Hunter-Reay wins Indy 500 Shootout

2014 Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, May 25

story and photos by Tim Hailey

Any car could win today as long as it was yellow…Ryan Hunter-Reay leads Helio Castroneves and Marco Andretti through turn 1 of the last lap of the Indianapolis 500. MORE INDY PHOTOS

The next time around, Hunter-Reay is a first-time Indy 500 winner and saluting the crowd. MORE INDY PHOTOS

Former pole sitter Ryan Briscoe (#8) swings wide through turn 2 on the first lap….. MORE INDY PHOTOS

…then bounces off the wall and hip-checks rookie James Davison. MORE INDY PHOTOS

As the leaders enter turn 1 for a lap 176 restart, Townsend Bell (second from left), Ed Carpenter (center) and James Hinchcliffe (second from right) collide. MORE INDY PHOTOS

Carpenter and Hinchcliffe in a love tangle as they slide toward me in turn 1. MORE INDY PHOTOS

Carpenter gestures in disgust after exiting his crumpled Dallara. MORE INDY PHOTOS

I’m pretty sure Carpenter’s less than sincere about this thumbs-up to Hinchcliffe. MORE INDY PHOTOS

Carpenter continues to school Hinchcliffe with the helmet off…. MORE INDY PHOTOS

…and can’t stop glaring at Hinchcliffe as he enters the safety truck. MORE INDY PHOTOS

The Real Governor of Indiana, Forrest Lucas, was much further up the grid this year with Simon Pagenaud at the wheel of the Lucas Oil car. MORE INDY PHOTOS

Hey look! Mikey Carlisle’s on the grid at Indy, with the polesitter no less! MORE INDY PHOTOS

Former Masters Golf champion and current Vodka czar Fuzzy Zoeller. MORE INDY PHOTOS

CNC magnate Gene Haas, ESPN mag writer Lewis Franck and Speedway civic leader Fred Nation. MORE INDY PHOTOS

Internet billionaire/Denver Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (Hoosiers 5 jersey) was honorary starter. MORE INDY PHOTOS

What does speedway president Doug Boles do on the grid? Talks on the phone, of course

Like clockwork, as if it were mandatory, Indy crews all eat cold cut sandwiches just after the cars are brought to the grid. MORE INDY PHOTOS

Kurt Busch (car 26) finished 6th and was named Rookie of the Year. MORE INDY PHOTOS

“I don’t have a dollar on me, Chuck, but if you go see my wife over there. She’s the tall one with blonde hair” MORE INDY PHOTOS

Results Sunday of the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race Verizon IndyCar Series event on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, chassis-engine, laps completed and reason out (if any) and money earned:

1. (19) Ryan Hunter-Reay, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $2,491,194
2. (4) Helio Castroneves, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running, $785,194
3. (6) Marco Andretti, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $585,194
4. (7) Carlos Munoz, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $449,194
5. (10) Juan Pablo Montoya, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running, $441,944
6. (12) Kurt Busch, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $423,889
7. (17) Sebastien Bourdais, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running, $384,194
8. (3) Will Power, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running, $442,194
9. (31) Sage Karam, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running, $270,305
10. (9) JR Hildebrand, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running, $366,194
11. (18) Oriol Servia, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $247,305
12. (5) Simon Pagenaud, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $374,444
13. (24) Alex Tagliani, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $368,694
14. (27) Jacques Villeneuve, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $354,194
15. (32) Sebastian Saavedra, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running, $349,194
16. (28) James Davison, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running, $341,194
17. (21) Carlos Huertas, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $339,694
18. (30) Ryan Briscoe, Dallara-Chevy, 200, Running, $344,444
19. (23) Takuma Sato, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $342,444
20. (13) Jack Hawksworth, Dallara-Honda, 200, Running, $346,194
21. (15) Mikhail Aleshin, Dallara-Honda, 198, Running, $340,194
22. (14) Justin Wilson, Dallara-Honda, 198, Running, $339,194
23. (29) Martin Plowman, Dallara-Honda, 196, Running, $225,805
24. (22) Pippa Mann, Dallara-Honda, 193, Running, $226,805
25. (25) Townsend Bell, Dallara-Chevy, 190, Contact, 226,805
26. (16) Tony Kanaan, Dallara-Chevy, 177, Running, $343,194
27. (1) Ed Carpenter, Dallara-Chevy, 175, Contact, $463,694
28. (2) James Hinchcliffe, Dallara-Honda, 175, Contact, $376,194
29. (11) Scott Dixon, Dallara-Chevy, 167, Contact, $390,694
30. (8) Josef Newgarden, Dallara-Honda, 156, Contact, $344,194
31. (26) Charlie Kimball, Dallara-Chevy, 149, Contact, $341,194
32. (33) Buddy Lazier, Dallara-Chevy, 87, Mechanical, $225,305
33. (20) Graham Rahal, Dallara-Honda, 44, Electrical, $341,194

Race Statistics
Winners average speed: 186.563
Time of Race: 02:40:48.2305
Margin of victory: 0.0600 of a second
Cautions: 5 for 21 laps
Lead changes: 34 among 11 drivers

Andretti Autosport driver Kurt Busch has been named the winner of the prestigious 2014 Sunoco Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Award for his performance during the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race on Sunday, May 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

In the first Verizon IndyCar Series race of his career, Busch, in his No. 26 Andretti Autosport Suretone Honda, was the fastest qualifier (12th) and highest finisher (6th) among the seven rookies in this year’s Indianapolis 500.

In addition to the prestige of being named Sunoco Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, Busch also earned a $25,000 bonus from Sunoco as part of his total race winnings of $423,889. Busch was presented with his award last night at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the Indianapolis 500 Victory Awards Celebration presented by Ice Miller Legal Counsel, Contour Hardening, Inc. and Allied Solutions.

Since its inception in 1952, the Sunoco Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year Award has been presented to an amazing list of legendary drivers including Parnelli Jones, Mario Andretti, Rick Mears, Tony Stewart, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Arie Luyendyk and many more.