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INDIANAPOLIS — Sunday marks the first broadcast of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing by NBC Sports Group, which covered the 103rd Indianapolis 500 with eight hours of coverage Sunday.

NBCSports.com also is all in at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with writers Nate Ryan and Bruce Martin on site and with Michael Eubanks and Dan Beaver contributing remotely.

From Fernando Alonso’s stunning failure to qualify to Roger Penske celebrating two important anniversaries to how the race could be the harbinger of a new era in collaboration between IndyCar and NASCAR, relive all the major storylines from the past two weeks at the Brickyard.

POSTRACE

–Simon Pagenaud collects more than $2.6 million for winning the 103rd Indianapolis 500.

–Pagenaud earns his place in Indy 500 history with victory.

–John Menard’s long Indianapolis 500 journey reaches the Winner’s Circle after 40 years.

–Crew member injured during the Indy 500 discharged from the hospital after surgery for a leg injury.

–A backstage pass to photos behind the scenes before the 103rd Indianapolis 500.

RACE DAY, SUNDAY, MAY 26

–Pagenaud outduels Alexander Rossi to win the 103rd Indianapolis 500.

Roger Penske says Pagenaud will be back at Team Penske next season.

The “Red Mist” that drove Alexander Rossi to second Sunday and what the postrace scene was like.

–Recapping the crazy day that Rossi had in putting on another show at Indy.

Roger Penske demurs on confirming whether Helio Castroneves will make another Indy 500 run for his team. Also Castroneves’ side of his on-track battles with Rossi.

Graham Rahal wasn’t pleased with former teammate Sebastien Bourdais after this late wreck.

–Why the Indianapolis 500 is so difficult to win with even the fastest car: Many drivers believe the track “chooses its winners.”

–How NBC Sports’ pit reporters see the race unfolding.

–Your guide to watching the 103rd Indy 500.

SATURDAY, MAY 25

Why the Snake Pit’s EDM concert is the most important marketing tool for the track to reach a younger audience, which is a struggle IndyCar and all motorsports are facing.

–Some legends of the Indy 500 explain what the race means to them.

–Why Graham Rahal believes his Indianapolis 500 car is “money.”

–Sebastien Bourdais made the Fast Nine, but he wasn’t so happy with his car after practice.

–Five-time series champion Scott Dixon tries to rebound from the worst Indy 500 starting spot of his career.

–An Oregon motorsports museum is paying tribute to 1969 Indy 500 winner Mario Andretti.

CARB DAY, FRIDAY, MAY 24

–It’s apropos that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will lead the field to green Sunday because it could be a harbinger of more IndyCar-NASCAR collaboration and crossovers.

–NBC Sports analyst Danica Patrick explains the complexities and nuances of an IndyCar steering wheel.

IndyCar unveiled the next phase of safety technology to protect the driver in the cockpit.

–Roger Penske’s powerhouse team celebrated its 50th year of competing in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

Five things to watch in Sunday’s 500-mile race.

–If you had wondered why Oriol Servia is wearing a Bill Murray-themed helmet, we have the answer.

–Tony Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 winner, led the way in the final practice.

Marcus Ericsson’s pit crew was fastest in the annual competition.

Oliver Askew was the winner of a thrilling Freedom 100 Indy Lights race.

THURSDAY, MAY 23

–The amazing story of how Roger Penske’s cars dominated the race 25 years ago with a top-secret engine.

–There was relief for IndyCar drivers and teams after a few heavy impacts and airborne crashes during Indy 500 practice and qualifying.

How Mario Andretti celebrated his 50 years at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This race always has had some pull with drawing celebrities (with Matt Damon and Christian Bale being the latest examples).

–The Indy 500 has a dual Swedish connection for 2019.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22

The heartwarming story of Kyle Kaiser and Juncos Racing continues with the addition of sponsors for Sunday’s race.

There’s something about Indy for Ed Carpenter Racing, which again put its home-track advantage to work.

Sizing up the long shots for the 103rd Indy 500.

Mike Tirico hitches a ride with an IndyCar legend in his introduction to IMS.

Who is rookie Ben Hanley? Learn more about an unlikely Indy 500 entrant.

TUESDAY, MAY 21

How Kaiser and Juncos Racing beat the odds to make the Indy 500.

–After a rough week, Sage Karam stepped up when it mattered most in qualifying.

–For 2017 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato, this year’s race could be a way of repaying Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing.

MONDAY, MAY 20

How did the unthinkable happen to Alonso and McLaren? We retrace the many missteps and months leading up to an epic failure.

–With cool weather and maximum grip, Monday’s practice with race setups was quite chaotic.

LAST ROW/POLE QUALIFYING, SUNDAY MAY 19

–Continuing his brilliant run in May, IndyCar Grand Prix winner Simon Pagenaud wins the pole position for Team Penske.

Alonso and McLaren are stunned in getting bumped from the Indy 500 by Kyle Kaiser on the final run of Last Row qualifying.

–He didn’t win the pole, but Colton Herta might have been the most impressive Fast Nine driver.

QUALIFYING, SATURDAY MAY 18

–Ed Carpenter Racing’s Chevrolets show strength on the first day of qualifying, led by Spencer Pigot securing the top spot for the Fast Nine.

–The misery continues for Alonso, who fails to lock into the field despite multiple attempts at qualifying.

Another Indianapolis nightmare looms for James Hinchcliffe, who has some unwanted experience with adversity such as Saturday’s hard crash in practice.

–A feel-good story for Pippa Mann, who becomes the only woman in the Indy 500 field.

FAST FRIDAY, MAY 17

–Alonso admits he is concerned about his chances for making the race.

