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After 20 years, Arie Luyendyk's Indy 500 records stand tall

INDIANAPOLIS — Twenty years and one week after Arie Luyendyk became the fastest man to conquer Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2½-mile oval, his records remain untouched and unchallenged.

And unlikely to fall anytime soon.

In qualifying for the 1996 Indianapolis 500, Luyendyk recorded a lap at a mind-blowing 237.498 mph and set the four-lap average record at 236.986 mph.

"It seems like a long time," Luyendyk said Wednesday. "I knew it would be a while with the changes going on at the speedway. I anticipated the speeds would be slower for a while, but 20 years is a long time."

The next year, horsepower was reduced, and as further safety measures have been introduced, nobody has approached the records. Three-time race winner Helio Castroneves has the fastest pole speed of the past 20 years, 231.725 mph, set in 2003.

NHRA: Matt Hagan broke the Funny Car track records for time (3.862 seconds) and speed (335.57 mph) and Brittany Force set a Top Fuel track record at 3.676 seconds on the first day of qualifying at the Kansas Nationals in Topeka. Series leader Jason Line (6.578, 210.37) led Pro Stock.

After 20 years, Arie Luyendyk's Indy 500 records stand tall 05/20/16 [Last modified: Friday, May 20, 2016 11:06pm]
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