- Jacques Villeneuve will attempt to make Indianapolis 500 starts 19 years apart, bettering Cy Marshall & Roland Free's 17-year gap set in 1947.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

'500' 2-Seat Rider Announced

Come Sunday at noon, US Army Ret. Sgt. Latseen Benson will have the best seat in the house at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Benson, who served two tours of duty in Iraq from 2003 to 2005, will be the passenger of the IZOD IndyCar Series 2-Seater piloted by legend Mario Andretti as they pace the 33-car field.

While on his second deployment, Sgt. Benson was on patrol in Iraq when an IED exploded causing injuries that later resulted in the amputation of his legs.

Benson will join Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Bruce P. Crandall who was announced earlier this month as the honorary starter.

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