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99th Indianapolis 500
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning body IndyCar
Season 2015 IndyCar season
Date May 24, 2015
Winner Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Winning team Team Penske
Average speed 161.341 mph (259.653 km/h)
Pole position New Zealand Scott Dixon
Pole speed 226.760 mph (364.935 km/h)
Fastest qualifier New Zealand Scott Dixon
Rookie of the Year Colombia Gabby Chaves
Most laps led New Zealand Scott Dixon (84)
Pre-race ceremonies
National anthem Jordin Sparks[1]
"Back Home Again in Indiana" Straight No Chaser
Starting Command Mari Hulman George
Pace car Chevrolet Corvette Z06
Pace car driver Jeff Gordon[2]
Honorary starter Patrick Dempsey
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever
Nielsen Ratings 4.3 (6.4 million viewers)[3]
Chronology
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The 99th Indianapolis 500 was held on Sunday May 24, 2015, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was the premier event of the 2015 season of the Verizon IndyCar Series. Juan Pablo Montoya won his second Indianapolis 500, followed in the finish by Will Power, Charlie Kimball, polesitter Scott Dixon, and Graham Rahal.[4]

For the second year in a row, the month of May activities opened with the Grand Prix of Indianapolis over May 7–9. Practice opened on May 11, and time trials were held over two days, May 16–17.

The 2015 race saw the debut of unique aero kits from Chevrolet and Honda, respectively, outfitted for the Dallara DW12 chassis.[5] As part of the ICONIC project, aero kits were originally planned for 2012, but a series of delays due to cost issues put off their homologation and implementation until 2015. During practice, three Chevrolet entries suffered major crashes that resulted in flip-overs. The crashes raised safety concerns around the paddock, and series officials delayed time trials for several hours in order to address the situation with rule and procedural changes.

Race background[edit]

Entry list[edit]

For further information, see Team and driver list

Rules and rule changes[edit]

  • Each entry were allowed 36 sets of tires (Firestone) total, for practice, time trials, and for the race. This is up from 33 sets previously. The special compound "red" tires are not used for oval events.
    • Entries participating in the promoter's open test on May 3 received four additional sets for use on that day only.
    • Entries taking part in a rookie test or a refresher test received an additional set(s) specifically to use for the respective test.
  • Engines were permitted 130 kPa of turbocharger "boost" during the promoter's open test on May 3, and during practice from May 11-14. Cars were allowed 140 kPa of "boost" on Fast Friday practice, and during time trials. The "boost" level reverted to 130 kPa for Carb day and race day.

Pre-race ceremonies[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Track activities began on Sunday May 3, with Opening Day, featuring the debut of oval aero kits. A full-field open test and rookie orientation took place on the oval from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. During the week, the track was reconfigured to the road course configuration. After the Grand Prix was concluded, the track was closed on Mother's Day, unlike 2014.[12] On Sunday May 10, the track was converted back to the oval configuration, meanwhile, teams had the day to convert the cars from road course to oval set-up.[12]

The track re-opened in oval configuration starting Monday May 11. A second session of rookie orientation was reserved for the track on Monday (if needed), with veterans taking to the track in the afternoon. Practice on Tuesday through Friday was held from 12 noon to 6 p.m. For the second year in a row, a post-qualifying practice session was held on the Monday after pole day.[12] For the second year in a row, time trials were conducted with a combined two-day format. The 33 cars that comprised the field was determined on Saturday, while the starting lineup was set on Sunday.

Race schedules — April/May 2015
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
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Mini-Marathon
 
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ROP
Open Test
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Road to Indy
Open test
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Grand Prix
Practice
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Grand Prix
Qualifying
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Angie's List GP
of Indianapolis
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Car conversion
day
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ROP
Practice
 
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Practice
 
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Practice
 
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Practice
 
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Practice
Fast Friday
 
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Time Trials
 
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Pole Day
 
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VICS and Lights
Practice
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Community
Day
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IL Qualifying
Briscoe test
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Carb Day
Freedom 100
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Legends Day
Parade
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Indianapolis
500
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Memorial
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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

Testing and Rookie orientation[edit]

Juan Pablo Montoya turned the fastest lap on Opening Day.

