2012 Indy 500: Southern California Drivers Compete In IndyCar's Most Well-Known Race

The 2012 Indianapolis 500 takes place on Sunday, May 27. Drivers Charlie Kimball and Townsend Bell are in the running and represent Southern California.

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2012 Indy 500 Results And Recap: Southern California Drivers Finish In Top 10

The 2012 Indianapolis 500 is finally in the books after Sunday's running at Inddianapolis Motor Speedway. Dario Franchitti won the thrilling race to take home the most coveted checkered flag in IndyCar and one of the most prestigious victories in the world of open-wheel racing.

Southern California was well-represented in the race and in fact both SoCal drivers not only finished in the Top 10, but back-to-back. Charlie Kimball placed eighth, while Townsend Bell crossed the finish line in ninth place. Kimball rebounded quite well from wrecking his car during a practice lap at the track just one week earlier.

The race was not without controversy, as leader Takuma Sato spun out and crashed on the white-flag final lap as he was passed by the race's eventual winner, Franchitti. As SB Nation's Jeff Gluck reports, Sato claims that Franchitti crowded him, but Franchetti sees things a bit differently.

After the win, Franchitti took a moment to pay homage to the late Dan Wheldon, who won last year's Indy 500 and died in a crash in October.

Here is the full 2012 Indy 500 order of finish:

1. Dario Franchitti
2. Scott Dixon
3. Tony Kanaan
4. Oriol Servia
5. Ryan Briscoe
6. James Hinchcliffe
7. Justin Wilson
8. Charlie Kimball
9. Townsend Bell
10. Helio Castroneves
11. Rubens Barrichello
12. Alex Tagliani
13. Graham Rahal
14. JR Hildebrand
15. James Jakes
16. Simon Pagenaud
17. Takuma Sato
18. E.J. Viso
19. Michel Jourdain Jr.
20. Sebastien Bourdais
21. Ed Carpenter
22. Katherine Legge
23. Ana Beatriz
24. Marco Andretti
25. Josef Newgarden
26. Sebastian Saavedra
27. Ryan Hunter-Reay
28. Will Power
29. Mike Conway
30. Bryan Clauson
31. Wade Cunningham
32. Simona De Silvestro
33. Jean Alesi

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2012 Indy 500: Dario Franchitti Wins As Takumo Sato Crashes In Wild Finish

It was a scorcher un the sun at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this Sunday, though Dario Franchitti kept his cool as came out on top under a caution flag, kissing the bricks for the third time at the Indianapolis 500.

The 2012 Indy 500 certainly had an incredible finish as Japanese driver Takuma Sato, who was running neck-and-neck with with Franchitti, ended up wrecking at the end of the race as he tried to pass to take over as the leader.

With 20 laps left, the field had already broken the record for most lead changes in the 96 years of Indianapolis 500 history, which could have been helped by the hot and humid conditions that made things extra difficult for the drivers today. There was the last of seven cautions late in the race, though went back to the green flag with just six laps left, setting up the epic race to the finish line.

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Indy 500 2012 Weather: High Temperatures Expected At The Brickyard

The 2012 Indianapolis 500 is only a few hours away from the drop of the green flag, though much of the talk around the track this morning is about the weather as record high heat is set to befall the Indianpolis 500 this Sunday, forcing race officials to take extra precautions for all involved.

Temperatures are scheduled to hit the mid to high 90s during the race this afternoon, which could eclipse the previous record of 92 degrees set back in 1937. Officials spent much of the week urging fans to be extra careful about the smoldering conditions, making sure to have portable misting stations around the venue for spectators to cool down as well as cooling stations with lots of water.

Race spokesman Doug Boles said track medical personnel are expected to treat well more than 1,000 fans before the end of the race today. Hopefully they can avoid any serious problems.

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Indy 500: Time, TV Schedule, Live Updates And More

The 2012 Indianapolis 500 will finally arrive on Sunday, fitting in nicely between the second and third legs of the Triple Crown as all of America's most famous races are all grouped up for fans of high speeds.

Southern California drivers Charlie Kimball and Townsend Bell will both be competing in the Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and both drivers will be attempting to take home the most coveted checkered flag in IndyCar racing for the first time.

The 2012 Indy 500 is set to begin shortly after 9:00 a.m. PT on ABC. Cars will roll off the grid for pace laps at 9:04 a.m., followed by the green flag at 9:12 a.m.

SB Nation Los Angeles will be bringing you the results from the race, as well as live updates, so stay tuned. If you're looking for Twitter updates, make sure to follow our own @jeff_gluck, who is live at the Brickyard for the race.

