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 sunday may 29th

Ericsson Takes Wild Late Scramble for Indy 500 Victory (MORE TO COME)

 

INDIANAPOLIS (Sunday, May 29, 2022) – Marcus Ericsson won the 106th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge in a wild scramble after a late red flag Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, earning his first career victory in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”

Ericsson, from Kumla, Sweden, won under caution in the No. 8 Huski Chocolate Chip Ganassi Racing Honda after Sage Karam crashed in Turn 2 on the final lap. Before the race-ending incident, Ericsson and Pato O’Ward were locked in a fantastic duel for the lead after the restart with two laps to go after the red flag, snaking around the 2.5-mile oval in one of the most breathtaking finishes in the century-plus history of the race.

O’Ward ended up second in the No. 5 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet in his best career “500” finish in three starts.

“I knew the Huski Chocolate car was fast enough, but it was still hard,” Ericsson said. “I had to do everything there at the end to keep him behind. I can’t believe it. I’m so happy.”

SEE: Race Results

Former Formula One driver Ericsson became the second Swede to triumph in the “500,” joining 1999 winner Kenny Brack. Ericsson and Brack spoke via videoconference during the winner’s press conference Sunday afternoon. Ericsson’s best finish in three previous Indy 500 starts was 11th last year.

This was the first victory in “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” for team owner Chip Ganassi since 2012 and his fifth as a solo owner and sixth overall.

Ericsson took the lead in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES standings with his third career victory, boosted by the double points awarded in this event. In a fateful twist, all three of his victories have featured red flags, as his wins in 2021 at Detroit and Nashville also included race stoppages.

2013 Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan finished third in the No. 1 The American Legion Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, as the Ganassi team finished a dominant Month of May by putting two cars in the top three. Kanaan recorded the fifth top-three finish of his illustrious “500” career. Felix Rosenqvist placed fourth in the No. 7 Vuse Arrow McLaren SP, as Arrow McLaren SP placed two cars in the top four.

Alexander Rossi, winner of the 100th Indianapolis 500 in 2016, rounded out the top five in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS/AutoNation Honda after starting 20th.

2021 winner Helio Castroneves finished seventh after starting 27th in the No. 06 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda, gaining the most positions from start to finish in the race.

Ericsson, who started fifth, took the lead for good on Lap 190 when “500” rookie Jimmie Johnson made his final pit stop out of sequence with the leaders. Ericsson led O’Ward by 3.2869 seconds and appeared to be on Easy Street toward a spot on the Borg-Warner Trophy with one of the largest gaps by a leader during the 200-lap race.

O’Ward chipped away over the next four laps, pulling to within 2.7 seconds. But it still looked like Ericsson just needed to keep his car in the racing groove for the win.

Then the script was flipped on Lap 194 when Johnson spun into the SAFER Barrier in Turn 2, triggering the fifth of six caution periods in the race. INDYCAR officials decided to red-flag the race in an attempt to finish under green, so all cars pulled into the pits for nearly eight minutes while the debris from Johnson’s crash was cleared.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Ericsson said of the red flag. “You can never take anything for granted, and obviously there were still laps to go, and I was praying so hard it was not going to be another yellow, but I knew there was probably going to be one. It was hard to refocus, but I knew the car was amazing.”

Green-flag racing resumed on Lap 199, with Ericsson snaking left and right on the front and back straightaway to try and break O’Ward’s aerodynamic tow. Heading toward the white flag, Ericsson dove toward the pit entrance and then back to the center of the racetrack, trying to break away from O’Ward.

The gap between the two was .0445 of a second at the flag stand with one lap to go, with O’Ward making a run toward the outside of Turn 1 on Lap 200. He pulled slightly ahead of Ericsson entering the corner, but Ericsson held the low line and forced O’Ward to lift the throttle.

“He was going to put me in the wall if I would have gone for it,” O’Ward said. “We were alongside each other. It’s frustrating. It’s bittersweet. I’m so proud, but it definitely stinks.”

Said Ericsson: “I was not going to put him in the wall, but he had to work hard to get around me there. I knew I could hold my line. I was going to go flat. He was going to have to go two-wide through (Turn) 1 to get there. I knew if I went on the inside into 1, I could keep my foot down. I was hoping I could keep my foot down. That was my plan. It worked.”