Rookie Orientation / Refresher tests – Sunday May 3[edit]

The track was reserved for rookie orientation from 10:45 a.m. to 12 p.m. The 40-lap rookie test consists of three phases, demonstrating car control, placement, and a consistent driving pattern. Phase one consists of 10 laps at 205-210 mph, phase two consists of 15 laps at 210-215 mph, and phase three requires 15 laps at over 215 mph.[13] Series rookie Gabby Chaves completed all three phases, while Stefano Coletti was out of the country and completed the test on May 11.

Refresher tests were completed by Bryan Clauson, Simona de Silvestro, Oriol Servià, Pippa Mann, Justin Wilson, James Jakes, Conor Daly and Sage Karam. Davey Hamilton came out of retirement to drive the Dreyer & Reinbold/Kingdom Racing entry to shake down the car as a substitute for Townsend Bell, who was competing in the IMSA Monterey Sports Car Championships at Laguna Seca.

Promoter's open test – Sunday May 3[edit]

Opening day featured a full-field open test on Sunday May 3, concentrating on the new oval aero kits. The track was available for veteran drivers from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., then for all drivers from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. A total of 28 cars completed 1,845 laps without incident. Juan Pablo Montoya led the speed chart with a top lap of 226.772 mph. A total of 21 drivers exceeded the fastest lap from opening day of 2014. Though Montoya was the over fastest for the day, Hélio Castroneves reportedly ran the fastest single lap without a tow.

  • Weather: 72 °F (22 °C), mostly sunny
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Engine Speed
1 2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet 226.772
2 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 226.468
3 27 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 226.268
OFFICIAL REPORT

Practice[edit]

Monday May 11[edit]

Sage Karam led the speed chart on Monday.

The first day of practice was scheduled for Monday May 11. The day opened with rookie orientation and refresher tests. J. R. Hildebrand and Townsend Bell led the early speeds during the refresher tests, while Stefano Coletti completed his rookie test. Heavy rain halted track activity at about 1:45 p.m. The track re-opened at 4:15 p.m. for full-field practice. At 4:32 p.m., James Jakes's crew suffered a broken inertial starter, which in-turn, threw debris and injured a crew member. At 6:15 p.m., Stefano Coletti did a half-spin in pit lane, but did not make contact. A total of 30 cars completed 1,094 laps, with Sage Karam (225.802 mph), the fastest overall for the day. Karem's Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon posted the fastest "no-tow" lap at 224.443 mph

  • Weather: 77 °F (25 °C), overcast and rain
Top Practice Speeds — Overall
Pos No. Driver Team Engine Speed
1 8 United States Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 225.802
2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 225.293
3 10 Brazil Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 225.217
OFFICIAL REPORT

Tuesday May 12[edit]

The second day of practice was scheduled for May 12. At 2:07 p.m., Simona de Silvestro's car started smoking in the exit of turn two. Down the backstretch, a small fire broke out under the engine cover, and de Silvestro stopped the car near the warm up lane at the end of the backstretch. The car quickly became engulfed in flames, and de Silvestro quickly exited the car, uninjured. It was determined the fire was caused by a fuel leak in the refueling buckeye. Later in the day at 4:30 p.m., James Jakes car came to a stop at the entrance to the pit area with smoke pouring from the engine, and about 20 minutes later, Jack Hawksworth pulled into the grass in turn two with brake failure. The track closed five minutes early at 5:55 p.m. when Justin Wilson's engine blew going down the mainstretch. Hélio Castroneves set the fast lap of the day, both overall (227.514 mph) and "no-tow" (225.315 mph). Several teams, including Andretti Autosport, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, and Team Penske, went out together in groups, conducting drafting practice, ostensibly concentrating on race day set-ups.

  • Weather: 62 °F (17 °C), cloudy, wind gusts up to 30 mph
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Engine Speed
1 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 227.514
2 22 France Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 227.382
3 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 226.769
OFFICIAL REPORT

Wednesday May 13[edit]

Carlos Muñoz broke the 230 mph barrier.

Two single-car incidents marred the third full day of practice. At 12:45 p.m., Hélio Castroneves' car stepped out in turn one. He did a half-spin, and hit the outside wall in the south short chute with the left side of the car. Sliding backwards, the car became airborne and did a flip, landing upright in turn two. Castroneves walked away uninjured. In the final hour, Pippa Mann went high through the exit of turn four, and spun at the north end of the mainstretch. The car slid and hit the inside wall, then hit the attenuator at the end of the pit wall. The car violently spun back on to the mainstretch, and came to rest against the outside wall. Mann was not seriously injured.