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Indianapolis 500 Starting Grid 2012: Starting Grid Has Ryan Briscoe In Pole Position

With less than a day to go until Sunday's running of the 2012 Indy 500, the starting grid is all set. Team Penske's Ryan Briscoe is in pole position, after posting a 4 lap average qualifying time of 226.484mph. Southern California drivers Charlie Kimball and Townsend Bell are in 14th and 20th position, respectively. The full starting grid is below, and a picture-heavy layout with complete lap times can be found here.

Starting Position - Team - 4 Lap Average Qualifying Time

1. Ryan Briscoe, Team Penske -- 226.484 mph
2. James Hinchcliffe, Andretti Autosport -- 226.481 mph
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport -- 225.722 mph
4. Marco Andretti, Andretti Autosport -- 225.456 mph
5. Will Power, Team Penske -- 225.422 mph
6. Helio Castroneves, Team Penske -- 225.172 mph
7. Josef Newgarden, Sarah Fisher Hartman -- 224.037 mph
8. Tony Kanaan, KV Racing Technology -- 224.751 mph
9. E.J. Viso, KV Racing Technology -- 224.422 mph
10. Rubens Barrichello, KV Racing Technology -- 224.264 mph
11. Alex Tagliani, Bryan Herta Autosport -- 224.000 mph
12. Graham Rahal, Chip Ganassi Racing -- 223.959 mph
13. Ana Beatriz Andretti Autosport -- 223.920 mph
14. Charlie Kimball, Chip Ganassi Racing -- 223.868 mph
15. Scott Dixon, Target Chip Ganassi -- 223.684 mph
16. Dario Franchitti, Target Chip Ganassi -- 223.582 mph
17. James Jakes, Dale Coyne Racing -- 223.482 mph
18. JR Hildebrand, Panther Racing -- 223.422 mph
19. Takuma Sato, Rahal Letterman Lanigan -- 223.392 mph
20. Townsend Bell, Schmidt Hamilton Racing -- 223.134 mph
21. Justin Wilson, Dale Coyne Racing -- 222.929 mph
22. Michel Jourdain Jr., Rahal Letterman Lanigan -- 222.893 mph
23. Simon Pagenaud, Schmidt Hamilton Racing -- 222.891 mph
24. Sebastien Saavedra, Andretti Autosport -- 222.811 mph
25. Sebastian Bourdais, Dragon Racing -- 223.760 mph
26. Wade Cunningham, A.J. Foyt Racing -- 223.258 mph
27. Oriol Servia, Panther DRR Racing -- 222.393 mph
28. Ed Carpenter, Ed Carpenter Racing -- 222.324 mph
29. Mike Conway, A.J. Foyt Racing -- 222.319 mph
30. Katherine Legge, Dragon Racing -- 221.624 mph
31. Bryan Clauson, Sarah Fisher Hartman -- 214.455 mph
32. Simona de Silvestro, HVM Racing -- 214.393 mph
33. Jean Alesi, Fan Force United -- 210.094 mph

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Indy 500 Schedule 2012: Saturday Is Legends Day At Indianapolis

The Indianapolis 500 will take place on Sunday, but there is still one more full day of activities on Saturday, including autograph sessions with all 33 drivers in the field and a racing exhibition of vintage cars.

The day before the big race offers a bevy of fan activity and excitement at Indianapollis Motor Speedway as Shell V-Power presents Legends Day. The day kicks off with the (unfortunately sold out) opening of the Legends Club, which provides a buffet and complimentary bar for those lucky enough to get their premium tickets early.

Here is the full schedule for Saturday's events. All times are Eastern.

8:00 a.m. - Legends Club Opens

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Autograph Session

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Indianapolis 500 Memorabilia Show - Plaza Pavilion

9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. - Vintage Racing On-Track

10:30 a.m. - Public Drivers Meeting

1:00 p.m. - Indianapolis 500 Veterans Autograph Session "A" Begins

3:00 p.m. - Indianapolis 500 Veterans Autograph Session "B" Begins

5:00 p.m. - Gates Close

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Indy 500 2012: Sunday's Forecast Calls For Record Heat

Via the local Fox affiliate, we learn that drivers and fans at Sunday's Indy 500 may see record heat put the crimp on their efforts or enjoyment. Sunday's forecast calls for extreme temperatures:

If the current forecast holds, it could reach 94 degrees during the race with a 100 degree heat index, which factors in humidity. That would shatter the previous race day record of 92 degrees set in 1937, and could also break a 101 year record for the day.

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"I experienced mid 80's to high 80's and it wasn't bad," said Johnny Parsons Jr. who has driven in the race 12 times.

Parsons last raced in 1996, but he said current drivers and their crews are better equipped than ever with hydration during the race.

The fans who won't have an entire crew working to keep them hydrated will have to turn to the measures provided by Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The racetrack will be bringing in extra cooling fans, misting stations, and has requested a walk-through cooling area from the Indianapolis Fire Department.

