Reader poll names Indianapolis 500 greatest auto race in the world

Will Power celebrates his win in this year's Indy 500. Photo: Getty Images
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Sorry, fans of the Daytona 500, Monaco Grand Prix or 24 Hours of Le Mans, but the Indianapolis 500 is the greatest auto race in the world.

So say USA Today readers, who in a poll by 10Best Readers Choice (10Best.com) fully agree that the Greatest Spectacle In Racing truly lives up to its iconic name and legacy.

“We’re happy to agree with the readers of USA Today and 10Best.com – there’s nothing on Earth quite like the prestige, tradition, power and excitement of the Indianapolis 500,” Indianapolis Motor Speedway President J. Douglas Boles said in a media release. “The race continues to enjoy positive momentum and growth since the landmark 100th Running in 2016.

“Thanks to everyone who voted for the ‘500,’ and we will continue to work every day to ensure fans enjoy a fun, memorable experience every May at IMS.”

The Indy 500 is the world’s largest single-day spectator sporting event, drawing over 300,000 attendees to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, as well as millions more worldwide via TV and radio.

The Memorial Day weekend tradition was nominated as a finalist for the poll along with Daytona, Le Mans and Monaco by a panel of racing and travel media. The poll ran from June through July 23.

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Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.