebaud during a morning press conference.

May 16, 2008

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#8 KV Racing Technology driver Will Power spins and hits the wall in Turn 1.

May 16, 2008

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Live music was provided by Psychodots at the Coca Cola Zero stage before practice began.

May 16, 2008

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A.J. Foyt Enterprises drivers #14 Darren Manning and #41 Jeff Simmons being interviewed before practice.

May 16, 2008

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