2007 Indianapolis 500

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91st Indianapolis 500
2007 Indianapolis 500.svg
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning body Indy Racing League
Season 2007 IndyCar season
Date May 27, 2007
Winner United Kingdom Dario Franchitti
Average speed 151.774
Pole position Brazil Hélio Castroneves
Pole speed 225.817
Fastest qualifier Brazil Hélio Castroneves
Rookie of the Year United States Phil Giebler
Most laps led Brazil Tony Kanaan (83)
Pre-race ceremonies
National anthem Members of United States Armed Forces
Back Home Again in Indiana Race fans & the Purdue Band
Starting Command Mari Hulman George
Pace car Chevrolet Corvette
Pace car driver Patrick Dempsey
Honorary starter Peyton Manning
Attendance 300,000+ (estimated)[1]
TV in the United States
Network ESPN on ABC
Announcers Marty Reid, Scott Goodyear, and Rusty Wallace
Nielsen Ratings 4.3 [1] / 12
Chronology
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The 91st Indianapolis 500 was held on Sunday, May 27, 2007 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was the twelfth Indy 500 sanctioned by the Indy Racing League, and marked the fifth race of the 2007 IndyCar Series season. Hélio Castroneves started the race on the pole position.

The race began at 1:11 p.m. EDT,[2] and was televised in the United States on the ABC. The race was broadcast in high-definition for the first time. The race also was carried live on the IMS Radio Network and XM Satellite Radio.

On lap 113, the race underwent a lengthy rain delay, with Tony Kanaan tentatively sitting as the leader. After three hours, the rain ceased, the track was dried, and the race restarted shortly before 6:15 p.m. EDT. A crash on lap 162 between Dan Wheldon and Marco Andretti brought out the yellow flag with Dario Franchitti leading. Under the caution, rain began falling again and officials halted the race on lap 166. Dario Franchitti was declared the winner after leading 34 laps during the race.

Race schedule[edit]

Race schedule — May 2007
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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4
 
5
 
6
ROP
7
ROP
8
Practice
9
Practice
10
Practice
11
Practice
12
Time Trials
13
Time Trials
14
 
15
 
16
Practice
17
Practice
18
Practice
19
Pole Day
20
Bump Day
21
 
22
 
23
Comm. Day
24
 
25
Carb Day
26
Parade
27
Indy 500
28
Memorial Day
29
 
30
 
31
 
   
Color Notes
Green Practice
Dark Blue Time trials
Silver Race day
Red Rained out*
Blank No track activity

* Includes days where track activity
was significantly limited due to rain

ROP — denotes Rookie Orientation Program

Comm. Day — denotes 500 Festival Community Day

News[edit]

  • The pace car for the 2007 Indy 500 was a Chevrolet Corvette.[3] Patrick Dempsey was the driver.[4]
  • Kid Rock headlined the Miller Lite Carb Day concert.[5] Other performers during the month included Daughtry, Saliva, Augustana, and Bräck (a band headed by the former Indy 500 champion).[6]
  • Indianapolis Colts quarterback and Super Bowl XLI MVP Peyton Manning served as the grand marshal of the IPL 500 Festival Parade on May 26, and waved the green flag to start the 2007 Indy 500.[7]
  • No testing took place prior to the start of official May activities.[8]
  • The initial official entry list was released on April 10, 2007 featuring 69 cars, four former winners, and one rookie.[9]
  • Davey Hamilton's 02 car marks the first time in which a car number beginning with the digit "0" has been entered in the 500.[10]
  • Dreyer & Reinbold Racing was fined $25,000 for the use of an illegal fuel mixture, containing 27% methanol (no methanol is allowed) in one of its cars during Pole day. Team officials claimed this was due to an inexperienced crew member using an old container of fuel and was not intentional. Indy Racing League chief administrator Brian Barnhart called this "at least plausible," noting that the presence of water in the fuel mixture supports the claim that the fuel was old. The illegal mixture was used only during practice, not for a qualification attempt.[11] It should be noted that from 1965–2005, only methanol fuel was used in the Indianapolis 500; in 2006, a 10% ethanol-90% methanol mixture had been used in the IRL in transition to the ethanol fuel used in the IRL for the 2007 season.
  • Jim Nabors, who sang "Back Home Again in Indiana" during the pre-race festivities twenty-nine times from 1972 to 2006, missed the 2007 race due to an illness. The fans were asked to sing the song in his place.[12]

Practice (week 1)[edit]

Sunday May 6, 2007 - A.J. Foyt Opening Day & Rookie Orientation Program[edit]