Ericsson started to pull away on the back straightaway after repulsing O’Ward, speeding toward Turn 3, when Karam crashed in Turn 2 in his No. 24 AES Indiana DRR Chevrolet. The fifth incident of the day in Turn 2, the race’s calamity corner, triggered the caution period that ended an event featuring a thrilling 38 lead changes among nine drivers.

NTT P1 Award winner and six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon appeared to be the driver to beat, as he led a race-high 95 laps and became the all-time lap leader in Indianapolis 500 history with 665, surpassing the record of 644 by legendary four-time winner Al Unser. But Dixon was assessed a speeding penalty entering pit lane as he stopped from the lead on Lap 175 in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.

The subsequent drive-through penalty dropped 2008 Indy 500 winner Dixon through the field, and he ended up a disappointing 21st.

“It’s heartbreaking, to be honest,” Dixon said. “I came into the pit and had to lock the rears and kind of locked all four. I knew it was going to be close; I think it was a mile an hour over or something. Just frustrating. I just messed up.”

The next NTT INDYCAR SERIES race is the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear on Sunday, June 5 at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit. The race will be broadcast live on USA Network and the INDYCAR Radio Network starting at 3 p.m. (ET).

INDIANAPOLIS - Results Sunday of the 106th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge NTT INDYCAR SERIES event on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, engine, laps completed and reason out (if any):

1. (5) Marcus Ericsson, Honda, 200, Running
2. (7) Pato O'Ward, Chevrolet, 200, Running
3. (6) Tony Kanaan, Honda, 200, Running
4. (8) Felix Rosenqvist, Chevrolet, 200, Running
5. (20) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 200, Running
6. (18) Conor Daly, Chevrolet, 200, Running
7. (27) Helio Castroneves, Honda, 200, Running
8. (16) Simon Pagenaud, Honda, 200, Running
9. (2) Alex Palou, Honda, 200, Running
10. (15) Santino Ferrucci, Chevrolet, 200, Running
11. (30) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 200, Running
12. (17) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 200, Running
13. (14) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 200, Running
14. (21) Graham Rahal, Honda, 200, Running
15. (11) Will Power, Chevrolet, 200, Running
16. (13) David Malukas, Honda, 200, Running
17. (28) Kyle Kirkwood, Chevrolet, 200, Running
18. (31) Christian Lundgaard, Honda, 200, Running
19. (4) Ed Carpenter, Chevrolet, 200, Running
20. (24) Devlin DeFrancesco, Honda, 200, Running
21. (1) Scott Dixon, Honda, 200, Running
22. (23) Marco Andretti, Honda, 200, Running
23. (22) Sage Karam, Chevrolet, 199, Running
24. (32) Jack Harvey, Honda, 199, Running
25. (10) Takuma Sato, Honda, 199, Running
26. (33) Stefan Wilson, Chevrolet, 198, Running
27. (29) Dalton Kellett, Chevrolet, 198, Running
28. (12) Jimmie Johnson, Honda, 193, Contact
29. (26) Scott McLaughlin, Chevrolet, 150, Contact
30. (25) Colton Herta, Honda, 129, Mechanical
31. (9) Romain Grosjean, Honda, 105, Contact
32. (19) Callum Ilott, Chevrolet, 68, Contact
33. (3) Rinus VeeKay, Chevrolet, 38, Contact

Race Statistics
Winner's average speed: 175.428 mph
Time of Race: 02:51:00.6432
Margin of victory: Under caution
Cautions: 6 for 31 laps
Lead changes: 38 among 9 drivers

Lap Leaders:
Palou, Alex 1 - 7
Dixon, Scott 8 - 9
Palou, Alex 10 - 12
Dixon, Scott 13 - 16
Palou, Alex 17 - 21
Dixon, Scott 22 - 29
Palou, Alex 30
VeeKay, Rinus 31
Ericsson, Marcus 32
O'Ward, Pato 33 - 35
Palou, Alex 36 - 47
Dixon, Scott 48 - 50
Palou, Alex 51
Dixon, Scott 52 - 53
Palou, Alex 54 - 57
Dixon, Scott 58 - 59
Palou, Alex 60 - 68
O'Ward, Pato 69 - 72
Dixon, Scott 73 - 79
Daly, Conor 80 - 81
Dixon, Scott 82 - 83
Daly, Conor 84 - 85
Dixon, Scott 86 - 108
Daly, Conor 109 - 111
Dixon, Scott 112 - 140
O'Ward, Pato 141 - 143
Kanaan, Tony 144
Ericsson, Marcus 145
Palou, Alex 146 - 147
O'Ward, Pato 148 - 157
Dixon, Scott 158 - 160
O'Ward, Pato 161 - 164
Dixon, Scott 165 - 174
O'Ward, Pato 175 - 176
Kanaan, Tony 177 - 181
Palou, Alex 182 - 184
Andretti, Marco 185 - 187
Johnson, Jimmie 188 - 189
Ericsson, Marcus 190 - 200

