Nascar

Highlights from the 88th running of the Indianapolis 500

  • FILE - In this May 30, 2004, file photo, team co-owner David Letterman reacts as one of the team's drivers, Buddy Rice, wins the rain-shortened Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman, File)

    FILE - In this May 30, 2004, file photo, team co-owner David Letterman reacts as one of the team's drivers, Buddy Rice, wins the rain-shortened Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 30, 2004, file photo, Buddy Rice's crew comes out to the pit wall to celebrate his Indy 500 win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

    FILE - In this May 30, 2004, file photo, Buddy Rice's crew comes out to the pit wall to celebrate his Indy 500 win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 30, 2004, file photo, Buddy Rice and team co-owner Bobby Rahal, right, celebrate after Rice won the rain-shortened Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman, File)

    FILE - In this May 30, 2004, file photo, Buddy Rice and team co-owner Bobby Rahal, right, celebrate after Rice won the rain-shortened Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/Tom Strattman, File)  (The Associated Press)

RACE: 88th Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 30, 2004

WINNER: Buddy Rice

AVERAGE SPEED: 138.518 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: Rain. Lots of it. The race began two hours late because of rain, then was stopped for another two hours after 27 laps. Rain threatened again the rest of the race, and Buddy Rice was in the lead when a final thunderstorm rolled over the speedway. He was declared the victor for team owners Bobby Rahal and David Letterman. Future winners Tony Kanaan finished second and Dan Wheldon finished third.

NOTABLE: Rice won the pole position, his team won the pit-stop challenge and he ultimately led the most laps in a clean sweep of May. Tony Stewart flirted with trying to qualify for team owner A.J. Foyt but ultimately did not. Bruno Junqueira was leading the race entering the final round of pit stops, when Rice regained the lead, and wound up fifth. The thunderstorm that ended the race developed into an F2 tornado that missed the speedway by about 6 miles and caused widespread damage.