2007 Indianapolis 500
|Indianapolis Motor Speedway|
|Sanctioning body||Indy Racing League|
|Season||2007 IndyCar season|
|Date||May 27, 2007|
|Pole position||Hélio Castroneves|
|Fastest qualifier||Hélio Castroneves|
|Rookie of the Year||Phil Giebler|
|Most laps led||Tony Kanaan (83)|
|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|
|TV in the United States|
|Network||ESPN on ABC|
|Announcers||Marty Reid, Scott Goodyear, and Rusty Wallace|
|Nielsen Ratings||4.3  / 12|
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, 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.
For the first time, all entries utilized a 100% percent fuel-grade Ethanol blend, after 42 years of utilizing methanol. The fuel was actually a denatured 98% ethanol / 2% gasoline blend (E98). The 2007 race was also the final 500 to see the Panoz chassis in the race
- 1 Race schedule
- 2 News
- 3 Practice (week 1)
- 3.1 Sunday May 6, 2007 - A.J. Foyt Opening Day & Rookie Orientation Program
- 3.2 Monday May 7, 2007 - Rookie Orientation Program
- 3.3 Tuesday May 8, 2007 - IndyCar Series practice
- 3.4 Wednesday May 9, 2007 - IndyCar Series practice
- 3.5 Thursday May 10, 2007 - IndyCar Series practice
- 3.6 Friday May 11, 2007 - Fast Friday IndyCar Series practice
- 4 Qualifying (first weekend)
- 5 Practice (week 2)
- 6 Qualifying (second weekend)
- 7 Carb Day
- 8 Qualifying Chronology
- 9 Starting Grid
- 10 Race summary
- 11 Full race results
- 12 Race Leaders
- 13 Caution Periods
- 14 Awards
- 15 Broadcasting
- 16 See also
- 17 Gallery
- 18 Notes
- The pace car for the 2007 Indy 500 was a Chevrolet Corvette. Patrick Dempsey was the driver.
- Kid Rock headlined the Miller Lite Carb Day concert. Other performers during the month included Daughtry, Saliva, Augustana, and Bräck (a band headed by the former Indy 500 champion).
- 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.
- No testing took place prior to the start of official May activities.
- The initial official entry list was released on April 10, 2007 featuring 69 cars, four former winners, and one rookie.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
Practice (week 1)
Sunday May 6, 2007 - A.J. Foyt Opening Day & Rookie Orientation Program
- 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|
|1||39||Michael Andretti||Andretti Green||219.871|
|2||12||Ryan Briscoe||Luczo-Dragon Racing||218.216|
|3||02||Davey Hamilton||Vision Racing||218.022|
|4||21||Jaques Lazier||Playa Del Racing||216.467|
|5||23||Milka Duno (R)||SAMAX Motorsports||214.128|
Monday May 7, 2007 - Rookie Orientation Program
- 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|
|1||39||Michael Andretti||Andretti Green||221.579|
|2||12||Ryan Briscoe||Luczo-Dragon Racing||221.427|
|3||02||Davey Hamilton||Vision Racing||220.214|
|4||21||Phil Giebler (R)||Playa Del Racing||217.091|
|5||19||Jon Herb||Racing Professionals||216.763|
Tuesday May 8, 2007 - IndyCar Series practice
- 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|
|1||10||Dan Wheldon||Target Chip Ganassi||225.074|
|2||3||Hélio Castroneves||Team Penske||224.996|
|3||2||Tomas Scheckter||Vision Racing||224.783|
|4||11||Tony Kanaan||Andretti Green||224.622|
|5||9||Scott Dixon||Target Chip Ganassi||224.564|
Wednesday May 9, 2007 - IndyCar Series practice
- 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|
|1||10||Dan Wheldon||Target Chip Ganassi||226.391|
|2||3||Hélio Castroneves||Team Penske||225.820|
|3||9||Scott Dixon||Target Chip Ganassi||224.902|
|4||26||Marco Andretti||Andretti Green||224.745|
