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98th Indianapolis 500
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Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning body Verizon IndyCar Series
Season 2014 IndyCar season
Date May 25, 2014
Winner United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
Winning team Andretti Autosport
Average speed 186.563 mph (300.244 km/h)
Pole position United States Ed Carpenter
Pole speed 231.067 mph (371.866 km/h)
Fastest qualifier United States Ed Carpenter
Rookie of the Year United States Kurt Busch
Most laps led United States Ryan Hunter-Reay (56)
Pre-race ceremonies
National anthem LeAnn Rimes[1]
"Back Home Again in Indiana" Jim Nabors
Starting Command Mari Hulman George/Jim Nabors
Pace car Chevrolet Camaro
Pace car driver Dario Franchitti[2]
Honorary starter Mark Cuban
TV in the United States
Network ABC
Announcers Allen Bestwick, Scott Goodyear, Eddie Cheever
Chronology
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The 98th Indianapolis 500 was completed on Sunday May 25, 2014, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It is the premier event of the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Tony Kanaan entered the race as the defending champion. Ed Carpenter won the pole position, his second consecutive pole at Indy. The race was won by Ryan Hunter-Reay, the first American-born winner since Sam Hornish, Jr. in 2006. Hunter-Reay held off second place Hélio Castroneves by a margin of 0.0600 seconds, the second-closest finish in race history. At an average speed of 186.563 mph (300.244 km/h), it was also the second-fastest 500 in history.

The month of May activities opened with the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis, which was won by Simon Pagenaud on May 10. Practice opened for the Indy 500 on Sunday, May 11.[3] Time trials were held over two days, May 17–18, and a post-qualifying practice was held on May 19. The traditional final day of practice, dubbed Carb Day, was held on Friday, May 23.

All four divisions of the Road to Indy ladder participated in the month of May activities. The Cooper Tires Indy Lights held the Liberty Challenge and Freedom 100. The Pro Mazda Series and U.S. F2000 held races on the Speedway's road course, then held oval races at nearby Lucas Oil Raceway. The SPEED Energy Formula Off-Road series also held an event on Carb Day.[4]

Event background[edit]

In September 2013, an IndyCar feasibility test was conducted on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway combined road course,[5] in preparations for a possible road course race.[6] In October 2013, the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis was scheduled for Saturday, May 10, 2014.[3]

Jim Nabors performed "Back Home Again in Indiana" before the 2014 race, marking his 35th and final time doing so. On March 25, the 83-year-old Nabors announced that he would retire from performing at the 500 because his health limits his travel from his Hawaii home.[7]

Schedule[edit]

Track activity commenced on Tuesday April 29 with a refresher test for Jacques Villeneuve and Kurt Busch on the oval.[8] On Wednesday April 30, a full-field Open Test was held on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.[9] The annual Rookie Orientation Program was held on Monday May 5. The events for the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis were held over three days, May 8 to 10. On Sunday May 11, the circuit was reset to the oval configuration, and practice for the Indy 500 began.

For the first time in modern history, a post-qualifying practice session (other than Carb Day) will be held on the Monday following time trials. The track will be open on Monday May 19 from 12:00–5:00 p.m.[10]

Race schedules — April/May 2014
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
27
 
 
28
 
 
29
Refresher
tests
30
Road course
Open test
1
 
 
2
 
 
3
Mini-Marathon
 
4
 
 
5
ROP
 
6
 
 
7
 
 
8
Grand Prix
Practice
9
Grand Prix
Qualifying
10
Grand Prix of
Indianapolis
11
Practice
 
12
Practice
 
13
Practice
 
14
Practice
 
15
Practice
 
16
Practice
Fast Friday
 
17
Time Trials
 
18
Time Trials
 
19
Practice
 
20
 
 
21
Community
Day
22
Indy Lights
Qualifying
23
Carb Day
Freedom 100
24
Legends Day
Parade
25
Indianapolis
500
26
Memorial
Day
27
 