NTT INDYCAR SERIES Point Standings:
Ericsson 226, O'Ward 213, Palou 212, Power 202, Newgarden 174, Dixon 166, McLaughlin 162, Pagenaud 157, Rosenqvist 154, Herta 142, Rossi 141, Daly 137, VeeKay 134, Rahal 130, Grosjean 128, Castroneves 123, Lundgaard 103, Sato 100, Malukas 90, Kanaan 78, Kirkwood 77, Harvey 73, Johnson 71, Ilott 71, Ferrucci 62, DeFrancesco 62, Hildebrand 53, Carpenter 49, Kellett 45, Montoya 44, Tatiana Calderon 41, Andretti 17, Karam 14, Wilson 10

the following feature courtesy of indycar.com

Paddock Buzz: Flat Out Still Not Quite Enough for O’Ward

By Curt Cavin

Pato O’Ward said Sunday’s performance in the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge was the best he and Arrow McLaren could do. Second place, he said, would have to do.

“We did everything perfectly,” O’Ward said. “We did the fuel (strategy) perfect; no mistakes were done. We positioned ourselves perfectly to have a shot at it.”

Arrow McLaren SP had played its two Chevrolets perfectly in the late going, with both Felix Rosenqvist and O’Ward appearing to get the best of polesitter Scott Dixon, the driver of the No. 9 PNC Bank Honda of Chip Ganassi Racing who then was penalized for speeding entering pit lane on his final stop. Arrow McLaren SP seemed poised for an improbable 1-2 finish.

“Then Marcus (Ericsson) out of nowhere just came out with insane speed,” O’Ward said of the No. 8 Huski Chocolate Honda of Chip Ganassi Racing. “(He) got by me like I was standing still. Got up to Felix (Rosenqvist), I think, within two laps (and) passed him like he was standing still, left him.

“I (passed) Felix finally … (but) I had nothing for (Ericsson). I said, ‘I need a yellow to try and have a shot.’”

That caution came for Jimmie Johnson’s crash on Lap 194, but O’Ward couldn’t execute the restart pass on Ericsson (No. 8 Huski Chocolate Honda of Chip Ganassi Racing).

“When the restart happened, I said, ‘I have one shot, I have to go flat’ and that still wasn’t enough,” O’Ward said. “Sadly, (Ericsson) had the faster car.

“It’s a bit of a tough pill to swallow after such a long race (and) doing everything correctly.”

Kanaan Describes Rooting Interest

O’Ward and Kanaan had a humorous exchange when discussing the two-lap showdown that decided Sunday’s race.

Kanaan, who restarted in the third position, said he had “the best seat in the house” as O’Ward made a valiant effort to overtake Ericsson heading to Turn 1 on the restart at Lap 199.

Kanaan tried to say he was cheering for O’Ward to give himself a better chance at the victory.

“I’m like, ‘C’mon Pato, go, go, go,’” Kanaan said.

Replied O’Ward: “You liar.”

“No,” Kanaan said. “If you guys crash, I would win.”

Kanaan said he had visions of Dario Franchitti and Takuma Sato dueling for the lead on the last lap of the 2012 race. Sato crashed and Franchitti escaped with the victory as Dixon watched right behind them.

Kanaan’s third-place finish was his best “500” result since winning in 2013.

Kanaan: Maybe That Was Goodbye

If it seemed Kanaan was throwing a farewell party on his unusually slow cooldown lap, he was. Yes, he wants to compete in the “500” next year, but he said “that’s not for me to decide.

Kanaan, a veteran of 21 starts in this event and the 2013 winner, said he only will return if he has a chance to win, as Chip Ganassi Racing provided Sunday. Otherwise, this was it.

