Most rookies drivers found Indy tough to solve on first attempt

A steep learning curve for any Indy 500 rookie is expected. The former Champ Car drivers new to the IndyCar Series' signature track found the challenge tougher still, writes John Schwarb.

Updated: May 27, 2008, 10:22 AM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- The recipe was in place for a caution-filled Indianapolis 500, the most prominent ingredient being the race's largest rookie class in more than a decade, many of them refugees from another racing series unfamiliar with tests such as 200 laps around a 2.5-mile oval.

Sure enough, Sunday's race was a messy one with 69 yellow-flag laps, the most since the 85 in 1992. But the blame could be spread well beyond the eight drivers and seven first-time 500 starters ...

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