  • Weather: Sunny, 73°F
  • Practice summary: The first day of practice opened with a ceremonial lap celebrating A.J. Foyt's fiftieth year of participation at Indianapolis. Practice focused on the rookie tests of Milka Duno and Phil Giebler, as well as refresher tests by five veterans. Duno completed all four phases of her rookie test, and Giebler completed two. Michael Andretti posted the fastest speed of the day, while popular Davey Hamilton made his return to the cockpit, after a devastating 2001 crash at Texas. No incidents were reported.
May 6, 2007 - Top Practice Speeds[13]
Rank Car
No.
Driver Team Best
Speed
1 39 United States Michael Andretti Andretti Green 219.871
2 12 Australia Ryan Briscoe Luczo-Dragon Racing 218.216
3 02 United States Davey Hamilton Vision Racing 218.022
4 21 United States Jaques Lazier Playa Del Racing 216.467
5 23 Venezuela Milka Duno (R) SAMAX Motorsports 214.128

Monday May 7, 2007 - Rookie Orientation Program[edit]

  • Weather: Sunny, 76°F
  • Practice summary: The second day of Rookie Orientation saw the same seven drivers from the previous day's practice without incident. Rookie Phil Giebler finished the final two phases of his rookie test. Rookie Milka Duno completed the most practice laps of the day (74), while Michael Andretti posted the fastest speed for the second day in a row.
May 7, 2007 - Top Practice Speeds[14]
Rank Car
No.
Driver Team Best
Speed
1 39 United States Michael Andretti Andretti Green 221.579
2 12 Australia Ryan Briscoe Luczo-Dragon Racing 221.427
3 02 United States Davey Hamilton Vision Racing 220.214
4 21 United States Phil Giebler (R) Playa Del Racing 217.091
5 19 United States Jon Herb Racing Professionals 216.763

Tuesday May 8, 2007 - IndyCar Series practice[edit]

  • Weather: Sunny, 82°F
  • Practice summary: The first full day of practice featured veterans on the track for the first time. Dan Wheldon led the speed chart as the first driver over 225 mph (362 km/h). Jon Herb was involved in the first crash of the month, doing a half-spin at the exit of turn two and crashing into the outside wall. Herb was not injured.
May 8, 2007 - Top Practice Speeds[15]
Rank Car
No.
Driver Team Best
Speed
1 10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Target Chip Ganassi 225.074
2 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 224.996
3 2 South Africa Tomas Scheckter Vision Racing 224.783
4 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green 224.622
5 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi 224.564

Wednesday May 9, 2007 - IndyCar Series practice[edit]

  • Weather: Morning rain, afternoon clouds, 78°F
  • Practice summary: Rain in the morning and early afternoon delayed the start of practice until 4:00 p.m. The two-hours session saw heavy action, with Dan Wheldon leading the speed chart for the second day in a row. No incidents were reported.
May 9, 2007 - Top Practice Speeds[16]
Rank Car
No.
Driver Team Best
Speed
1 10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Target Chip Ganassi 226.391
2 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 225.820
3 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi 224.902
4 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Green 224.745
5 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green 224.112

Thursday May 10, 2007 - IndyCar Series practice[edit]

  • Weather: Partly cloudy, 86°F
  • Practice summary: The warmest day of the week thus far saw some of the fastest laps turned so far for the month. Scott Dixon set fast lap with two minutes remaining in the session. Danica Patrick was second fastest for the day. No incidents were reported
May 10, 2007 - Top Practice Speeds[17]
Rank Car
No.
Driver Team Best
Speed
1 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi 226.473
2 7 United States Danica Patrick Andretti Green 226.358
3 10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Target Chip Ganassi 224.902
4 2 South Africa Tomas Scheckter Vision Racing 226.161
5 12 Australia Ryan Briscoe Luczo-Dragon Racing 225.995

Friday May 11, 2007 - Fast Friday IndyCar Series practice[edit]

  • Weather: Partly cloudy, 85°F
  • Practice summary: The final day of practice before pole qualifying saw Scott Dixon turn the fastest lap of the month. Rookie Milka Duno crashed in the exit of turn 1. She spun and hit the SAFER barrier hard with the rear of the car, but she was not injured.
May 11, 2007 - Top Practice Speeds[18]
Rank Car
No.
Driver Team Best
Speed
1 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi 227.167
2 10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Target Chip Ganassi 226.650
3 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green 226.236
4 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Green 226.230
5 27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Andretti Green 226.189

Qualifying (first weekend)[edit]

Hélio Castroneves makes his pole-winning qualification run.

Saturday May 12, 2007 - AAMCO Pole Day[edit]