Track activity was highlighted by Carlos Muñoz, who turned the first 230 mph lap of the month. His lap of 230.121 came during "Happy Hour" with about six minutes left in the day. After the crew worked during the afternoon to prepare his back-up car, Helio Castroneves was back out on the track turning laps after his wreck earlier in the day. Scott Dixon (226.411 mph) posted the fastest "no-tow" lap.

  • Weather: 64 °F (18 °C), sunny and clear
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Engine Speed
1 26 Colombia Carlos Muñoz Andretti Autosport Honda 230.121
2 24 United States Townsend Bell Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Chevrolet 228.969
3 10 Brazil Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 228.172
OFFICIAL REPORT

Thursday May 14[edit]

The second major crash in turn one in as many days occurred on Thursday. At 5:18 p.m., Josef Newgarden lost control in turn one, did a three-quarter spin, and hit the outside wall in the south short chute with the nose. The car flipped over, and slid to a rest upside-down near the entrance to turn two. Newgarden was uninjured, and the crash appeared vastly similar to Helio Castroneves' a day earlier. The two accidents prompted officials to re-evaluate an optional Chevrolet aerokit rear wheel cap that had been installed on both cars.

Simon Pagenaud led the speed chart both overall (228.793 mph) and on the "no-tow" list (227.628 mph). By the end of the day Thursday, a total of 34 car/driver combinations have been on the track, including Buddy Lazier, who made his first track appearance of the month (under INDYCAR rules, Lazier's program, a single-race program, is not permitted on the track until the Thursday of the week). The last hour of the track saw heavy activity, with over 20 cars on the track at once, conducting race simulations and drafting practice. Three-wide passes and aggressive dicing was observed.

Aside from the potential issues regarding the optional Chevy wheel caps, the Chevy teams also were on the track Thursday without the chassis wicker bill. Officials informed the manufacturers that the centerline chassis wicker would be deemed optional. Chevrolet technicians informed their teams to remove them, while Honda kept them on. Meanwhile, some Honda teams were running Thursday with a modified, single-element, rear wing configuration.

  • Weather: 69 °F (21 °C), sunny
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Engine Speed
1 22 France Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 228.793
2 26 Colombia Carlos Muñoz Andretti Autosport Honda 228.126
3 8 United States Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 227.683
OFFICIAL REPORT

Fast Friday — Friday May 15[edit]

Scott Dixon turned the fastest "no tow" speed for the week.

Simon Pagenaud led the speed chart on "Fast Friday," the final day of practice before qualifications. It was the second day in a row Pagenaud was the top driver of the day, and it was the fastest lap turned thus far of the month. Hot and windy conditions kept the speeds down from expected. Teams were allowed increased turbocharger "boost" for Friday, and Scott Dixon set an early "no tow" speed of 230.655 mph during the first hour. No incidents were reported, however, many cars stayed off the track for most of the afternoon. Only 1,055 laps were completed all day, approximately half of previous days. A total of 33 out of 34 cars completed at least one lap over 225 mph.

  • Weather: 82 °F (28 °C), partly cloudy, wind gusts up to 16 mph
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Engine Speed
1 22 France Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 230.698
2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 230.655
3 10 Brazil Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 230.457
OFFICIAL REPORT

Time trials[edit]

First Day — Saturday May 16[edit]

The first day of time trials was scheduled for Saturday May 16. Helio Castroneves (233.474 mph) turned the fastest lap during the morning practice session, the fastest single single lap at the track since 1996. Three cars (Carlos Huertas, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Scott Dixon) got out onto the track to begin qualifying, but it began to rain during Dixon's run. Dixon had just completed his first lap at 231.357 mph. The rest of the day was washed out, and officials rescheduled time trials for Sunday. The three runs from Saturday were erased.

