What They're Saying After The 100th Running Of The Indianapolis 500
The 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil played to a sellout crowd at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and a rare live local television audience, and was won by a surprising rookie who coasted across the finish line out of gas.
Rossi Earns $2.54 Million For Winning 100th Indianapolis 500
Alexander Rossi earned $2,548,743 from an overall purse of $13,273,253 for his victory on Sunday in the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
2016 Indianapolis (Indy 500): IndyCar Race - Driver Quotes
JUAN PABLO MONTOYA (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet): "It's disappointing for Verizon and Chevy and everybody who has worked so hard. The car was just hard to drive and it was a little bit tighter there in that corner and it got away. It was a disappointing day. People in race cars do a lot of dumb things and we were being careful. So I started making up some ground again and the car was actually pretty good. It was really sloppy, but it felt ok. I went into (Turn) 2 with a big push and when I got on the gas, it just came around. The hit is no big deal and not that bad actually. When the clouds came over the track, my car came to life and that's what we were hoping for. I don't know. It's just disappointing. Our Verizon Chevy was really good. Just a tough day."
HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet): "What a car. What a team. I'm very disappointed in the way we ended up. It's just not reflective of the car that we had and the pit stops that we had. I'm just so proud of the entire Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet team. The car was so strong. We had a car that could have won, but it wasn't meant to be and we'll move on to next week." (On what happened with JR Hildebrand) "Go ask him. He was behind so I have no idea. I felt a bump and basically that put us in a situation that was almost impossible to come back. I'm really, really, really upset. Especially in a race that is so important and for someone who races once - I can understand it if it's someone who's fighting for the lead - but, come on, it's ridiculous."
2016 Indianapolis (Indy 500): IndyCar Race - Recap
On the biggest motorsports stage imaginable, Alexander Rossi picked the perfect day to make unimaginable history before a sellout crowd at Indianapolis Motor Speedway as a worldwide television audience tuned in.
The 24-year-old Californian and Verizon IndyCar Series rookie literally coasted across the finish line to win the epic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in most memorable fashion.
Driving the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda, Rossi stretched his last tank of fuel over the final 36 laps around the hallowed 2.5-mile oval, running dry of Sunoco E85R as he entered Turn 4 on the final lap. The car's momentum was enough to carry Rossi across the finish line 4.4975 seconds ahead of teammate Carlos Munoz.
In the process, Rossi became the 10th rookie in Indianapolis 500 history to win the race and the first since Helio Castroneves in 2001. He became a Verizon IndyCar Series winner in just his sixth race and the first to win a race in his debut season since Carlos Huertas in 2014.
2016 Indianapolis (Indy 500): Josef Newgarden IndyCar Post-Race Press Conference
THE MODERATOR: Josef is always one of the best interviews here. He has a tremendous, outstanding personality. I was just looking. I think I've been doing these winner interviews since about 1999. I don't think I ever remember a time when at least the second- or third-place driver wasn't happy. One of them was happy because they fell into a third or second. I've already seen your first interview. We talked to Carlos. The overall feeling was of frustration.
JOSEF NEWGARDEN: Yeah, I mean, it's really heartbreaking, to be honest. The reason is because I think we had a car to win. I'm not saying we should have won the race definitely because we had the best car, I just think we had a car that could have won.
What I wanted was an opportunity to try to race those guys at the end. We didn't get that. That's no fault to my guys. I think that's just how the race fell. Sometimes it doesn't fall your way. Today was a day it didn't fall our way.
Congratulations to Rossi and Honda. It's a huge achievement to win around here. I just wish we had an opportunity to race those guys straight up at the end. I really think we would have had something for them if we could have gone flat out there at the end and tried to beat them straight up.
Starting from the 11th position, rookie Alexander Rossi has won today’s historical 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500-Mile Race driving the No. 98 NAPA AUTO PARTS / Curb Honda for the Andretti-Herta Autosport collaboration.
Lady Gaga Brings High-Voltage Star Power To 100th Running
Global music and celebrity icon Lady Gaga will bring her high-voltage star power to the 100th Running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil. To help kick off today's historic edition of the largest single-day sporting event on the planet, she will join Mario Andretti for a high-speed thrill ride known as the "Honda Fastest Seat in Sports."
2016 Indianapolis (Indy 500): IndyCar Race Results - Rossi, Honda In Dramatic Win!
American Rookie Alexander and his No. 98 Honda has stolen the show by winning a dramatic 100th Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. Credit: PaddockTalk / Paul Hurley
By Mike Sulka
In front of 340,000 IndyCar fans, American Rookie Alexander and his No. 98 Honda has stolen the show by winning a dramatic 100th Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. For the 24-year old Rossi, it is his first win and podium of the 2016 IndyCar season, and first of his career. It is also his first win at the legendary Indianapolis 500. He becomes the first rookie to win the Indianapolis 500 since 2001 when Helio Castroneves won the race.
Rossi said, "Bryan Herta came up with an unbelievable strategy, I don't know how we pulled this off" - going 36 laps on the final stint. "This is unbelievable! At one point we were 33rd, and we rolled the dice and made it happen."