  • Weather: Sunny, high 82°F
  • Qualifying summary: Pole day time trials were held under a new qualifying procedure, implemented in 2005, but not fully utilized in 2005 or 2006 due to rain delays. Only the top 11 cars would qualify on pole day, and the remaining would be "bumped" out. Each qualifying run consisted of four laps, and each car was allowed three attempts per day. Buddy Rice was the first out to qualify, but his speed ultimately did not make the top 11. During the first trip though the qualifying order, Team Penske pulled both Hélio Castroneves and Sam Hornish, Jr. out of line, and decided to attempt to qualify later in the day, when the temperatures would be cooler. After the initial qualifying runs, Dario Franchitti qualified for the provisional pole position. Later in the afternoon, both Castroneves and Hornish completed qualifying runs, but neither were unable to knock Franchitti off the pole. Hornish's first attempt would have been fast enough to take the pole, but he nearly hit the outside wall in the southchute on his second lap. Even with this error, however, Hornish's run was only 0.0327 seconds slower than Franchitti's. Almost immediately, Hornish withdrew and tried a second attempt, and again nearly took the pole, but on his final lap, his car bobbled in the northchute, and his second attempt was slower than his first. This would cost him a spot on the starting grid when Scott Dixon later withdrew his qualifying run and made another attempt, this one faster than Hornish's second attempt. With eight minutes left in qualifying, Castroneves' car was withdrawn, and he made a second attempt. After nearly four hours, Franchitti was finally knocked off the pole position. With only three minutes left, Tony Kanaan withdrew his first attempt, made the final qualifying run of the day. While his first three laps were fast enough to take the pole away from Castroneves, his last lap fell short and qualified second. This is Hélio Castroneves' second Indy 500 pole position. He also won the pole in 2003.

Sunday May 13, 2007 - Second Day Qualifying[edit]

  • Weather: Fair skies, high 74°F
  • Qualifying summary: The second day of time trials filled positions 12-22 on the starting grid. The first hour saw heavy action, featuring strong runs from IndyCar Series regulars such as Scott Sharp (the first to qualify, and his 223.875 speed would hold up as the fastest of the day), Jeff Simmons and Darren Manning. Fan favorite Davey Hamilton also qualified with a solid speed. Later in the afternoon, Sarah Fisher became the second woman to qualify for the field. Bumping began with Marty Roth, Buddy Lazier and Jon Herb all being bumped. Herb went out later, and bumped himself back into the field, only to be bumped out a second time by Lazier. As time was running out, Jaques Lazier took to the track to try to bump himself into the top 22, and effectively bump his brother Buddy out. He was too slow and waved off the run. At the end of the day, two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser, Jr. was the most notable driver bumped for the day, and had to attempt to qualify on the second weekend.

Practice (week 2)[edit]

Wednesday May 16, 2007 - IndyCar Series practice[edit]

  • Weather: Mostly cloudy early, clearing late, high 62°F, 18 mph (29 km/h) WNW winds
  • Practice summary: The first day of practice for second-week deals. Only incident was a spin of Jimmy Kite's car when the gearbox casing of his PDM Racing Panoz cracked in turn 2, causing the left-rear suspension to fail. The car made moderate wall contact with the left-front corner and Kite was cleared to drive. Several teams that qualified during the first weekend tested race set ups and ran in packs, including Danica Patrick who set the fastest lap of the day. Jaques Lazier (217.159 mph) had the fastest lap among drivers who are not yet in the field.
May 16, 2007 - Top Practice Speeds[21]
Rank Car
No.
Driver Team Best
Speed
1 7 United States Danica Patrick Andretti Green 221.189
2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi 220.556
3 6 United States Sam Hornish, Jr. Team Penske 220.484
4 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Green 220.399
5 27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Andretti Green 220.131

Thursday May 17, 2007 - IndyCar Series practice[edit]

  • Weather: Mostly cloudy early, clearing late, high 65°F, 16 mph (26 km/h) North winds
  • Practice summary: The second straight day of cold and windy weather resulted in fewer than 800 total laps being turned among 23 drivers. The only incident of the day resulted when Stephan Gregoire lost control on the exit of turn 1 and backed the car into the wall in the south short chute. Only light damage was sustained to the car, but Gregoire complained of back pain and was transported to Methodist Hospital where he was diagnosed with a fracture of the third vertebra endplate. John Andretti made his first appearance in an IndyCar since 1994 and completed his refresher test. Scott Dixon turned the fastest lap of the day while drafting with teammate Dan Wheldon. Gregoire (217.851 mph) turned the fastest lap among drivers yet to qualify before his encounter with the wall.
May 17, 2007 - Top Practice Speeds[22]
Rank Car
No.
Driver Team Best
Speed
1 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi 219.985
2 10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon Target Chip Ganassi 219.773
3 14 United Kingdom Darren Manning A.J. Foyt Racing 219.116
4 2 South Africa Tomas Scheckter Vision Racing 218.230
5 20 United States Ed Carpenter Vision Racing 217.995

Friday May 18, 2007 - IndyCar Series practice[edit]

  • Weather: Sunny, high 65°F
  • Practice summary: The final full day of practice went incident free as 31 cars took to the track. All the front runners were running in packs, learning how their cars performed in "dirty air." Sam Hornish, Jr. turned the fastest lap of the day during such a session. The non-qualified cars of John Andretti and Roger Yasukawa both turned laps over 222 mph (357 km/h) without drafting assistance as their teams trimmed their cars out to prepare for qualifying. Friday marked the last day of full practice; however, all cars will be permitted to practice on Saturday and Sunday during down periods when no cars are presenting to qualify.
May 18, 2007 - Top Practice Speeds[23]
Rank Car
No.
Driver Team Best
Speed
1 6 United States Sam Hornish, Jr. Team Penske 225.006
2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Target Chip Ganassi 224.458
3 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green 224.340
4 27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Andretti Green 224.253
5 26 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Green 223.668