  • Weather: 71 °F (22 °C), overcast and rain
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Pos. No. Driver Team Engine Speed Notes
1 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 229.845 Attempt erased
2 18 Colombia Carlos Huertas Dale Coyne Racing Honda 228.235 Attempt erased
3 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet Incomplete Attempt erased

Second Day — Sunday May 17[edit]

The second day of time trials was scheduled for Sunday May 17. After the rainout on Saturday, originally, the schedule for Sunday was to include practice, first round qualifying, and the annual Fast Nine Shootout. However, during the morning practice session, Ed Carpenter suffered a serious crash in turn two. The car did a half spin and hit the outside wall at the exit of turn two. Sliding backwards, the car flipped over, and slid to a stop upside-down. It was the third blowover crash by a Chevrolet for the week. Series officials postponed qualifying, and huddled with participants to address safety concerns. After a lengthy delay, rules were tweaked for qualifying. Cars were required to qualify in race trim, and the increased turbocharger "boost" for qualifying was eliminated. Each car would get one attempt, and the Fast Nine Shootout was scrapped. Time permitting, there would be a final row "shootout" amongst the four slowest cars to determine positions 31-33, as well as the lone car to be bumped.

Scott Dixon, who had his Saturday attempt interrupted by rain, was the third car out to qualify. His speed of 226.760 mph wound up being the fastest of the day. It held up all afternoon, as the rest of the field had to qualify in less-than-ideal track conditions. The entire qualifying line was completed without incident.

Due to the last minute rule changes, championship points were not awarded for Indy 500 time trials results as planned.

  • Weather: 79 °F (26 °C), overcast
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Locked-In Qualifiers: Positions 1–30
Pos. No. Driver Team Engine Speed
1 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 226.760
2 1 Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 226.350
3 22 France Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 226.145
4 10 Brazil Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 225.503
5 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 225.502
6 25 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Andretti Autosport Honda 225.279
7 11 France Sebastian Bourdais KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 225.193
8 27 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 225.189
9 21 United States Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Chevrolet 225.187
10 6 United States J. R. Hildebrand CFH Racing Chevrolet 225.099
11 26 Colombia Carlos Muñoz Andretti Autosport Honda 225.042
12 20 United States Ed Carpenter CFH Racing Chevrolet 224.883
13 32 Spain Oriol Servià Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 224.777
14 83 United States Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 224.743
15 2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet 224.657
16 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 224.573
17 15 United States Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 224.290
18 18 Colombia Carlos Huertas Dale Coyne Racing Honda 224.233
19 29 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport Honda 223.838
20 7 United Kingdom James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 223.790
21 19 France Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Honda 223.747
22 48 Canada Alex Tagliani A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 223.722
23 8 United States Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 223.595
24 5 Canada James Hinchcliffe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 223.519
25 43 United States Conor Daly Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 223.482
26 24 United States Townsend Bell Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing Chevrolet 223.447
27 14 Japan Takuma Sato A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 223.226
28 63 United Kingdom Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Honda 223.104
29 98 Colombia Gabby Chaves (R) Bryan Herta Autosport Honda 222.916
30 17 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 222.898
Non-Locked-In Qualifiers: Positions 31–33
31 41 United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 222.787
32 4 Monaco Stefano Coletti (R) KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 221.912
33 88 United States Bryan Clauson Jonathan Byrd's Racing Chevrolet 220.523
Failed to qualify
91 United States Buddy Lazier (W) Lazier Partners Racing Chevrolet No attempt
OFFICIAL REPORT

Last row shootout[edit]

Four cars participated in a 45-minute "shootout" for the final three positions. Jack Hawksworth and KVSH Racing teammates Stefano Coletti, and Bryan Clauson completed runs, filling the field. Buddy Lazier, who was not able to make an attempt during the first round, was the only other car eligible. Because of INDYCAR rules, Lazier had limited practice laps for the month, and his first attempt was well short at 219.438 mph. The team made some drastic wing adjustments, and scrambled to get the car to the qualifying line in the final minutes. His second attempt was faster, but still shy of bumping his way into the field.