“I was very emotional on the cooldown lap, talking to the team,” said Kanaan, who for the past three years has said he wanted his NTT INDYCAR SERIES career to end with a capacity crowd at IMS. “My days are numbered. I have a plan – next year will be probably, if I can make it happen, it will be the real last one.

“But as of now this was the last one.”

Kanaan ranks 14th – and second among active drivers – with 352 career laps led in the “500.” He has led in 15 of his races.

Said team owner Chip Ganassi of the 47-year-old Brazilian: “He’s a wily veteran; he knows his way around this place, no question. So, we’re not throwing him out yet.”

Odds And Ends

  • Ericsson’s post-race celebration included a call from 1999 “500” winner Kenny Brack, the only other Swede to win this race. Ericsson credits Brack for help getting from karting to single-seat formula cars.
  • Ericsson said he does not have a tuxedo for Monday night’s Victory Dinner, “but I’ll get one.” His lone suit is back in Sweden, he said.
  • Ericsson’s victory gave team owner Chip Ganassi his sixth “500” victory, breaking a tie with Michael Andretti for second place. Roger Penske leads with 18. Ganassi shared Emerson Fittipaldi’s 1989 win with co-owner Pat Patrick, and after former Chip Ganassi Racing in 1990 won the “500” with Juan Pablo Montoya in 2000, with Scott Dixon in 2008 and Dario Franchitti in 2010 and 2012.
  • Ganassi on what he sees in Ericsson: “No baggage, just likes to go fast. Just need to get him a good car, basically.”
  • Indianapolis natives led Ericsson’s program. Mike O’Gara (Roncalli High School) was the strategist, Brad Goldberg (Ben Davis High School) the lead engineer. O’Gara graduated from Purdue University, Goldberg from IUPUI. O’Gara has won a 24 Hours of Le Mans while Goldberg has a Rolex 24 At Daytona victory.
  • Ericsson’s car had female engineers on pit stand. Nicole Rotondo was the Honda engineer on the car. Angela Ashmore works on the crew. “We don’t discriminate,” O’Gara said. “We look for talent; (gender) doesn’t matter.” Danielle Shepherd was on Alex Palou’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES championship car last season.
  • Ericsson became the fourth driver to win the “500” using No. 8. The others were Joe Dawson (1912), Louis Meyer (1936) and Pat Flaherty (1956).
  • Ericsson is the eighth driver to win from the fifth starting position. The most recent previously was Buddy Lazier in 1996.
  • All three of Ericsson’s NTT INDYCAR SERIES victories featured late shootouts after red flags. The others were last year, in Race 1 of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix and in the Big Machine Music City Grand Prix at Nashville.
  • In addition to Ericsson and O’Ward, fourth-place finisher Felix Rosenqvist (No. 7 Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet) and sixth-place finisher Conor Daly (No. 20 BitNile Chevrolet of Ed Carpenter Racing) had career-best finishes in this event. Daly led seven laps to push his career total to 47.
  • David Malukas (No. 18 HMD Honda of Dale Coyne Racing with HMD) was the highest-finishing rookie in 16th place. It was the third time in six years that Dale Coyne’s team has had that honor.
  • Meyer Shank Racing drivers Helio Castroneves (No. 06 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda) and Simon Pagenaud (No. 60 AutoNation/SiriusXM Honda) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, and they worked well together. Said Pagenaud late in the race: “Tell Helio if he thinks he has the speed (to pass me) let me know. I won’t play games with him.” Castroneves did.
  • In four career “500s,” Santino Ferrucci (No. 23 Palermo’s Screamin Sicilian DRR Chevrolet of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing) now has four top-10 finishes with three different teams. He finished seventh and fourth with Dale Coyne Racing (the second in conjunction with Vasser-Sullivan), and Sunday he finished 10th with Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.
  • The “500” debut of seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson (No. 48 Carvana Honda of Chip Ganassi Racing) ended with an accident in Turn 2, but he led Laps 188 and 189 out of pit sequence.
  • Marco Andretti (No. 98 KULR Technology/Curb Honda of Andretti Herta Autosport w/Marco & Curb) led his first laps in the “500” since 2014

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the following feature courtesy of indycar.com