Qualifying (second weekend)[edit]

Saturday May 19, 2007 - Third Day Qualifying[edit]

  • Weather: 72 degrees, sunny and fair skies
  • Qualifying summary: The third day of time trials focused on positions 23-33. Rookie Milka Duno was the first car to make an attempt, and she became the third female (along with Danica Patrick and Sarah Fisher) to qualify for the same race, an Indy 500 record, becoming the fifth female in Indy 500 history to start the race. Veterans Al Unser, Jr. and John Andretti qualified solidly, while second-week drivers Roger Yasukawa and Alex Barron also completed runs. In the final hour, Jon Herb finally made the field, after being bumped the weekend before, but rookie Phil Giebler crashed on his fourth and final lap. Roberto Moreno, just named to the ride Friday, along with Jimmy Kite, wrapped up the qualifying for the day. At the end of the day, the field stood with 32 qualified cars, one short of a full field. During the morning and afternoon, 32 cars made practice runs, most in preparations for race day. Since only 10 of the 11 allotted positions were filled, no bumping occurred Saturday.

Sunday May 20, 2007 - Bump Day Qualifying[edit]

  • Weather: Sunny and warm
  • Qualifying summary: The field filled to 33 cars just before 3 p.m. as Richie Hearn completed a qualifying attempt. Phil Giebler recovered from his crash the previous day and was able to put his car solidly in the field, bumping Jimmy Kite. Roberto Moreno withdrew his time from the previous day and improved his average by about 4 mph (6.4 km/h), putting Marty Roth on the bubble. P. J. Jones and Jimmy Kite spent the afternoon trying to get their cars up to speed. In the final hour, both Jones and Kite were running out of miles on their Honda engines leases, and neither had made much progress. Ultimately, Jones gave up. Meanwhile, Kite decided to go out and make last ditch qualifying effort, but his speed was not nearly fast enough to bump Roth. The 6 p.m. gun sounded, and Roth held on to qualify for his third Indy 500.

Carb Day[edit]

Friday May 25, 2007 - IndyCar Series final practice[edit]

  • Weather: cloudy, humid, 82°F
  • Practice summary: All 33 qualified cars took to the track and turned in a complete hour-long final practice without incident. Later that evening at 3:30 the Miller Lite Concert started with headline act Kid Rock.
May 25, 2007 - Top Practice Speeds
Rank Car
No.
Driver Team Best
Speed
1 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan Andretti Green 225.467
2 27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti Andretti Green 223.807
3 39 United States Michael Andretti Andretti Green 223.575
4 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 223.527
5 21 United States Jaques Lazier Playa Del Racing 223.468

Friday May 25, 2007 - Checkers/Rally's Pit Stop Challenge[edit]

Team Penske won the 31st annual pit stop contest, their record tenth overall victory in the event. The teams of Helio Castroneves and Sam Hornish, Jr. (both Penske entries) met in the finals with Castroneves and his chief mechanic Rick Rinaman winning the $100,000 first prize after an 8.335-second pit stop.

Quarterfinals   Semifinals   Final
                   
     Helio Castroneves (Penske 7.6770   
 Scott Sharp (RLR 8.466       Scott Sharp (RLR  stalled   
 Scott Dixon (Ganassi 11.650         Helio Castroneves (Penske  8.335 
     Sam Hornish, Jr. (Penske  8.888 
     Sam Hornish, Jr. (Penske  8.4471
 Vitor Meira (Panther  10.095       Vitor Meira (Panther  11.7395   
 Dario Franchitti (AGR  11.773   

Qualifying Chronology[edit]

