Press Releases » James Hinchcliffe finishes seventh after racing in the top five for the entire race
Rookie Alexander Rossi wins the Indy 500 with a huge late fuel gamble;
Centennial edition of the iconic race draws record crowd
Indianapolis, May 29, 2016 – Alexander Rossi pitted in the 164th lap and then gambled that he would have enough fuel, remaining on the track while the rest of the field pitted around him. The strategy worked and the 24-year-old from Nevada City, CA won the Centennial Edition of the Indianapolis 500 Sunday before a sell-out, record crowd of 350,000 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
James Hinchcliffe, the polesitter, ran the entire race near the front but faded on iffy tires in the last laps to finish seventh. Carlos Munoz of Colombia and American Josef Newgarden were second and third respectively.
As the race wound down, it became a fuel conservation contest as Newgarden and Munoz took turns leading. But when both stopped for fuel in the last five laps, Rossi took over the lead and was never headed.
The Mayor also pitted for fuel and dropped back into seventh.
While his car ran fast for most of the 500 miles, problems with grip late in the race led to an admitted disappointing finish. “I‘ve got to give everybody on the Arrow crew a ton of credit for just the effort they gave over the entire month. Obviously with the GP, qualifying and then the race today, it was a solid effort,” the Mayor sad. “We has a super strong first half and were definitely one of the cars to beat. It really was just track temperature that caught us out at the end there. We started losing grip as the track temp came up late in the afternoon. The last two stints was a real struggle just trying to make the tires last.
“We came in for a splash of fuel at the end and a couple of guys took a punt on fuel and congratulations to Alex (Rossi). It was obviously great for him, and also great to see Honda back on top. Realistically, we probably had a third or fourth place, which is nothing to turn your nose up at. It was a really strong effort from the Arrow guys all month on.”
The Mayor was psyched to do well, especially after winning the pole position a week ago, and before the race spoke about the special cachet that the Indy 500 brings.
“Winning the 100th Indy 500 is really about immortality,” he said. “If you win it you’re going to have your face on that (Borg-Warner Trophy) forever. As long as you live, you’ll be the guy who won the Indy 500, better yet, the Centennial edition of the Indy 500.”
Blast from the past
Driving a Marmon-Nordyke Wasp, Roy Harroun won the inaugural Indy 500 on Tuesday, May 30, 1911. What was special about the victory, apart from the fact it was the first 500-mile race at the Brickyard, as the fact that Harroun had retired from racing the previous December and came out of retirement to win the race. And then he promptly retired once more, never to race again.
Harroun and his relief driver Cyrus Patschke (35 laps) led for 88 of the 200 laps with an average speed of 74.602 mph. His total time was 6:42:08 for the 500 miles. He collected $10,000 for his first place finish.
The 500 mile race (200 lap), the sixth event on the 2016 Verizon IndyCar schedule, was the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. Full race results are available on IndyCar.com.
The next race on the Verizon IndyCar schedule is the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix with races back to back on Saturday June 4th and Sunday June 5th. For more information on James Hinchcliffe, please visit www.hinchtown.com, like him on Facebook and follow @Hinchtown on Twitter and Instagram.
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