Indianapolis 500 2012: 10 Bold Predictions for the Indy 500 Race

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Indianapolis 500 2012: 10 Bold Predictions for the Indy 500 Race
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Nobody could have predicted that rookie JR Hildebrand would hit the wall off the final corner while leading in the 2011 Indy 500

There is no more intense four hours on the calendar year in motorsports than those which will make up The Greatest Spectacle in Racing this coming Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This Sunday will mark the 101st time the Indianapolis 500 has been run. And if this year's edition of the storied event is anything like the previous 100, it's going to be a wild ride.

Perhaps it's the prestige of etching one's name into the record books, or the feeling one receives when he gets to drink the milk in Indy's Winner's Circle. Maybe it's the taste of those bricks, or the ride around the track after all that hard work has been done.

Whatever the reason, the Indianapolis 500 always leaves us with plenty to talk about and is never predictable.

Just one year ago, rookie JR Hildebrand led the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 coming off Turn 4 when his No. 4 Panther Racing car hit the outside barrier. As a heartbroken Hildebrand limped his machine to the line, the late Dan Wheldon wheeled his car to the checkered flag, taking his second Indy win.

Try as we might, we writers never can seem to succeed when it comes to predicting these unpredictable events. But it is our job to do so, and with that comes our 10 bold predictions for this year's Indy 500 race.

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