Pole Day - Saturday, May 12, 2007[26][27]
Attempt Time Day Car
No.
Driver Laps Total
Time
Speed
(mph)
Result Position Rank
1 12:03 1 15 United States Buddy Rice 4 2:42.3336 221.766 Qualified; bumped by Michael Andretti
2 12:08 1 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon 4 2:40.4630 224.351 Qualified; withdrawn
3 12:12 1 12 Australia Ryan Briscoe 4 2:40.4208 224.410 Qualified 7 7
4 12:18 1 8 United States Scott Sharp 4 2:41.7994 222.498 Qualified; bumped by Marco Andretti
5 12:21 1 10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 4 2:40.9401 223.686 Qualified; withdrawn
6 12:27 1 20 United States Ed Carpenter 4 2:41.6630 222.685 Qualified; bumped by Castroneves
7 12:31 1 22 United States A. J. Foyt, IV 4 2:42.5527 221.467 Qualified; bumped by Scheckter
8 12:36 1 55 Japan Kosuke Matsuura 4 2:42.2603 221.866 Qualified; bumped by Simmons
9 12:40 1 7 United States Danica Patrick 4 2:40.6596 224.076 Qualified 8 8
10 12:45 1 4 Brazil Vitor Meira 2 1:21.4705 220.939 Waved off
11 12:48 1 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan 4 2:40.2719 224.618 Qualified; withdrawn
12 12:53 1 27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti 4 2:39.8642 225.191 Qualified 3 3
13 12:58 1 2 South Africa Tomas Scheckter 4 2:41.5238 222.877 Qualified, bumping Foyt IV 10 14
14 1:03 1 39 United States Michael Andretti 4 2:41.5880 222.789 Qualified, bumping Rice 11 16
15 1:07 1 17 United States Jeff Simmons 4 2:41.6617 222.687 Qualified, bumping Matsuura; bumped by Hornish
16 1:11 1 26 United States Marco Andretti 4 2:41.2186 223.299 Qualified, bumping Sharp 9 13
17 4:12 1 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves 4 2:40.0088 224.988 Qualified, bumping Carpenter; withdrawn
18 4:36 1 6 United States Sam Hornish, Jr. 4 2:39.8969 225.145 Qualified, bumping Simmons; withdrawn
19 4:51 1 6 United States Sam Hornish, Jr. 4 2:39.9227 225.109 Qualified 5 5
20 5:23 1 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon 4 2:39.9136 225.122 Qualified 4 4
21 5:28 1 8 United States Scott Sharp 4 2:41.6209 222.743 Failed to qualify
22 5:33 1 17 United States Jeff Simmons 4 2:41.8433 222.437 Failed to qualify
23 5:38 1 10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon 4 2:40.2557 224.641 Qualified 6 6
24 5:42 1 20 United States Ed Carpenter 4 2:41.6871 222.652 Failed to qualify
25 5:48 1 14 United Kingdom Darren Manning 4 2:41.6844 222.656 Failed to qualify
26 5:52 1 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves 4 2:39.4214 225.817 Qualified 1 1
27 5:57 1 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan 4 2:39.4634 225.757 Qualified 2 2
Sunday May 13, 2007[27][28]
Attempt Time Day Car
No.
Driver Laps Total
Time
Speed
(mph)
Result Position Rank
28 12:02 2 8 United States Scott Sharp 4 2:40.8041 223.875 Qualified 12 9
29 12:07 2 55 Japan Kosuke Matsuura 4 2:41.7290 222.595 Qualified 17 18
30 12:11 2 99 United States Buddy Lazier 4 2:43.3010 220.452 Qualified; bumped by Rice
31 12:16 2 17 United States Jeff Simmons 4 2:40.9352 223.693 Qualified 13 10
32 12:20 2 25 Canada Marty Roth 4 2:43.7193 219.889 Qualified; bumped by Foyt IV
33 12:25 2 14 United Kingdom Darren Manning 4 2:41.0950 223.471 Qualified 15 12
34 12:30 2 50 United States Al Unser, Jr. 4 2:42.9233 220.963 Qualified; bumped by Herb
35 12:35 2 19 United States Jon Herb 4 2:43.7065 219.906 Qualified; bumped by Fisher
36 12:39 2 02 United States Davey Hamilton 4 2:41.9238 222.327 Qualified 20 21
37 1:09 2 4 Brazil Vitor Meira 4 2:41.9196 222.333 Qualified 19 20
38 1:45 2 20 United States Ed Carpenter 4 2:41.0777 223.495 Qualified 14 11
39 2:24 2 22 United States A. J. Foyt, IV 4 2:41.8607 222.413 Qualified, bumping Roth 18 19
40 3:26 2 5 United States Sarah Fisher 4 2:42.1914 221.960 Qualified, bumping Herb 21 22
41 3:34 2 15 United States Buddy Rice 4 2:41.5612 222.826 Qualified, bumping B. Lazier 16 15
42 5:29 2 19 United States Jon Herb 4 2:42.8440 221.070 Qualified, bumping Unser Jr.; bumped by B. Lazier
43 5:53 2 99 United States Buddy Lazier 4 2:42.6165 221.380 Qualified, bumping Herb 22 24
44 5:58 2 21 United States Jaques Lazier 1 0:40.8700 220.210 Waved off
Saturday May 19, 2007[27][29]
Attempt Time Day Car
No.
Driver Laps Total
Time
Speed
(mph)
Result Position Rank
45 12:03 3 23 Venezuela Milka Duno 4 2:44.2129 219.228 Qualified 29 32
46 12:07 3 24 United States Roger Yasukawa 4 2:41.6855 222.654 Qualified 23 17
47 12:12 3 19 United States Jon Herb 3 2:02.5974 220.233 Waved off
48 12:25 3 25 Canada Marty Roth 4 2:44.4421 218.922 Qualified 30 33
49 12:59 3 33 United States John Andretti 4 2:42.3403 221.756 Qualified 24 23
50 2:20 3 50 United States Al Unser Jr. 4 2:42.9871 220.876 Qualified 25 25
51 5:14 3 98 United States Alex Barron 4 2:43.2871 220.471 Qualified 26 26
52 5:18 3 21 United States Jaques Lazier 4 2:44.0774 219.409 Qualified 28 31
53 5:23 3 19 United States Jon Herb 4 2:43.5561 220.108 Qualified 27 28
54 5:27 3 31 United States Phil Giebler 3 2:01.9724 221.362 Crashed in turn 2 on 4th lap
55 5:44 3 77 Brazil Roberto Moreno 4 2:46.4902 216.229 Qualified; withdrawn on bump day
56 5:54 3 18 United States Jimmy Kite 4 2:47.8104 214.528 Qualified; bumped by Giebler on bump day
Bump Day - Sunday May 20, 2007[27][30][31]
Attempt Time Day Car
No.
Driver Laps Total
Time
Speed
(mph)
Result Position Rank
57 2:39 4 91 United States Richie Hearn 4 2:43.7408 219.860 Qualified 32 29
58 3:52 4 31 United States Phil Giebler 4 2:43.9071 219.637 Qualified, bumping Kite 33 30
59 5:01 4 77 Brazil Roberto Moreno 4 2:43.4139 220.299 Qualified 31 27
60 5:57 4 18 United States Jimmy Kite 1 0:41.9103 214.744 Waved off

