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Jeff Simmons in the #17 Rahal Letterman Racing car on the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 9, 2006

Photo by Ron McQueeney

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Six former Indianapolis 500 winners parade around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the ceremonial lap. The six winners, Helio Castroneves, Eddie Cheever Jr., Buddy Lazier, Buddy Rice, Al Unser Jr., and Dan Wheldon will all compete in the 90th Indianapolis 500.

May 9, 2006

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Al Unser talks to his son Al Unser Jr. about his #31 Al team USA Geico Dreyer & Reinbold car before he sets off to practice.

May 9, 2006

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Michael Andretti in the #1 Jim Beam/Vonage car.

May 9, 2006

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Marty Roth in the number 25 Roth Racing car.

May 9, 2006

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Marty Roth in the #25 Roth Racing car.

May 9, 2006

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ABC broadcasters Marty Reid, Dr. Jerry Punch and Scott Goodyear, left to right.

May 9, 2006

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Marco Andretti, left, with grandfather Mario Andretti, right.

May 9, 2006

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Kosuke Matsuura of Aichi, Japan drives the #55 Panasonic ARTA car around a corner on the first day of practice.

May 9, 2006

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Buddy Rice and Rick Mears before the ceremonial lap with six former winners competing in the 90th Indianapolis 500.

May 9, 2006

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Overshot View of Townsend Bell before he sets off to Practice.

May 9, 2006

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Richard the Lionheart painted on the back of Dan Wheldon's helmet.

May 9, 2006

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Buddy Lazier on the track in the #5 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 9, 2006

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Danica Patrick before practice.

May 9, 2006

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Helio Castroneves in the #3 Marlboro Team Penske car.

May 9, 2006

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Eddie Cheever, Jr. in his #51 Cheever Racing car before practice.

May 9, 2006

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Scott Sharp makes a pit stop in the #8 Delphi car.

May 9, 2006

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Vitor Meira in the #4 Panther car

May 9, 2006

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The six cars in the ceremonial lap prior to the first day of practice leave the starting line.

May 9, 2006

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Townsend Bell unstrapping his gear after running a few practice laps.

May 9, 2006

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Dario Franchitti

May 9, 2006

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Eddie Cheever.

May 9, 2006

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Scott Dixon in the #9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing car.

May 9, 2006

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Roosevelt Colvin of the Patriots shows off his two Super Bowl rings before his two seater ride at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 9, 2006

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Kosuke Matsuura in the #55 of Super Aguri Fernandez racing pulls off of pit lane.

May 9, 2006

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P.J. Chesson in the #91 Carmelo Hemelgarn on the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 9, 2006

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Scott Sharp relaxes in his #8 Delphi Fernandez Racing car on the first day of Practice.

May 9, 2006

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The six car lineup of the ceremonial lap before the first day of practice included six former race winners competing in the 2006 Indianaoplis 500. They were led by 2005 winner Dan Wheldon; the second row comprised Helio Castroneves and Buddy Rice; and rounding out the third row was Al Unser Jr., Buddy Lazier, and Eddie Cheever, Jr.

May 9, 2006

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New banner of Jim Nabors, on outside of grandstands

May 9, 2006

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Scott Sharp stand in the pits at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 9, 2006

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Buddy Rice in the #15 Rahal Letterman Racing Team Argent car.

May 9, 2006

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Al Unser Jr. stragegizing before he heads off for his first Practice run in May.

May 9, 2006

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Honorary flagman Rick Mears waves the green flag before the ceremonial lap of six former winners: Helio Castroneves, Eddie Cheever, Jr., Buddy Lazier, Buddy Rice, Al Unser Jr., and Dan Wheldon.

May 9, 2006

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Townsend Bell in the #90 Vision Racing car on the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 9, 2006

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Buddy rice gets ready to head out for his first day of Practice.

May 9, 2006

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Dreyer and Reinbold team owner Robbie Buhl talking with Al Unser Jr.

May 9, 2006

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Marty Roth in the #25 of Roth racing on the track of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 9, 2006

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Kosuke Matsuura leaves the pit area in the number 55 Panasonic ARTA car.

May 9, 2006

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Danica Patrick in the #16 Rahal Letterman Racing Team Argent car

May 9, 2006

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Buddy Lazier in the #5 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara prepares for practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 9, 2006

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Dario Franchitti in the #27 Andretti Green Racing car gets set up before he peels out of pit lane.

May 9, 2006

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1997 Indy 500 winner, Arie Luyendyk, banner on outside of grandstands

May 9, 2006

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Scott Sharp

May 9, 2006

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Danica Patrick during day 1 practice.

May 9, 2006

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Team owner Bobby Rahal, right.

May 9, 2006

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A close-up of the six cars on the ceremonial lap. Leading was Dan Wheldon, winner of the 2006 Indianapolis 500. He was joined by 2005 winner Buddy Rice, 2001 and 2002 winner Helio Castroneves, 1998 winner Eddie Cheever Jr. and 1992 and 1994 winner Al Unser Jr.

May 9, 2006

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Dario Franchitti in the #27 Andretti Green Racing car on the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 9, 2006

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