INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Andretti Autosport driver Ryan Hunter-Reay won the 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500, in the second closest finish in 500 history.
“I’m a proud American boy, that’s for sure,” Hunter-Reay said in the winner’s circle.
He won in a last-minute shootout with Helio Castroneves. Hunter-Reay passed Castroneves within the last few laps to take and keep the front spot. He won by .0600 of a second.
It’s Hunter-Reay’s first Indy 500 win. He won the 2012 IndyCar series.
The 98th Running of the Indianapolis 500 started cleaner than races in years past. The second half of the race, however, brought a number of crashes.
Graham Rahal was the first driver to drop out of the race, when he encountered an electrical problem. Charlie Kimball later crashed at Turn 2, and was the first caution of the day.
After that, it was a relatively smooth race until Scott Dixon crashed at Turn 4, hitting a wall, which caused him to spin out.
With 25 laps left in the race, 2014 pole sitter and Indiana-native Ed Carpenter was involved in a crash with James Hinchcliffe.
Kimball, Carpenter and Hinchcliffe were all checked out by medical personnel and were cleared to drive shortly afterward.
With nine laps remaining in the race, driver Townsend Bell hit the wall at Turn 2. A red flag was thrown because of the amount of debris that scattered across the track.
The race was stopped for several minutes while crews worked to get the 98th Running going again. The drivers were given another green flag, the race re-started and ended with the second closest finish in 500 history, with Hunter-Reay as champion.