Starting Grid[edit]

Row Inside Middle Outside
1 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves (W) 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan 27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti
2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon 6 United States Sam Hornish, Jr. (W) 10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon (W)
3 12 Australia Ryan Briscoe 7 United States Danica Patrick 26 United States Marco Andretti
4 2 South Africa Tomas Scheckter 39 United States Michael Andretti 8 United States Scott Sharp
5 17 United States Jeff Simmons 20 United States Ed Carpenter 14 United Kingdom Darren Manning
6 15 United States Buddy Rice (W) 55 Japan Kosuke Matsuura 22 United States A. J. Foyt IV
7 4 Brazil Vitor Meira 02 United States Davey Hamilton 5 United States Sarah Fisher
8 99 United States Buddy Lazier (W) 24 United States Roger Yasukawa 33 United States John Andretti
9 50 United States Al Unser, Jr. (W) 98 United States Alex Barron 19 United States Jon Herb
10 21 United States Jaques Lazier 23 Venezuela Milka Duno (R) 25 Canada Marty Roth
11 77 Brazil Roberto Moreno 91 United States Richie Hearn 31 United States Phil Giebler (R)

(W) = Former Indianapolis 500 winner; (R) = Indianapolis 500 rookie

Failed to Qualify:
#40 United States P. J. Jones
#18 United States Jimmy Kite

Race summary[edit]

The field in formation entering Turn 4 en route to the green flag.
Emergency crews attempting to dry the track during the red flag.
Dario Franchitti leads the field back to the final restart on Lap 162.
Marco Andretti's beaten car being towed after his wreck.
Race-winner Dario Franchitti celebrating with teammate Tony Kanaan in the rain.

Pre-race[edit]

  • Weather: 76 degrees, cloudy and rain, some patches of sunshine in the afternoon

Rain fell overnight, but stopped before the gates opened in the morning. At 7:45 a.m., rain began to fall again, and threatened to delay or wash out the race. Around 10:00 a.m., the rain stopped and maintenance crews began to dry the track. Despite the morning showers, Speedway chairperson Mari Hulman George gave the command to start engines on time as scheduled at 1:05 p.m. EDT.

Start[edit]

During the pace lap, the race nearly took a dramatic turn as pole-sitter Helio Castroneves failed to start. After several attempts, his car finally fired, and he joined the field in turn 4. A rather ragged start saw Castroneves take the lead into the first turn, but Tony Kanaan slipped by to lead lap one. Green-flag racing continued until lap 11, when John Andretti lost a rear-view mirror, bringing out a debris caution yellow flag.

When racing resumed, Castroneves, Tony Kanaan, Marco Andretti, and Scott Dixon all took their turn at the lead. Roberto Moreno caused the 2nd caution when he slid high in turn 1, slapped the wall, and hit the wall again in turn 2 before coming to rest. Jon Herb was the next car to be in an accident after he slid in turn 2 and hit the wall, ending his day. Milka Duno also spun in turn 1 and backed her car into the wall, damaging and ending her day as well.

On the 74th lap, Dario Franchitti took the lead for the first time, and led until he pit on the 89th lap. Around that time, officials were warning that rain was approaching the area. After several drivers sequenced through green-flag pit stops, Tony Kanaan led Marco Andretti. Suddenly, on the 99th lap, John Andretti got high in turn two, and crashed into the outside wall, bringing out the caution. Jeff Simmons found himself unexpectedly in the lead, but pitted a lap later, giving Marco Andretti the lead. With rain only a few miles away, the ensuing lap 107 restart could decide the winner. As the green came out, Tony Kanaan got the jump on Andretti, and took the lead in turn 1. Moments later, Phil Giebler spun and crashed in turn 1, bringing the yellow out once again. Before safety crews could clear the track, heavy rain fell, and the race was red flagged.

