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Highlights from the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500

  • FILE - In this May 25, 2008 file photo, Scott Dixon, center, of New Zealand, celebrates on the start-finish line with car owner Chip Ganassi, left, and Gregg Steinhafel, president of Target Corp., after Dixon won the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)

    FILE - In this May 25, 2008 file photo, Scott Dixon, center, of New Zealand, celebrates on the start-finish line with car owner Chip Ganassi, left, and Gregg Steinhafel, president of Target Corp., after Dixon won the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind. (AP Photo/AJ Mast, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this May 25, 2008, file photo, Jim Nabors sings "Back Home Again in Indiana" before the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis.  (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

    FILE - In this May 25, 2008, file photo, Jim Nabors sings "Back Home Again in Indiana" before the 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)  (The Associated Press)

RACE: 92nd Indianapolis 500

DATE: May 25, 2008

WINNER: Scott Dixon

AVERAGE SPEED: 143.567 mph

WHAT HAPPENED: The split that nearly ruined American open-wheel racing was a memory when the flag dropped on the first Indy 500 after unification. Marco Andretti again led the race as he tried to end the "Andretti curse," but Vitor Meira took the lead on a restart with 41 laps to go. Dixon took the lead and held it the final 24 laps, with Meira finishing second and Andretti third. Helio Castroneves was fourth in his bid for his third victory.

NOTABLE: Ryan Briscoe tagged Danica Patrick as they were exiting pit road on the final sequence of stops, ending both of their days. Patrick tried to walk toward Briscoe's pit stall before security intervened, and both drivers were summoned to the IndyCar trailer. They were ultimately fined $100,000 apiece and placed on probation. Meanwhile, Dixon became the first New Zealander to win.