|5||11||Tony Kanaan||Andretti Green||224.112|
Thursday May 10, 2007 - IndyCar Series practice
- 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|
|1||9||Scott Dixon||Target Chip Ganassi||226.473|
|2||7||Danica Patrick||Andretti Green||226.358|
|3||10||Dan Wheldon||Target Chip Ganassi||224.902|
|4||2||Tomas Scheckter||Vision Racing||226.161|
|5||12||Ryan Briscoe||Luczo-Dragon Racing||225.995|
Friday May 11, 2007 - Fast Friday IndyCar Series practice
- 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|
|1||9||Scott Dixon||Target Chip Ganassi||227.167|
|2||10||Dan Wheldon||Target Chip Ganassi||226.650|
|3||11||Tony Kanaan||Andretti Green||226.236|
|4||26||Marco Andretti||Andretti Green||226.230|
|5||27||Dario Franchitti||Andretti Green||226.189|
Qualifying (first weekend)
Saturday May 12, 2007 - AAMCO Pole Day
- 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
- 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)
Wednesday May 16, 2007 - IndyCar Series practice
- 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|
|1||7||Danica Patrick||Andretti Green||221.189|
|2||9||Scott Dixon||Target Chip Ganassi||220.556|
|3||6||Sam Hornish, Jr.||Team Penske||220.484|
|4||26||Marco Andretti||Andretti Green||220.399|
|5||27||Dario Franchitti||Andretti Green||220.131|
Thursday May 17, 2007 - IndyCar Series practice
- 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|
|1||9||Scott Dixon||Target Chip Ganassi||219.985|
|2||10||Dan Wheldon||Target Chip Ganassi||219.773|
|3||14||Darren Manning||A.J. Foyt Racing||219.116|
|4||2||Tomas Scheckter||Vision Racing||218.230|
|5||20||Ed Carpenter||Vision Racing||217.995|
Friday May 18, 2007 - IndyCar Series practice
- 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|
|1||6||Sam Hornish, Jr.||Team Penske||225.006|
|2||9||Scott Dixon||Target Chip Ganassi||224.458|
|3||11||Tony Kanaan||Andretti Green||224.340|
|4||27||Dario Franchitti||Andretti Green||224.253|
|5||26||Marco Andretti||Andretti Green||223.668|
Qualifying (second weekend)
Saturday May 19, 2007 - Third Day Qualifying
- 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.
†Qualification withdrawn on bump day.
††Bumped on bump day.
Sunday May 20, 2007 - Bump Day Qualifying
- 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.
Friday May 25, 2007 - IndyCar Series final practice
- 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|
|1||11||Tony Kanaan||Andretti Green||225.467|
|2||27||Dario Franchitti||Andretti Green||223.807|
|3||39||Michael Andretti||Andretti Green||223.575|
|4||3||Hélio Castroneves||Team Penske||223.527|
|5||21||Jaques Lazier||Playa Del Racing||223.468|
Friday May 25, 2007 - Checkers/Rally's Pit Stop Challenge
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.
|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|
|Pole Day - Saturday, May 12, 2007|
|1||12:03||1||15||Buddy Rice||4||2:42.3336||221.766||Qualified; bumped by Michael Andretti||—||—|
|2||12:08||1||9||Scott Dixon||4||2:40.4630||224.351||Qualified; withdrawn||—||—|
|4||12:18||1||8||Scott Sharp||4||2:41.7994||222.498||Qualified; bumped by Marco Andretti||—||—|
|5||12:21||1||10||Dan Wheldon||4||2:40.9401||223.686||Qualified; withdrawn||—||—|
|6||12:27||1||20||Ed Carpenter||4||2:41.6630||222.685||Qualified; bumped by Castroneves||—||—|
|7||12:31||1||22||A. J. Foyt, IV||4||2:42.5527||221.467||Qualified; bumped by Scheckter||—||—|
|8||12:36||1||55||Kosuke Matsuura||4||2:42.2603||221.866||Qualified; bumped by Simmons||—||—|