Red flag[edit]

When the race was stopped, 113 laps were completed. A race is required to go a minimum of 101 laps before it can be official. If rain continued the rest of the afternoon, it could be declared over. Andretti Green Racing was scored 1st-2nd-3rd with Kanaan leading, Marco Andretti second, and Danica Patrick third. After nearly three hours, the rain stopped and the track was dry. Shortly after 6:00 p.m., the field lined up in the pits for a restart.

Restart[edit]

Tony Kanaan took over where he left off and pulled away from the field. Danica Patrick got by Marco Andretti and took over second place. Approximately 30 laps of uninterrupted intense green flag racing followed. Another sequence of green-flag pit stops saw all of the leaders head to the pits. Jaques Lazier stayed out a couple of extra laps, and led the race for the first time in his career. After the stops, Kanaan returned to the lead, followed by defending champion Sam Hornish Jr.

Finish[edit]

On the 151st lap, Marty Roth slid high in turn 1 and smacked the wall, and started an exciting sequence of events. The skies were darkening, and rain was fast approaching again, which would certainly end the race for good. Under the yellow, many leaders pit for tires and fuel, while some drivers, including Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon, stayed out to gain track position. On the 156th lap, the field went back to green, however, in turn four, Tony Kanaan came up on the back of Jacques Lazier, sending Lazier into the wall, and sending Kanaan's car into a spin. He blew a tire and coasted into the pits. Moments later, the field assembled for what was expected to be the final restart before the rains came. Franchitti, working lap 163, held the lead into the backstretch. Behind him, Marco Andretti tangled with Dan Wheldon, and Andretti's car flipped down the backstretch. Buddy Rice was also involved. Before the track could be cleared, a heavy rainstorm fell on the track, and the race was called after 166 laps with Dario Franchitti declared the winner. A makeshift victory lane celebration was held indoors underneath the Pagoda, as had been done for Rice who also won in the rain in 2004.

Full race results[edit]

Finish Start Change Car
No.
Driver C* Laps Time/Retired Team Points
1 3 +2 27 United Kingdom Dario Franchitti D 166 2:44:03.5608 Andretti Green 50
2 4 +2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon D 166 +0.3610 Target Chip Ganassi 40
3 1 -2 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves (W) D 166 +1.8485 Team Penske 35
4 5 +1 6 United States Sam Hornish Jr. (W) D 166 +4.6324 Team Penske 32
5 7 +2 12 Australia Ryan Briscoe D 166 +5.2109 Luczo-Dragon Racing 30
6 12 +6 8 United States Scott Sharp D 166 +9.3470 Rahal Letterman 28
7 10 +3 2 South Africa Tomas Scheckter D 166 +11.3823 Vision Racing 26
8 8 0 7 United States Danica Patrick D 166 +12.1789 Andretti Green 24
9 20 +11 02 United States Davey Hamilton D 166 +15.4116 Vision Racing 22
10 19 +9 4 Brazil Vitor Meira D 166 +17.6991 Panther Racing 20
11 13 +2 17 United States Jeff Simmons D 166 +19.7119 Rahal Letterman 19
12 2 -10 11 Brazil Tony Kanaan D 166 +21.4339 Andretti Green 18+3
13 11 -2 39 United States Michael Andretti D 166 +35.1235 Andretti Green 17
14 18 +4 22 United States A.J. Foyt IV D 165 +1 Lap Vision Racing 16
15 26 +11 98 United States Alex Barron D 165 +1 Lap CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports 15
16 17 +1 55 Japan Kosuke Matsuura D 165 +1 Lap Panther Racing 14
17 14 -3 20 United States Ed Carpenter D 164 +1 Lap Vision Racing 13
18 21 +3 5 United States Sarah Fisher D 164 +2 Laps Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 12
19 22 +3 99 United States Buddy Lazier (W) D 164 +2 Laps Sam Schmidt Motorsports 12
20 15 -5 14 United Kingdom Darren Manning D 164 +2 Laps A.J. Foyt Racing 12
21 23 +2 24 United States Roger Yasukawa D 164 +2 Laps Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 12
22 6 -18 10 United Kingdom Dan Wheldon (W) D 163 Collision Target Chip Ganassi 12
23 32 +9 91 United States Richie Hearn D 163 +3 Laps Hemelgarn Racing/Racing Professionals 12
24 9 -15 26 United States Marco Andretti D 162 Collision Andretti Green 12
25 16 -9 15 United States Buddy Rice (W) D 162 Collision Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 10
26 25 -1 50 United States Al Unser, Jr. (W) D 161 +5 Laps A.J. Foyt Racing 10
27 28 +1 21 United States Jaques Lazier P 155 Accident Playa Del Racing 10
28 30 +2 25 Canada Marty Roth D 148 Accident Roth Racing 10
29 33 +4 31 United States Phil Giebler (R) P 106 Accident Playa Del Racing 10
30 24 -6 33 United States John Andretti D 95 Accident Panther Racing 10
31 29 -2 23 Venezuela Milka Duno (R) D 65 Accident SAMAX Motorsport 10
32 27 -5 19 United States Jon Herb D 51 Accident Racing Professionals 10
33 31 -2 77 Brazil Roberto Moreno P 36 Accident Chastain Motorsports 10
Race average speed: 151.774 mph (244.257 km/h)
Official box score

