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Many top drivers started in karts

Updated: August 3, 2001, 11:52 AM ET
By Jack Arute | ESPN.com

There was a time when the path to Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500 was clear. Start in open-wheel quarter-midgets and, when you got your driver's license (or an excellent forgery), you moved to midgets, super modifieds, sprint cars and eventually Silver Bullet cars. From there, the gold ring was within reach.

Today, the road is less defined by this conventional path. Looking at the recent success of young stars like current Indy Racing League points leader Sam Hornish and Sarah Fisher, ...

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