Wheldon wins the 100th Indianapolis 500

29 05 2011

NDIANAPOLIS – Dan Wheldon won the Indy 500 on Sunday, taking the lead when rookie J.R. Hildebrand wrecked in Turn 4 of the final lap.

More details to come from NBCSports.com.

IndyCar’s controversial decision to go to double-file restarts at the Indy 500 claimed its first victim when E.J. Viso was knocked out of the race after bumping into two other cars.

via Wheldon wins second Indy 500 in wild finish – Motor sports- NBC Sports.

Indianapolis 500 – fantastic finish

INDIANAPOLIS – In one of the most dramatic finishes in Indianapolis 500 history, rookie JR Hildebrand crashed in the final turn of the race and allowed Dan Wheldon to win second race.

Graham Rahal was third, Tony Kanaan fourth and Oriol Servia fifth.

Rounding out the top 10 were Scott Dixon, Bertrand Baquette, Tomas Scheckter, Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick.

Wheldon’s first win came in 2005.

via Live blog: Indianapolis 500 – fantastic finish | The Niles Star.

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Social Media Guide to the Indianapolis 500 – Driver Twitter Accounts

29 05 2011

It’s almost time to kiss the bricks and drink your milk, folks, as perhaps one of the most famous races in the world gets ready for its annual running. That’s right. The Indianapolis 500 is getting ready to drop the green flag on for the 100th time since it began.

Yes, it’s the official 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500, so expect the already-exciting event to have even more hype when the race starts. As is the case with most savvy business, the Indianapolis 500 has a strong web presence, including their own YouTube page, as well as Twitter and Facebook profiles. As an example of the Speedway’s social media engagement, their Facebook profile links to “The Greatest 33” contest, where fans and friends can pick the top racers to take part in Indy 500.

As for their YouTube page, content is about what you’d expect. Interviews with drivers and other racing dignitaries, and there’s also Practice Day footage:

While the Indianapolis Motor Speedway does indeed have a flourishing Twitter account, more fans are probably more interested in what the drivers have to tweet about. In some cases, it’s quite a bit, actually. In this day and age of athletes tweeting their hearts out, race car drivers using Twitter a lot is to be expected. Over at Naptown Buzz, there’s a list of all the Indy 500 racers and their Twitter accounts, which is reproduced below:

via A Quick Social Media Guide to the Indianapolis 500 | WebProNews.

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