May 2013
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Pippa Mann Inks 500 Deal

May 2 - I saw Pippa Mann on TV the other
day broadcasting an Indy Lights race.  I
thought her IndyCar career was unusually

In 2011, as a rookie, Mann was one of 15
drivers involved in the fiery accident in Las
Vegas that killed Wheldon, a two-time
Indianapolis 500 winner.

Dale Coyne has now hired her to run in this
month's Indy 500.

She will join teammates
Justin Wilson and
Ana Beatriz.  Is this the first time a 500 race
team has two female drivers?

"We have known and followed Pippa from her
first interest in coming over to America and
the IndyCar series," team owner Dale Coyne
said. "Her hard work and dedication are
commendable and have shown results. She
has qualified for Indy, qualified on pole at
Indianapolis for the Indy Lights race, won an
Indy Lights race at Kentucky and has been a
great asset for the sport".
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New Corvette Stingray To Pace 500!

May 2 - As a Corvette fan, I have been dying to see the
new Vette, the 7th generation.  I thought I would have to
wait until Fall when they go on sale.

Low and behold it will be used as this year's pace car for
the Indy 500!

It marks a record 12th time the Corvette has served as
the Pace Car, starting in 1978

Decked out in Laguna Blue Tintcoat with official
Indianapolis 500 graphics on the doors, the Corvette
Stingray Pace Car differs from production models with
only track-mandated safety features and strobe lights.
No powertrain upgrades are required to run in front of the
IndyCar pack, thanks to its all-new 6.2L LT1 engine,
which features advanced technologies including direct
fuel injection, continuously variable valve timing and
Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation).
They help produce an estimated 450 horsepower more
2014 Corvette Stingray
Old National Sponsoring Armed Forces Day

May 3 - Old National Bank has been named the title
partner of the annual Armed Forces Bump Day on
Sunday, May 19th.

Bump Day is the final day of qualifying for Indy 500.
All active members of the military in uniform or who show
military identification at the gate will be admitted free.

Speedway president Jeff Belskus said, "We are grateful
to Old National for this partnership and for their support
of this special day."

"As Indiana's largest community bank, Old National is
honored to partner with the icon of Indiana sports to
salute our veterans and all the brave men and women
who are actively serving in the United States military,"
said Bob Jones, Old National Bank president and chief
executive officer. "We hope many of them and their
families will join us at the Speedway for this special day
of fun and festivities."

Fans can get a free, souvenir-sized American flag at Old
National kiosks located around the IMS Pagoda Plaza,
while supplies last, to salute America's military heroes.
Old National also will offer discounts on admission
tickets for Old National Armed Forces Bump Day to
customers at its Indianapolis-area bank locations
through Friday, May 17.
An extraordinary collection of military vehicles and
equipment will be on display around the IMS Pagoda
Plaza. The exhibit will include an MRAP (Mine Resistant
Ambush Protected) vehicle, an M117 Armed Security
Vehicle, an MTVR troop carrier and large cargo truck, an
M1117 Armed Security Vehicle, an M1200 Armored
Knight, an M966 TOW Weapon Carrier High Mobility
Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (or Humvee) and an
M113 Humvee.

Special activities include an Armed Forces Enlistment
Ceremony for new members entering all branches of the
U.S. military at 11:10 a.m. at the base of the Pagoda on
the Yard of Bricks.

Wish For Our Heroes, a national, non-profit organization
based in Noblesville, Ind., that provides tickets to active
United States military or veterans for Indianapolis Motor
Speedway events, will offer fans the opportunity to
participate in the Hero Zone. Hero Zone military training
exercises include a tire jump, a culvert crawl, a simulated
grenade throw, a low crawl and the opportunity for fans
to experience physical training in military gear.

Admission for non-military members on Old National
Armed Forces Day at IMS is $15, with children 12 and
under free.
Sao Paulo Indy 300

May 5 – IndyCar celebrated Cinco de Mayo in Brazil
which hosts a street circuit that includes long straights
and tight turns – at one point going from 190 mph down
to 40.

