The 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge
104th Running of the Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Indianapolis, Indiana
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
EVENT DETAILS
104th Running of the Indianapolis 500
23Aug
Race Complete
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Broadcast Schedule

Aug12
Wednesday
Practice 1
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM ET
Aug13
Thursday
Practice 2
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM ET
Aug14
Friday
Practice 3
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM ET
Aug15
Saturday
Practice 4
8:30 - 9:30 AM ET
Aug15
Saturday
Qualifications (Day 1)
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM ET
Aug15
Saturday
Qualifications (Day 1)
3:00 - 5:00 PM ET
Aug16
Sunday
Practice 5
11:00 - 11:30 AM ET
Aug16
Sunday
Qualifications (Day 2)
12:30 - 3:00 PM ET
Aug16
Sunday
Qualifications (Day 2)
1:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Aug16
Sunday
Practice 6
4:00 - 6:00 PM ET
Aug21
Friday
Carb Day
11:00 AM - 1:30 PM ET
Aug23
Sunday
Indy 500 Pre-Race Show
1:00 - 2:30 PM ET
Aug23
Sunday
Race
2:30 - 6:00 PM ET

On-Track Schedule

Aug12
Wednesday
Practice 1
11:00 - 5:30 PM ET
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Aug13
Thursday
Practice 2
11:00 - 5:30 PM ET
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Aug14
Friday
Practice 3 (Fast Friday)
11:00 - 5:30 PM ET
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Aug15
Saturday
Practice 4
8:30 - 9:30 AM ET
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Aug15
Saturday
Qualifications (Day 1)
11:00 - 4:50 PM ET
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Aug16
Sunday
Practice 5
11:00 - 11:30 AM ET
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Aug16
Sunday
Qualifications (Fast 9)
1:15 - 2:15 PM ET
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Aug16
Sunday
Practice 6
3:30 - 6:00 PM ET
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Aug21
Friday
Final Practice (Carb Day)
11:00 - 1:00 PM ET
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Aug23
Sunday
Race
2:15 - 6:00 PM ET
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Podium

1st
Takuma Sato
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
2nd
Scott Dixon
Chip Ganassi Racing
3rd
Graham Rahal
Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing

Race Recap

INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020) – Takuma Sato climbed to a higher level of immortality Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, winning the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge and becoming just the 20th driver to capture “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” at least twice.

Sato, from Japan, won the race under caution in the No. 30 Panasonic/PeopleReady Honda fielded by Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing when Spencer Pigot crashed in Turn 4 on Lap 195. Sato also won the race in 2017, with Andretti Autosport.

“This was the entire Rahal Letterman Lanigan team,” Sato said on Victory Podium. “HPD and Honda gave us a lot of power, a lot fuel mileage. And my boys … they sacrifice a lot. I can’t thank all of the people (enough).”

Scott Dixon finished second in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda despite leading a race-high 111 laps. It was the third career Indy 500 runner-up finish for Dixon, a five-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion and the 2008 Indianapolis 500 winner.

Graham Rahal helped RLLR to take two of the top three spots by finishing third in the No. 15 United Rentals Honda. Santino Ferrucci led a Honda sweep of the top four finishing positions by placing fourth in the No. 18 SealMaster Honda.

Two-time and reigning series champion Josef Newgarden rounded out the top five and was the top Chevrolet-powered finisher in the No. 1 Shell V-Power Nitro Team Penske Chevrolet.

Pato O’Ward was the top-placed rookie, finishing sixth in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet.

Sato and Dixon were locked in a stirring duel when Pigot crashed hard in Turn 4 at the end of Lap 195 as the leaders had started Lap 196, spinning and making contact with the SAFER Barrier on the outside and then slamming into the protective tire barrier at the head of the pit wall with the side of his No. 45 Hy-Vee/Embrace Pittsburgh Honda. Pigot was awake and alert and transported to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis for further evaluation.

The gap between Sato and Dixon rarely exceeded one second and was as close as three-tenths of a second after Sato inherited the lead on Lap 185 when Zach Veach pitted in the No. 26 Gainbridge Honda, on a different fuel sequence than the top cars.

Sato appeared to be home free on Lap 191, building a lead of .9515 of a second. But he was approaching the almost-lapped cars of A.J. Foyt Racing teammates Tony Kanaan and Charlie Kimball, which let Dixon close the gap.

On Lap 195, Sato cleared 2013 Indy 500 winner Kanaan while Dixon and Rahal remained behind the Brazilian. That expanded Sato’s gap to 1.173 seconds, but Dixon and Rahal lapped Kanaan just before Turn 1 on Lap 196, moments before Pigot’s race-ending crash.

“Huge congrats to Sato,” Dixon said. “He drove his pants off today.”

Nearly all of the lead cars made their final pit stops between Laps 167 and 170, narrowly close to the maximum laps possible with one tank of fuel under green flag conditions. Sato made his final stop on Lap 168, with Dixon pitting for the final time on Lap 169.

Sato then was able to hold off Dixon in a vigorous race for the virtual lead on the track, as the drivers ahead of them didn’t have enough fuel to finish the race without stopping.

“The fuel strategy was a bit tight,” Sato said. “I saw Scott was coming right through out of Turn 4, and he was screaming coming at me. And I just held him off.”

Still, Dixon thought Sato maybe made his final stop too soon and would be forced to pit late in the race for a splash of fuel, especially because Dixon was able to save fuel by driving in Sato’s slipstream. But that scenario never unfolded due to Pigot’s late accident.

“This is a hard one to swallow,” Dixon said. “On fuel mileage, I really can’t see how they were going to make it. We pitted a lap later, and the numbers they had to get, it was going to be very difficult.”

It was small consolation for Dixon, but he jumped from ninth to third on the all-time Indianapolis 500 lap leaders list with 563 career laps led, behind only Al Unser (644) and Ralph DePalma (612).

Sato continued an impressive run of recent success in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” with three top-three finishes in the last four years. Besides his wins today and in 2017, he finished third last year.

Two of the three front-row starters ended up in the top three at the finish, as Sato started third and Dixon second. Pole sitter Marco Andretti finished 13th in the No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda.

The 105th Indianapolis 500 is scheduled for May 30, 2021. The next NTT INDYCAR SERIES event is a doubleheader Aug. 29-30, the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 at World Wide Technology Raceway in Madison, Illinois.

 

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Past track winners

Takuma Sato 2020
Simon Pagenaud 2019
Will Power 2018
Takuma Sato 2017
Alexander Rossi 2016
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 & Mauri Rose 1941
Wilbur Shaw 1940
Wilbur Shaw 1939
Floyd Roberts 1938
Wilbur 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