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Behind the scenes at the 100th Indy 500: Day Two

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Castroneves Goes Down

Building off the momentum of Day One, we squared off against three-time Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves in the Verizon hum remote control car race. He asked for the directions on “how to use this thing” and I pretended not to hear him.

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I got off to a hot start and smoked the entire field, H.C. included. I snapped this pic for posterity.

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Media Day

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After trumping Helio, I could’ve gone home for the day. Glad I didn’t, because I would’ve missed Juan Pablo Montoya’s face. 

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Here’s pole-sitter James “The Mayor” Hinchcliffe sitting down.

Mario Andretti Made Us Pizza

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Even though it looks just like Dustin Hoffman in “Wag The Dog,” that’s actually Mario Andretti. After he took off his robe, he made us all pizza.

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After we were full, I asked Andretti how he became the greatest race car driver in history after to coming to America from Italy at age four: “Desire. I wanted it more than anything else. All I ever wanted to do was race. There was no Plan B.”

IMS Hall of Fame

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“Hey, look – it’s the first car that ever had a rear view mirror in history. Thanks, Indy 500.”

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Join us for Day Three tomorrow, affectionately known as Carb Day, where we’ll tour the pit stop competition, the IndyCar Mobile Command Center and interact with Indy 500 wildlife.