Hope soars when balloons rise

Updated: May 30, 2010, 1:12 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Back home again in Indiana …

At this hour, this near the 94th start of the most renowned and resilient motor race mankind has ever devised -- yet come so close, so often, to destroying -- there is but one song to say it all.

And it seems that I can see …

The Indianapolis 500 has survived two world wars and the Great Depression, and now it is emerging from the rubble of the reign of Tony George.

Twenty strife-torn years ...

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