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Franchitti, Andretti Featured on ESPN Platforms
Indy 500 Front Row to be at ESPN on Tuesday

With the 100th anniversary Indianapolis 500 running on Sunday, May 29, star drivers Dario Franchitti and Marco Andretti are featured on two of ESPN’s media platforms later this week. “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” will air on ABC for the 47th consecutive year, with coverage beginning at 11 a.m. ET.

In addition, the three drivers composing the front row for the race are scheduled to be at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn., on Tuesday, May 24. The drivers will appear on various ESPN television, radio and digital outlets. The starting field will be determined in time trials this weekend.

Dario Franchitti: A Speedy Scot Seeks Strength from Homeland

SportsCenter (Sunday, 11 p.m., ESPN)

Dario Franchitti is one of the biggest stars in his sport, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and three-time IZOD IndyCar Series champion. He is also married to actress and activist Ashley Judd. Yet Franchitti himself is a private man, for whom his native Scotland is the source of his inner strength and much of his success. For the first time, Franchitti reveals the places in his homeland where his greatness was forged, the moments in his past that both shattered his spirit and spurred him onward, and the people whose love and support he relies on to this day. Chris Connelly offers an intimate portrait of a proud native son looking later this month for his third win at Indianapolis.

Click HERE for a video preview of the SportsCenter piece.

Marco Andretti – House of Cars

ESPN The Magazine “Busted” Issue – on sale Friday, May 20

Andretti is an outsize name in racing. But with Indy around the corner, Marco Andretti is beginning to like the way it fits. Award-winning ESPN the Magazine senior writer Ryan McGee profiles the third-generation driving star.

Also included in the issue is a fun image of “The Five Widest and Tightest Gaps Between Indy 500 Winner and Runner-Up.”

ESPN The Magazine’s “Busted” issue features a compelling compilation cover story and illustration (Tressel’s scarlet vest) about the scandals in college football and basketball within this last year alone. The piece also explores how Twitter, Facebook and other online sources have made the whole world the circle of control that coaches and schools face once a scandal breaks.

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