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  • Ryan Hunter-Reay (28) takes the lead from Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, on the white flag lap during the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 25, 2014. Hunter-Reay went on to win the race. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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  • The field for the the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race takes the green flag to start the race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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  • Drivers wait in their cars along pit lane as they wait for the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to resume during a red flag in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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  • Ed Carpenter (20) and James Hinchcliffe, (27) of Canada, crash in the first turn during the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Steve Metz)
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  • Driver Scott Dixon, of New Zealand, hits the wall in the fourth turn during the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 25, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Kirk Stierwalt)
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  • Townsend Bell crashes in the second turn during the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 25, 2014. The crash brought out the red flag to stop the race on lap 192. (AP Photo/Mike Fair)
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  • Kurt Busch pulls out of the pit area under Sebastien Bourdais, of France, during the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)
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  • Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates after crossing the finish line take the checkered flag in front of Helio Castroneves, of Brazil, to win the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Dave Parker)
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  • Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
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  • Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates after winning the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman)
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  • Ryan Hunter-Reay celebrates winning the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 25, 2014. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)
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