New stars ready to step up

Updated: May 27, 2012, 2:17 AM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- A couple of things will be missing when the green flag waves Sunday at the Brickyard. The princess has moved on, and a hero is gone.

For the first time in eight years, the super celebrity is not among the 33 drivers in the Indianapolis 500.

Danica Patrick is not here. The divorce is final. She has left her first love of Indy cars for the big bucks of NASCAR.

And for the first time in 66 years, the defending Indy 500 winner isn't here, because ...

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