Auto racing: IndyCar series hits jackpot in its marquee event

By Jenna Fryer

Associated Press

Published: Monday, May 28 2012 10:20 p.m. MDT

Indianapolis also introduced some new faces to the audience, starting with James Hinchcliffe, a charming young Canadian who replaced Danica Patrick in the most visible ride in the series. His first national commercial, starring with Patrick in a Go Daddy ad, aired during Sunday's race.

There was Marco Andretti, who despite his famous last name has yet to catch the fancy of the American public, losing a race he thought was his to win. Frustrated when his handling fell off, he provided colorful radio chatter that NASCAR fans likened to the notorious Kurt Busch.

And it was a first-time meeting with Josef Newgarden, a 21-year-old from Tennessee who was fast all month at Indy and showed there are indeed young American drivers coming through the pipeline.

So maybe IndyCar picked up some new fans Sunday, or at least a few curious passers-by willing to give the series a second look.

"I think the entertainment value is definitely there," Franchitti said. "We are putting on a good show, regardless of it's a street course, a road course, an oval, a short oval, here at Indianapolis. They are all great races."

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