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2012 Indy 500 Lineup: A Look At Pole Position Holder Ryan Briscoe

The 2012 Indianapolis 500 will be held on Sunday. Southern California drivers Townsend Bell and Charlie Kimball are both in the running for the most prestigious checkered flag in IndyCar and the only IndyCar race that most people in the world can actually name.

The pole position holder for the big race is Ryan Briscoe, an Australian driver who will be piloting the No. 2 car. This is the 11th pole in Briscoe's IndyCar career. He has six career IndyCar wins and the highest he has ever finished in an Indy 500 was fifth place in 2007. This is Briscoe's first year using a Chevrolet engine. He has not had an IndyCar win since 2010.

You can find complete information about the next week's worth of events on the official Indy 500 website.

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Indy 500 2012 Qualifying Results, Bump Day: No Major Changes To Starting Lineup

Sunday's Bump Day, the second day of qualifying for the 2012 Indianapolis 500, came and went without anyone from the top 24 being bumped. The final nine qualifiers all slotted in below the IndyCar drivers who had already made the cut.

One of the Southern California drivers, Charlie Kimball, crashed during practice on Sunday and wrecked his car. While he was not injured in the crash, he now has just six days to get his car back in a condition to race in the prestigious race. Fellow Southern California driver Townsend Bell is still slotted in at No. 20 in the starting lineup for the Sunday, May 27 race.

Here is the full starting lineup for the 2012 Indianapolis 500:

1. Ryan Briscoe
2. James Hinchcliffe
3. Ryan Hunter-Reay
4. Marco Andretti
5. Will Power
6. Helio Castroneves
7. Josef Newgarden
8. Tony Kanaan
9. EJ Viso
10. Rubens Barrichello
11. Alex Tagliani
12. Graham Rahal
13. Ana Beatriz
14. Charlie Kimball
15. Scott Dixon
16. Dario Franchitti
17. James Jakes
18. JR Hildebrand
19. Taukma Sato
20. Townsend Bell
21. Justin Wilson
22. Michel Jourdain
23. Simon Pagenaud
24. Sebastian Saavedra
25. Sebastien Bourdais
26. Wade Cunningham
27. Oriol Servia
28. Ed Carpenter
29. Mike Conway
30. Katherine Legge
31. Bryan Clauson
32. Simona De Silvestro
33. Jean Alesi

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Indianapolis 500 2012 Qualifying, Bump Day: Start Time, Radio, TV Schedule And More

The pole position has been set for the 2012 Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, May 27. Saturday's qualifying runs on Pole Day set the top 24 spots for the prestigious race, but there are still plenty of IndyCar drivers battling to get into those final nine positions in the starting lineup.

Ryan Briscoe will hold the pole position at the big event and Southern California drivers Townsend Bell and Charlie Kimball grabbed spots in the top 20 for the Indy 500. Still, there is the danger of some of those top 24 being knocked out on Sunday's Bump Day.

All drivers who failed to qualify will be trying for the final nine positions in the starting lineup. Here is the schedule for Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. All times are Eastern.

9am - 10am - Indianapolis 500 Practice

10:15am - Armed Forces Enlistment Ceremony Begins

Noon - Qualifications Begin

You can watch live streaming of Pole Day on the official Indy 500 website beginning at 9:00 a.m. PT.

You can find complete information about the next week's worth of events on the official Indy 500 website.

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2012 Indy 500 Qualifying: Both Southern California Drivers Make It Into Top 20

On Saturday, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was host to Pole Day. The first and most vital of the two days of qualifying for next Sunday's 2012 edition of the Indianapolis 500 had no shortage of thrills, including a handful of crashes during the qualifying laps.

Positioning was set by fastest time, taken from an average speed of four laps around the track. Ryan Briscoe of Team Penske had the fastest time and will hold the prestigious pole position in the May 27 race, but both Southern California drivers managed to secure spots in the Top 20 of the starting lineup.

Charlie Kimball secured the No. 14 spot with a speed of 223.868 mph, while Townsend Bell will start at No. 20 thanks to a speed of 223.134

Here is the top of the pole with each driver's average speed after four laps.

1) Ryan Briscoe: 226.484
2) James Hinchcliffe: 226.481
3) Ryan Hunter-Reay: 226.240
4) Marco Andretti: 225.456
5) Will Power: 225.422
6) Helio Castroneves: 225.172
7) Josef Newgarden: 224.037
8) Tony Kanaan: 224.751
9) E.J. Viso: 224.422

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2012 Indy 500 Qualifying, Pole Day: Start Time, Streaming Information And More

On Saturday, IndyCar drivers will compete for pole position in the 2012 Indy 500. Two Southern California drivers will be among those competing on Pole Day.

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