Well I'm back again with another story on the Indy 500. I first want to give thanks to the IndyStar for allowing me to shoot for them again and a special thanks to Matt for putting up with me. Being at this special event was awesome to say the least.
INDIANAPOLIS — Running on fumes on the final laps of the race, rookie Alexander Rossi ran out of fuel coming out of Turn 4 — and still managed to win the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday.
Rossi, a 24-year-old native of California, coasted to the line ahead of Carlos Munoz, Josef Newgarden and Tony Kanaan as late-race fuel strategy led to a wild and tense finish.
A year ago, he was watching this race from Monaco.
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It was perhaps one of the more unlikely Indy 500 victories, as Rossi has almost no experience in racing on oval tracks after spending several years pursuing a career in Formula One. Rossi couldn’t quite believe it himself.
“I have no idea how we pulled that off,” he said, in a television interview immediately after the race.
Rossi thanked his Andretti Autosport team, which gave him a ride in IndyCar this year.
“At one point, we were 33rd,” Rossi said. “And we rolled the dice and we came through and made it happen. And this is just phenomenal. I had no idea I’d be in IndyCar, I had no idea I’d be in the Indy 500 and now I’m here, we’ve won and I’m at a loss for words. It will change my life for sure.”
Drivers are supposed to be happy for their teammates when they win races, but how can you be happy when a teammate steals the biggest prize in racing from you by a few fumes of fuel?
As Carlos Munoz proved after Sunday’s 100th Indianapolis 500, you can’t.
“I cannot say I’m really happy, I’m just really sad and disappointed,” Muñoz said.
Running in arguably the biggest edition of North America’s grandest race in recent memory, Muñoz appeared to do everything right. His Andretti Autosport team seemed to have played the varying strategies to perfection. His No. 26 United Fiber & Data Andretti Autosport Honda-Dallara was handling well, and he had maneuvered it to the front.
On the final lap, Muñoz trailed only his rookie teammate Alexander Rossi, who was desperately low on fuel, needing to go 36 laps to make it to the finish. Rossi had a significant lead, but the odds still looked strong the the 2013 Indy 500 runner-up.
Rossi would surely run out of fuel… right?
Ultimately, yes, he would. But unfortunately for Muñoz, Rossi had stretched his gas far enough to take advantage of his lead. When his car sputtered coming off of turn 4, Rossi was able to coast to the checkered flag a full four seconds and change to the good.
Muñoz screamed down the front straight, narrowly beating Josef Newgarden in what many thought would be the battle for the win, but the Colombian would have to settle for a runner-up result for the second time in four years.
Below is a list of the final results of this years 500. Also a link to more photos.