After four straight years of exciting finishes, the addition of a new title sponsor, and a deeper and more diverse field of drivers than has been seen in years, the luster appears to be returning to the Indianapolis 500.
This isn't 2006 -- and Marco is a veteran now, easily qualifying for his seventh Indy 500 this year. Confident but not cocky, the 25-year-old is realistic about his chances. Over lunch at Palm Too in New York, he answered my questions.
This year is special at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway: It is the 100th anniversary of the first running of the annual 500-mile race there and Helio Castroneves has a good chance of becoming the Indy 500's youngest four-time champ.
Top GM exec Bob Lutz has been un-retired and is back at General Motors as vice-chairman in charge of marketing, advertising, promotion and will have a heavy hand in styling and design. Does this make any sense at all?