–Conor Daly’s Andretti Autosport Honda has the speed on Fast Friday and here’s who needed to find some for qualifying.

–Juncos Racing falls into a big hole but vows to make the Indy 500 in a backup car after Kaiser’s airborne crash the day before qualifying.

THURSDAY, MAY 16

–Ed Carpenter Racing’s Ed Jones shows speed on Day 3.

Pato O’Ward unfortunately joins the hit parade at Indy with a heavy practice wreck.

–Seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson pays a visit to Alonso and the rest of the IndyCar paddock.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15

–Alonso becomes the first to slap the wall on the second day of practice.

–McLaren Racing’s IndyCar program tries to regroup after a tough start.

–Chip Ganassi Racing rookie Felix Rosenqvist receives a rude introduction with heavy impacts at IMS.

–Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden is fastest on Day 2 at IMS.

TUESDAY, MAY 14

–Defending Indy 500 winner Will Power turns the fastest lap on opening day.

–The first signs that Alonso was in trouble: Team was baffled by electrical problems on opening day.

Eli Tomac, Ken Roczen finish 1-2 at High Point, tie for points lead

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Time was running off the clock and Eli Tomac was going to give up the overall win to Ken Roczen, until the Colorado native dug deep and made the pass for second in Moto 2 at High Point Raceway at Mount Morris, Penn. Roczen would win his third Moto of the season, but Tomac won the war.

With a third-place finish in Moto 1 and his second in Moto 2, Tomac grabbed the overall victory for the second time this season in Round 4 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross championship.

For Tomac, it was another difficult start to the race. He tipped his bike over in Moto 1 and fell back to fifth while battling two seconds behind the leader Blake Baggett. Tomac had to battle his way back toward the front again after barely cracking the top five in the first Motos in two of the first three rounds.

Roczen fared even worse in Moto 1. He finished sixth in that race – more than 34 seconds behind the leader Baggett. Determined to make up for his bad start, Roczen charged through the field in Moto 2 and took the lead from Cooper Webb on Lap 9.

“I was just going to charge,” Roczen told NBC Sports after his Moto win. “Do the best I can. I went back to my Colorado (last week) settings because the first race was awful; I couldn’t even ride.”

Tomac entered the round two points behind Roczen and was able to make up only those two points. The battle continues onto Florida next week with a tie for the top spot.

With a 2-5, Jason Anderson grabbed third overall.

Battling back from injury, Anderson faded in the closing laps of Moto 2, but is regaining strength each week.

Webb (third) and Zach Osborne (fourth) rounded out the top five in Moto 2 and finished fourth and fifth respectively overall.

Moto 1 featured a rider searching for his first Moto win in two years. Baggett earned the holeshot and held off an early advantage by Tomac. When Tomac fell, it handed second to Anderson, who finished nearly 10 seconds behind the leader.

“Every time I get out front here, I have that weird sensation of trying to keep it on two wheels,” Baggett said on NBC Sports Gold following his win.

Tomac was not the only rider to go down in Moto 1. Webb lost his pegs on Lap 9 and became the cape to his KTM motorcycle as he flew along holding tight to the handlebars. He recovered in that race to finish seventh.

450 Moto 1 Results
450 Moto 2 Results
450 Overall Results
Points Standings

Adam Cianciarulo remains perfect in the 250 class. Winning Moto 2 in each round so far this season, Cianciarulo has capitalized on his late event surges to sweep Victory Lane in the first four weeks.

It wasn’t an easy run for Cianciarulo, nonetheless. He was only fifth at the end of Lap 1 in Moto 1 and was forced to slice through the field to get to second at the checkers of that race.

“Just coming to the races now – coming to outdoor nationals now – compared to the past, it’s just an entirely different vibe,” Cianciarulo said on NBCSN after the race. “It’s like I’m experiencing it for the first time because for the first time in my whole pro career I believe in myself.

“It’s a process when you hit rock bottom and start coming back.”

Hunter Lawrence stole the show in Moto 1. Earning his first career win handily, he came out in Moto 2 and proved it was not a fluke by finishing third in the race and taking second overall.

“It’s awesome,” Lawrence said on NBC Sports Gold following his Moto 1 victory. “It’s just a Moto win, but it’s a big milestone in our trip and campaign.”

Chase Sexton earned the holeshot in Moto 1, but faded to fourth at the end. Sexton kept Cianciarulo in sight in the back half of Moto 2 to finish second in the race and third overall.

With a 3-4, Dylan Ferrandis finished fourth overall with Colt Nichols (5-5) finishing fifth.

After losing the overall at Thunder Valley amidst controversy, Justin Cooper wanted to make a statement. He barely raised his voice with a sixth in Moto 1 and a ninth in Moto 2 to finish ninth overall.  He lost another 20 points to the points leader as Cianciarulo starts to edge away from the pack. Cooper remains second in the points, but is now 26 back.

Garrett Marchbanks went down hard on Lap 4 of Moto 1 and had the bike land on his head. He did not start Moto 2, but there have been no report of injury yet.

250 Moto 1 Results
250 Moto 2 Results
250 Overall Results
Points Standings

Moto Wins

450MX
[4] Eli Tomac (Hangtown II, Pala I & Pala II, Thunder Valley II)
[3] Ken Roczen (Hangtown I, Thunder Valley I, High Point II)
[1] Blake Baggett (High Point I)

250MX
[4] Adam Cianciarulo (Hangtown II, Pala II, Thunder Valley I, High Point II)
[3] Justin Cooper (Hangtown I, Pala I, Thunder Valley I)
[1] Hunter Lawrence (High Point I)

Next race: WW Ranch Motocross Park, Jacksonville, Fla. June 22

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