Winning the Indy 500
would top-off a spectacular career for the former CART champion that includes seven wins at Toronto but he now knows it is time to call a halt to dicing with death at 230mph inches from unforgiving concrete walls.
The Indy 500
and the speedway are more than sporting icons - they are integral to American culture, part of the soul of the nation.
"I'll tell you what, when I was a kid, everybody looked at the Indy 500
as bigger than life," Guthrie grins.
One of the reasons the Indy 500
is so difficult is it tests the machines and how they are tuned just as much as the drivers.
She also holds the honor of being among just 14 drivers who have led at both the Indy 500
and Daytona 500 race.
"Now, all of our attention are turned to the main event of the year -- the Indy 500
New Zealander Scott Dixon, who won the Indy 500
in 2008 from pole position, tweeted: "Father, Husband, Friend, just an amazing human being.
>10 Turbo A FREAK accident might help a snail achieve his dream of winning the Indy 500
in this animated treat.
Franchitti, who also won the Indy 500
in 2007, is only the 17th man to win the race twice.
A FORMER macho stock-car racing champ wants to make a comeback in the Indy 500
More than just about any other event, though, the Indy 500
is built upon tradition.