106th Indianapolis 500 Post-Race Notes

  • This is the first Indianapolis 500 victory for Marcus Ericsson in his fourth career start. His previous results were 23rd in 2019 with Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, 32nd in 2020 and 11th in 2021, both with Chip Ganassi Racing.
  • Marcus Ericsson became the second Swede to win the Indianapolis 500. Kenny Brack was the first, driving to victory in 1999 for AJ Foyt Racing. Both Ericsson and Brack earned their victories in their respective third career “500” starts.
  • This is the fifth Indianapolis 500 victory for Chip Ganassi Racing. Its previous wins came in 2000 with Juan Pablo Montoya, 2008 with Scott Dixon, and 2010 and 2012 with Dario Franchitti. Team owner Chip Ganassi also was a co-entrant with Pat Patrick on the 1989 winner driven by Emerson Fittipaldi.
  • Marcus Ericsson became the eighth Indianapolis 500 winner to start fifth. Buddy Lazier was the last winner from the fifth starting spot, in 1996.
  • Marcus Ericsson is 31. The last 31-year-old to win the Indianapolis 500 was Al Unser in 1970, when he also earned his first “500” win.
  • Marcus Ericsson drove car No. 8 to victory, the fourth “500” winner carrying that number. The last driver to win in No. 8 was Pat Flaherty in 1956. Other winners in No. 8: Joe Dawson in 1912 and Louis Meyer in 1936.
  • Marcus Ericsson led the race for 13 laps, the fewest laps led by a winner since Juan Pablo Montoya led nine laps in 2015.
  • This is the 14th time the Indianapolis 500 winner has recorded the fastest lap of the race since records were kept beginning in 1951. Marcus Ericsson’s fastest lap today was 224.852 mph on Lap 179.
  • There were 38 lead changes among nine drivers today. That’s the third-highest lead change total in “500” history, eclipsed only by 68 in 2013 and 54 in 2016.
  • Scott Dixon led a race-high 95 laps today, setting the all-time record for Indianapolis 500 career laps led with 665. The previous record was 644 by four-time winner Al Unser. Dixon broke Unser’s record by leading Lap 133. Dixon jumped past Unser and Ralph DePalma today, as De Palma was second on the list entering this event with 612 laps led.
  • Only four drivers have stood atop the all-time lap leaders list for the Indianapolis 500: Ray Harroun (1911), Ralph DePalma (1912-86), Al Unser (1987-2021), Scott Dixon (2022).
  • Scott Dixon led the most laps in the Indianapolis 500 for the sixth time in his career, extending his event record. He also led the most laps in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2015 and 2020.
  • Scott Dixon led 12 times today, extending his Indianapolis 500 record for times led to 70.
  • Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan each led today, extending their shared all-time record of leading in 15 starts.
  • There were 27 cars running at the finish, tied for the second-highest total in “500” history. The record is 30, in 2021. There also were 27 cars running at the finish in the rain-shortened 1976 race, which completed only 102 laps.
  • Twenty-two cars were on the lead lap at the finish, tying the event record set in 2021.
  • All five drivers for Chip Ganassi Racing – Scott Dixon, Alex Palou, Marcus Ericsson, Tony Kanaan and Jimmie Johnson – led at least one lap today, tying an event record set by Andretti Autosport in 2013.
  • Chip Ganassi Racing and Arrow McLaren SP occupied the top four finishing positions today – Ganassi (Marcus Ericsson first, Tony Kanaan third) and AMSP (Pato O’Ward second, Felix Rosenqvist fourth). The last time two teams locked out the top four spots was 2015, when Team Penske went 1-2 with Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power and Chip Ganassi Racing finished third and fourth with Charlie Kimball and Scott Dixon, respectively.
  • Today's red flag on Lap 196 was the 12th in Indianapolis 500 race history. The previous 11 occasions: 1964, 1966, 1967 (after the winner took the checkered flag); 1970, 1973 (two occurrences), 1982, 1986, 2014, 2017, 2019.
  • This is the 15th Indianapolis 500 victory for a Honda-powered car, second all time. Offenhauser engines powered 27 winners.
  • David Malukas finished 16th, the top rookie finisher in this year’s race.

