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2014 Indianapolis 500: Chevrolet IndyCar Race Recap
Posted by: ASkyler on May 25, 2014 - 09:23 PM
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2014 Indianapolis 500: Chevrolet IndyCar Race Recap

In the second-closest finish in the history the Indianapolis 500, Helio Castroneves just missed becoming only the fourth four-time winner of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing. Castroneves finished in second place - by a mere 0.0600 seconds - to lead six Team Chevy drivers in the top 10 in the 98th Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday.

Castroneves, driver of the No. 3 Pennzoil Ultra Team Penske Chevrolet, led 38 of the 200 laps and was in the lead with just over a lap to go, but was passed by eventual race winner Ryan Hunter-Reay as the two approached the start-finish line to take the white flag for the final lap around the 2½-mile speedway.

"It’s a shame it was so close, but today is Ryan Hunter-Reay’s day," said Castroneves, who won the Indianapolis 500 in 2001, ’02 and ’09. "I do not take for granted. I'm extremely happy with the result. The car worked really well during the race. The team did a great job during the pit stops. It was the first time having Roger on the radio. It was kind of awesome. We dodged, avoided a few issues out there, incidents, were able to put ourselves in a great position to win. Unfortunately it wasn't our day."


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"What a solid effort by Helio Castroneves and Team Penske to come up short by six-hundredths of a second in the Indy 500 today," said Chris Berube, Chevrolet Racing Program Manager, Verizon IndyCar Series. "Congratulations to Ryan Hunter-Reay for a strong showing and his first Indy 500 win. Team Chevy put up a tremendous battle, but misfortune caught too many Chevy-powered cars. Our focus shifts to next weekend at Detroit where we have two opportunities to redeem ourselves."

Juan Pablo Montoya (No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet), returned to the Indianapolis 500 for the first time since winning the event in 2000 and overcame an early pit-road penalty to finish in fifth place. He also registered the fastest lap (225.191 mph on lap 182) of the race.

"Unfortunately, I made a mistake on one of the pit stops when I was resetting the fuel. I pressed the wrong button. We got a penalty for that but we came back," Montoya said. "I was proud of the way we fought. I don’t think we had anything for the Hunter-Reay or Helio. But I was happy with the Verizon Chevy and it was good to be back in Indy. It was cool to watch them swap the lead back and forth of the final laps. I had a good seat for it; I just wish we were in the middle of it, but we just had too much understeer at the end."

Sebastien Bourdais (No. 11 Hydroxycut/Mistic KVSH Racing Chevrolet, seventh), Will Power (No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, eighth), Sage Karam (No. 22 Comfort Revolution/Brantley Gilbert Chevrolet, ninth) and JR Hildebrand (No. 21 Preferred Freezer Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, 10th) also finished in the top 10 for Team Chevy.

Other Chevrolet drivers to finish on the lead lap: Sebastian Saavedra (No. 17 KV AFS Racing Chevrolet), 15th; James Davison (KVRT Always Evolving Racing Chevrolet), 16th; and Ryan Briscoe (NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet), 18th.

The race was caution-free for the first 149 laps - the longest uninterrupted run in the event since 1976 - but a series of incidents over the final 51 laps eliminated contending Chevrolet drivers, including pole-sitter Ed Carpenter (No. 20 Fuzzy’s Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet) and former winner Scott Dixon (No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet). Carpenter was running in the top five when he got caught up in a wreck shortly after a re-start on lap 175. Dixon was running fifth when he spun into the wall on lap 166. Townsend Bell (No. 6 Robert Graham KV Racing Technology) was also in fifth place when he wrecked with just 10 laps remaining.

The next race on the Verizon IndyCar Series circuit is the Dual in Detroit Chevrolet Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix weekend on June 2 and 3.

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