Indianapolis 500 roars back to life

Updated: May 31, 2011, 12:54 PM ET
By Ed Hinton | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- The long night is over.

Not that the sun is high again on the Indianapolis 500 as the world's greatest motor race. Not yet.

But the sky is pink and there's a glow on the horizon.

The multitudes are back. So are the agony and the ecstasy that have distinguished this race for 100 years now.

Sunday's crowd was easily the largest since 1995, the year before the great schism of the Indy car leagues, the Dozen Years War that sent ...

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