*C Chassis: D=Dallara; P=Panoz. All cars in the 2007 Indianapolis 500 used Honda engines and Firestone tires.

Race Leaders[edit]

Nine drivers led the race, with a total of twenty-three lead changes.[32]

Laps Leader
1-2 Tony Kanaan
3 Hélio Castroneves
4-13 Tony Kanaan
14-17 Hélio Castroneves
18-26 Tony Kanaan
27-40 Hélio Castroneves
41-46 Marco Andretti
47-53 Scott Dixon
54-68 Tony Kanaan
69-71 Scott Dixon
72-73 Sam Hornish, Jr.
74-88 Dario Franchitti
89 Scott Dixon
90 Michael Andretti
91-100 Tony Kanaan
101 Jeff Simmons
102-107 Marco Andretti
108-116 Tony Kanaan
117 Marco Andretti
118-136 Tony Kanaan
137-143 Dario Franchitti
144-145 Jaques Lazier
146-154 Tony Kanaan
155-166 Dario Franchitti
 
Driver Laps led
Tony Kanaan 83
Dario Franchitti 34
Hélio Castroneves 19
Marco Andretti 13
Scott Dixon 11
Sam Hornish, Jr. 2
Jaques Lazier 2
Michael Andretti 1
Jeff Simmons 1

Caution Periods[edit]

There were eleven caution periods during the race, with a total of fifty-five laps run under yellow, including the race's final lap.[32]

Laps Cause
11-15 Debris in turn 1 from John Andretti
38-43 Roberto Moreno crash, turn 1
52-59 Jon Herb crash, turn 2
66-70 Milka Duno crash, turn 1
99-106 John Andretti crash, turn 2
108-111 Phil Giebler crash, turn 1
112-113 rain (red flag after lap 113)
114-115 restart
151-156 Marty Roth crash, turn 1
157-161 Tony Kanaan/Jacques Lazier crash, turn 4
163-166 Marco Andretti/Dan Wheldon/Buddy Rice/Ed Carpenter crash, backstretch

Awards[edit]

The Victory Celebration was held Monday May 28, 2007.[33] Some of the many awards handed out during the evening included:

Broadcasting[edit]

Television[edit]

The race was broadcast in the United States on ABC for the 43rd consecutive year. Time trials were shown live on ABC, ESPN, and ESPN2. For the first time, the race would be aired in high definition.

For the second year in a row, the telecast utilized the Side-by-Side format for commercial breaks.

ABC Television
Booth Announcers Pit/garage reporters

Host: Brent Musburger
Announcer: Marty Reid
Color: Scott Goodyear
Color: Rusty Wallace

Jack Arute
Vince Welch
Brienne Pedigo
Jamie Little

Radio[edit]

The race was broadcast on radio by the IMS Radio Network for the 55th consecutive year. Mike King served as anchor. Davey Hamilton, who previously served as the "driver expert" on the network, returned to cockpit for the first time since 2001. After six years recovery from his serious crash, he offered live in-car reporting to the broadcast during caution periods.

Making a popular return to the IMS Radio Network was former "Voice of the 500" Bob Jenkins. In 2006, Jenkins had worked on the Speedway public address system, but for 2007, he took over the turn two reporting location. Jenkins filled the spot previously held by Adam Alexander, who departed the network.

For the third year in a row, Kevin Olson conducted his annual pre-race interview with David Letterman. Olson served as a pit reporter in the center pits during the early stages of the race, then later moved to cover the garages and track hospital.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network
Booth Announcers Turn Reporters Pit/garage reporters

Chief Announcer: Mike King
Driver expert: Johnny Parsons
Color: Dave Wilson
Historian: Donald Davidson
Live in-car reports: Davey Hamilton
Commentary: Chris Economaki

Turn 1: Jerry Baker
Turn 2: Bob Jenkins
Turn 3: Mark Jaynes
Turn 4: Chris Denari

Jake Query (north pits)
Dave Argabright (center pits)
Kevin Lee (south pits)
Kevin Olson (garages/hospital)

See also[edit]

Gallery[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

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Works cited[edit]


2006 Indianapolis 500
Sam Hornish, Jr.
2007 Indianapolis 500
Dario Franchitti
2008 Indianapolis 500
Scott Dixon
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