Hornish, Toyota Victory Hopes Cut Short at 500 - Sam Hornish, Jr. consistently ran in the top three throughout today's Indianapolis 500, but had his day cut short when he was caught up in an accident when another car hit Target Toyota driver ...
Hornish, Toyota Victory Hopes Cut Short at 500
- Sam Hornish, Jr. consistently ran in the top three throughout today's Indianapolis 500, but had his day cut short when he was caught up in an accident when another car hit Target Toyota driver Darren Manning. Hornish, who led his first Indy 500 laps today, had been running second before his last pit stop. Unfortunately, a blockage in the fuel hose forced him to have to return to the pits and dropped him to the back of the pack where he was caught up in the incident.
- Scott Dixon (Target Toyota) and Helio Castroneves (Marlboro Toyota) both earned top-10 finishes today, placing in eighth and ninth, respectively. Castroneves appeared to be on his way to contending for a possible victory when he overshot his pit and dropped from third to the tail end of the lead lap. The two-time Indianapolis 500 winner drove back through the field from 17th to earn his ninth-place finish.
- Castroneves' ninth-place finish is his fourth straight top-10 finish here at Indy. The ninth goes along with 2001 and 2002 wins and a second-place finish a year ago.
- Five Toyota-powered cars fell out of today's race due to accidents. A.J. Foyt IV, Larry Foyt, Marth Roth, Darren Manning and Sam Hornish, Jr. all were forced to retire after accidents.
- Race winner Buddy Rice became the first Toyota Atlantic Championship grad to win the Indianapolis 500 since Jacques Villeneuve was victorious in 1995. Fellow Toyota Atlantic grads Dan Wheldon (third) and Roger Yasukawa (10th) also placed in the top-10. Rice won the 2000 Toyota Atlantic title.
Jim Aust, Toyota vice president of motorsports: "It was terribly disappointing to see Sam Hornish Jr. get caught up in somebody else's crash. He very well may have had the best car in the field today. After winning here a year ago, we plan to go back and do everything in our power to get back to Victory Circle here next year."