2010: (Winner: Dario Franchitti)
Scotsman Dario Franchitti helped team owner Chip Ganassi achieve a first when he won his second Indy 500 in 2010. In this year, Ganassi had already won NASCAR’s Daytona 500 earlier in the year with Jamie McMurray.
Then to complete the full set for Ganassi in a memorable year, McMurray went on to win the Brickyard 400 at the Speedway a few months after Franchitti’s 500 victory. Franchitti ran strongly all day to lead 155 laps, but was forced to save fuel in the dying stages.
After a final stint of 36 laps he got to the line ahead of Dan Wheldon and Marco Andretti. There was a dramatic crash on the final lap when Mike Conway smashed into the slowing car of Ryan Hunter-Reay, who had run out of fuel. Conway’s car was thrown into the fence and he was airlifted to hospital with a broken left leg.
Tony Kanaan started last and ran as high as second before a late race splash and dash saw him finish 11th.
2011: (Winner: Dan Wheldon)
British driver Dan Wheldon was rewarded with his second Indy 500 in one of the most incredible races in history in 2011. Wheldon, who had finished second the two previous years, looked set to be the bridesmaid again – until youngster J.R. Hildebrand unbelievably crashed on the final turn of the final lap.
Wheldon slipped underneath him before the yellow flag came out to clinch the race in its centenary year. It was the only 1000ft he had led all day. Hildebrand’s wrecked car slid over the line in second and Graham Rahal was third.
His average speed of 170.265 mph (274.015 km/h) was the fourth fastest in history and the first time the race had been completed in less than three hours since Juan Pablo Montoya in 2000.
It was the final race for the normally aspirated Dallara iR-05/Honda V-8. Sadly, Wheldon lost his life in a crash at the end of 2011 in a crash at Las Vegas.
2012 (Winner: Dario Franchitti)
Dario Franchitti clinched an emotional third Indy 500 victory for Chip Ganassi Racing and, wearing a pair of white-rimmed sunglasses made famous by Dan Wheldon, dedicated the victory to his mate, who was killed in the final race of the 2011 season.
On the final lap, second placed Takuma Sato challenged Franchitti for the lead in turn one, but Franchitti pushed Sato’s car down too low, causing Sato to lose control. As the two cars were side-by-side, Franchitti closed Sato’s space to pass, resulting in his car clipping Sato’s.
Sato then spun and crashed into the outside wall. Sato was classified 17th, while Franchitti went on to take the victory ahead of his Target Chip Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon. Franchitti’s win represented the ninth consecutive Indy victory for Honda, despite the presence of multiple engine manufacturers for the first time since 2005.
It also marked the first time all starters had used turbocharged engines at the speedway since 1996 and the first time since 2003 that all entrants had started in new model-year chassis.
Ryan Briscoe became the first Australian to clinch the pole for Team Penske with a speed of 226.484 mph (364.491 km/h) and eventually finished fifth. Formula 1 veteran Rubens Barrichello qualified 10th and finished 11th to be named Rookie of the Year.
2013: (Winner: Tony Kanaan)
Brazilian Tony Kanaan became the winner of the 97th Indy 500 for Australian team owner, Kevin Kalkhoven – our PIRTEK Team Murray Technical Partner. The average speed of the race – 187.433 mph (301.644 km/h) – was the fastest Indianapolis 500, breaking the record set in 1990 by Arie Luyendyk.
The 68 lead changes, and 14 different leaders were also new records. Other records set included most cars running at the finish (26), fewest caution laps (21), most laps completed by the field (5,863), as well as a 133-lap caution-free segment from lap 61 through 193.
Indianapolis local, Ed Carpenter won the pole position, the first American-born pole-sitter since 2006, and the first owner/driver to sit on the pole since 1975. After eleven previous attempts and finishing third the previous year, Kanaan, was an enormously popular winner with the fans.
On a restart with three laps remaining, Kanaan overtook leader Ryan Hunter-Reay in the first turn. Three-time champion, Dario Franchitti got loose and crashed into the outside wall bringing out the final caution of the race. Kanaan led Rookie of the Year Carlos Muñoz and Hunter-Reay across the line.
Chevrolet swept the top four finishing positions, and took its first Indianapolis 500 win since 2002.
2014: (Winner: Ryan Hunter-Reay)
Ryan Hunter-Reay became the first American-born winner since Sam Hornish, Jr. in 2006. Hunter-Reay held off Hélio Castroneves by just 0.0600 of a second, to create the second-closest finish in race history behind the 1992 event.
At an average speed of 186.563 mph (300.244 km/h), it was also the second-fastest 500 in history. Marco Andretti, Carlos Muñoz, and Juan Pablo Montoya rounded out the top five. Kurt Busch, in sixth position, claimed Rookie of the Year honors and then flew directly to Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600 NASCAR event.
The final stages of the race were tremendously exciting with several lead changes, but as the field came down the main stretch to receive the white flag, Hunter-Reay made a slingshot pass to the outside to again retake the lead. He extended the gap down the backstretch and Castroneves was unable to challenge going into Turn 3.
