IndyCar Series 2013
In a record-smashing race that saw new marks for lead changes, number of different leaders and average speed, Justin Wilson put on an inspiring charge that led the way for Honda in the final laps, posting the fastest race lap en route to a fifth-place finish at Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.
After starting 14th, Wilson took his Dale Coyne Racing Honda Dallara into the top-10 in the early laps, but a blistered rear tire as the 200-lap race neared its mid-point dropped him to the very back of the field and forced the veteran driver to contend with an ill-handling car until the next round of pit stops on Lap 124. Wilson spent the final portions of the race working is way towards the front of the field, reaching fifth place just after the final race restart on Lap 197, when Dario Franchitti crashed to end the race under caution.
A cool, overcast day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway produced a record 187.433 mph race average, bettering the previous record of 185.981 mph set by Arie Luyendyk in 1990. In addition, the 68 lead changes – among a record 14 different drivers – shattered the mark of 34 set just last year.
Behind Wilson, Simon Pagenaud brought his Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports Honda from 21st on the starting grid to finish eighth, while Charlie Kimball posted another top-10 result, running ninth in his Novo Nordisk Chip Ganassi Racing Honda.
Other Honda drivers encountered problems in today’s 97th running of the Indianapolis 500. Alex Tagliani was an early top-10 competitor, but dropped off the lead lap after brushing the wall on Lap 168 and having to pit for repairs. The Target Chip Ganassi Racing duo of Franchitti and Scott Dixon suffered from gearing and handling issues throughout the race, with Dixon finishing 14th and Franchitti crashing without injury on Lap 197 to end the race under caution.
The IZOD IndyCar Series now enters its annual June swing of four consecutive race weekends, starting with the June 2 Belle Isle Grand Prix in Detroit, Michigan, followed by oval track races at Texas Motor Speedway, The Milwaukee Mile and Iowa Speedway.
|1||Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology)|
|2||Carlos Munoz-R (Andretti Autosport)|
|3||Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)|
|4||Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)|
|5||Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|6||Helio Castroneves-W (Team Penske)|
|7||A.J. Allmendinger-R (Team Penske)|
|8||Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hamilton)|
|9||Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)|
|10||Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing)|
|11||Oriol Servia (DRR Panther Racing)|
|12||Ryan Briscoe (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|13||Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|14||Scott Dixon-W (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|15||Ana Beatriz (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|16||Tristan Vautier-R (Schmidt Peterson)|
|17||Simona de Silvestro (KV Racing Technology)|
|18||E.J. Viso (Andretti Autosport/HVM)|
|19||Will Power (Team Penske)|
|20||James Jakes (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|
|21||James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)|
|22||Conor Daly-R (A.J. Foyt Racing)|
|23||Dario Franchitti-W (Target Chip Ganassi)|
|24||Alex Tagliani (Barracuda Racing/BHA)|
|25||Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan)|
|26||Katherine Legge (Schmidt Peterson)|
|27||Townsend Bell (Panther Racing)|
|28||Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman)|
|29||Sebastien Bourdais (Dragon Racing)|
|30||Pippa Mann (Dale Coyne Racing)|
|31||Buddy Lazier-W (Lazier Partners Racing)|
|32||ebastian Saavedra (Dragon Racing)|
|33||JR Hildebrand (Panther Racing)|
W – Previous Indianapolis 500 Race Winner
R – Indianapolis 500 Rookie