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.
The rookie - whose winnings include $50,000 for Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors - coasted across the finish line on an empty fuel tank in his No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda for Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian. Rossi beat Andretti Autosport teammate Carlos Munoz by 4.4975 seconds, treating the sellout crowd to one of the more improbable finishes in Indy 500 history.
INDIANAPOLIS - Results Sunday of the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race presented by PennGrade Motor Oil Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed, reason out (if any) and prize money earned:
1. (11) Alexander Rossi, Honda, 200, Running, $2,548,743 2. (5) Carlos Munoz, Honda, 200, Running, $788,743 3. (2) Josef Newgarden, Chevrolet, 200, Running, $574,243 4. (18) Tony Kanaan, Chevrolet, 200, Running, $445,743 5. (16) Charlie Kimball, Chevrolet, 200, Running, $423,243 6. (15) JR Hildebrand, Chevrolet, 200, Running, $257,305 7. (1) James Hinchcliffe, Honda, 200, Running, $502,993 8. (13) Scott Dixon, Chevrolet, 200, Running, $384,493 9. (19) Sebastien Bourdais, Chevrolet, 200, Running, $371,743 10. (6) Will Power, Chevrolet, 200, Running, $390,243
What they're saying after the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500
Start of the 100th Indy 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.
Here's a sampling of what media across the country said about the race and the buildup to the historic 100th Running:
Never given a top car in F1, and having to buy his ride, which he could not do this year, Rossi turned to IndyCar and won the biggest race of all time.
Winning the Indianapolis 500 in any year will change a driver's life. But for a young American rookie to win the 100th edition of the Greatest Spectacle in Racing? That might just change INDYCAR's future, too.
It seems crazy to write, but after a win in one of the biggest races in open wheel history, if Alexander Rossi can find success in the coming weeks to make the name stick, he could become the young new face of the Verizon IndyCar Series.
Yes, some drivers like Josef Newgarden and James Hinchcliffe have been bigger stories over the past couple years. But the stage they succeeded on and the stage Rossi just conquered are two completely different levels.
Furniture Row Racing Driver sets NASCAR Record for Miles Led in a Race
CIA Stock Photography
How dominant was Martin Truex Jr.’s record-breaking victory in Sunday night’s 57th running of the Coca-Cola 600 at the 1.5-mile Charlotte Motor Speedway?
For starters, the Furniture Row Racing driver led 392 of the 400 laps for 588 miles. The 392 laps led is a Coke 600 event record and the 588 miles led is the most in a single race in NASCAR history.
On a personal note, after only 13 of 36 races completed, Truex already has set a career high for laps led in a season at 809, surpassing his previous mark of 581 set in 2007. In the last three races, he has led a total of 611 laps.
Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat has been slammed with a three-place penalty grid for the Canadian Grand Prix after he crashed into Kevin Magnussen at the Monaco GP.
Following an electrical issue during the safety car laps, Kvyat fell a lap behind the pack and was trying to unlap himself during the race when he collided with the Renault driver.
The stewards issued a statement saying: "The driver of car #26 [Kvyat] with two small collisions effectively created an overtaking space which in reality would not have been there if the collision had not occurred."
Rookie Rossi survives on fuel to win historic 100th Indianapolis 500
Rossi and his Andretti/Herta team celebrate
Alexander Rossi needed a splash of gas to get to Victory Circle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He'll never be happier to have an unscheduled pit stop.
The rookie won the historic 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil and his first Verizon IndyCar Series race with an improbable run to the finish on a rapidly vanishing fuel load, turning a final lap of 179.784 mph in the No. 98 NAPA Auto Parts/Curb Honda for Andretti Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian.
He won by 4.4975 seconds over Andretti Autosport teammate Carlos Munoz (whose last lap was 218.789 mph), taking the checkered flag on the 36th lap after his last pit stop. The usual fuel window for Honda engines is about 32 laps.
IndyCar needs to build on memories made at 100th Indy 500
Rossi enjoys the milk
Alexander Rossi found his opportunity, and he milked it.
Now IndyCar has a similar chance. It doesn't have 100 years this time writes Brant James of USA Today.
In winning the Indianapolis 500 in his first attempt, in his second race on an oval, stretching fuel to a ludicrous 36 laps, slathered in colors and a sponsor logo long synonymous with NASCAR, the 24-year-old Californian and erstwhile Formula 1 driver finished a memorable month by winning a historic 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Castroneves furious with JR Hildebrand after finishing 11th
Helio's broken Butt Bumper dangles off back
JR Hildebrand tried to apologize, but Helio Castroneves wasn’t having it.
Castroneves was furious Sunday after a collision with Hildebrand late in the 100th Indianapolis 500 dropped him from contention for the victory to an 11th-place finish.
The incident defined the day’s troublesome performance for Team Penske’s four drivers. Juan Pablo Montoya, who won last year’s race, crashed on Lap 63 and finished last. Will Power, who finished second last year, struggled to get into contention after a penalty for a pit road incident on Lap 48 and finished 10th. Simon Pagenaud, who had won the previous three Verizon IndyCar Series races, also was penalized for a violation on pit road and finished 19th.
2016 Indy 500 Post Race Sound Bites Post-Race sound bites from Victory Circle, Alexander Rossi, Michael Andretti, Carlos Munoz, Josef Newgarden, Helio Castroneves , Tony Kanaan, James Hinchcliffe and Juan Montoya Comment
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."
Mark Martin: Latest NASCAR Hall of Fame class features close connections
For Mark Martin, election to the NASCAR Hall of Fame was an unexpected honor, and it's just coincidence that the 40-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race-winner has such strong simpatico with his fellow 2017 class members.
"There are so many people in the NASCAR Hall of Fame that are my heroes, that it's pretty incredible to think that I'm going to join them in that Hall," Martin said on Saturday at Charlotte Motor Speedway, where he'll drive the pace car before Sunday's Coca-Cola 600.
"It's something that I didn't expect to happen in my lifetime, so it's happened sooner than I would have ever dreamed, if it would happen at all."
Lady Gaga brings high-voltage star power to 100th Running
Lady Gaga (C) with Michael and Marco Andretti
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."
"Travel to any corner of the globe and people know exactly who Lady Gaga is," said Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles. "Her talent, personality and bold style have helped her become a transcendent star and we're so excited to host her for the 100th Running of 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.' The Indy 500 is a worldwide sporting celebration and today's event is going to be an impressive and inspiring display of speed and thrilling competition."
The sun has not risen here at Indy yet but most of us media and crews are already onsite to beat the mad rush of 350,000 that is about to transcend on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The gun just went off as I type this and the track is now officially open.
Many of the fans are too drunk to get here at this hour after a night of heavy partying and drinking. The forecast for today is partly cloudy with a 30% chance of a passing shower or thunderstorm around race time. But after that the forecast is fine, so if by chance we do get a rain delay, we should get the race in today.
As you can see from the photo to the right, the lights are already on in the garages and crews are going through their final checklist, making sure nothing is missed and the cars are as best prepared as they can be.
Red Bull Racing Continues Engine Partnership with Renault Red Bull Racing is pleased to confirm it will continue its partnership with Renault Sport Racing for the supply of the power unit currently badged as TAG Heuer for the 2017 and 2018 seasons. Scuderia Toro Rosso will also be supplied with the unit for 2017-2018.
Christian Horner, Red Bull Racing Team Principal, said: "We are delighted to extend our partnership which has proved very successful over time. After the reconstruction that Renault has undertaken, clear progress has been made which has made it logical to continue with the TAG Heuer badged engine."
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