Alexander Rossi on the shields in the centenary edition of the Indianapolis 500 : The former pilot of Manor, the sixth race in IndyCar, won the race thanks to a last stint monstre 36 laps, managing to stay on track sipping gasoline – and slowing dramatically – while others fell to the box one by one to carry out a splash-and-go fuel to be able to cross the finish line. The pilot of Andretti Autosport, 24, achieved its goal of winning the Indianapolis classical blasonatissima the first try, and moreover in the edition of the centenary.
Rossi had won the eleventh fastest time in qualifying at the wheel of his Dallara-Honda, making it the best among rookies, and spent the first part of the race around the tenth position. Back to number 114, Mikhail Aleshin finished wall, closely followed by Conor Daly ; the two accidents have caused a yellow flag. Both Rossi and Alex Tagliani have opted for a different strategy from the rest of the group, deciding not to pit and moving up the rankings. After making a pit stop at the end of the yellow flag, the two seemed to be excluded from the fight for the race.
At 50 laps from the end of the race, however, Lazier lost a tire, causing a new yellow flag that allowed Rossi to climb to eighth place. This back on top allowed the US pilot to find himself in the lead after the splash-and-go, among others, of Kanaan and Munoz , keeping the lead until the end, taking advantage of the last liters of petrol at its disposal.
Rounding out the podium are precisely Carlos Munoz , driving the Dallara-Honda prepared by Andretti and J team osef Newgarden , on the Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet. Fourth position for Tony Kanaan , the Chevrolet of Chip Ganassi Racing; the Brazilian driver ahead of team-mate Charlie Kimball . It follows the standard bearer of Ed Carpenter Racing, Jil Hildebrand , Chevrolet; seventh place for James Hinchcliffe, the Honda of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports. Completed the top ten the standard bearer of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon , Sebastien Bourdais at the wheel of Chevrolet prepared by KVSH Racing; and Will Power , the Honda Team Penske.