Locked-In Qualifiers: Positions 31–33
Pos. No. Driver Team Engine Speed
31 41 United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 223.738
32 4 Monaco Stefano Coletti (R) KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 222.001
33 88 United States Bryan Clauson Jonathan Byrd's Racing Chevrolet 221.358
Failed to qualify
91 United States Buddy Lazier (W) Lazier Partners Racing Chevrolet 220.153

Post-qualifying practice[edit]

Monday May 18[edit]

A post-qualifying practice session was scheduled for Monday May 18 from 12:30 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Also on-track was the Indy Lights, coming off a weekend high-speed oval compatibility test at Chicagoland Speedway. The practice was marred by a massive crash around 12:45 p.m. involving James Hinchcliffe. Going into turn three, Hinchcliffe was drafting behind Juan Pablo Montoya. Suddenly the car suffered a right front suspension failure, and the car veered into the outside wall. The right side of the car was disintegrated, and the car slid through the north short chute, tilting up on one side, and coming to rest in turn four. Hinchcliffe was awake and alert, but was pinned in the cockpit and needed assistance from the car. One of the suspension pieces had penetrated the cockpit tub, and punctured Hinchcliffe's thigh, causing profuse bleeding.[14] He was taken to Methodist Hospital for surgery to remove the debris from his thigh, and the quick response work by IndyCar safety crews was credited in likely saving his life.[14] The track was closed while series officials made repairs to the SAFER Barrier, and investigated the cause of the crash. Up to the time of the crash, Simon Pagenaud (225.260 mph) had turned the fastest lap.

The schedule for the day was retooled, with Indy Lights practice moved up, and a second IndyCar practice session scheduled for two hours beginning at 4 p.m. Sage Karam (227.831 mph) set the fastest lap of the second session and overall for the day. The only other incident of the day belonged to Jack Hawksworth, who had an engine failure.

  • Weather: 79 °F (26 °C), overcast
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Engine Speed
1 8 United States Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 227.831
2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 226.542
3 6 United States J. R. Hildebrand CFH Racing Chevrolet 226.308
OFFICIAL REPORT

Special Test - Thursday May 21[edit]

Because of the last-minute driver change in the #5 to Ryan Briscoe, INDYCAR is scheduled to call Briscoe for a special one-hour session to acclimate himself with the 2015 aerodynamic specifications. Although INDYCAR Rule 4.3.7.3 would not apply to him because he raced a full season in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2014, he may be required to take a refresher test based on INDYCAR's opinion.

Carb Day — Friday May 22[edit]

Carb day opened with news that Carlos Huertas had not been medically cleared to race due to an inner ear condition. Tristan Vautier was named to replace him in the number 18 car and will move to the rear of the field for the race.

The practice session saw Will Power set the fastest lap of the day with a lap of 229.020 mph. No major incidents occurred during this session.

  • Weather: TBA
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Engine Speed
1 1 Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 229.020
2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 228.585
3 10 Brazil Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 228.490
OFFICIAL REPORT

Starting grid[edit]

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

Row Inside Middle Outside
1 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon (W) 1 Australia Will Power 22 France Simon Pagenaud
2 10 Brazil Tony Kanaan (W) 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves (W) 25 United Kingdom Justin Wilson
3 11 France Sebastian Bourdais 27 United States Marco Andretti 21 United States Josef Newgarden
4 6 United States J. R. Hildebrand 26 Colombia Carlos Muñoz 20 United States Ed Carpenter
5 32 Spain Oriol Servià 83 United States Charlie Kimball 2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya (W)
6 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay (W) 15 United States Graham Rahal 29 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro
7 7 United Kingdom James Jakes 48 Canada Alex Tagliani 8 United States Sage Karam
8 43 United States Conor Daly 24 United States Townsend Bell 14 Japan Takuma Sato
9 63 United Kingdom Pippa Mann 98 Colombia Gabby Chaves (R) 17 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra
10 41 United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth 4 Monaco Stefano Coletti (R) 88 United States Bryan Clauson
11 5 Australia Ryan Briscoe2 18 France Tristan Vautier3 19 Australia James Davison1
Cars moved to the rear of the field are ordered by entrant points.

Post-qualifying changes

1 Tristan Vautier qualified the #19 car for James Davison, as Davison was racing in the Pirelli World Challenge at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park over qualifying weekend. Per race rules, the car, which had originally qualified for the 21st starting position, was moved to the rear of the field.
2 James Hinchcliffe qualified the original #5 car in 24th, but was injured in the ensuing day's practice session. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports named Ryan Briscoe to replace Hinchcliffe, who must clear INDYCAR regulations. A backup car will be utilised, and Briscoe was moved to the rear of the field.
3 Carlos Huertas qualified the #18 car but was diagnosed with an ear infection and will not be medically cleared to race. Tristan Vautier was named to replace Huertas, and was moved to the rear of the field.

