"I'll be more than happy to be there in victory lane to congratulate you sincerely from my heart, because that's who I am. My dad would do that and I am here to carry-on my father's legacy," Toddy Ruttman said.
Four turns. Two-hundred laps. Five-hundred miles. The first one take the checkered flag takes home more than milk, more than hardware, more than wreaths. A driver's name is cemented in history as one of the best to ever race. So what does it take to win the Indianapolis 500?
Five drivers from Ohio have won the Indy 500. The 1986 win by Medina's Bobby Rahal is still one of the most popular, and Sam Hornish, of Defiance, went to victory lane in 2006 in the third-closest finish of all time. The other three were either born in or lived in Dayton: Frank Lockhart in 1926, Mauri Rose in 1941, 47 and 48, and Sam Hanks in 1957.
“I'm so thankful to come back but at the same time, I'm eager, I really want to make it happen,” says Castroneves. “I know a lot of fans would love to see that number four because only three guys on the planet were able to do that and to join that club would be absolutely a dream come true.”