R.I.P. Dan Wheldon (1978-2011)
100th Anniversary Indianapolis 500
IZOD IndyCar Series
1070 The Fan
Latest updates - 5/10/11The coverage links for 1070 The Fan and the official schedule have been updated.
Latest updates - 4/19/11The 2011 Indianapolis 500 is just 40 days away. Indy 500 Pop Culture Video
Background For those curious, the background behind Johnson's Indy 500 is very simple, and it exists for one reason only. The readers. Despite the ups and downs of popularity in the open-wheel racing world, despite the slumping television ratings, Because despite those who long for the mythical "good old days," there clearly is no shortage of passionate fans and followers of the Indianapolis 500.
This site went on-line August 6, 1998. It was a rather silly, unorganized, bare-bones personal HTML site of some simple Indy 500 statistics. An afterthought really, and 500 page hits was considered a milestone. The stats collection dates back to a notebook first assembled in 1985, and first typed up in 1991.
The original intent was to expand on the lists and stats from a bygone print era. There was nothing more frustrating than seeing a book of Indy 500 stats, which was two years out-of-date before you got your hands on it. I figured I could take the typed up lists I had, and expand them each year with the new figures achieved during each year's race.
It did not take long for the site to inflate, as more information was researched and added. Meanwhile, the page hits were getting into the thousands, especially for the months of April-May-June. Incidentally, the all-time page hit record for JI500 was 12,003 on race day 2005 (could Danica-mania have had anything to do with that?)
Delta Force IntrosPaul Page took great pride in what most people refer to as the "Delta Force intros." From 1988-1998 and one last time in 2001, the opening tease for the Indianapolis 500 telecast featured the high-energy sound of the Delta Force theme. With current and historical footage, it would be narrated by one of Indy's most famous voices, Paul Page. The Page Teases (as they were known as at ABC) have become quite the YouTube sensation, and user champcar4ever has put many of them up to view HERE.
This one from 1990 happens to be my favorite.