Annual IndyCar promotion in Manhattan takes on new meaning after merger

The 33 drivers who qualified for the 92nd Indianapolis 500 stopped by the Big Apple on Monday to celebrate Sunday's spectacle  and American open-wheel racing in general. Mission accomplished, John Schwarb writes.

Updated: May 20, 2008, 4:19 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- This isn't a novelty anymore, the IndyCar Series taking its 33 Indianapolis 500 drivers on a plane to Manhattan for a media lunch and photo shoot. If you saw the first picture in 2005 of the suited-up drivers lined up in 11 rows of three, you've seen them all, save a few background changes and of course the annual rearranging of the 33.

Yet like this enchanted season of American open-wheel racing, there was a new angle Monday. There were none of the annual ...

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