2014 Indianapolis 500
2014 Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis, IN
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
2014 Indianapolis 500
Race Complete
Indianapolis Motor Speedway (Oval)
About the track

With four corners banked at 9 degrees, 12 minutes, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway drives more like a road course than an oval. But each of the corners is different, with weather influencing the car's characteristics. The straightaways are 5/8ths of a mile long -- time to catch your breath and dive into the next corner.

Race Review

Chants of “USA, USA” from the hundreds of thousands of spectators rose from the cavernous Indianapolis Motor Speedway – and likely among TV viewers across America – as Ryan Hunter-Reay took the slowest lap of the day.

The 32-year-old Fort Lauderdale, Fla., resident, draped in an American flag, saluted the fans as he circled the 2.5-mile oval on his victory lap in the Chevrolet Camaro Z28 Pace Car. “Thank you; hope you enjoyed the show. I sure did. I'm proud to be an American and win this race,” Hunter-Reay said as he soaked in the surreal scene.

Hunter-Reay was denied a shot at a final-lap victory in the 2013 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race because of a yellow flag for a single-car incident in Turn 1. Third place was a career high in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," but he felt cheated.

A similar situation materialized in the 98th edition, and this time Hunter-Reay was the one drinking the milk in Victory Circle.

Hunter-Reay, driving the No. 28 DHL car for Andretti Autosport, held off three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves by a hair-raising .0600 of a second -- the second-closest margin of victory in the history of the event -- in a six-lap shootout to claim his first Indy 500 victory. Hunter-Reay’s teammate, Marco Andretti, finished .3171 of a second back for his third third-place finish in nine starts.

"It's a dream come true," said Hunter-Reay, who is the first American winner since Sam Hornish Jr. in 2006. "This (race) is American history. It's where drivers are made; where history is made. I hope the fans loved it because I was on the edge of my seat. The Verizon IndyCar Series, with superspeedways, short ovals, road and street courses is a true drivers championship, which is what I love about it."

There were 34 lead changes among 11 drivers in the fast-paced 200 laps (186.563 mph average; second-fastest in history), with Hunter-Reay regaining the point from Castroneves for good by a scant .0235 of a second at the end of Lap 199. Hunter-Reay, earning the 50th Verizon IndyCar Series win for Andretti Autosport and his 10th with the team, recorded a 220.927 mph final lap to Castroneves’ 220.729 mph, which essentially was the difference in the battle between drivers, teams and Honda and Chevrolet.

“It’s interesting when second place kind of sucks,” said Castroneves, who started fourth in the No. 3 Pennzoil Ultra Platinum Team Penske car. “What a fight. But certainly taking the positive out of this, it was a great race. I did everything I could obviously to try to stop (Hunter-Reay). I do not take (the result) for granted.  I'm extremely happy with the result.

“We were able to put ourselves in a great position to win. Unfortunately, as I said, it wasn't our day.  It was great to see an American driver winning.”

Carlos Munoz, who finished second last year as a rookie, finished fourth and 2000 Indy 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya was fifth. Kurt Busch, who had 600 more miles of racing left on the day in the NASCAR event North Carolina, placed sixth in his first 500 Mile Race. Both drove for Andretti Autosport. Its fifth driver, James Hinchcliffe, who started second and led early, was involved in a Turn 1 incident with pole sitter Ed Carpenter on a Lap 176 restart.

The shootout was set up when INDYCAR officials red-flagged the race on Lap 192 for seven minutes for crews to fix the Turn 2 SAFER Barrier and clean up from the single-car incident involving Townsend Bell's No. 6 Robert Graham KV Racing Technology entry. Bell had been running fifth -- 1.8 seconds behind Hunter-Reay.

Hunter-Reay and Castroneves alternated as the front-runner through Lap 199 – Hunter-Reay leading by only .0196 of a second at the line on Lap 198. The closest margin of victory was .043 of a second by Al Unser Jr. over Scott Goodyear, who was an analyst in the ABC booth on this day, in 1992.

Sebastien Bourdais, driving the KVSH Racing car that won the “500” last year with Tony Kanaan, placed a career-best seventh in the 500 Mile Race and Will Power finished eighth. Power, who started on the outside of Row 1 in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car, was issued a drive-through penalty for a pit speed violation on Lap 128 as he exited while running second to Montoya.

With double points awarded for the three 500-mile races this season – the Indy 500, Pocono Raceway on July 6 and Auto Club Speedway on Aug. 30 – Hunter-Reay took the championship lead over Power, 274-234. Hunter-Reay entered the race trailing by one point.

