|It was a good month for J.R. Hildebrand|
Below, are a few post-Indianapolis 500 notes bullet point style.
â€¢ AFS Chip Ganassi Racing driver Sebastian Saavedra was treated for a right foot contusion. He will undergo further evaluation prior to being cleared to drive
â€¢ CFH Racing’s J.R. Hildebrand quietly turned in a strong effort finishing 8th, 1 spot ahead of teammate Josef Newgarden
â€¢ A practice crash last Sunday, a month-long struggle to find speed and a lap 112 crash that relegated him to a 30th place finish, made this May a rather forgettable one for 2013 and 2014 pole winner Ed Carpenter.
|Takuma Sato rallied to finish 13th after a first lap crash.|
â€¢ Not sure anyone noticed; however, after losing two laps for repairs from his first lap accident with Sage Karam, Takuma Sato rallied to finish 13th six seconds behind Montoya.
â€¢ Defending race-winner Ryan Hunter-Reay endured a difficult day, finishing 15th. Perhaps, more concerning for Hunter-Reay was the fact he was the second-best Andretti Autosport car. After finishing second, third and fourth in 2013, then first and third last year today’s results capped off what was a miserable month for team Andretti. Their finishing order was:
19-Simona de Silvestro
â€¢ Juan Pablo Montoya’s Indianapolis 500 victory was the 16th for Team Penske. Also, Montoya became the 11th driver to win for owner Roger Penske. The roster of Team Penske winners:
Mark Donohue – 1972
Rick Mears – 1979, 1984, 1988, 1991
Bobby Unser – 1981
Danny Sullivan – 1985
Al Unser – 1987
Emerson Fittipaldi – 1993
Al Unser, Jr. – 1994
Helio Castroneves – 2001, 2002, 2009
Gil de Ferran – 2003
Sam Hornish – 2006
Juan Pablo Montoya – 2015
Brian C. reporting for AutoRacing1