The Indy 500: Auto racingThis is a big weekend for auto racing

Indy 500 trials (NBC Sports)

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – This is a weekend racing fans look forward to all year:  The 99th running of the Indy 500.

It’s a sport built on extreme speed. But four scary wrecks on the track in less than a week’s time have race officials pumping the brakes this year.

This is the high octane anticipation in the run-up to the Indianapolis 500.

But Sunday’s race will run with new attention to safety following several spectacular crashes during time trials.

Click or touch here to view a photo gallery of the time trials of the 2015 Indy 500.

Some Chevrolet’s went airborne after spinning out.  .Joseph Newgarden’s car launched off the track.  Fortunately, he walked away.

Indycar has mandated in the interest of safety all cars for the Indy 500 this year had to qualify with the same aerodynamics they would have on race day, hoping to avoid what happened to Helio Castroneves whose car flipped in a heart-stopping instant.  Fortunately, he walked away and is ready to race.

Thirty-two drivers and 300,000 fans will be waiting for those famous words”  “Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.

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