|10||12:45||1||4||Vitor Meira||2||1:21.4705||220.939||Waved off||—||—|
|11||12:48||1||11||Tony Kanaan||4||2:40.2719||224.618||Qualified; withdrawn||—||—|
|13||12:58||1||2||Tomas Scheckter||4||2:41.5238||222.877||Qualified, bumping Foyt IV||10||14|
|14||1:03||1||39||Michael Andretti||4||2:41.5880||222.789||Qualified, bumping Rice||11||16|
|15||1:07||1||17||Jeff Simmons||4||2:41.6617||222.687||Qualified, bumping Matsuura; bumped by Hornish||—||—|
|16||1:11||1||26||Marco Andretti||4||2:41.2186||223.299||Qualified, bumping Sharp||9||13|
|17||4:12||1||3||Hélio Castroneves||4||2:40.0088||224.988||Qualified, bumping Carpenter; withdrawn||—||—|
|18||4:36||1||6||Sam Hornish, Jr.||4||2:39.8969||225.145||Qualified, bumping Simmons; withdrawn||—||—|
|19||4:51||1||6||Sam Hornish, Jr.||4||2:39.9227||225.109||Qualified||5||5|
|21||5:28||1||8||Scott Sharp||4||2:41.6209||222.743||Failed to qualify||—||—|
|22||5:33||1||17||Jeff Simmons||4||2:41.8433||222.437||Failed to qualify||—||—|
|24||5:42||1||20||Ed Carpenter||4||2:41.6871||222.652||Failed to qualify||—||—|
|25||5:48||1||14||Darren Manning||4||2:41.6844||222.656||Failed to qualify||—||—|
|Sunday May 13, 2007|
|30||12:11||2||99||Buddy Lazier||4||2:43.3010||220.452||Qualified; bumped by Rice||—||—|
|32||12:20||2||25||Marty Roth||4||2:43.7193||219.889||Qualified; bumped by Foyt IV||—||—|
|34||12:30||2||50||Al Unser, Jr.||4||2:42.9233||220.963||Qualified; bumped by Herb||—||—|
|35||12:35||2||19||Jon Herb||4||2:43.7065||219.906||Qualified; bumped by Fisher||—||—|
|39||2:24||2||22||A. J. Foyt, IV||4||2:41.8607||222.413||Qualified, bumping Roth||18||19|
|40||3:26||2||5||Sarah Fisher||4||2:42.1914||221.960||Qualified, bumping Herb||21||22|
|41||3:34||2||15||Buddy Rice||4||2:41.5612||222.826||Qualified, bumping B. Lazier||16||15|
|42||5:29||2||19||Jon Herb||4||2:42.8440||221.070||Qualified, bumping Unser Jr.; bumped by B. Lazier||—||—|
|43||5:53||2||99||Buddy Lazier||4||2:42.6165||221.380||Qualified, bumping Herb||22||24|
|44||5:58||2||21||Jaques Lazier||1||0:40.8700||220.210||Waved off||—||—|
|Saturday May 19, 2007|
|47||12:12||3||19||Jon Herb||3||2:02.5974||220.233||Waved off||—||—|
|50||2:20||3||50||Al Unser Jr.||4||2:42.9871||220.876||Qualified||25||25|
|54||5:27||3||31||Phil Giebler||3||2:01.9724||221.362||Crashed in turn 2 on 4th lap||—||—|
|55||5:44||3||77||Roberto Moreno||4||2:46.4902||216.229||Qualified; withdrawn on bump day||—||—|
|56||5:54||3||18||Jimmy Kite||4||2:47.8104||214.528||Qualified; bumped by Giebler on bump day||—||—|
|Bump Day - Sunday May 20, 2007|
|58||3:52||4||31||Phil Giebler||4||2:43.9071||219.637||Qualified, bumping Kite||33||30|
|60||5:57||4||18||Jimmy Kite||1||0:41.9103||214.744||Waved off||—||—|
|1||3||Hélio Castroneves (W)||11||Tony Kanaan||27||Dario Franchitti|
|2||9||Scott Dixon||6||Sam Hornish, Jr. (W)||10||Dan Wheldon (W)|
|3||12||Ryan Briscoe||7||Danica Patrick||26||Marco Andretti|
|4||2||Tomas Scheckter||39||Michael Andretti||8||Scott Sharp|
|5||17||Jeff Simmons||20||Ed Carpenter||14||Darren Manning|
|6||15||Buddy Rice (W)||55||Kosuke Matsuura||22||A. J. Foyt IV|
|7||4||Vitor Meira||02||Davey Hamilton||5||Sarah Fisher|
|8||99||Buddy Lazier (W)||24||Roger Yasukawa||33||John Andretti|
|9||50||Al Unser, Jr. (W)||98||Alex Barron||19||Jon Herb|
|10||21||Jaques Lazier||23||Milka Duno (R)||25||Marty Roth|
|11||77||Roberto Moreno||91||Richie Hearn||31||Phil Giebler (R)|
(W) = Former Indianapolis 500 winner; (R) = Indianapolis 500 rookie
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|1||3||+2||27||Dario Franchitti||D||166||2:44:03.5608||Andretti Green||50|
