FRANCHITTI CLAIMS SECOND INDIANAPOLIS 500 WIN Dario Franchitti won his second Indianapolis 500 Mile Race under caution. No matter, the milk still tasted just as good. Franchitti, who led 155 of the 200 laps, became the 19th multi-time winner...
FRANCHITTI CLAIMS SECOND INDIANAPOLIS 500 WIN
Dario Franchitti won his second Indianapolis 500 Mile Race under caution. No matter, the milk still tasted just as good.
Franchitti, who led 155 of the 200 laps, became the 19th multi-time winner of "The Greatest Spectacle In Racing" and his boss, Chip Ganassi, the first owner to win Indy and NASCAR's Daytona 500 in the same year.
Dan Wheldon, the 2005 winner who closed furiously as Franchitti slowed to save fuel in the final laps, was second for the second straight year, with Marco Andretti, third. Alex Lloyd was fourth, followed by Scott Dixon in fifth.
Franchitti, low on fuel, was heading to the Yard of Bricks when the Ryan Hunter-Reay and Mike Conway made contact between Turns 3 and 4. Conway's car went airborne and made contact with the catch fence. Conway, who waved to the crowd as he was being taken off the track, was airlifted to Methodist Hospital with leg injuries.
Polesitter Helio Castroneves saw his quest for a record-tying fourth Indy victory come to an end with an uncharacteristic mistake — stalling while leaving the pits on the 146th lap. It left him in need of a yellow-flag miracle at the end that never came, and he finished ninth after one last pit stop on the 193rd lap.
RACE DAY NOTEBOOK:
Longtime Indianapolis Motor Speedway Media Center Manager Bill York received the Bob Russo Founders Award for dedication to auto racing Saturday at the annual American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association breakfast at IMS.
York began working in the Speedway press room in 1958, filling many roles through 2008. He also was instrumental in creating the Stark & Wetzel Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Award.
Tanner Swanson won the NOS Energy Drink 65th "Night Before the 500" USAC Mopar National Midget Championship race Saturday night at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. He led the last 19 laps of the 50-lap feature.
Patrick McKenna of Ireland won the Cooper Tires presents the USF2000 National Championship race Saturday night at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis.
The series is part of the Road to Indy ladder program of the Indy Racing League.
Conor Daly, from Noblesville, Ind., won the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear race Saturday night at O'Reilly Raceway Park at Indianapolis. Daly is the son of six-time Indianapolis 500 starter Derek Daly.
The series is part of the Road to Indy ladder program of the Indy Racing League.
The team members of Sam Schmidt Motorsports are on a 'Mission for Nutrition,' as all of the team's employees have lost weight during a three-month weight-loss contest utilizing Herbalife products.
Team manager Chris Griffis was the big winner, losing approximately 30 pounds. Herbalife provided him a prize of an all-expense-paid trip to Los Angeles, including accommodations at the L.A. Live Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Disneyland tickets, a visit to The Magic Castle and box seats for a concert at the Staples Center.
The Schmidt team fields the No. 99 Herbalife Ganassi/Schmidt Racing car driven by Townsend Bell.
The 2011 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race is scheduled for Sunday, May 29, 2011. Ticket information can be found at www.imstix.com. Ticket information also can be obtained by calling the Speedway's ticket office, (317) 492-6700 or (800) 822-INDY.
Indianapolis 500 Mile Race ticket customers can register to win a 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Pace Car Replica by reordering or applying for tickets online at www.imstix.com between May 31 and Monday, June 14.
The grand prize Camaro SS Pace Car Replica of the Indianapolis 500 Pace Car Sweepstakes is the personal ride of Indianapolis Motor Speedway Chairman Mari Hulman George this May. Indianapolis 500 drivers such as Graham Rahal, John Andretti, Sarah Fisher, Vitor Meira and Ed Carpenter also have taken the muscle car for a spin this month.
One of the stars of the Indianapolis 500 also will deliver the car to the winner.
Four legendary cars of the Indianapolis 500 were on display for photographers this morning on the Yard of Bricks. The cars represent the first machines that each of the four-time winners of the Indianapolis 500 - A.J. Foyt, Al Unser and Rick Mears - drove to Victory Lane at the Speedway for the first time, and the very first car to win the Indianapolis 500.
* The No. 32 Marmon "Wasp," driven to victory by Ray Harroun in the inaugural Indianapolis 500, in 1911.
* No. 1 Bowes Seal Fast Offy driven to victory by Foyt in the 1961 Indianapolis 500.
* No. 2 Johnny Lightning 500 driven to victory by Unser in the 1970 Indianapolis 500.
* No. 9 The Gould Charge driven to victory by Mears in the 1979 Indianapolis 500.
Helio Castroneves is attempting to become the fourth four-time winner of the "500" today.
The six candidates for Chase Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year honors participated in a public question-and-answer session Saturday on the Coca-Cola Stage.
