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Star power meets horsepower at Montoya's second Indy 500 win

Drink it in, Juan Pablo Montoya. You've just won the Indianapolis 500.

And it was pretty tight finish. In the final 15 laps, three racers drove neck-and-neck-and-neck: Montoya, Will Power and Scott Dixon — with multiple lead changes.

But it was Montoya who edged out his competitors to win his second Indy 500. He previously won the race in 2000.

After the race, he said: "This is what racing in IndyCar is all about. Awesome racing all the way down to the wire."

In other cool moments from the event, fans were treated to perhaps the most overqualified pace car driver in recent memory: four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon.

Gordon, one of the most popular and decorated NASCAR drivers in history, who also plans to retire at the end of the season, set pace in a sleek Chevrolet Corvette.

"It's not just a thrill to be here and be the pace car driver, but I get to drive a very cool car also," Gordon said.

"In light of all of this praise, merited or not, do me a favor and save a little for my funeral," Letterman said.

And, speaking of retirement, David Letterman was on hand and clued us in to at least one item on his post-retirement agenda.

"We all followed the end of the show, and we now know that you're gonna be at a lot more races. Is that right?" WISH racing analyst Derek Daly said.

"That's right. I think I'll move back to Indiana and get a paper route," Letterman said.

Letterman is an Indianapolis native. So, naturally, he's pretty big into IndyCar racing. He's been co-owner of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing for nearly two decades.

And this year, the former "Late Show" host was treated to a special retirement gift: his face and name on his team's car driven by Oriol Servia. #ThanksDave was painted on its side.

"The fact that my name is on the car, ... I never in my wildest dreams expected anything like that. This is a really great, silly and exciting at the same time," Letterman said.

As for this year's winner, according to Sports Illustrated, "Montoya now owns the record for the longest time between [Indy 500] victories" at 15 years.

This video includes images from Getty Images.

Sun, 24 May 2015 20:25:16 -0400

NASCAR dream comes true for Mount Holly teen with autism

A 15-year-old boy from Mount Holly received a huge surprise during Coca-Cola 600 weekend.

IMAGES: Jake's Dream On 3 at Charlotte Motor Speedway

Jake Bynum, who is autistic, finds comfort in the support of his family, his service dog and all things racing. He is currently in his first year of high school, attending two classes at school and two at home.

Jake is a huge NASCAR fan and enjoys sharing his knowledge about the sport. His favorite driver is Dale Earnhardt Jr.

Charlotte wish-granting organization Dream On 3 makes sports dreams come true for children with chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities and life-altering conditions.

When asked by Dream On 3 what his sports dream was, Jake said he would like to meet Earnhardt, Jr. and see his pit crew up close at Sunday’s race.

His dream came true this weekend.

WATCH Jake's reaction when he found out about his dream.

Jake spent time with Earnhardt Jr. on Saturday. He was also able to meet Kasey Kahne.

The teen, who also loves roller coasters and Legos, participates in a pre-employment program at Queen Bee Bakery in Mount Holly.

His send-off Sunday began from the bakery. He rode to Charlotte Motor Speedway in a limousine.

Jake made new friends at the speedway, and also became a member of the No. 88 pit crew.

He also signed the wall at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Dream On 3 granted another boy's wish during the 2014 May races. Edwin Hernandez, 11, received a heart transplant from Levine Children's Hospital. He spent time last year with his favorite driver Joey Logano.

Sun, 24 May 2015 19:42:36 -0400

400,000 people attend Speed Street, officials say

Charlotte officials said 400,000 people attended Speed Street uptown this past weekend.

The festival is estimated to bring in more than $58 million in economic benefit to the city, according to a survey conducted by the International Festival and Events Association.

City Manager Ron Carlee declared Speed Street an extraordinary event.

The Charlotte Fire Department had teams on ATVs to provide fast emergency medical responses to incidents. Crews responded to 26 calls for service, officials said.

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department said there were eight arrests. Below is the breakdown:

•    Affray - 2
•    Open container - 1
•    DWI - 2
•    Drug possession - 2
•    Resist/obstruct/delay - 1

Police also said seven juveniles were processed for curfew violations and one was charged with damaged property.

Medic responded to 10 incidents. Three patients were transported for emergency treatment, each non-life-threatening. They also treated and released five event goers on site.

LYNX ridership saw an increase as well, officials said.

Thursday - there were 23,985 riders, 50 percent above an average Thursday.
Friday - there were 41,504 riders, 101.7 percent above an average Friday.
Saturday - numbers not yet available; officials said two car trains operated every 10 minutes between noon and 1 a.m.

Crews collected more than 24 tons of trash and recyclables in 2014. Totals for this year’s event will be available Monday.

Sun, 24 May 2015 17:40:59 -0400

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