Hearn's hanging out pays off with spot in 500

Richie Hearn couldn't stand the thought of missing another Indy 500, so this year he did something about it.

Updated: May 21, 2007, 12:06 AM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Richie Hearn took in last year's Indianapolis 500 from a bar in Lime Rock, Conn. He was a lousy drinking buddy.

"I wasn't a happy guy to be with. The people with me were like, 'Man, you've got to go back there,'" Hearn said.

Hearn had run at Indy in 2005 and six times altogether dating to 1996, but a year ago the opportunities for a ride had dried out. So he stuck to his day job, which on Memorial Day weekend 2006 meant running his Formula BMW team far away from ...

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