ANA BEATRIZ (No. 25 Ipiranga/DRR): "I want to thank Chase for putting this award together for the rookies to compete for. I'm very happy to be here because it was my dream to race in the Indy 500 one day. We put this deal with Dreyer and Reinbold Racing together at the last minute, so what we did in qualifying was very special. I'm very glad to have qualified on the first day. That was a very memorable day because of the stress that I was under. I was in and then I was out of the race and on my last attempt I was able to make it into the field. I'm very happy to be here."
SIMONA DE SILVESTRO (No. 78 Team Stargate Worlds/HVM): "I think the whole month has been pretty special. This place is just amazing. Qualifying is something that is pretty hard to do, and we saw a lot of people not make the race, which proves that this field is really competitive. Just to be a part of the Indy 500 is something that every driver dreams of, and it's unbelievable to be here. I can't wait for the race."
BERTRAND BAGUETTE (No. 36 Conquest Racing RACB): "We did a pretty good job with Conquest Racing. We had a great week, and I was very proud to make the field on the first day. We're going to have a quick car during the race, and I'm really looking forward to competing with these guys."
MARIO ROMANCINI (No. 34 Conquest Racing): "We had a very difficult day of qualifying. We had a mechanical problem on the first day and had to wait until Bump Day to get into the show. My team owner told me there was going to be a lot of pressure and tension, and that's exactly what happened. I was very happy with the solid effort that we put together near the end. We made a big decision to take a risk and go out after our time was near the bubble. I'm glad it paid off and now I'm just very excited for the race. I can't wait to see the grandstands packed with fans."
TAKUMA SATO (No. 5 Lotus-KV Racing Technology): "My most memorable moment so far this month has to be the impact of 250 Gs that I experienced in my crash. Being back at Indianapolis, after running in the wrong direction at 190 mph in an F1 car here, and now running in the correct direction at 224 mph is incredible. It's beautiful. It really is."
SEBASTIAN SAAVEDRA (No. 29 William Rast/Bryan Herta Autosport): "The crash that I had is something that I will never forget. Being in the Indianapolis 500 is something truly remarkable. When I found out that I made the big show, that was all that mattered to me. I'm looking forward to the race. It's going to be the biggest race of my life, and I'm going to enjoy every lap of it."
2010 Indianapolis 500 honorary starter Jack Nicholson wore a Los Angeles Lakers cap when he arrived today at the Speedway. Academy Award-winning actor Nicholson is a longtime Lakers' fan seen courtside at many Lakers' games. The Lakers defeated the Phoenix Suns, 111-103, on Saturday night to win the Western Conference finals and advance to the NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics.
Of the 33 cars starting this year's Indianapolis 500, 14 have car numbers that have never won the race. Car numbers 10, 11, 19, 21, 22, 29, 33, 37, 43, 67, 77, 78, 99 and 06 have never been on a winning car in the Indianapolis 500. Car number 3 leads with the most wins at 11.
Brian Barnhart, an Indianapolis native, is the president of the competition and racing operations division of the Indy Racing League, sanctioning body for the IZOD IndyCar Series. He is the chief official of the 2010 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
Paul Blevin, from Anaheim, Calif., is the chief starter of the 2010 Indianapolis 500.
"Good Morning America" co-anchor Robin Roberts is driving the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Pace Car to lead the field to the start of the 2010 Indianapolis 500. Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Johnny Rutherford, from Fort Worth, Texas, is driving the Pace Car during caution periods in the race.
Indianapolis 500 legend Michael Andretti will drive award-winning actor and producer in a custom-built, two-seat Indy car billed as the "IZOD Fastest Seat in Sports" during the pace laps today.
Andretti and Wahlberg will be ahead of the 2010 Chevrolet Camaro SS Pace Car driven by Robin Roberts on the first two parade laps. With one parade lap to go, Andretti and Wahlberg will accelerate to approach the rear of the field and then enter the pits as the starting field takes the green flag.
1969 Indianapolis 500 winner Mario Andretti will coach his son and Wahlberg by radio from the IZOD Performance Pit.
The Honda overtake assist system will be used in the Indianapolis 500 for the first time this year.
The system, which was introduced last August at Kentucky Speedway, provides a 200 revolutions per minute and extra power (5-20 horsepower) boost for a prescribed time limit on all racetracks via a button on the steering wheel designed to complete a pass or defend one.
For the 500 Mile Race, Honda Performance Development has set the duration at 18 seconds for each of the 15 activations. There's a 10-second reset time between activations.
POST-RACE VICTORY LANE QUICK QUOTES:
CHIP GANASSI (Owner, Target Chip Ganassi Racing): (About significance of being first owner to win Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 in the same year): "I'll think about that later. I want to congratulate Dario. I want to thank everybody who put together this team. It was a little dicey there at the end, on fuel at the end. He saved fuel when he had to."
DARIO FRANCHITTI (Winner, 2010 Indianapolis 500): "I was just thinking. This tastes just as good second time. Up until 10 laps to go, I was pretty relaxed. Then all hell broke loose with fuel savings and all. I just needed to know what the other guys were doing. If they were saving more than me, they were doing something special here. This means so much. To come back after going away for a year, win a championship and win the Indy 500. Thank you. Thank you to everyone on Team Target."
