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Target Chip Geassi driver Dario Franchitti

May 9, 2009

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IMS President and COO Joie Chitwood and a replica of the 2009 Indianapolis 500 ticket.

May 9, 2009

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Mario Moraes, left, and Tony Kanaan, right, talk on pit lane. Moraes will start seventh and Kanaan sixth.

May 9, 2009

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

May 9, 2009

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The pagoda

May 9, 2009

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Danica Patrick

May 9, 2009

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Helio Castroneves talks to the media after qualifying for the Pole.

May 9, 2009

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During a performance at the track, George Clinton shares stage time with a fan.

May 9, 2009

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Alex Lloyd and his wife, Samantha, talk to fans after Lloyd qualified the No. 99 HER Energy Drink car for the 2009 Indy 500.

May 9, 2009

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Dan Wheldon in the No. 4 National Guard entry.

May 9, 2009

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Alex Lloyd, in his car sponsored by Her energy drink, is pushed by his crew in pit lane.

May 9, 2009

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Brian Barnhart (left), president, competition and operations division, Indy Racing League, gives last-minute directions to Hideki Mutoh before his qualifying run.

May 9, 2009

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Sam Schmidt

May 9, 2009

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Helio Castroneves gives a welcoming hug to former Team Penske teammate and 2003 "500" winner Gil de Ferran.

May 9, 2009

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No. 9 Scott Dixon

May 9, 2009

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The No. 9 Target car of Scott Dixon.

May 9, 2009

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Five Chevrolet Camaro Pace Cars (1993, 1982, 2009, 1967 and 1969).

May 9, 2009

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Panther Racing driver Dan Wheldon unzips his suit.

May 9, 2009

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In Gasoline Alley safety clears the way for Ryan Briscoe's No. 6 car to go to pit lane.

May 9, 2009

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The 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Pace Car.

May 9, 2009

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A crowd of fans enjoy Indianapolis 500 Pole Day.

May 9, 2009

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Marco Andretti (left) and his father, Michael.

May 9, 2009

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Luczo Dragon Racing team co-owner Jay Penske

May 9, 2009

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Chevrolet Camaros take a lap around IMS.

May 9, 2009

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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard served as Honorary Starter on Pole Day.

May 9, 2009

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Vision Racing driver Ed Carpenter

May 9, 2009

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Versus Network television personality Jon Beekhuis

May 9, 2009

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Panther Racing driver Scott Sharp listens to his radio as he looks out to the track.

May 9, 2009

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Ryan Briscoe poses for a photo with two young Indianapolis 500 fans.

May 9, 2009

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Indianapolis 500 fans are all smiles on Pole Day.

May 9, 2009

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Dario Franchitti, left, Helio Castroneves, middle, and Ryan Briscoe, right, pose for a picture.

May 9, 2009

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Fans enjoy the early hours of Pole Day despite blustery wind conditions.

May 9, 2009

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Pole winner Helio Castroneves rides in his No. 3 car as it is pushed by his crew in pit lane.

May 9, 2009

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The No. 11 car of Tony Kanaan on Pole Day.

May 9, 2009

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Team Penske teammates Helio Castroneves (right) and Ryan Briscoe hug after qualifying first and second, respectively, for the 2009 Indianapolis 500.

May 9, 2009

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Scott Dixon's No. 9 car, Marco Andretti's No. 26 car, and Graham Rahal's No. 02 car sit among others on pit lane during qualifying.

May 9, 2009

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Tony Kanaan

May 9, 2009

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Raphael Matos prepares to go out on the track in his No. 2 US Air Force car.

May 9, 2009

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Fans tailgate before the start of Pole Day qualifying.

May 9, 2009

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HVM Racing driver Nelson Philippe

May 9, 2009

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A young fan sports the batman look on Pole Day.

May 9, 2009

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Dario Franchitti

May 9, 2009

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George Clinton and P-Funk.

May 9, 2009

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The United States flag and the Indiana state flag fly on the top of the pagoda.

May 9, 2009

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Will Power in the No. 12 Team Verizon Wireless entry.

May 9, 2009

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Helio Castroneves is ready to qualify on Pole Day.

May 9, 2009

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Canadian driver Alex Tagliani in his No. 34 car.

May 9, 2009

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A large crowd enjoys the grooves of George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic on Pole Day.

May 9, 2009

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Traget Chip Genassi driver Dario Franchitti, right, walks down pit lane with Ashley Judd, left. Franchitti will start in the third position, in the front row.

May 9, 2009

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IMS Chief Executive Officer Tony George

May 9, 2009

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