Today’s 101st running of the Indy 500 lived up to previous iterations of the “Greatest Spectacle In Racing.” With perfect weather and all of the traditions in full swing– IU alumni Jim Cornelison nailed “Back Home Again In Indiana,” actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan piloted the pace car to bring the field to the green flag.
Pole sitter Scott Dixon led the first handful of laps until fan favorite Tony Kanaan took the lead from his teammate. Overall, the beginning stages of the race were very competitive throughout the field, highlighted by Will Power jumping from his ninth place starting position up to second in a matter of laps, mainly utilizing a high line.
Indy 500 Crash Amazingly Caused No Harm to Drivers Scott Dixon and Jay Howard. pic.twitter.com/MUIKoWsNOA
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On lap 53, Dixon was involved in a violent crash after making contact with a crashing Jay Howard. Dixon’s tires caught Howard’s tires, and vaulted him almost 20 feet into the air and contacted the inside wall and catch fence. Thankfully, Dixon was able to walk away from what remained of his Honda-powered Chip Ganassi machine. The crash resulted in a red flag as repairs had to be made to the fence.
Upon return to green flag racing, Fernando Alonso continued his strong showing by setting the pace and leading numerous laps, but his Honda engine let go later in the race, a major theme of today’s race. Hondas had turned fast laps all month, but durability concerns came to a head, as Alonso’s Honda was the third to fail.
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A five-car crash with 17 laps to go claimed Will Power, Oriol Serva, James Davidson, Josef Newgarden and James Hinchcliffe. Following the restart, a competitive exchange between Max Chilton, Helio Castroneves, and Takuma Sato resulted in Sato taking the lead and ultimately becoming the first Japanese driver to win the Indy 500.