Sage Karam, the 19-year-old rookie from Nazareth, Pa., finished ninth in the No. 22 Dreyer & Reinbold-Kingdom Racing with Chip Ganassi car. JR Hildebrand, who was the race runner-up as a rookie in 2011, placed 10th.

“The (car) was stable all day and I was able to come from the back and get a top 10. I will take it,” said Karam, whose 22 positions gained relative to his starting spot was a field high. “150 laps straight of green-flag racing takes a toll on you. My foot even hurts from the vibrations of keeping it flat for so long. Now I know why they say this is the hardest race to win in the world.”

The first caution flag flew on Lap 150 when the No. 83 car driven by Charlie Kimball made light contact with the SAFER Barrier in Turn 2. The record to start the race had been 65 laps in 2000.

Graham Rahal was the first to retire from the race with an electrical issue in the No. 15 entry. Kanaan developed an early suspension issue and finished 26th. ABC will televise both rounds of the Chevrolet Detroit Bell Isle Grand Prix on May 31 and June 1 -- both races at 3:30 p.m. (ET).

Top Three Positions
Ryan Hunter-Reay
Andretti Autosport
Helio Castroneves
Team Penske
Marco Andretti
Andretti Autosport
Past track winners
Juan Pablo Montoya / 2015
Ryan Hunter-Reay / 2014
Tony Kanaan / 2013
Dario Franchitti / 2012
Dan Wheldon / 2011
Dario Franchitti / 2010
Helio Castroneves / 2009
Scott Dixon / 2008
Dario Franchitti / 2007
Sam Hornish, Jr. / 2006
Dan Wheldon / 2005
Buddy Rice / 2004
Gil de Ferran / 2003
Helio Castroneves / 2002
Helio Castroneves / 2001
Juan Pablo Montoya / 2000
Kenny Brack / 1999
Eddie Cheever, Jr. / 1998
Arie Luyendyk / 1997
Buddy Lazier / 1996
Jacques Villeneuve / 1995
Al Unser, Jr. / 1994
Emerson Fittipaldi / 1993
Al Unser, Jr. / 1992
Rick Mears / 1991
Arie Luyendyk / 1990
Emerson Fittipaldi / 1989
Rick Mears / 1988
Al Unser / 1987
Bobby Rahal / 1986
Danny Sullivan / 1985
Rick Mears / 1984
Tom Sneva / 1983
Gordon Johncock / 1982
Bobby Unser / 1981
Johnny Rutherford / 1980
Rick Mears / 1979
Al Unser / 1978
A.J. Foyt / 1977
Johnny Rutherford / 1976
Bobby Unser / 1975
Johnny Rutherford / 1974
Gordon Johncock / 1973
Mark Donohue / 1972
Al Unser / 1971
Al Unser / 1970
Mario Andretti / 1969
Bobby Unser / 1968
A.J. Foyt / 1967
Graham Hill / 1966
Jim Clark / 1965
A.J. Foyt / 1964
Parnelli Jones / 1963
Rodger Ward / 1962
A.J. Foyt / 1961
Jim Rathmann / 1960
Rodger Ward / 1959
Jimmy Bryan / 1958
Sam Hanks / 1957
Pat Flaherty / 1956
Bob Sweikert / 1955
Bill Vukovich / 1954
Bill Vukovich / 1953
Troy Ruttman / 1952
Lee Wallard / 1951
Johnnie Parsons / 1950
Bill Holland / 1949
Mauri Rose / 1948
Mauri Rose / 1947
George Robson / 1946
NO RACE - WWII / 1945
NO RACE - WWII / 1944
NO RACE - WWII / 1943
NO RACE - WWII / 1942
Floyd Davis & Marui Rose / 1941
Wilbur Shaw / 1940
Wilber Shaw / 1939
Floyd Roberts / 1938
Wilber Shaw / 1937
Louis Meyer / 1936
Kelly Petillo / 1935
Bill Cummings / 1934
Louis Meyer / 1933
Fred Frame / 1932
Louis Schneider / 1931
Billy Arnold / 1930
Ray Keech / 1929
Louis Meyer / 1928
George Souders / 1927
Frank Lockhart / 1926
Peter DePaolo / 1925
Lora Corum & Joe Boyer / 1924
Tommy Milton / 1923
Jimmy Murphy / 1922
Tommy Milton / 1921
Gaston Chevrolet / 1920
Howdy Wilcox / 1919
NO RACE - WWI / 1918
NO RACE - WWI / 1917
Dario Resta / 1916
Ralph DePalma / 1915
Rene Thomas / 1914
Jules Goux / 1913
Joe Dawson / 1912
Ray Harroun / 1911