 

 

 Saturday may 28th

top 10 drivers that should have won the Indianapolis 500

by terry Daniels

thru the years at Indianapolis drivers have watched a victory slip thru their fingers on several occasions it has happened more than once some drivers redeem their selves and win  the classic however some never do we have compiled our to 10 drivers that never won the Indianapolis 500 and however should have

 

1.Michael Andretti the andretti curse what more can we say Michael made 16 attempts between 1984 and 2007 however the one to remember was in 1992 Michael had the car to beat and had lead 160 of the first 189 when it just quit surrendering the lead and victory to al unser JR including father Mario, his son Marco, brother  Jeff and cousin john the Andretti family has made nearly 70 tries at a 500 win with Mario being the only andretti to do so in 1969


2.J.R. Hildebrand he will always be remembered as the guy who hit the wall on the last turn on the last lap leading the 2011 race, allowing Dan Weldon to slip by for his second win there. Hildebrand accepted the blame for the mishap he is the only active driver on this list J.R will be in tomorrows race however will not have the equipment to be removed from this list


3.Lloyd Ruby  with 18 starts between 1960 and 1977 and nearly 2,500 laps completed  a third-place finish in 1964 was the best he had what put him on the list was in 1969 During a pit stop around the halfway point, a crew member motioned Ruby to pull away too soon. The refueling nozzle was still engaged in the car's left saddle tank, and as Ruby dropped the clutch, the car lurched forward. The nozzle ruptured a hole in the gas tank, ending Ruby's day Lloyd would never talk about his luck at Indianapolis


4.Eddie Sachs  A 2 TIME POLE Winner in 1961 he was Leading the race with only three laps to go, he saw his right rear tire begin to delaminate and pitted to replace it, handing victory to A. J. Font. Sachs never regretted his decision not to gamble on the tire, saying, "I'd sooner finish second than be dead."  considered the "clown Prince of racing Eddie  LOST HIS LIFE in the  INDIANAPOLIS 500 IN 1964 Dave McDonald hit the wall  the car went up in a fireball  blinded by flames and smoke Eddie broadsided MacDonald's car, resulting in another fireball causing both drivers to die


5.Tony Bettenhausen  if Tony had lived long enough, he might have eventually won the Indianapolis 500. He drove in it 14 times between 1946 and 1960, and had a second and two fourth-place finishes  the only three times he managed to finish all 200 laps. He retired several times, but could not stay away from the 500. On May 12, 1961 he was 45, but driving arguably better than ever his friend Paul Russo was having handling problems, and Bettenhausen offered to test the car. A bolt in the front end broke, sending the car  flipping down the straightaway, tearing down 300 feet of fencing, then it caught on fire. Bettenhausen died instantly.


6. Scott Goodyear  After starting last (33rd position) in the 1992 race, he finished second to Al Unser, Jr. by 0.043 seconds. Goodyear could have won the 1995 race but after leading 42 laps, he mistakenly passed the pace car on a late restart and was penalized to fourteenth place after ignoring the black flags . in 1997 He might have won if not for a controversial restart on the last lap, when the green and white flag waved despite the on-track lights still signaling yellow Goodyear, who had expected the race to finish under caution, was weaving his car to keep his tires warm at the time of the restart.


7.Paul Tracy in 2002 he passed Hélio Castroneves for what would have been the race lead during a  late-race caution flag for a crash appeared at nearly the same of the pass Team Green protested the result but the official investigation put the determination of the leader of the race as the sole discretion of the race officials. Tracy and Barry Green contended that the decision was made to stop a CART driver beating the regulars of the rival Indy Racing League, which was run by Indianapolis Motor Speedway owner Tony George.


8. Charlie Wiggins who? you ask yourself  most people don't even know who he is Charlie never was allowed to race at Indianapolis because he was a black man  a former shoeshine boy from Evansville Indiana Charlie participated in the all black Gold & Glory Sweepstakes held for black drivers and teams at the Indiana state fair . Charlie won three of the first six sweepstakes  as both driver and mechanic In 1934 he secretly worked on  "Wild Bill" Cummings car that  won the Indianapolis 500 Bill Cummings publicly recognized and thanked Charlie for his skill and expertise in the victory.


 9.Rex Mays Rex Mays ran in a 12 Indy 500s, won the pole 4 times, the front row 3 more times, and led in 9of his 12 races. His  ability to keep hic car off the wall  did not transfer to an ability to avoid mechanical problems he finished all 200 laps only three times, and in those races he earned a pair of seconds and a sixth. Mays was only 36 when, in 1949, he was killed in a race in California. Had World War II not cancelled the 500 between 1941 and 1946