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Indianapolis 500 most wide-open race field in years

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis 500 will be run on Sunday in what’s believed to be the most wide-open race in years. There are no clear favorites and there’s a group of new faces vying for attention. And with no Danica Patrick, there’s a chance for some new stars to be born in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing.

The late Dan Wheldon will be honored throughout the weekend, and the absence of the two-time winner and defending champion will be felt long after the checkered flag drops.

It could very well be a shootout between Ryan Briscoe on the pole, with Will Power and three-time race winner Helio Castroneves, James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti in the second row.