As they came off of Turn four, Castroneves tried to close the gap, and drafted going down the main stretch. He made a move to the outside, but Hunter-Reay was able to hold off the challenge, and won the race by 0.0600 seconds.
2015: (Winner: Juan-Pablo Montoya)
The build-up to the 2015 raced caused plenty of concerns with the new Dallara DW12 chassis seeing a couple of dramatic “flips” in practice. Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya made a dramatic return to the speedway by winning his second Indy 500 and the 99th race ahead of his Team Penske teammate Will Power.
Montoya won his rookie race in 2000. The 2015 race saw the debut of unique aero kits from Chevrolet and Honda outfitted for the Dallara DW12 chassis. During practice, three Chevrolet entries suffered major crashes that resulted in flip-overs.
The crashes raised safety concerns around the paddock, and series officials delayed time trials for several hours in order to address the situation. In practice on May 18 James Hinchcliffe was involved in a major crash which saw him impaled by a piece of suspension.
The efforts of the Holmatro Safety Team likely saved his life and nine days later he was released from hospital. Hinchcliffe was able to drive the INDYCAR two-seater at the Sonoma Raceway promotional event on the Golden Gate Bridge in August, and made his first competitive laps at the Dan Wheldon Memorial karting event in late September, before being involved in a test a Road America in September.
2016: (WINNER: ALEXANDER ROSSI)
PIRTEK Team Murray entered the Indy 500 with driver, Matt Brabham. Brabham became the third third-generation driver to enter the race. The team put together a strong weekend, qualifying for the race and running as high as 14th during the 500. They finished in 22nd place, hvaing qualified 26th.
The 2016 Indy 500 saw James Hinchcliffe return to IMS after his close call in 2015, Hinchcliffe came back in style, cruising to pole postion in the fast nine.
Hinchcliffe led the field away from the green flag but was soon in a three way battle for the lead as he swapped places with Ryan Hunter-Reay and Josef Newgarden.
Will Power was then involved in a pit lane incident and recieved a penalty, pushing him to the rear of the field.
On lap 115, there was a multi-car incident sending the field diving to pit lane. However Alexander Rossi, stayed out ptting him off sequence to the rest of the field.
Towards the end of the race on lap 161, Takuma Sato hit the wall and most drivers elected to stop under the yellow. The leaders then found with 10 laps to go that they would need some fuel and Rossi was given the lead of the field. Rossi gambled on his fuel and eventually had to coast across the line to win the race. His car ran out of fuel on the cool-down lap. He was the first rook winner since 2001.
2017: (WINNER: TAKUMA SATO)
There was much fanfare in the lead up to the 2017 Indy 500 with the announcement of Formula 1 champion and current McLaren driver, Fernando Alonso joining the field. Alonso was set to skip the Monaco Grand Prix in favor of the 500.
Alonso qualified 5th, with Scott Dixon on pole for the 101st running of the race.
Dixon and Tony Kanaan swapped positions for the lead, before Dixon faded down the order.
Alsonso moved to the lead on lap 37, with team-mate Rossi behind him. Rossi was able to pass Alonso, before Alonso made another move on the American.
Lap 53 saw Dixon’s hopes of another 500 win dashed. Jay Howard went into the wall before drifting across the track, Dixon was unable to avoid an impact. Dixon’s car then became airborne, flipping and hitting the inside wall. Dixon and Howard were both uninjured. However the race was red flagged as the marshalls cleaned up after the incident and reapied the catch fencing.
The Andretti Autsport cars of Takuma Sato, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Alonso and Rossi were all in contention for the lead of the race. Hunter-Reay’s and Alonso’s engines failed to finish the race. While a racy Sato made his way to the front, chasing Max Chilton.
A multi-car incident on lap 184, tightened the field up yet again. Sato was passed by Helio Castroneves, who moved to the lead. Sato was able to pass Chilton and Castroneves in the final stages of the race, and was able to keep the lead as he took the flag.
2018: (WINNER: WILL POWER)
The 102nd running of the Indy 500 saw Ed Carpenter take pole for the third time in his career. It was a hot day, one of the hottest ever for the running of the race.
Will Power started in third place, before moving to second behind Carpenter, and then being passed by team-mate Simon Pagenaud.
Takuma Sato caused the first caution of the race, after making contact with a slow James Davison.
There were a spate of solo spinners including Ed Jones, Danica Patrick (in her final race), Sebastien Bourdais, Helio Castroneves, Sage Karam and Tony Kanaan.
Power was able to keep his race under control and at the front for the majority of the 500 miles. Caution’s in the late stages of the race made it strategy crucial for the front runners, as others went off sequence. Power held off Carpenter, but there were six cars ahead of him. Power moved forward before the last caution on lap 188 and was in fourth. Power made his way into third before being gifted the lead as the two off-sequence cars made their way to the pit lane for fuel. Power was the first Australian to win the Indy 500, this was also his team owner, Roger Penske’s 17th Indy 500 win.
2019: (WINNER: ?)
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