Indy 500 preview: Will experience or youth be victorious?
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Indy 500 preview: Will experience or youth be victorious?

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A quarter of the drivers racing in the 105th edition of the Indianapolis 500 are former winners - but are they the favourites? The veteran drivers largely impressed in qualifying - but there's also a plethora of young guns looking to secure victory at IndyCar's flagship race...

Much has been made of the fact that there are nine former winners in the 33 cars qualified for this weekend’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500. They are Juan Pablo Montoya, Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alexander Rossi, Takuma Sato, Will Power and Simon Pagenaud, who between them have 13 victories at the iconic 2.5-mile superspeedway.

That’s the most winners to start the race since 10 took the green in the 1992 edition, so yes, it’s a big deal. And it looked like an even bigger deal after the first day of practice last week, when seven of those nine managed to occupy the top 11 slots. After the excitement of three new winners in the first five races of the 2021 IndyCar season, was the world’s oldest venue now playing into the hands of the veterans?

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