Rossi start 11th, and became the fifth straight winner of the Indianapolis 500 to start 10th or below.
His teammate Carlos Munoz and his No. 26 Honda was gutted by the result. While finishing second and on the podium, he clearly was unhappy with the result. For Munoz, it is his first podium of the year, and sixth of his IndyCar career.
Josef Newgarden was hoping for a shoot-out, but also had to pit late for a splash and go after battling with Tony Kanaan at the front. Newgarden would pick up his second podium of the year, and eight of his IndyCar career.
Tony Kanaan had enough car, but not enough fuel for his Chevrolet. His Ganassi entry would finish fourth after a great fight at the front with Newgarden.
Charlie Kimball came 16th and finished fifth. A great drive from the youngster.
It was a clean start to the 100th Indianapolis 500. And after four laps, all except Buddy Lazier were circulating the track. In the past three years, the field hasn't completed four laps without an accident.
James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Hunter-Reay took turns at the front, swapping the lead in order to save fuel and avoid the lower fuel mileage as the sole leader. Even so, Hunter-Reay was the first to visit pitlane on Lap 29.
Tony Kanaan also pitted a bit early, he had charged from 18th to seventh in the first 10 laps of the race. The leading Chevrolet cars started pitting a lap later seemingly a one-two lap advantage on fuel. Juan Pablo Montoya was the last of the top cars to pit on Lap 32.
After the first pitstops, Hunter-Reay would take the point, with Townsend Bell and Josef Newgarden behind. Hinchcliffe would drop back to sixth after a fuel butterfly didn't operate properly for the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports pit crew.
The pace of the leader (Hunter-Reay) was 219 mph, with the draft helping the mid-field drivers run 221 mph peridocially to stay caught up.
On Lap 43, Townsend Bell would pick-up the lead. Hunter-Reay had spent half the run out front, and needed to meet his mileage target.
The first yellow of the day flew on Lap 47. It was called due to debris on the track. It was a full field of pitstops two laps later. Leaving pitlane, Will Power jumped out into traffic, and touched Tony Kanaan who tapped the pitwall. Will Power (Team Penske) would top off and move to the rear of the field which gave him a five lap fuel advantage.
The race would restart seven laps later, with some courageous moves in the mid-field as driver jockeyed for position.
On Lap 64, an incident would end Juan Pablo Montoya's day. The Columbian just seemed to loose control exiting Turn Two and hit with the front-rear slapping the wall. "That's it", said Montoya over the radio. The 2015 Indianapolis 500 winner was out early, and wouldn't be adding to the trophy case today. But that's the kind of year its been for Montoya.
Another full field of pitstops would ensue. It would be a long yellow with racing resuming on Lap 75. James Hinchcliffe would take the lead with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Townsend Bell following.
The third yellow of the day was brought out by Sage Karam as he lost it attempting to pass Townsend Bell on the outside going through Turn Two. Karam bumped his knee and was "bummed because the car was so good." Incedentially, Kanaan was hit on the hand by debris from the accident, but continued.
At the front, the important move at this point in the race was the charge of Helio Castroneves to the front.
On the restart, Hunter-Reay, Castroneves and Kanaan threw a few punches with Castroneves getting the worse of it. Kanaan would lead his first lap of the race, but settle back in behind Hunter-Reay.
On Lap 114, Conor Day and Mikhail Aleshin joined the DNF list. Aleshin would lose control in Turn One and Daly would sping out trying to avoid the accident. Graham Rahal would just barely miss the spinning Aleshin.
On pit road, Townsend Bell and Ryan Hunter-Reay would both tag the inside pit wall after being released by their Andretti Autosport team. Both cars were damaged in the incident, Hunter-Reay would start a lap down, Bell two laps down. Two major contenders basically out of the race.
By Lap 140, Helio Castroneves, Tony Kanaan and James Hinchcliffe would take control at the front of the field. Kannan would report following his contact with Castroneves on pit road early in the race his car was "working better". Go figure.
Yellow number five on Lap 151 would be caused by Buddy Lazier who lost a left front tire while leaving pit lane. Lazier would stop his car on the backstretch.
The timing of the caution would hurt Graham Rahal, Scott Dixon, Simon Pagenaud, Carlos Munoz, and Takuma Sato who would all go to the rear of the field. The winners: Castroneves, Kannan, Josef Newgarden, and Hinchcliffe.
It was a fabulous restart with Kanaan and Newgarden sandwiching Castroneves entering Turn One. It was game on with 42 laps to go.
Castroneves rear end plate would loosely flap around after contact on the front straight. Before he was black flagged and forced to correct it, Takuma Sato would touch the wall and break his front right suspension. Sato three-wheeled back to his pit box, his day was over. The sixth yellow of the day limited the damage to Castroneves attempt at a fourth Indy 500 win, but he would drop to the rear of the lead lap - 21st.
