Oct. 14 2011; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Indy Car series driver Dario Fanchitti (10) sits in his car on pit road during qualifying for the IZOD IndyCar World Championships at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

Indy 500: Dario Franchitti Talks About What Got Him Involved in Racing


Indy Car driver Dario Franchitti is one of the most notable names in the Indy series and he is prepared to make a run at another win in the Indianapolis 500 later today when the race begins at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While Franchitti is now at the peak of his sport and one of the better known drivers, it all started with a modest beginning that most of us can relate to. There was no flashy cars. No Ashley Judd. Just Franchitti, his family and a go-kart.

Franchitti shared the story to ESPN about a childhood gift that helped him launch his racing career, so it is something you should all check out before today’s big race.

If you are looking to check out the Indy 500, here is all of the information you will need to catch today’s great race:

Date: Sunday, May 26
Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Race Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Race Start Time: 12:12 p.m. ET
Live Stream: Indianapolis Motor Speedway Live Stream 
Total Laps: 200

Here’s a look at the starting grid results for Sunday:

(R) = Indianapolis 500 rookie; (W) = Former Indianapolis 500 winner

Row Inside Middle Outside
1 20 United States Ed Carpenter 26 Colombia Carlos Muñoz (R) 25 United States Marco Andretti
2 5 Venezuela EJ Viso 2 United States A. J. Allmendinger (R) 12 Australia Will Power
3 1 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves (W) 27 Canada James Hinchcliffe
4 4 United States JR Hildebrand 98 Canada Alex Tagliani 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan
5 22 Spain Oriol Servià 19 United Kingdom Justin Wilson 7 France Sebastien Bourdais
6 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon (W) 10 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti (W) 14 Japan Takuma Sato
7 83 United States Charlie Kimball 16 United Kingdom James Jakes 77 France Simon Pagenaud
8 60 United States Townsend Bell 8 Australia Ryan Briscoe 78 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro
9 21 United States Josef Newgarden 15 United States Graham Rahal 6 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra
10 55 France Tristan Vautier (R) 18 Brazil Ana Beatriz 63 United Kingdom Pippa Mann
11 41 United States Conor Daly (R) 91 United States Buddy Lazier (W) 81 United Kingdom Katherine Leggetti

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