Notes[edit]

  • Due to Buddy Lazier failing to qualify, the 2015 race was the first in which no competitors who competed in the Indianapolis 500 in the 1990s were on the starting grid. Juan Pablo Montoya's 2000 start was the earliest among any driver in the field.

Race[edit]

Clear skies and warm temperatures were seen on race day. As the field pulled away for parade laps, Alex Tagliani remained stationary with issues getting the car into gear. The problem was eventually resolved and Tagliani resumed his spot in the starting lineup.

As the field continued the parade laps, fire erupted from underneath the car of Conor Daly. Daly pulled the car to a stop at the North short chute, his day was done before the race even began.

First half[edit]

Start[edit]

Scott Dixon led the field into turn one. As the field rounded turn one, the first incident of the day occurred when Sage Karam squeezed Takuma Sato, into the turn 4 wall. Ryan Briscoe also spun trying to avoid the incident. Karam was out of the race, while Sato and Briscoe were able to affect repair and continue.

Under caution, behind the pace car, as the field came around for the restart on lap 7, Simona de Silvestro rear ended Juan Pablo Montoya, damaging de Silvestro's left-front wing and Montoya's right-rear bumper, which soon thereafter detached just before Montoya entered pit lane for repairs, causing an extended caution period, to clear the debris. After two more restart attempts, the race finally went green, lap 13. The race became a three way battle for the lead between Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, and Simon Pagenaud, with the three swapping the lead regularly. The first round of green flag pit stops were cycled through during this time, thus promoting Montoya into the lead. Having been refueled an additional five laps of fuel at the time his rear wing was replaced allowed Montoya his first opportunity to sample a run in clean air, in the lead, early in the race.

Second quarter[edit]

The second caution of the race came on lap 64, when Bryan Clauson drifted wide in turn four and hit the outside barrier. During yellow flag pit stops, Simon Pagenaud was able to jump ahead of the Chip Ganassi Racing teammates and take the lead.

The race restarted on lap 71, and the battle between Pagenaud, Dixon, and Kanaan continued from where it left off. Another round of green flag pit stops came, during which Hélio Castroneves briefly inherited the lead. When stops were cycled through, Pagenaud emerged the leader again.

Second half[edit]

Halfway[edit]

The third caution of the race came on lap 113, when Ed Carpenter clipped Oriol Servià and sent both into the wall in turn one. During this caution, an incident involving all three of the Dale Coyne Racing cars occurred on pit lane. James Davison was released just as his teammate Pippa Mann was passing his pit stall. The two made contact, and Davison slid into the car and crew of his other teammate, Tristan Vautier. Two crew members from Vautier's team were hit, and one suffered a broken ankle. Both Vautier and Davison retired from the race due to the incident.

The race restarted on lap 122, with Will Power joining Pagenaud, Dixon, and Kanaan in the battle for the lead.

Fourth quarter[edit]

Green flag pit stops again came with roughly 50 laps left in the race. As the pit stop cycle neared completion, the fourth caution of the race came on lap 153 as Tony Kanaan, fresh off a wing adjustment, lost control of his car in turn three and crashed. Alex Tagliani briefly held the lead, but surrendered it to make his pit stop.

The race restarted on lap 160 with Juan Pablo Montoya joining the battle for the lead, having finally recovered from the early race mishap. 7 laps later, the fifth caution of the day came out for a piece of debris that had come off of the car of Takuma Sato. The leaders made their last stops of the race during this caution, with Will Power coming out in front. Andretti Autosport teammates Justin Wilson and Carlos Muñoz elected to stay out during this sequence, with Muñoz inheriting the lead.

The race was restarted on lap 173, with Wilson and Muñoz quickly shuffled back by cars with fresher tires. As the field worked around the Andretti Autosport drivers on lap 176, Simon Pagenaud clipped the rear of Justin Wilson, causing front wing damage to Pagenaud's car and causing him to drop rapidly though the field. Only three turns later, a three-car crash occurred in turn 4 when Jack Hawksworth lost control of his car and hit Sebastián Saavedra from behind. Saavedra's car continued sliding back across the track and into the path of Stefano Coletti, who slammed into the front end of Saavedra's car. Saavedra needed assistance in climbing from his car and was later diagnosed with a foot contusion.

