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Richard Petty to back Indy 500 ride

Updated: April 6, 2009, 5:57 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Richard Petty racing experience is coming to a new venue next month -- the Indianapolis 500.

And this is no ride-along, publicity stunt or gimmick.

The King of NASCAR plans to take his first crack at winning IndyCars' crown jewel by putting one of his former drivers, John Andretti, in the cockpit of an open-wheel car co-owned with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.

"I'm not here just to be having fun," Petty said during Monday's announcement. "I'm serious about this ...

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