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The coveted Borg-Warner Trophy. The trophy has been awarded to the winner of every Indianapolis 500 since 1936.

May 7, 2006

Photo by Steve Snoddy

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Gordon Piper member and mascot

May 7, 2006

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Mario Andretti during a lap around the track in his legendary 1967 No. 1 Dean Van Lines/Hawk Ford. It was in this car that Mario earned the pole position in the 1967 Indianapolis 500.

May 7, 2006

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Young fan gets his first trip to Pit Lane.

May 7, 2006

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Rookie Marco Andretti's No. 26 NYSE Group Dallara goes out onto the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 7, 2006

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May 7, 2006

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Long-time track announcer Tom Carnegie

May 7, 2006

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An overhead view of three Andretti family cars: From top, rookie Marco's No. 26 NYSE Group Dallara, his father Michael's No. 1 Jim Beam/Vonage Dallara, and his father, racing legend Mario's 1967 Dean Van Lines Hawk/Ford.

May 7, 2006

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Rookie Marco Andretti's No. 26 NYSE Group Dallara in front of the legendary Pagoda at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 7, 2006

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Mario Andretti emerges from the iconic 1967 Dean Van Lines Special after a ceremonial opening lap.

May 7, 2006

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A ceremonial opening lap by three generations of the Andretti family. From left, Rookie Marco Andretti, the youngest, in the No. 26 NYSE Group car; veteran racer back from a two year hiatus Michael Andretti in the No. 1 Jim Beam/Vonage car; and on the outside, Indy legend Mario Andretti in the 1967 Dean Van Lines Hawk/Ford.

May 7, 2006

Photo by Jim Haines

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Joie Chitwood (left), President and Chief Operating Officer of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and Brian Barnhart (right), President and Chief Operating officer of the Indy Racing League, along with Will Cooksey, Assembly Plant Manager of the GM plant in Bowling Green.

May 7, 2006

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Townsend Bell's No. 90 Dallara/Honda/Firestone.

May 7, 2006

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Three generations of Andrettis prepare to take ceremonial lap to kick-off Opening Day

May 7, 2006

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Michael Andretti's No. 1 Jim Beam/Vonage Dallara enters the track from the pits.

May 7, 2006

Photo by Ron McQueeney

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Stepping back in time with a birds-eye view of the 1967 Dean Van Lines Special, driven by Mario Andretti. The car, which qualified on the pole in 1967, was driven around the track in a ceremonial lap by Mario alongside his son Michael and grandson Marco. The two younger Andrettis will be racing in the 2006 Indianapolis 500.

May 7, 2006

Photo by Ron McQueeney

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Michael Andretti after the ceremonial opening lap around the track with his father Mario and son Marco.

May 7, 2006

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And the green flag flies at the Open Test.

May 7, 2006

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Townsend Bell's No. 90 Vision Racing car, sponsored by Rock and Republic, is pushed out of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's legendary Gasoline Alley and onto the track by Vision Racing crew members.

May 7, 2006

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Marty Roth's No. 25 Dallara/Honda/Firestone is pulled out of Gasoline Alley.

May 7, 2006

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An overhead view of Michael Andretti's No. 1 Jim Beam/Vonage Dallara in the pits on opening day.

May 7, 2006

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An overhead view of the No. 90 Vision Racing car driven by Townsend Bell, sponsored by California clothing maker Rock and Republic.

May 7, 2006

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Rookie Marco Andretti poses with his helmet during the first day of practice. Marco drives the No. 26 NYSE Group car, a Dallara.

May 7, 2006

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A birds-eye view of rookie Marco Andretti's No. 26 NYSE Group Dallara.

May 7, 2006

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Seven Corvette pace cars from the past. Last year's red Corvette Convertible pace car is closest. The Indianapolis 500 will again be paced by a Corvette for a record eighth time when a 2006 Corvette Z06 leads the field around the track on race day.

May 7, 2006

Photo by Ron McQueeney

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The march of the Pace Cars!

May 7, 2006

Photo by John Cote

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Gordon Piper members during Opening Day

May 7, 2006

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The No. 26 NYSE Group car driven by rookie Marco Andretti

May 7, 2006

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Three generations of Andrettis in formation.

May 7, 2006

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Seven of the past Corvette Pace Cars on display. The pace car for the 2006 Indianapolis 500 is a 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06.

May 7, 2006

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Mario Andretti earned the pole position in 1967 in this Dean Van Lines Special, powered by Ford. Back in those days, goggles were the norm! Mario would go on to lose a wheel on lap 58, taking him out of the race.

May 7, 2006

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Long-time track announcer, Tom Carnegie, left, talks with Mario Andretti during Opening Day ceremonies

May 7, 2006

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The 2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Indianapolis 500 pace car. This is the eighth year in which a Corvette has paced the field at Indianapolis.

May 7, 2006

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Rookie Marco Andretti after driving alongside his father Michael and grandfather Mario in the ceremonial opening lap. Marco will drive the No. 26 NYSE Group car.

May 7, 2006

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