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Indy 500 Update: Oriol Servia takes the lead

May 29, 2011 | 11:11 am

Oriol Servia in the lead Oriol Servia of Spain passed Dario Franchitti for the lead of the Indy 500, and teammates Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick were charging toward the front at the 300-mile mark.

Scott Dixon, Franchitti's teammate at Target Chip Ganassi Racing, was running third.

Andretti, who narrowly missed winning the famed race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2006, was fourth after starting 27th. And Patrick climbed to 10th after starting 25th.

Former Indy 500 winner Dan Wheldon was fourth, and Townsend Bell, who lives in Pacific Palisades, was running fifth.

Ryan Briscoe was ninth, but his other teammates at powerful Team Penske were struggling. Helio Castroneves, seeking his fourth Indy 500 victory, was 19th, and Will Power was 22nd after his car had a wheel come off during an early pit stop.


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Photo: Oriol Servia leads a line of cars at the Indy 500. Credit: Robert Laberge / Getty Images