Crowd favorite
Tony Kanaan took the lead early in the
race but later retired with car trouble.  His great driving
today and in qualifying did not seem to be hampered by
his injured thumb.

As the race came down to the last 20 laps, my pulse
quickened dramatically.  
Takuma Sato was leading.  
He had just come off his first IndyCar race win two
weeks ago at Long Beach.  This was the first win for the
AJ Foyt’s team in a decade!  Would he get two in a row?   
On Sato’s tail was a hard-charging kid by the name of
Josef Newgarden, who drives for Sarah Fisher’s
team, going for his first win.

Before long,
James Hinchcliffe closed in on these two
front-runners.  He captured his first IndyCar win at the
first race of the season for the Andretti Autosport team
driving the easy-to-see Go Daddy car that
vacated when she left for NASCAR.

As we got down to 5 laps left, Hinchcliffe got by
Newgarden for 2nd place.  He then had an incredible
fight with Sato for first, with Sato blocking left and right.  
As they came down to the last turn, Sato braked late but
his tail hung out a little wide and Hinch pounced up in the
inside to take the lead and the checker flag!  Hinchcliffe  
had two DNFs between his two wins this year.

Marco Andretti, who has had consistent good finishes
this year, finished 3rd.  He claims his success this year is
for having studied his racing style over the winter break.  
Oriol Servia also got by Newgarden to finish 4th.  
Simona De Silvestro finished in 8th.

It’s been a surprising and competitive season so far.  
Many fans are happy to see the smaller teams beating
out the powerhouse teams (Ganassi and Penske) who
have controlled the races for years.
Marco Andretti, James Hinchcliffe, Takuma Sato
Tony Kanaan leading Ryan Hunter-Reay
Andretti Go-Daddy Team
Festival on Main Street, Speedway

May 6 - Main Street in Speedway, Ind., will turn into a
charity kickoff for the 2013 Indianapolis 500 when the Indy
Family Foundation presents the first Festival on Main
spectacular from 6-10 p.m. Friday, May 10.

The Festival on Main, free to the public, will include a zip
line, custom car and motorcycle show, live music,
celebrity dunk tank, local brew pubs, the popular Food
Truck Alliance of Indy and a special KidZone. Zip line
rides down Main Street will cost $10 per ride.

The event will take place rain or shine in front of Indy car
racing shops of Dallara Cars and Sarah Fisher Hartman
Racing, just a few blocks from the famed 16th Street and
Georgetown Road main gate of the Indianapolis Motor

IZOD IndyCar Series drivers and local celebrities will
participate in a variety of events, including the Celebrity
Dunk Tank. The Dallara Racing Experience "street legal"
two-seater Indy car will give rides throughout the evening.

Among the Indy 500 competitors scheduled to attend the
charity affair include recent Brazil race winner James
Hinchcliffe, IZOD IndyCar Series champion Ryan
Hunter-Reay, Fontana 500-mile race winner Ed
Carpenter, 2008 Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon, Marco
Andretti, Charlie Kimball, Josef Newgarden, JR
Hildebrand, E.J.Viso, Sarah Fisher, Sebastian Saavedra
and Pippa Mann. Several drag racing stars also are
scheduled to attend.
The KidZone area will feature bounce houses, pedal cart
races, paint-your-own Hot Wheels cars, obstacle course,
Sumo wrestling suits, Fire Safety House demonstrations,
glitter tattoo stations and face painting. The fee for the
KidZone will be $10 for an unlimited play wristband and
$25 for a Family Pack of unlimited play.

The custom car and motorcycle show, displayed on Main
Street in Speedway, will have a limited number of entrants.
Pre-registration for the vehicles will be $25, with Event Day
registration at $35. Pre-registration is available at

All proceeds go to the IFF, a charity that aids those in the
motorsports community (regardless of sanctioning body)
who find themselves in financial need due to hardship
caused by illness, injury or death.

