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Behind the scenes at the Indy 500 (pictures)

While there was plenty of excitement on the track at this year's 99th running of the Indy 500, there was certainly no shortage of things going on in the pits and around it.

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Behind the scenes at the 2015 Indy 500

Welcome to the Indy 500, arguably the most historic car race in the world.

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David Letterman

Before the race kicked off on Sunday, VIPs and celebrities got the chance to walk the pits at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and see the cars up close. Here, a recently-retired David Letterman is seen surveying the action.

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In the pits

Cars are pushed out to their pit spots for final tweaks before being rolled out onto to race course for a rolling start.

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Car 26

Carlos Munoz's Andretti Autosport sits in the pits, waiting for the race to begin.

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Shell pit

The atmosphere is somewhat relaxed before the race, but there's still plenty going on.

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Remove Before Flight

Some final checks are flagged to make sure they take place before the cars roll out for the final time.

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Steering wheel

A look inside the cockpit of a modern Indy car. Carbon fiber and buttons galore.

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The front straight

A view from the grandstands of the starting lineup, just before they roll out.

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Mario Andretti in the two-seater

One lucky fan got a very privileged ride in a two-seater Indy car, with legend Mario Andretti at the wheel.

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Pretty in pink

Sponsors came from all walks of business, including Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

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Tires

A set of tires getting ready for a pit stop.

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Fuel rig

This is the fuel rig, used multiple times throughout the race to fill up the tanks in the cars. All Indy cars burn ethanol, not gasoline.

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Used slicks

A set of tires pulled from Tony Kanaan's car after seeing about 35 laps of action. They were swapped for a full new set in seconds.

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Finish line

A shot of the finish, where Juan Pablo Montoya crossed the line to take his second Indy 500 victory.

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Montoya

Montoya piled into the back of a Chevrolet Camaro with his entire family to take his victory lap after winning the race.

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