Hangover? How Indy 500 winners have fared in their follow-up races

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Winning the Indianapolis 500 is a moment of joy, ecstasy and tears followed by a week-long gauntlet of media obligations across the country and around the world.

Before you know it, you’re back in the cockpit and racing again.

Juan Pablo Montoya seems to have shaken the week off already, having qualified third for race one of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit.

But that’s now always the case for the winner of the biggest race in the sport in his follow-up performance.

Here are the Indy 500 winner’s results in their next race dating back to Montoya in 2000.

2014 – Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dual in Detroit

Race 1: Started 21st, finished 16th; Race 2: Started 21st, finished 18th (electrical)

2013 – Tony Kanaan, Dual in Detroit:

Race 1:  Started 19th, finished 13th; Race 2: Started 19th, Finished 12th

2012 – Dario Franchitti, Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix:

Started 14th, Finished 2nd

2011 – Dan Wheldon, Kentucky Indy 300 (October 2nd):

Started 28th, Finished 14th

2010 – Dario Franchitti, Firestone 550K at Texas Motor Speedway:

Started 2nd, finished 5th

2009 – Helio Castroneves, ABC Supply / A.J. Foyt Indy 225 at the Milwaukee Mile:

Started 20th, Finished 11th

2008 – Scott Dixon, ABC Supply / A.J. Foyt Indy 225 at the Milwaukee Mile:

Started 3rd, Finished 2nd

2007 – Dario Franchitti, ABC Supply / A.J. Foyt Indy 225 at the Milwaukee Mile:

Stared 10th, Finished 2nd

2006 – Sam Hornish Jr., Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix:

Started 6th, Finished 12th

2005 – Dan Wheldon, Bombardier LearJet 500K at TMS:

Started 8th, Finished 6th

2004 – Buddy Rice, Bombardier 500 at TMS:

Started 2nd, finished 15th (crash)

2003 – Gil De Ferran, Bombardier 500 at TMS:

Started and finished 8th

2002 – Helio Castroneves, Boomtown 500 at TMS:

Started 5th, Finished 4th

2001 – Helio Castroneves, Miller Lite 225 at Milwaukee Mile (CART race)

Started 2nd, Finished 26th (last, crash)

2000 – Juan Pablo Montoya, Miller Lite 225 at Milwaukee Mile (CART race)

Won from the pole.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway can have 10,000 fans for IndyCar races

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Indianapolis Motor Speedway will have crowds for its NTT IndyCar Series race weekend next month, the first time fans are allowed at the track this year.

The track announced Friday that up to 10,000 fans will be allowed in the grandstands daily from Oct. 1-4. The IndyCar Harvest GP race doubleheader will be held on the track’s road course Oct. 2-3.

IMS has played host to several events this year without fans, including the 104th Indianapolis 500 on Aug. 23 and a NASCAR-IndyCar weekend July 4-5 that included the Brickyard 400. Plans originally were made to have fans at the Indy 500 before reversing course a few weeks ahead of the race. In a letter last month, Roger Penske vowed that fans would return for the 2021 Indy 500.

“We can’t wait to see fans come through our gates for the first time in 2020,” IMS president Doug Boles said in a release. “They’ll be greeted by a vastly improved facility, featuring significant upgrades to the spectator experience. We’re also extremely grateful to have a presenting sponsor with the expertise and resources of GMR as we look to implement our detailed and comprehensive health and safety plan.”

Fans will undergo temperature screenings upon entry and also be required to wear face coverings at all times on property. The track said each attendee will receive a mask and bottle of hand sanitizer.

The Friday, Oct. 2 race will be shown at 3:30 p.m. ET on USA, and NBC will broadcast the Saturday, Oct. 3 race at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Here’s the release from Indianapolis Motor Speedway:

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020 – For the first time in 2020, Indianapolis Motor Speedway will welcome fans to the Racing Capital of the World for the INDYCAR Harvest GP presented by GMR weekend. Up to 10,000 spectators can be in the grandstands each day of racing action Oct. 1-4, per approval from the Marion County Public Health Department.

Tickets are available now via IMS.com and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

The massive facility, which holds more than 300,000 people, will provide two spectator zones with up to 5,000 fans in each. The zones will be located in Turns 1 and 4 of the oval, offering strong sightlines of the road course. Strict health and safety rules will be in place, including the following:

  • Face coverings must be worn throughout the property at all times;
  • All fans will receive temperature screenings before gate entry;
  • Grandstand seats will be marked for distancing;
  • Attendees must use pre-assigned gates and remain in their designated zones.

Global Medical Response, the world leader in compassionate, quality emergency medical and patient relocation services, will be the presenting sponsor of the penultimate weekend of INDYCAR racing this season.

“We can’t wait to see fans come through our gates for the first time in 2020,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “They’ll be greeted by a vastly improved facility, featuring significant upgrades to the spectator experience. We’re also extremely grateful to have a presenting sponsor with the expertise and resources of GMR as we look to implement our detailed and comprehensive health and safety plan.”

The plan, which includes each attendee receiving a mask and a bottle of hand sanitizer upon entering the track, was developed in consultation with state and local health officials.

This event weekend is highlighted by an NTT INDYCAR SERIES doubleheader, with races Friday, Oct. 2 and Saturday, Oct. 3. It will be the penultimate event of the series’ season as the field pursues the champion’s prestigious Astor Challenge Cup to be awarded Sunday, Oct. 25 at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.

The INDYCAR Harvest GP will pay tribute to a storied IMS event, the Harvest Classic in September 1916. The Harvest Classic was the only racing event held outside of May at IMS from 1911 through 1993. The event featured three races, all won by legendary driver Johnny Aitken.

Fans also will see a host of facility improvements during the event weekend, including more than 30 new LED video boards, refreshed concession stands and restrooms, and 5G wireless connectivity throughout the facility.

The first race will air at 3:30 p.m. (ET) Friday, Oct. 2 on the USA Network. NBC will broadcast the second race at 2:30 p.m. (ET) Saturday, Oct. 3, with WTHR-13 airing the action live in Central Indiana.

Also racing that weekend will be the first pairing of two major sports car series — the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli and its North American counterpart, GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS. Former Indianapolis 500 pole winner Ryan Briscoe is among the drivers in the Indianapolis 8 Hour event held Sunday, Oct. 4.

The event also will showcase drivers in SRO America’s Pirelli GT4 America, GT Sports Club America and the TC America series.

The full on-track schedule is available at IMS.com.