Indianapolis 500: Helio Castroneves holds off Alex Palou for fourth win, Graham Rahal crashes out


Helio Castroneves overtakes Alex Palou on 199th lap to seal epic win a the Brickyard; McLaren’s Pato O’Ward was in operating till closing laps; Dramatic crash noticed Graham Rahal lose wheel and hit wall, earlier than Conor Daly hit unfastened tyre

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Helio Castroneves gained his fourth Indianapolis 500 after overtaking Alex Palou within the closing laps of an exhilarating 200-lap race.

Helio Castroneves gained his fourth Indianapolis 500 after overtaking Alex Palou within the closing laps of an exhilarating 200-lap race.

Helio Castroneves claimed a historic fourth Indianapolis 500 victory on Sunday after overtaking Alex Palou within the closing laps to win a gripping race on the Brickyard.

The Brazilian joined A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr and Rick Mears, who final joined the membership in 1991, as the one four-time winners of ‘The Best Spectacle in Racing.’

At 46 years outdated, in his first season now not driving for Workforce Penske, Castroneves gained in entrance of 135,000 followers – essentially the most at any sports activities occasion on this planet because the pandemic started 18 months in the past – earlier than his iconic ‘Spider-Man’ celebration and a victory run down the house straight.

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There was a dramatic crash on the Indianapolis 500 as Graham Rahal misplaced a wheel out of the pits and hit the wall – whereas Conor Daly hit his unfastened tyre!

There was a dramatic crash on the Indianapolis 500 as Graham Rahal misplaced a wheel out of the pits and hit the wall – whereas Conor Daly hit his unfastened tyre!

“I like Indianapolis! You guys do not perceive it! The followers, you give me vitality,” stated Castroneves, who gained his third 500 in 2009 and had been chasing win quantity 4 ever since, even after being dropped by Penske.

It was a stark distinction to the latest theme of younger drivers taking up IndyCar, which now has six totally different winners by way of six races this season. Three of them have been first-time winners and 4 are drivers aged 24 or youthful.

“I do not know if it is a good comparability, however Tom Brady gained the Tremendous Bowl and Phil Mickelson gained the golf [PGA Championship] so right here you go,” added Castroneves. “The older guys are nonetheless kicking the youthful guys’ butts.”

Castroneves discovered himself in a closing duel with one of many younger stars, 24-year-old Spaniard Palou, however he handed him for good with two laps remaining and beat him by 0.4928 seconds for the victory.

Former Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud, the 2019 Indy winner, was third, adopted by Pato O’Ward, the 21-year-old budding IndyCar star and Arrow McLaren driver.

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Helio Castroneves scaled the Indianapolis Brickyard fences for his iconic ‘Spider-Man’ celebration after claiming his fourth Indy 500 victory.

Helio Castroneves scaled the Indianapolis Brickyard fences for his iconic ‘Spider-Man’ celebration after claiming his fourth Indy 500 victory.

Returning racing legend Juan Pablo Montoya completed ninth in one of many different McLaren automobiles.

A yr in the past, no followers had been allowed for the race that was delayed from Could to August. This yr, followers had been all over the place they usually had been handled to a win by probably the most widespread drivers in Indy 500 historical past.

Dramatic crashes and lead modifications: The massive moments

The race’s first main incident got here on Lap 119 when Rahal pitted from the lead, and his pit crew left the left-rear tyre unfastened. The wheel popped off as Rahal exited the pits, sending his Dallara-Honda into a tough influence with the Flip 2 wall.

The wheel then ricocheted again into visitors and dramatically struck the entrance of Conor Daly’s Chevrolet.

“It is well-known final phrases, however we had them,” Rahal stated. “We had been within the excellent spot. We had been simply cruising. Our technique was taking part in proper. I used to be doing a superb job within the automobile. We had them immediately.

“This one is tough to simply accept.”

Whereas the nostril harm did not finish Daly’s race, the hometown hero wasn’t within the combine for the win afterwards.

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Colton Herta overtook Scott Dixon for the lead quickly after the beginning of the one hundred and fifth operating of the well-known Indianapolis 500.

Colton Herta overtook Scott Dixon for the lead quickly after the beginning of the one hundred and fifth operating of the well-known Indianapolis 500.

Scott Dixon began on the pole place however led solely three laps after Herta took the lead on Lap 1.

Whereas Herta and VeeKay traded the lead, Dixon conserved gas in third – which appeared a sensible technique when the warning flew on Lap 33 as Dixon inherited first when Herta, VeeKay and a number of other different lead-lap drivers had pitted.

However the pits had been closed for a number of laps below yellow as a result of Briton Stefan Wilson had spun into the wall on entry, which left Dixon in a predicament. Selecting to make an emergency cease whereas the pits remained closed on Lap 36, Dixon’s Dallara-Honda coasted in out of gas and would not re-fire.

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British driver Stefan Wilson triggered a weird first warning of the Indianapolis 500 after crashing within the pit-lane.

British driver Stefan Wilson triggered a weird first warning of the Indianapolis 500 after crashing within the pit-lane.

The identical state of affairs occurred to Alexander Rossi on an emergency cease for gas a lap later, and each former Indy 500 winners had been a lap down when the race restarted due to the timing of Wilson’s crash. Race over.

Castroneves, nonetheless, was within the combine on the entrance all through – and after the ultimate pit-stops it appeared to be a three-horse race between him, Palou and O’Ward.

Castroneves and Palou exchanged the lead a number of occasions, together with on the penultimate lap after an excellent and daring transfer across the exterior of Flip 1 from the 46-year-old.

Because the Brazilian encountered visitors it appeared like Palou was going to have a shot at a maiden Indy 500 win – however Castroneves held his nerve, and Palou had no solutions.





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