|2||4||+2||9||Scott Dixon||D||166||+0.3610||Target Chip Ganassi||40|
|3||1||-2||3||Hélio Castroneves (W)||D||166||+1.8485||Team Penske||35|
|4||5||+1||6||Sam Hornish Jr. (W)||D||166||+4.6324||Team Penske||32|
|5||7||+2||12||Ryan Briscoe||D||166||+5.2109||Luczo-Dragon Racing||30|
|6||12||+6||8||Scott Sharp||D||166||+9.3470||Rahal Letterman||28|
|7||10||+3||2||Tomas Scheckter||D||166||+11.3823||Vision Racing||26|
|8||8||0||7||Danica Patrick||D||166||+12.1789||Andretti Green||24|
|9||20||+11||02||Davey Hamilton||D||166||+15.4116||Vision Racing||22|
|10||19||+9||4||Vitor Meira||D||166||+17.6991||Panther Racing||20|
|11||13||+2||17||Jeff Simmons||D||166||+19.7119||Rahal Letterman||19|
|12||2||-10||11||Tony Kanaan||D||166||+21.4339||Andretti Green||18+3|
|13||11||-2||39||Michael Andretti||D||166||+35.1235||Andretti Green||17|
|14||18||+4||22||A.J. Foyt IV||D||165||+1 Lap||Vision Racing||16|
|15||26||+11||98||Alex Barron||D||165||+1 Lap||CURB/Agajanian/Beck Motorsports||15|
|16||17||+1||55||Kosuke Matsuura||D||165||+1 Lap||Panther Racing||14|
|17||14||-3||20||Ed Carpenter||D||164||+1 Lap||Vision Racing||13|
|18||21||+3||5||Sarah Fisher||D||164||+2 Laps||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||12|
|19||22||+3||99||Buddy Lazier (W)||D||164||+2 Laps||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||12|
|20||15||-5||14||Darren Manning||D||164||+2 Laps||A.J. Foyt Racing||12|
|21||23||+2||24||Roger Yasukawa||D||164||+2 Laps||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||12|
|22||6||-18||10||Dan Wheldon (W)||D||163||Collision||Target Chip Ganassi||12|
|23||32||+9||91||Richie Hearn||D||163||+3 Laps||Hemelgarn Racing/Racing Professionals||12|
|24||9||-15||26||Marco Andretti||D||162||Collision||Andretti Green||12|
|25||16||-9||15||Buddy Rice (W)||D||162||Collision||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||10|
|26||25||-1||50||Al Unser, Jr. (W)||D||161||+5 Laps||A.J. Foyt Racing||10|
|27||28||+1||21||Jaques Lazier||P||155||Accident||Playa Del Racing||10|
|28||30||+2||25||Marty Roth||D||148||Accident||Roth Racing||10|
|29||33||+4||31||Phil Giebler (R)||P||106||Accident||Playa Del Racing||10|
|30||24||-6||33||John Andretti||D||95||Accident||Panther Racing||10|
|31||29||-2||23||Milka Duno (R)||D||65||Accident||SAMAX Motorsport||10|
|32||27||-5||19||Jon Herb||D||51||Accident||Racing Professionals||10|
|33||31||-2||77||Roberto Moreno||P||36||Accident||Chastain Motorsports||10|
|Race average speed: 151.774 mph (244.257 km/h)|
|Official box score|
Nine drivers led the race, with a total of twenty-three lead changes.
There were eleven caution periods during the race, with a total of fifty-five laps run under yellow, including the race's final lap.
|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)|
|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|
The Victory Celebration was held Monday May 28, 2007. Some of the many awards handed out during the evening included:
- A record total purse of $10,668,815
- Race winner Dario Franchitti won $1,645,233
- Phil Giebler won the Rookie of the Year
- Tony Kanaan won the Scott Brayton Driver's Trophy
For the second year in a row, the telecast utilized the Side-by-Side format for commercial breaks.
|Booth Announcers||Pit/garage reporters|
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|
|Jake Query (north pits)
Dave Argabright (center pits)
Kevin Lee (south pits)
Kevin Olson (garages/hospital)
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