Sunday, May 29, 2016

100th Indy 500

A sellout crowd of 350,000 people were at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to watch the famous racing spectacle on Sunday, May 29, 2016. Canadian James Hinchcliffe started in the pole position and remained in contention until tire issues and the need for fuel forced him to pit late in the race, dropping him into 7th place. Photo at top: James Hinchcliffe on the pole forming the famous 11 rows of 3 to start the 100th Indianapolis 500 -- Photo by: Doug Mathews.

"We came in for a splash of fuel at the end and a couple of guys took a punt on fuel and congratulations to Alex (Rossi). It was obviously great for him, and also great to see Honda back on top. Realistically, we probably had a third or fourth place, which is nothing to turn your nose up at. It was a really strong effort from the Arrow guys all month on.”

Rookie Alexander Rossi took the checkered flag, then ran out of fuel when he crossed the finish line. The advice from his team was to coast during the final stretch. Carlos Munoz from Columbia finished second and American Josef Newgarden completed the winners podium with third place. Both Carlos and Josef brought their cars in for fuel during the final five laps. 

Canadian Alex Tagliani started the race in last place after he crashed during qualifications and came on strong, even leading the race for 11 laps.

The race at the Brickyard is a 500 mile, 200 lap circuit where the winner drinks milk - a tradition started in 1936 and continues to this day. For this, the centennial race, Indy 500 also gave out 100,000 bottle of milk to fans. This was the sixth race of the Verizon IndyCar 2016 schedule and the Honda Indy Toronto is getting closer with its mid-July schedule.

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