Two male spectators were treated for minor injuries at Clarian Emergency Medical Center and released after being struck by debris during the crash between Mike Conway and Ryan Hunter-Reay on the final lap of the race. The spectators were seated in the North Vista, East Section 47, Rows A and G.
One spectator received stitches for a cut in the forehead. Another spectator suffered a head laceration that required no stitches.
INDIANAPOLIS 500 POST-RACE NOTES:
* Dario Franchitti became the 17th driver with at least two Indianapolis 500 victories.
* Dario Franchitti became the first driver from Scotland to win the Indianapolis 500 more than once. Jim Clark won in 1965.
* Chip Ganassi became the first team owner to win the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500 in the same year. Dario Franchitti won the Indianapolis 500 today; Ganassi driver Jamie McMurray won the Daytona 500 in February. Roger Penske is the only other owner to win the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500, winning 15 times at Indianapolis and in 2008 at Daytona with Ryan Newman driving.
* Panther Racing has finished runner-up in the Indianapolis 500 for three consecutive years, with Vitor Meira in 2008 and Dan Wheldon in 2009 and 2010.
* Dario Franchitti earned his first Indianapolis 500 victory in 2007 with Andretti Green Racing, now Andretti Autosport. He won today for Target Chip Ganassi Racing. The last driver to earn his second Indy 500 victory with a different team than his first was Arie Luyendyk. He won in 1990 for Shierson Racing and earned his second victory in 1997 for Treadway Racing.
* Dario Franchitti was the top lap leader of the race with 155 laps led. This is the third consecutive year that a Target Chip Ganassi Racing car has led the most race laps. Scott Dixon led 115 laps when he won from the pole position in 2008, and Dixon also was the top lap leader in 2009 when he finished sixth after leading 73 laps.
* The 155 laps led by race winner Dario Franchitti is the ninth-highest total for an Indianapolis 500 winner. It is the most laps led by an Indianapolis 500 driver since Juan Pablo Montoya led 167 laps en route to victory in 2000.
* Dario Franchitti climbed to 21st place on the all-time Indianapolis 500 lap leader list, with 255 laps, after leading 155 laps today. He entered the race 59th on the all-time lap leader list.
* The 2010 Indianapolis 500 race marked the fourth victory for a car owned or co-owned by Chip Ganassi. He was the sole owner of the winning entries in 2000 (Juan Pablo Montoya), 2008 (Scott Dixon) and Dario Franchitti (2010). Ganassi was co-owner with U.E. "Pat" Patrick in 1989 (Emerson Fittipaldi). The only car owners with more Indianapolis 500 victories are Roger Penske (15) and Lou Moore (five).
* This was the first time car number 10 won the Indianapolis 500.
* Dario Franchitti started from the third position. This is the 11th time that the winning car has started from that position. Dario Franchitti's other win, in 2007, also came from the third starting position.
* Alex Lloyd and Tony Kanaan each advanced 22 positions, the most of any finisher. Lloyd finished fourth after starting 26th. Kanaan finished 11th after starting 33rd.
* The highest finisher for car owner Roger Penske's three entries was eighth place (Will Power). His other two drivers finished ninth (Helio Castroneves) and 24th (Ryan Briscoe). The last time Team Penske's best finisher at Indianapolis was lower was in 2005, when Castroneves finished ninth.
* There were three first time Indianapolis 500 lap leaders in today's race: Will Power, Mike Conway, and Justin Wilson.
* Danica Patrick and Sarah Fisher overtook Lyn St. James for most laps completed in an Indianapolis 500 career by a female driver. Patrick completed 200 laps in the 2010 event, which raised her Indianapolis 500 career total to 1,137 laps completed. Fisher completed 125 laps in the 2010 race to raise her Indianapolis 500 career total to 1,057 laps completed. St. James completed 947 laps in her seven-year career in the Indianapolis 500.
* Danica Patrick finished sixth in the 2010 Indianapolis 500. This is Patrick's fifth top-10 finish in six career Indianapolis 500 starts.
Rahal Letterman Racing co-owners Bobby Rahal and David Letterman talked about the performance of the team's driver, Graham Rahal, who finished 12th.
BOBBY RAHAL: "I thought Graham did a hell of a job today. A bogus penalty really hurt us. I don't think Graham did anything that others drivers weren't doing, but we got a penalty. To lead Dario like he did for so long really showed how strong the car could be. I think he really got everything he could out of the car."
DAVID LETTERMAN: "What a day for the kid. You can't ask for anything else. I've never seen our team have a better drive here. Even the year we won the race (2004, with Buddy Rice), I thought the kid drove a better race today. Graham made a heroic effort, and I am really, really proud to be a part of this team."
The 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series season continues June 5 with the Firestone 550K at Texas Motor Speedway. The race will be telecast live in High Definition at 8 p.m. (ET) by VERSUS. The race will air live on the IMS Radio Network, XM channel 145 and Sirius channel 211. The race also will be carried on www.indycar.com. The 2010 Firestone Indy Lights season continues with the Iowa 100 on June 19 at the Iowa Speedway.