Kannan would take the lead on Lap 168 with Newgarden and Hinchcliffe just behind. Nearly all the field would pit over the next 30 laps.
Except one driver. Alexander Rossi.
Andretti Bryan Herta Autosport would gamble. And win! Rossi would save all the fuel he needed taking the white flag, and a 16 second lead. He would round Turn Four, and coast over the finish line to take his first IndyCar victory!
Next up for the 2016 IndyCar series will be a pair of races next weekend at the Belle Isle circuit in Detroit, Michigan.
2016 Indianapolis (Indy 500): IndyCar Race LIVE Streaming, Weather & TV Schedule
By PaddockTalk.com Staff Writers
Tomorrow is the Indianapolis Indy 500 which is round six of the 2016 IndyCar season on the 2.5-mile oval at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. The race coverage begins at 11AM ET. James Hinchcliffe will lead the 33-car field to the green flag.
Today's options to enjoy the race includes LIVE streaming, live-timing and scoring, and more!
You can follow IndyCar LIVE streaming audio of on-track activity at indycar.com. There is also LIVE video streaming of in-car footage available at espn3.com
For LIVE TV, the ABC begins coverage today at 11 AM ET. The command to start engines will be given at 12:04 PM ET, with the green flag to fly at 12:12 PM ET.
Quiznos to Serve as the Primary Sponsor for Indy 500 Champion and Colorado Native Buddy Lazier in Historic 100th Running
Quiznos, one of North America's premier quick-service restaurant chains and pioneer of the toasted sub, today announced they would be the primary sponsor of 1996 Indy 500 winner Buddy Lazier for the historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. Lazier will wheel the No. 4 Quiznos Lazier Burns Racing Chevrolet in his 19th Indianapolis 500 competition, while celebrating the 20th anniversary of winning the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing".
2016 Indianapolis (Indy 500): IndyCar Starting Line-Up & Race Preview
Track action during the 99th Indianapolis 500. Credit: PaddockTalk / Paul Hurley
By Mike Sulka
Round six of the 2016 Indycar season is the 100th Indianapolis 500 Mile Race at legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. The four cornered oval is the only 2.5-mile oval on the IndyCar circuit, its turns banked at 9 degrees. The straights have no banking to speak of and are an equal 3,330 feet on the frontstretch and the backstretch. If all the seats are full, the facilities can hold over 255,000 fans. If the weather is nice, tens of thousands more fans can take their place on the infield viewing mounds.
As for the drivers, here is an amazing stat: Only six of the 33 drivers that will race Sunday have ever won the Indianapolis 500 - Helio Castroneves, Scott Dixon, Juan Pablo Montoya, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Tony Kanaan are regulars in the series. Plus Buddy Lazier.
Castroneves is the most successful current IndyCar driver in the 33-car field having won three Indy 500s (2001 & 2002 & 2009), this year he'll start ninth. But guess where two of his three Indy 500 wins have started ? That's right - 10th or worse. In 2001, the Brazilian - racing for Team Penske -started 11th, and in 2002 he started 13th. His other victory, came from the Pole position in 2009.
Where might the winner come from at the brickyard if Castroneves doesn't take a legend-making fourth win ?
The five of the last ten Indianapolis 500 races have been won from the front row, and three of those ten (and four of the last eleven) have been won by the Pole-sitter which should give Polesitter James Hinchcliffe and Honda - who put up a 230.760 4-lap average - a chance to smile.
Where you don't want to qualify is second quick.
The last driver to win after qualifying in the middle of the front row was former Formula One and NASCAR driver Juan Pablo Montoya in 2000. You'll have to look hard for the next most recent victor from second on the grid which was Mario Andretti way back in 1969. Qualifying second isn't just the first loser at Indianapolis on Pole Day, it is also a bad omen for race day.
Sorry, Josef Newgarden.
Third on the starting grid however, is almost as good as a Pole. Since Andretti's win in '69, 18 Polesitters have won the legendary race, while ten of those starting third have won. Stated another way, 28 of the last 48 Indianapolis 500s have been won from those two starting positions.
That might mean good news is in the offing for Ryan Hunter-Reay who starts third for the Andretti Autosport IndyCar team.
And here is one more stat for you, Honda has won every Indianapolis 500 since 2004 - except 2013 & 2015.
Will Honda be back this year, after Chevrolet has been so dominate so far this season ?
And one final stat for the road.
The highest starting position of a winner over the last four years - 12th - Tony Kanaan in 2013. Franchitti won from 16th in 2012, Ryan Hunter-Reay won from 19th in 2014, and Juan Pablo Montoya won from 15th last year.
As for our pick , we are going to go with Ryan Hunter-Reay to pick up his second Indianapolis 500 victory.
Should Hunter-Reay fail, there are a host of talented drivers behind... Keep an eye on Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon and Juan Pablo Montoya who qualified mid-pack - exactly where the last four winners have come from.
Enjoy the second race of the day - following the 2016 Formula One F1 Monaco Grand Prix - as the Memorial Day festivities continue! The IndyCar series is an exciting series to watch!
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