For additional information on the "Festival on Main"
(#IFFfest), please go to the Indy Family Foundation
website at or contact
Zip Line Added to Speedway

May 9 - The Super Bowl was held in Indianapolis in 2012.  
A zip-line was installed downtown for the event and proved
to be very popular.  The speedway noticed and this year
they are bringing a zip line to infield.

The zip line will start from a spot 32 feet above the ground
and travel 200 feet, running parallel to the track in turn 4.

It will be operational from:
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, May 17,
6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, May 18 and
7:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, May 19.
Each ride on the Tower Terrace zip line will cost $5.

That zip line then will move to Turn 3 for operation from
7 a.m.-4 p.m. on Race Day, Sunday, May 26.

All fans with a Race Day ticket and free Snake Pit
wristband can ride the zip line in the Snake Pit for free on
a first-come, first-served basis.

Snake Pit wristbands can be obtained at

The Snake Pit features live music headlined by
world-renowned electronic DJ's Afrojack and Diplo.
Besides the live music, activities in the Snake Pit will
include one of the world's largest water slides, volleyball,
corn hole, body painting, food trucks, darts, hula hoops,
breakdancers, go-go dancers and more.
Turn 3 Infield - the new "Snakepit" - 2012
Too Much To Handle

May 10 - 2004 NASCAR champion Kurt Busch came out
this week to the speedway and tested an Andretti
Autosport IndyCar.  He wanted to explore the idea of
running in the Indy 500 and then flying off to compete in a
NASCAR race later the same day.

Busch completed the rookie orientation program and went
as fast as 218 mph on a day with perfect weather.

However, he does not think he's ready for the 500.  He
said he would like to try an IndyCar on a smaller track first
and get used to the forces during a race.

"I need to get more comfortable in the Indy car because on
a day like today, I'm white-knuckle, my hands were tense
and firm, and that was only after 10 laps," Busch said.

Perhaps he can get some help from Danica.
Michael Andretti, Kurt Busch, Kurt's father
<<<<< DAY 1 - OPENING DAY >>>>>>>
Saturday, May 11 - Today was cloudy and cool, in the

Ninety minutes was all that was necessary for three
first-year Indianapolis 500 competitors to complete the
three phases of the formal Rookie Orientation Program
on Opening Day at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Tristan Vautier,  AJ Allmendinger and Carlos Munoz
breezed through the session that bisected afternoon
practice. They were then cleared to join veterans on the
2.5-mile oval for practice.  
Conor Daly is expected to
begin the process May 13 in the No. 41 ABC Supply car
for A.J. Foyt Racing. Daly had weekend racing
commitments in Barcelona, Spain, where he finished
third  in the first of two GP3 races.

Sixteen driver/car combinations turned laps.
Ed Carpenter topped the speed chart with a lap of
220.970 mph (40.7296 seconds).

Meanwile in the Pagoda Plaza, a fantastic car show was
on display for all.  This is the third year for the show and
they added a 'race car' class this year.

The Corvette and DeLorean car clubs met here today.
Carlos Munoz, Ed Carpenter, AJ Allmendinger
Josef Newgarden was 2nd Quickest - 220.920 mph
Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix

May 12 - Starting from the 3rd row on the grid, Fernando
Alonzo grabbed the lead by lap 13.  
He did not relinquish it and won his home race in Spain.  

At the halfway point, both Ferraris were in front.  

Kimi Räikkönen would finish in 2nd and join Felipe
Massa and Alonso on the podium.

The two Red Bulls finished next.  

This win is Alonso's 32nd, moving him up to 4th place in
the all-time F1 Winners List.
1  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull Racing-Renault      89
2  Kimi Räikkönen      Lotus-Renault                        85
3  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari                                    72
4  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes                               50
5  Felipe Massa          Ferrari                                    45
6  Mark Webber          Red Bull Racing-Renault      42
7  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault                        26
8  Paul di Resta           Force India-Mercedes          26
9  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes                               22
10  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes               17
F1 Driver Point Standings
Pos  Driver                      Team                                      Points
JR Hildebrand's car has been repainted to feature the new
Superman movie, "Man of Steel", that is coming out in June.
Sunday, May 12 -  Today was sunny, but windy and cool
in the 50s.

2012 Indy 500 pole winner
Ryan Briscoe finished
second in the LMP2 class in the American Le Mans
Series race yesterday at Mazda Raceway Laguna

Briscoe is expected to be on track today in the No. 8
NTT DATA  fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing.

Indianapolis 500 veteran
Townsend Bell finished fourth
in the GT class at Laguna Seca. Bell is driving the No.
60 Sunoco “Turbo”  this month for Panther Racing.

Carlos Munoz was fastest today running at
223.023 mph.

Buddy Lazier is back to take another run at it.  He will
drive the No. 91 car fielded by Lazier Partners Racing
Inc. 2000 IndyCar champion Lazier last raced in the
“500” in 2008, qualifying 32nd and finishing 17th in a
Hemelgarn Johnson Racing entry. He failed to qualify in
2009. Lazier has made 16 previous starts at
Indianapolis, with five top-five finishes, including the
victory in 1996.
<<<<< DAY 2 - PRACTICE >>>>>>>
Carlos Munoz drives for Andretti Autosport
<<<<< DAY 3 - PRACTICE >>>>>>>
Monday, May 13 - It was sunny and in the 60s today.

Conor Daly got on track for the first time today.  Pippa
completed the refresher.

Marco Andretti was fastest today at 225.1 mph

James Hinchcliffe has a beer named after him.  
Indianapolis microbrewery Flat12 Bierwerks is brewing
a seasonal pale ale called, "The Hinchtown Hammer
Down Ale."
<<<<< DAY 4 - PRACTICE >>>>>>>
Tuesday, May 14 - It was sunny and in the 70s & 80s

Thirty-two drivers were on track today. Only driver not on
track was #91 Lazier, who has not turned any laps so far
this month.

James Hinchcliffe went fastest today at 224.21 mph
<<<<< DAY 5 - PRACTICE >>>>>>>
Wednesday, May 15 -  It was sunny and in the 80s today.

Teams who qualified for Pit Stop Competition:

Panther DRR
Andretti Autosport
Chip Ganassi
Andretti Autosport
Andretti Autosport
Team Penske
Chip Ganassi
Chip Ganassi
KV Racing
Team Penske
AJ Foyt Racing

Charlie Kimball
James Hinchcliffe
Ryan Briscoe
Marco Andretti
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Helio Castroneves
Scott Dixon
Dario Franchitti
Tony Kanaan
Will Power
Takuma Sato

The Pit Stop Competition will take place at Coors Light
Carb Day on May 24.

Buddy Lazier has not practiced yet.

Dario Franchitti went fastest today reaching 224.236
Thursday, May 16 - It was sunny and in the 70s & 80s

Conor Daly crashed today.  His car slid
sideways and he hit the turn one safety barrier hard.  
His car then slid around sideways, tipped up on its side
and almost flipped, but as he slid toward turn two, the
car came back down on the tires.  Daly was ok after the
wreck and cleared to drive.

INDYCAR officials confirmed the boost levels for the
2.2-liter turbo-charged V-6 engines used by the IZOD
IndyCar Series will remain unchanged for the 97th
Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.

As with the 2012 race, the boost level will be increased
from 130 kPa to 140 kPa for "Fast Friday" on May 17
and Pole Day qualifications Saturday, May 18 and
Bump Day qualifications Sunday, May 19.

The change in pressure adds about a 40-horsepower
boost to the engines produced by Chevrolet
(twin-turbocharged Chevy IndyCar V6) and Honda
(single turbo-charged Honda HI13R). The boost level will
return to 130 kPa for final practice on Coors Light Carb
Day on Friday, May 24 and the 500-mile race Sunday,
May 26.

Carlos Munoz fastest at 225.163 mph, fastest lap
of the month.

Buddy Lazier got his car on track for the first time.  The
chassis is the one used last year by
<<<<< DAY 6 - PRACTICE >>>>>>>
Marco Andretti #25
Ed Carpenter got a visit from the Butler University mascots
Dario Franchitti
Conor Daly 220 mph wreck
Carlos Munoz Fastest Again
<<<<< DAY 7 - FAST FRIDAY >>>>>>>
Friday, May 17 - Today started out warm and sunny,
climbed into the 80s, then heavy rain fell at 3:15 pm
which closed the track for the day.

Speeds really shot up today during practice.  
EJ Viso was fastest at 229.537 mph.

Thirty-two of the 33 drivers assigned to cars at this event
were on track today. The only driver not on track was
Conor Daly.
#5 EJ Viso Fastest Today.
<<<<< DAY 8 - POLE DAY >>>>>>>
Saturday, May 18 - Rain fell this morning delaying
qualifying for around 2.5 hours, which was supposed to
start at 11 a.m.

Some cars got out to practice before the rain.  
was fastest with a speed of 229.808 mph.

A blind draw was conducted Friday after practice to
determine qualifying order for today.

Katherine Legge picked up a ride today with Schmidt
Peterson Motorsports, making her the 34th driver signed
up for the 500, ensuring some bumping during qualifying

The first segment of qualifying ended at 4:30 as planned.
Due to the rain delay, normal qualifying resumed at 4:30
p.m. when the Fast Nine qualifying for the Pole was
supposed to take place.  Fast Nine was postponed until

Drivers Making the Fast Nine:
#12  Will Power                (Team Penske)
#1    Ryan Hunter-Reay    (Andretti Autosport)
#26 Carlos Munoz            (Andretti Autosport)
#3    Helio Castroneves   (Team Penske)
#20  Ed Carpenter           (Carpenter Racing)
#25  Marco Andretti         (Andretti Autosport)
#2    AJ Allmendinger      (Team Penske)
#5    EJ Viso                     (Andretti Autosport)
#27  James Hinchcliffe    (Andretti Autosport)

All nine cars in the Shootout are powered by Chevrolet
engines. The highest-qualifying driver powered by a
Honda engine is #98 Tagliani, who qualified 11th.

James Hinchcliffe was the slowest of the nine, going
227.070 mph.

Ed Carpenter was the 5th driver to go and he captured
the pole position with a combined 4-lap average of
228.762 mph.  This was the fastest qualification since
2006.  Everyone was happy for this Indiana man with the
1-car team.  Carpenter’s previous best qualifying spot at
Indianapolis was eighth in 2010 and 2011.  He is the
first owner/driver to win the pole since
A.J. Foyt in 1975.
He became the first longtime Indiana resident to win the
pole since
Pancho Carter in 1985.  Indiana native and
Tony Stewart started from the pole in 1996
after his teammate
Scott Brayton died in a practice
crash after winning the pole.

Carlos Munoz became the first rookie to qualify on the
front row since fellow Colombian
Juan Pablo Montoya
also qualified second in 2000. Montoya won the race that
year.  Munoz is the youngest driver to qualify on the front
row in Indianapolis 500 history, at 21 years, 136 days
old. He broke the record set by
Rex Mays, who was 22
years, 81 days old when he won the pole in 1935.  
Munoz has qualified on the front row in every INDYCAR
race in which he has competed this season. He has won
the pole for all three Firestone Indy Lights races this
season too!

Marco Andretti qualified third, his best at Indianapolis.
Pole Winner Ed Carpenter - Fuzzy Vodka
500 Queen Allison Jacob - Ball State U
2013 Indy 500 Front row
Marco Andretti ($40k), Ed Carpenter ($100k), Carlos Munoz ($50k)
<<<<< DAY 9 - BUMP DAY >>>>>>>
Sunday, May 19 - It was sunny and in the 80s today with
calm winds.

34 drivers were attempting to make the 33-car field this
year.  However,
Michel Jourdain, Jr. could not get his
car up to speed and so he could not attempt to bump
someone from the field.  

Nine drivers qualified today.

Click to view the Starting Grid

Four.  There are 4 Indy 500 winners in the field, 4
rookies and 4 women.

Buddy Lazier has missed racing in the last three 500s
but made the show today.  None the less, his 16 Indy
500s makes him the most experienced in the field.  (AJ
Foyt raced in 35 consecutive 500s, from 1958-1992.)

The Indiana Pacers won the playoffs against the NY
Knicks last night and will move on to play the Miami
Heat.  They will be hosting the Heat on race day at 8:30

Sandy Patty will sing the national anthem at the start of
the Indy 500.  The Grammy Award winner sang at the
500 before; in 87,88,90 and 92.
Buddy Lazier
With 15 minutes to go in qualifying, Mexico's Michel
Jourdain, Jr'. seeks comfort in his girfirend's shoulder after
his team throws in the towel.
Pace Car Driver Chosen

May 22 - Jim Harbaugh was the Indianapolis Colts
quarterback from 1994-97.  He was known as the
Comeback Kid.  I got to meet him and he autographed a
poster to me that hung in my garage for years.  (I never
Peyton Manning anywhere in the city in the 14
years he was here!)  

Harbaugh also took a big interest in IndyCar when he
was here and became a part owner in Panther Racing
which he has continued to this day!

So, I always liked Harbaugh more than Manning.

Harbaugh coached the San Francisco 49ers to
the Super Bowl in 2012, where you'll remember he
competed against a team coached by his own brother.  

I am happy to report that he is going to drive the pace
car this year!
Friday, May 24 - Sunny and cool, but warmed up.  (I got
a tan.)

All 33 cars for the 500 had a final one hour of practice to
fine tune their setup for the race.

There were a couple of incidences.  
Ana Beatriz made
contact with the car of
Carlos Munoz in the pits.  Also
Ryan Briscoe's car caught fire on the track.

Simon Pagenaud had the top speed of practice going
225.8 mph.  He will be starting in 21st position.

After the IndyCar practice, the Firestone Indy Lights car
took the track for the Freedom 100 race.  On the 2nd lap,
local boy Kyle O'Gara attempted to make a pass in turn
4, spun and hit he wall.  He would be ok.  
was leading the race all the way up to the last
turns of the 40-Lap feature, when the other 3 drivers who
were closely following him all pulled up along side him
as they headed for the checkered flag.  They went four
wide to a photo finish, with
Peter Dempsey winning by
inches in the closest finish in Indy history (.0026 of a
second.)  Everyone was amazed!

Helio Castroneves and Team Penske came up against
Dario Franchitti and the Ganassi team in the finals of
the pit stop competition to win Penske's 14th victory in
the challenge.

The weather helped bring out a huge crowd.  Tens of
thousands of people stayed for the Poison rock concert
in the infield.
<<<<< DAY 11 - CARB DAY >>>>>>>
Ryan Briscoe Fire
Indy Lights Amazing Finish
Peter Dempsey, Gabby Chaves, Sage Karam, Carlos Munoz
<<<<< DAY 10 - COMMUNITY DAY >>>>>>>
Wednesday, May 22 - The temperature was in the 60's.
There was overnight rain.

Practice for the Indy Lights series was shortened to just
a half hour due to light morning rain.  Qualifying was then
delayed 3 hours.
1.  Sage Karam
2.  Carlos Munoz
3.  Peter Dempsey
4.  Gabby Chaves
5.  Jack Hawksworth
6.  Kyle O'Gara
7.  Zach Veach
8.  Juan Pablo Garcia
9.  Chase Austin
10. Jorge Goncalvez
11. Jimmy Simpson
189.243 mph
Indy Lights Qualifying
This is the first career Indy Lights Pole for Sage Karam,
in his first year in the series. He  is the first American to
win the pole position for the Freedom 100 since
in 2007.
Sage Karam and Zach Veach
Sage Karam
Peter Dempsey
<<<<< DAY 12 - RACE DAY >>>>>>>
Four caution flags slowed the race for 21 laps with two of
them occurring in the final six laps. One by
and the last one by Dario Franchitti.

The race was a wide-open and spine-tingling affair from
the beginning. Sixty-eight lead changes shattered the
previous record of 34, set last year. The number of
leaders, 14, set another mark, with nearly half of the field
leading the race at some point. After Lap 112, no one
held the lead for more than six consecutive laps.

Kanaan, who led the race 15 times for a total of 34 laps
in his No. 11 Hydroxycut KV Racing Technology-SH
Chevrolet, won the race when he and
Carlos Munoz
overtook race leader
Ryan Hunter-Reay entering Turn
1 on a Lap 198 after a restart. During that restart, three-
time Indianapolis 500 winner Franchitti's No. 10 Target
Chip Ganassi Racing Honda made contact with the wall
between Turns 1 and 2, allowing Kanaan to cruise to the
checkered flag under caution.

In the first IZOD IndyCar Series race of his career,
Munoz, of Colombia, qualified second and finished
second in his No. 26 Unistraw Chevrolet for Andretti
Autosport. Munoz was voted the winner of the
prestigious Chase Rookie of the Year Award.

The winner drove the Hydroxycut KV Racing
Technology-SH Racing Chevrolet co-owned by
, Kevin Kalkhoven and Imran Safiulla.

“I never won this race as a driver and couldn’t seem to
do so, so I had to hire a driver to do it,” Vasser said.
“Tony is the consummate professional and he’s been a
long time coming here. Starting a year ago, we decided
to focus on Indy by taking a chassis and putting it aside.
A lot of credit goes to the boys, who have worked very
hard over the winter. Tony was right, ‘the stars started
lining up for us,’ and we didn’t really get a race set-up
until last Sunday with two hours to go and within 45
minutes, we hit on it. We knew we had the right guy and
the right set-up for the race.”

Leading up to the finish, Kanaan, Hunter-Reay,
and 21-year old rookie Munoz had the large
crowd on its feet as the drivers waged an intense battle,
a fight that stopped momentarily when Rahal crashed
with six laps to go and for good when 2012 winner
Franchitti crashed.

For the restart on lap 197, Kanaan forged into the lead
as the tightly bunched field raced into the first turn with
Munoz, Hunter-Reay and Andretti close behind and
finishing in that order.

In taking the win, Kanaan led 34 laps with fast qualifiers
Ed Carpenter on top with 37 lead laps.

Munoz and Hunter-Reay were hoping the race would
finish under the green flag, as they thought their chances
for victory were strong.

Said Munoz, “I really wanted to fight for the win. Maybe I
could win and maybe not, but I really wanted to fight. I
have nothing to be ashamed of. To be second and a
rookie and the best of the team (Andretti Autosport) is a
great job. Hopefully, in the future, I will be able to drink
the milk.”

About the race, he added, “At the beginning I was a little
bit nervous with the pit stops and a lot of people overtook
me. But I was patient and one by one I went back to the
front. The last two pit stops, the guys and me, we did a
great job to not lose any position. But in the end, the car
was great. On that last yellow flag, I thought I had a shot
to win, as the car was awesome from the first lap to the
last one.”

He drove Unistraw Chevrolet, one of five cars from
Andretti Autosport.

Hunter-Reay finished a disappointing third but he did
express pleasure with seeing his friend Kanaan win.

“It was awesome running up front all day and having the
car to put you there,” he commented. “I could just put it
where I wanted to and pass when I wanted to. We were
just kind of biding our time. The frustrating part is we
were quick enough and I saw (near the end) that we had
traffic coming up and I thought, ‘This is great. If I can get
in lapped traffic, I can distance myself because our car
was great in the traffic.’

