TERRE HAUTE —
Sunday promises to be a super day in Indianapolis.
It’s the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 followed by Indiana vs. Miami in the third game of the National Basketball Association playoffs.
Tradition abounds on race day. Jim Nabors and Florence Henderson are on the program along with Sandi Patty, who again will sing the National Anthem. She always does a great job.
Jim Harbaugh, who once played quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts, will drive the pace car.
There’s no clear-cut favorite in the race as Dario Franchitti and Helio Castroneves go for their fourth victory. Wabash Valley favorite Ed Carpenter is on the pole with Carlos Munoz and Marco Andretti on the front row with him.
The odds are out and Scott Dixon tops the list. We’ve picked him before, including the year he won.
We like Marco Andretti to win this year.
Fans usually arrive early for the race and will have the chance to maneuver a Zip Line at the facility.
The Heat and Pacers set the tempo for the Eastern Conference finals Wednesday. The Pacers are underdogs to the all-star Heat but didn’t play like it, losing in overtime after Paul George calmly hit free throws with 2.2 seconds left to give them a one-point lead.
The second game in the series is tonight at Miami before the scene shifts to Indy.
Rain, rain — As usual, lots of racing is slated leading up to Sunday’s big one at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Tony Hulman Classic for U.S. Auto Club sprint cars was first on the schedule. Rain and wet grounds forced it to be postponed to June 21.
The Hoosier Hundred for USAC Silver Crown cars was on Thursday’s card but has been rescheduled for tonight at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. It’s Carb Day at the Speedway with drivers getting their final practice runs in on the track.
Special races are set tonight and Saturday at Crossroads Dragway and Midwest Sprint Car Series action is on the Lincoln Park Speedway card Saturday.
Weather permitting, of course.