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This year’s Indianapolis 500 will not only have a special guest pace car, but also a special pace car driver in the form of Super-Bowl runner-up San Francisco 49ers head coach, Jim Harbaugh.
To capture this year’s 101st Indianapolis 500, ESPN will be introducing several new video technologies, deploying more than 80 cameras to capture the famous IndyCar race.
It seems that retired racing legend Al Unser Jr. still likes to make headlines… but this time, it’s for all the wrong reasons. It’s been confirmed that the two-time Indianapolis 500 winner has been arrested on charges of drunken driving and reckless driving in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
According to Bernalillo County sheriff’s spokeswoman Jennifer Brown, Unser was arrested Thursday morning in Albuquerque, where he lives. The police pulled him over for drag racing in his Suburban – they clocked him going over 100 mph. Instead of a trophy and sponsorship endorsements, he was awarded charges of reckless driving and aggravated driving while intoxicated.
Unser was released from jail on his own recognizance. We will fill you in with more details as they become available.
The outrageously dramatic last lap of the Indianapolis 500 will be talked about for years to come. JR Hildebrand, in a freak accident lost first place and $1.5 million in the last mile of the race. On the final turn of the last lap Hildebrand, overtook a slower car and slammed into the safety wall, allowing Dan Wheldon to win the Indy 500 on the 100th anniversary of the race.
Wheldon received $2,567,255 for his victory while Hildebrand coasted his dying race car into second place to win $1,064,895.
“It came down to a split-second decision,” Hildebrand said. “Am I going to go for it here and go around and try to make this work on the high side, or am I going to risk slowing down significantly in into a corner to stay behind the 83 (Charlie Kimball), who was trying to get out of the way as much as possible? But it is, as Mr. Unser so eloquently put it, a one-groove track.”
Hildebrand said he learned a hard lesson about racing that day and can be seen very clearly in the video.
“Sometimes, this race, you need a little luck,” he said. “The stars need to be aligned for you to go through 500 miles, and it was not our day.”
Watch the spectacular win after the jump!
Just over a week until the running of the Indianapolis 500 and Chevrolet has released a history in pictures to help celebrate 100 years of shared history since Arthur Chevrolet got behind the wheel in the inaugural running of the great American race.
Just a few months later brother Louis and Buick racing team owner Billy Durant incorporated Chevrolet Motor Car Co. in Detroit. By 1915 Louis got out of the car building enterprise to focus on racing, competing at the 1915 Indianapolis race and again in 1919 with brother Gaston. A year later, Gaston took the checkered flag in his Monroe-Frontenac.
Since 1945 Chevrolet has been heavily involved in the Indy 500 race, competing from 1986-93 and 2002-05, winning 104 races and seven victories. And let’s not forget a history of pace cars, with a Chevrolet as the official pace car 21 times in the past. Making it 22 this year will be a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible, inspired by the ’69 Camaro pace car’s white exterior and orange stripes. And like in the past, Chevy will offer a limited edition version of that car for sale, with just 500 units being built.
But Chevy’s involvement in future Indy 500 races won’t be limited to just pace cars with the automaker announcing a new twin-turbocharged 2.2-liter V6 engine that will power Team Penske (among others) during next year’s racing season.
GALLERY: Chevy and Indy Celebrate 100 Years of Shared History
Right from the pages of Evel Knievel’s childhood diary, we just learned that Team Hot Wheels is going to attempt a world record distance jump at this year’s Indianapolis 500.
Team Hot Wheels is a fairly new crew of stunt drivers, and on Sunday, May 29, they are going to break the current world record distance jump of 302 feet in a four-wheeled vehicle. This is a hell of a way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 (way better than hiring a clown or petting zoo). The driver will speed down a 90 ft. ramp that is suspended to 10-story high door (100 feet tall) and will take flight across the infield of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
No word on who will be behind the wheel, but we bet kids and adults alike will be holding their breath as that brave soul makes the gravity-defying feat. This is all a part of Hot Wheel new marketing campaign to appeal to adults as well as to kids (just look at this billboard and tell us you don’t wish you could rev up the minivan for a loop around the track).
“The essence of this multi-year, multi-platform campaign is all about taking the feelings you experienced when playing with Hot Wheels as a kid and bringing them to real life in full scale,” said Simon Waldron, vice president of marketing for Hot Wheels. “By featuring an epic vehicle stunt at this year’s centennial anniversary of the Indy 500, we are engaging fans with a jaw-dropping moment in a way that only Hot Wheels can.”
Chevy has announced it will offer a limited number of Camaro Indy 500 Pace Car replicas for sale through select dealers. Based on a Camaro 2SS model with an RS appearance package the car also gets 20-inch wheels, White Pearl rally stripes, on Inferno Orange front grille, Inferno Orange engine cover, special floor mats, 2010 Indianapolis 500 logos on the doors, front fenders and embroidered on the headrests. Unfortunately, it seems the car will only be offered as an automatic transmission model with the slightly less powerful 400-hp engine.
Pricing for the 2010 Camaro Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Replica Limited Edition is set at $41,950 (including $850 for shipping). Just 200 of the limited edition vehicles will be offered through 187 of the top-selling Chevy dealerships.
The car marks the fourth time Chevy has offered a replica of a Camaro pace car, with past models being offered in 1969, 1982 and 1993.
The actual pace car will be driven by Robin Roberts of “Good Morning America,” during the this year’s Indianapolis 500, on May 30th.
GALLERY: Chevy Camaro Indy 500 Pace Car
See after the jump for the official release and a list of all 187 dealerships: