Four Indy 500 drivers looking for historic wins

  • Four Indy 500 drivers looking for historic wins

Four Indy 500 drivers looking for historic wins

It was a thrilling finishing to the race as Pagenaud and Rossi traded the lead in the final dozen laps following a restart after a crash halted the race for nearly 20 minutes with a red flag.

But in 2014, Hunter-Reay had different plans, although he had to work harder to fulfill them. Hamilton beat the Finnish driver's time on his last lap and dedicated his record-extending 85th pole to Niki Lauda, a friend and mentor who died Monday at age 70. Their battle provided a thrilling finish to the race, while 2017 Indy 500 victor Takuma Sato chasing them and ultimately finishing third. So it was no surprise that he worked his way to the front of the field and ended up leading more laps than anybody else in the field with 56 laps led. Pagenaud took the lead for good with a lap left and then had to swerve heavily on the final circuit to hold off a charge by Rossi. With five laps to go, the Brazilian passed Hunter-Reay heading into turn one, which allowed Andretti Autosport's Marco Andretti to make a run at his teammate heading into turn three.

Will Power, the 2018 Indy 500 victor had hoped to become one of only six drivers, including Castroneves and Unser, to win back-to-back races. Danny Sullivan delivered his infamous "spin and win", and a series of Brazilian drivers - Emerson Fittipaldi, Gil de Ferran and Helio Castroneves - continued to elevate the team to new heights. "I'd already made two attempts and was scratching my head, trying to figure out what I needed to get another mile-an-hour out of the vehicle, when I heard, 'Hey, Mears!' It was Roger, walking my way".

IndyCar President Jay Frye told reporters that the race, schedule to begin at noon ET, could start as late as 6 p.m. because of the amount of daylight at this time of year. That changed in the IMS road course a few weeks ago, and now he's an Indy 500 champ. A total of 11 drivers led at least one lap of the race.

Want your voice heard? There was little to remember about the race itself - only eight cars were running by the finish, when Lee Wallard took the checkered flag.