May 24, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Aerial view of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway the home of the Indianapolis 500 race.
What's on your mind?
IndyCar rookie drivers (from left): Jean Alesi, Simon Pagenaud, Wade Cunningham, Bryan Clauson, Josef Newgarden, James Jakes, Katherine Legge and Rubens Barrichello participate in a panel discussion during a drivers autograph session before the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
IndyCar driver Helio Castroneves signs a 20x30 print during a drivers autograph session Saturday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Street of dreams
A sign in the infield memorializes Dan Wheldon, who died last year shortly after winning the 2011 Indy 500.
Who's the man?!?
IndyCar driver Scott Dixon celebrates after winning the Izod Pit Stop Challenge on the final day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 on Friday.
Friday night lights
Indy Lights driver Esteban Guerrieri celebrates winning the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday.
Scott Dixon takes some final practice laps during Carb Day for the Indianapolis 500 on Friday.
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Dario Franchitti flies down the Brickyard's backstretch during Friday's practice for the Indy 500.
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IndyCar driver Will Power stares down the competition during Carb Day for the Indy 500 on Friday.
That'll leave a mark
Indy Lights driver David Ostella hits the wall as Brandon Wagner drives below to avoid the crash in the second turn during the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday.
IndyCar driver Will Power drives through the pits during Friday's practice run for the Indy 500.
James Hinchcliffe pulls into the pits during his practice session Friday for the Indy 500.
Wheelin' and dealin'
Indy Lights driver Esteban Guerrieri speeds around one of the turns during the Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Friday.
Four is the score
Helio Castroneves gets his work in on Friday as he prepares for yet another running of the Indy 500, a race he's already won three times in his career.
Green is good
James Hinchcliffe waves to fans as he walks to the pit area for the final day of practice for the Indianapolis 500 on Friday.
All in the family
Marco Andretti talks with a member of his crew as his grandfather and 1969 Indy 500 champion Mario Andretti looks on following Friday's final day of practice.
IndyCar drivers Ryan Briscoe (left) and Helio Castroneves have a little chat before the start of Friday's practice session at the Brickyard.
His crew pushes Scott Dixon's No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Honda Dallara DW12 through Gasoline Alley after Friday's practice session.
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Fans stand next to the No. 98 William Rast-Curb/Big Machine Dallara Honda of 2011 Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon during Carb Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.
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IndyCar Series driver Ana Beatriz walks the pits during Tuesday's practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The need for speed
James Hinchcliffe gets some momentum as he speeds out of the pits during practice for the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Tuesday.
Future in her eyes
Former driver Sarah Fisher, now an IndyCar owner, watches her team work on driver Josef Newgarden's car during practice Tuesday.
Eyeing another title?
Defending IndyCar Series champ Dario Franchitti of Scotland watches from the team's pit box during practice on Tuesday.
Who needs doors?
Japan's Takuma Sato climbs into his car during Tuesday's practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Alex Tagliani shows off his tribute to Dan Wheldon on the back of his helmet following a practice session for the Indianapolis 500 on Monday. Wheldon won the Indy 500 in 2011, but was killed in a crash in last season's final race in Las Vegas.
Mirror, mirror on the car
Dario Franchitti sits in his car as he prepares for a practice run Monday. Franchitti is the defending IndyCar Series champion.
Rubens Barrichello of Brazil makes adjustments to his helmet during practice Monday.
IndyCar Series driver Marco Andretti (in firesuit) sits with his father Michael Andretti on Monday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Waiting his turn
Tony Kanaan sits in his car during Monday's practice session as his team is given an inspection.
Can I get a push?
The team for IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon pushes the car through Gasoline Alley during practice Monday.
Even in the pits, even during practice, it's easy to see the cars running at Indy are built for speed. On Sunday, Helio Castroneves pulls off the track during a practice run for the Indianapolis 500, which will run on May 27.
Teammates Helio Castroneves (white and red car) and Will Power go in and out of the pit area during Sunday's practice at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Getting a feel
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Sebastian Saavedra and James Hinchcliffe draft together during Sunday's practice.
Looking for three
Among Sunday's drivers on the track was Dario Franchitti, a two-time winner of the Indy 500.
Time for the fans
New Zealand's Scott Dixon signs a toy car for one of his fans during Sunday's autograph session.
Michel Jourdain waits in his car during practice for the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Time to get serious
Marco Andretti watches from pit road during weekend practice for the Indianapolis 500.
Rubens Barrichello mugs for the cameras and fans during weekend practice at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
IndyCar rookie Jean Alesi gets instructions from Owen Snyder before practice for the Indianapolis 500. Alesi isn't new to open-wheel racing, as he's also a well known former Formula One driver.
Owner Michael Andretti talks with his son and driver Marco Andretti during practice for the Indianapolis 500.
Need for speed
Three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves drives through the third turn at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during practice for May 27's race.
Graham Rahal watches from the pits during practice for the Indianapolis 500 over the weekend.
Early stretch run
J.R. Hildebrand gets his body loose in preparation for Indy 500 practice.
Wait for it ...
Brazilians Rubens Barrichello (right) and Tony Kanaan talk in the pit area before Indy 500 practice.
If you can read this ...
J.R. Hildebrand speeds through pit road during an Indy 500 practice session over the weekend.
Open for business
IndyCar star Dario Franchitti adjusts his mirrors and gets ready for his practice run.
Target on his back?
Actually, the Target logo is everywhere on Dario Franchitti's car and his firesuit. But the two-time Indy 500 will still be in most driver's minds May 27 during the running of the sport's biggest race.