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Honda cranks up the heat at Indy

Updated: May 28, 2012, 9:11 AM ET
By John Oreovicz | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Honda knows what it's like to be humbled at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

One of the world's most respected carmakers struggled mightily in its first attempt at the Indianapolis 500 back in 1994. When its overweight and underpowered engines put Bobby Rahal and his team in jeopardy of failing to qualify, Rahal abandoned his Hondas and leased a pair of Ilmor-powered cars.

Honda also knows how to rebound quickly. Just a year after the embarrassing ...

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