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Slideshow: 2012 Indy 500

Though the temperatures were at near record highs, nothing could stop fans from enjoying what is known as the 'Greatest Spectacle in Racing'.

  • Indy 500

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    Photo: Dan Goldblatt-WFIU News

    Fans gathered past turn four to watch cars race past at more than 220 MPH.

  • Fans

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    Photo: Dan Goldblatt/WFIU News

    Fans begin filling the stands early Sunday morning. Many packed a full day's supply of sandwiches, beer, and lots of water. Temperatures were already in the 80's by mid-morning.

  • Turn Four

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    Photo: Dan Goldblatt/WFIU News

    Fans cheer as cars fly into the straightaway past turn four. For the fist time in almost 20 years, all cars were powered by turbocharged engines.

  • Henderson

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    Photo: Dan Goldblatt/WFIU News

    Florence Henderson as she prepares to sing 'God Bless America' to fans of the largest 'single day sporting event' in the world.

  • Lotus

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    Photo: Dan Goldblatt/WFIU News

    The #78 car, powered by the troubled Lotus engine, leaves the track after being disqualified for being too slow.

Hundreds of thousands of fans gathered at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday to witness the 96th running of the Indianapolis 500.

Though the temperatures were at near record highs, nothing could stop fans from enjoying what is known as the ‘Greatest Spectacle in Racing’.

Dario Franchitti won after leading only 23 of the 200 laps in the 500 mile race.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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