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May 17, 2006

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Vitor Meir'as No. 4 Panther car at a pit stop.

May 17, 2006

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No. 88 Airton Dare burns rubber away from the pits.

May 17, 2006

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Jaques Lazier in the No. 21 VIDEOPOKER.COM car.

May 17, 2006

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Helio Castroneves and a slightly larger, less aerodynamic vehicle, an Indy 500 tour bus.

May 17, 2006

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Danica Patrick, No. 16, Eddie Cheever, No. 51, and Marty Roth, No. 25.

May 17, 2006

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Honorary starter Eddie Gill of the Indiana Pacers sits on the hood of the 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 pace car.

May 17, 2006

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A look down pit lane.

May 17, 2006

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Tomas Scheckter, left, and Townsend Bell, in his car. Both are members of Vision Racing.

May 17, 2006

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Fans eagerly watch on.

May 17, 2006

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Helio Castroneves in the first car to win the Indianapolis 500 in 1911 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway museum.

May 17, 2006

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Stephan Gregoire in the No. 97 Effen Vodka Team Leader Special

May 17, 2006

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Jeff Bucknum, driver the No. 92 Life Fitness Dallara.

May 17, 2006

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Thiago Medeiros.

May 17, 2006

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No. 4 Vitor Meira in the Pather Racing car.

May 17, 2006

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No. 88 Airton Dare and No. 17 Jeff Simmons.

May 17, 2006

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Helio Castroneves takes the 500 Festival Princesses on a tour of the speedway.

May 17, 2006

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Stephan Gregoire of Team Leader/Curb/Agajanian-Beck Motorsports

May 17, 2006

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Dan Wheldon in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car.

May 17, 2006

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Thiago Medeiros, driver of the No. 18 PDM Racing car.

May 17, 2006

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Townsend Bell waits for practice to start by his No. 90 Vision Racing car.

May 17, 2006

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Dario Franchitti peers out from his helmet.

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Stephan Gregoire, driver of the No. 97 Effen Vodka Team Leader Special.

May 17, 2006

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Danica Patrick in the No. 16T car.

May 17, 2006

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No. 8 Scott Sharp and No. 51 Eddie Cheever.

May 17, 2006

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Thiago Medeiros.

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Kosuke Matsuura, bottom, and Scott Sharp sign autographs for fans.

May 17, 2006

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Eddie Cheever Jr. looks at some data in the pits.

May 17, 2006

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Helio Castroneves shows the 500 Princesses the fabled yard of bricks.

May 17, 2006

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No. 61 Arie Luyendyk Jr.

May 17, 2006

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Tomas Scheckter, left, and Townsend Bell.

May 17, 2006

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Thiago Medeiros' #18 PDM Racing car flies past honorary starter Eddie Gill, of the Indiana Pacers.

May 17, 2006

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Airton Dare's colorful helmet.

May 17, 2006

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Michael Andretti in the No. 1 Jim Beam/Vonage car at a pit stop.

May 17, 2006

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Dan Wheldon in the No. 10 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Team car.

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Dan Wheldon signs an autograph in Gasoline Alley.

May 17, 2006

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Max Papis, driver of the No. 52 Cheever Racing car.

May 17, 2006

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The No. 88 OCTANE Motors/Sanitec/SSM car driven by Airton Dare.

May 17, 2006

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Arie Luyendyk Jr.

May 17, 2006

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Max Papis, left, talks to Dario Franchitti.

May 17, 2006

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Dario Franchitti

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Stephan Gregoire.

May 17, 2006

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In the Target Chip Ganassi Racing pits.

May 17, 2006

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The Effen Vodka Team Leader Special No. 97 gets pulled back into Gasoline Alley as rain began to fall on the track. The No. 97 car is driven by Stephan Gregoire.

May 17, 2006

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