“But right as I was getting the tow from traffic, the yellow
came out. We were leading and the rest is history. When
you’re leading up front, especially on a restart, you might
as well be driving a bulldozer, everybody can come on
by. I figured we would have been shuffled back to four or
more on the restart, so I’m actually happy with third.”

Andretti also was disappointed with the end result -
fourth. “When we stopped for a trim adjustment, we were
in the worst-case scenario, getting stuck behind some
teammates,” he said. “It was fun for a while, but we just
got shuffled back.”

He led 31 laps.

Justin Wilson took fifth, giving Honda its best finish.

Tony Kanaan earned $2,353,355 from an overall purse
of $12,020,065 for his victory.

Kanaan won "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing" for the
first time in 12 career starts, tying an event record for
earning a victory latest in a driver's Indy 500 career. The
other driver to win the race for the first time in his 12th
career start was Sam Hanks in 1957.

Munoz, who owns two Firestone Indy Lights wins this
season and finished fourth in the Firestone Freedom 100
on Friday, May 24, earned $964,205, which included a
$25,000 bonus from Chase.

Hunter-Reay earned $583,005 for driving to a third-place
finish in a performance that saw him lead the race 13
times for 26 laps.

In driving his No. 25 RC Cola Chevrolet to a fourth-place
finish, Andretti joined Kanaan in leading the race 15
times, the most ever by an Indianapolis 500 driver who
did not win the race.  Andretti, who led for 31 laps and
took the IZOD IndyCar Series points lead, was awarded

Wilson drove his No. 19 Dale Coyne Racing Honda to
an Indianapolis 500 career-best fifth place after starting
14th. Wilson earned $337,805.

Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner
Helio Castroneves
earned $313,755 by driving his No. 3 Shell V-
Power/Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske Chevrolet to a sixth-
place finish.  Castroneves led one lap in the race and
has led in eight of his 12 career Indianapolis 500 starts
for a total of 232 laps.

Pole sitter Carpenter, who led the race six times for a
race-high 37 laps in his No. 20 Fuzzy's Vodka Ed
Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, finished the 10th
Indianapolis 500 of  his career in 10th position. He
received $405,955,  which included $100,000 for
earning the Verizon P1 Award as pole winner.
Parade Lap
Sunday, May 26 -  Tony Kanaan raced to victory in the
thrilling 97th edition of the Indianapolis 500. And the win
for the popular drive came in his 12th Indianapolis 500
and 201st consecutive IZOD IndyCar Series race. While
the race ended under the caution flag, the fans were
treated to a highly competitive for the first 197 laps.

Victory lane and the post-race celebration activities were
very exciting, and it was obvious from the outpouring that
Kanaan’s win was very popular with fans and fellow

The race was run on an unseasonably cool and overcast
day with the temperature 30 degrees cooler than the 92
degree mark of a year ago.

Records tumbled throughout the high-speed contest,
ranging from the fastest 500 ever run at 187.433 miles
per hour (previous record of 185.981 mph in 1990 by
Arie Luyendyk); to 68 lead changes erasing the record
of 34 of a year ago to 14 race leaders, which bested 12
in 1993.
The Start of the 97th Indianapolis 500
Helio Castroneves Pit Stop
Marco Andretti Leading Tony Kanaan
Tony Kanaan Leading Ryan Hunter-Reay
Dario Franchitti Brings Out Final Caution
Tony Kanaan
220.970 mph
223.023 mph
225.100 mph
224.210 mph
224.236 mph
225.163 mph
229.537 mph
229.808 mph
226.564 mph
225.827 mph
Ed Carpenter
Carlos Munoz
Marco Andretti
James Hinchcliffe
Dario Franchitti
Carlos Munoz
EJ Viso
Will Power
Graham Rahal
Simon Pagenaud
May 11
May 12
May 13
May 14
May 15
May 16
May 17
May 18
May 19
May 24
May 16
May 24
Conor Daly
Ana Beatriz
Slid into Turn 1 Wall
Hit a car in the pits
He's ok.
All ok