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Sunday’s Indy 500 Will Be Missing Two Familiar Faces

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Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 won’t be the same for a couple of reasons. Last year’s winner, Dan Wheldon, tragically died last October as the result of a collision in a race in Las Vegas. And one of the sports biggest draws will be driving, but in a totally different series. Danica Patrick will miss this year’s Indy 500 for the first time since her rookie year in 2005, which ironically is the same year Wheldon won his first 500.

Instead, Patrick will be making her third start in the Nascar Sprint Cup Series at Charlotte in Sunday night’s Coca Cola 600, the longest race in the series. Patrick left behind the IndyCar series to go to Nascar, in both the Nationwide and Sprint Cup series full-time this year driving the car for Stewart-Haas Racing. Patrick’s Sprint Cup success so far has been less than stellar; she finished 38th at Daytona after being taken out in a wreck on the second lap, and she finished 31st earlier this month in the Southern 500 at Darlington.

You can catch live coverage of both the Indianapolis 500 and the Coca Cola 600 on The Country Station, 92.5 WBKR!

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