The race was restarted on lap 184 with Power in the lead. The last 13 laps saw the lead exchange hands four times between Dixon, Power and Montoya. With four laps remaining, Montoya slip-streamed around the outside of Power into turn one, and until the end of the race, a peculiar four lap procession began: Faster into turns one and three, Will Power closed the gap to Montoya through the short chutes. But, Montoya proved sufficiently fast in clean air. Reasserting the gap exiting turns two and four, Power unable to close the gap down the main straightaways, Montoya held on the final four laps, securing his second Indianapolis 500 victory.

Box score[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Engine Laps Time/Retired Pit Stops Grid Laps Led Pts.1
1 2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya W Team Penske Chevrolet 200 3:05:56.5286 9 15 9 101
2 1 Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 200 +0.1046 6 2 23 81
3 83 United States Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 +0.795 6 14 10 71
4 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon W Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 +1.0292 6 1 84 67
5 15 United States Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 200 +2.3122 6 17 60
6 27 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 200 +2.5388 6 8 56
7 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves W Team Penske Chevrolet 200 +2.7821 6 5 2 53
8 6 United States JR Hildebrand CFH Racing Chevrolet 200 +3.5631 7 10 48
9 21 United States Josef Newgarden CFH Racing Chevrolet 200 +4.0281 6 9 44
10 22 France Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet 200 +4.2148 7 3 35 41
11 11 France Sebastien Bourdais KVSH Racing Chevrolet 200 +5.3067 6 7 38
12 5 Australia Ryan Briscoe Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 200 +5.6687 7 31 36
13 14 Japan Takuma Sato A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 200 +6.1678 10 24 34
14 24 United States Townsend Bell Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing Chevrolet 200 +8.5005 6 23 32
15 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay W Andretti Autosport Honda 200 +9.6481 6 16 30
16 98 Colombia Gabby Chaves R Bryan Herta Autosport Honda 200 +10.1016 6 26 28
17 48 Canada Alex Tagliani A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 200 +11.2151 7 20 2 27
18 7 United Kingdom James Jakes Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 200 +12.0431 8 19 24
19 29 Switzerland Simona de Silvestro Andretti Autosport Honda 200 +12.7328 8 18 22
20 26 Colombia Carlos Muñoz Andretti Autosport Honda 200 +39.8346 8 11 3 21
21 25 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Andretti Autosport Honda 199 +1 Lap 8 6 2 19
22 63 United Kingdom Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Honda 197 +3 Laps 11 25 16
23 17 Colombia Sebastian Saavedra Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 175 Contact 6 27 14
24 41 United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 175 Contact 7 28 12
25 4 Monaco Stefano Coletti R KVSH Racing Chevrolet 175 Contact 7 29 10
26 10 Brazil Tony Kanaan W Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 151 Contact 5 4 30 11
27 19 Australia James Davison Dale Coyne Racing Honda 116 Mechanical 3 33 10
28 18 France Tristan Vautier Dale Coyne Racing Honda 116 Mechanical 3 32 10
29 32 Spain Oriol Servià Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 112 Contact 3 13 10
30 20 United States Ed Carpenter CFH Racing Chevrolet 112 Contact 3 12 10
31 88 United States Bryan Clauson Jonathan Byrd's Racing Chevrolet 61 Contact 2 30 10
32 8 United States Sage Karam Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 0 Contact 0 21 10
33 43 United States Conor Daly Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 0 Mechanical 0 22 10
OFFICIAL BOX SCORE
Key Meaning
R Rookie
W Past winner
Notes

1 Points include qualification points from Time Trials, 1 point for leading a lap, and 2 points for most laps led.

Broadcasting[edit]

Television[edit]

The Grand Prix of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis 500 will be broadcast live in the United States on ABC. Allen Bestwick will be the anchor for the second year in a row. Jon Beekhuis joins the crew as pit reporter.

Time Trials were originally scheduled to air on ABC. However, due to weather, schedule changes, and ABC's commitment to air a Game 7 NBA playoff game, trials instead aired on ESPNEWS.

Former pit reporters Vince Welch and Jamie Little departed ESPN/ABC for Fox Sports.

The race received a 4.3 overnight rating, tied for the highest since 2008.[15] The fast-national final rating of 4.3 (6.4 million viewers) was a three-year high, and the highest rated and most watched since 2012.[16]

ABC Television
Booth Announcers Pit/garage reporters

Host: Lindsay Czarniak
Announcer: Allen Bestwick
Color: Scott Goodyear
Color: Eddie Cheever

Jerry Punch
Jon Beekhuis
Rick DeBruhl

In Hispanic America, ESPN Latin America will show the race live.

Radio[edit]

The race will be carried live by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network. Paul Page will be the chief announcer, along with Davey Hamilton as driver expert. Doug Rice, the anchor of the Performance Racing Network, as well as the anchor for the Brickyard 400 on the IMS Radio Network, will join the crew as a pit reporter. Rice will perform "double duty", working the pits for the Indy 500, then flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to call the Coca-Cola 600.[17]

1070 The Fan will broadcast nightly beginning May 4 with Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee, followed by Donald Davidson's The Talk of Gasoline Alley.[18]

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

Chief Announcer: Paul Page
Driver expert: Davey Hamilton
Historian: Donald Davidson
Statistician: Dave Wilson

Turn 1: Jerry Baker
Turn 2: Jake Query
Turn 3: Mark Jaynes
Turn 4: Chris Denari

Dave Furst
Nick Yeoman
Michael Young
Kevin Lee
Doug Rice

Footnotes[edit]

Works cited[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Jordin Sparks to Sing National Anthem at 99th Indy 500". Indianapolis Motor Speedway. May 19, 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2015. 
  2. ^ Jensen, Tom (April 29, 2015). "Jeff Gordon named pace car driver for 99th Indianapolis 500". FoxSports.com. Fox Sports Interactive Media, LLC. Retrieved April 29, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Indy 500 draws 6.4 million viewers up 5% from 2014 (Updated)". SportsTVRatings.com. Sports TV Ratings. May 25, 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ ["http://abc7news.com/sports/juan-pablo-montoya-wins-indy-500/739543/" "Juan Pablo Montoya wins Indy after late Duel"]. abc7news.com (ABC News 7). May 24, 2015. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  5. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (January 4, 2015). "Aero kit 2015 Q&A: 'Not going to be a spec car'". IndyCar.com (Brickyard Trademarks, Inc.). Retrieved February 13, 2015. 
  6. ^ DiZinno, Tony (May 13, 2014). "1996 Indy 500 champ Buddy Lazier motivated as ever despite generational shift". motorsportstalk.nbcsports.com. NBC Sports. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Clauson Lands 2015 Indy 500 Ride". NationalSpeedSportNews.com. Turn 3 Media LLC. May 16, 2014. Retrieved May 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ Miller, Robin (April 16, 2015). "IndyCar: No second Herta car for Indy 500". racer.com. Racer Media & Marketing, Inc. Retrieved April 20, 2015. 
  9. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (April 2, 2015). "Technology company connects with the '500'". IndyCar.com (Brickyard Trademarks, Inc.). Retrieved April 9, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Multi-Platinum Recording Artist Jordin Sparks to Sing National Anthem at 99th Indy 500". Indianapolis Motor Speedway. May 19, 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Four-Time "500" Winner Al Unser to be Honored at Legends Day on May 23". IndianapolisMotorSpeedway.com (IMS LLC). January 27, 2015. Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b c Cavin, Curt (February 3, 2015). "Indy 500 practice begins earlier, runs later". indystar.com (Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc.). Retrieved February 4, 2015. 
  13. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (April 30, 2015). "Test on Speedway oval: Unwrapping new package". IndyCar.com (Brickyard Trademarks, Inc.). Retrieved April 30, 2015. 
  14. ^ a b "Quick safety team response key in critical Hinchcliffe crash". Racer.com. May 19, 2015. Retrieved May 19, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Indy 500 Overnight Up Slightly, Ties Best Mark Since 2008". Sports Media Watch. May 25, 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Indy 500 Hits Three-Year Highs in Ratings, Viewership". Sports Media Watch. May 26, 2015. Retrieved May 27, 2015. 
  17. ^ DiZinno, Tony (May 15, 2015). "PRN radio reporter Doug Rice to pull Memorial Day broadcast double with Shell support". Motor Sports Talk (NBC Sports). Retrieved May 18, 2015. 
  18. ^ Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee – 1070 The Fan, April 28, 2015

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