 
28
 
 
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

Entry list[edit]

For further information, see Team and driver list

The race had six former Indianapolis 500 winners entered, including two drivers returning for the first time in over a decade. Defending champion Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon drove for Ganassi. Three-time winner Hélio Castroneves returned with Penske. He was joined by 2000 winner Juan Pablo Montoya, who returned to the Indy 500 for the first time since his victory, after spending time in Formula One and NASCAR.[11]

Jacques Villeneuve announced he will return to the 500 with Sam Schmidt Motorsports.[12] It was his first appearance since his victory in 1995. 1996 winner Buddy Lazier is also returning to the 500 with Lazier Partners Racing. Lazier drove for this team in 2013, as well.[13]

Three-time Indy 500 winner, and four-time IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti announced his retirement from racing in the fall of 2013, following a crash at Houston.[14] In late March, Franchitti was named as the driver of the pace car.

Former NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch, who took a rookie test in 2013, announced he will enter the 500 with Andretti Autosport. He will attempt the Indy/Charlotte "Double Duty",[15] the first driver to do so since Robby Gordon in 2004. Busch is the first NASCAR champion to enter the Indy 500, as fellow Cup champions and Indy 500 starters Bobby Allison, Tony Stewart, and Cale Yarborough had not yet won the NASCAR title at the time they raced at Indianapolis.

All told, the Indianapolis 500 featured, for the first time in history, at least one champion from Formula One, IndyCar, and NASCAR.

Juan Pablo Montoya returned to the Indy 500 for the first time since 2000.
Defending race winner Tony Kanaan
Defending IndyCar champion and 2008 winner Scott Dixon
No. Driver Team Engine
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya W Team Penske Chevrolet
3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves W Team Penske Chevrolet
5 Canada Jacques Villeneuve W Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda
6 United States Townsend Bell KV Racing Technology Chevrolet
7 Russia Mikhail Aleshin R Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda
8 Australia Ryan Briscoe Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
9 New Zealand Scott Dixon W Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
10 Brazil Tony Kanaan W Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
11 France Sébastien Bourdais KV Racing Technology Chevrolet
12 Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet
14 Japan Takuma Sato A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda
15 United States Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
16 Spain Oriol Servià Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda
17 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra KV Racing Technology Chevrolet
18 Colombia Carlos Huertas R Dale Coyne Racing Honda
19 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda
20 United States Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
21 United States J. R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet
22 United States Sage Karam R Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing Chevrolet
25 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda
26 United States Kurt Busch R Andretti Autosport Honda
27 Canada James Hinchcliffe
Venezuela E. J. Viso (Practice) 1
Andretti Autosport Honda
28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda
33 Australia James Davison R KV Racing Technology Chevrolet
34 Colombia Carlos Muñoz Andretti Autosport Honda
41 United Kingdom Martin Plowman R A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda
63 United Kingdom Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Honda
67 United States Josef Newgarden Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda
68 Canada Alex Tagliani Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda
77 France Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda
83 United States Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet
91 United States Buddy Lazier W Lazier Partners Racing Chevrolet
98 United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth R Bryan Herta Autosport Honda
OFFICIAL ENTRY LIST
Key Meaning
R Rookie
W Past winner
1 Substitute driver after Hinchcliffe injury.

Rule changes[edit]

A new qualifying format was introduced for 2014. Qualifying was held over two days (Saturday-Sunday), with the pole position winner not determined until the second day. The qualifying procedure were as follows:

  • On the first day of time trials (Saturday May 17), all cars entered made an attempt to qualify. Qualifying was scheduled from 11:00 am to 5:50 pm. The fastest 33 cars were locked into the starting field. Actual grid positioning, however, was not yet assigned. The top nine cars from Saturday were eligible for the Fast Nine Shootout.
  • On the second day of time trials (Sunday May 18), the cars that posted times from 10th–33rd would each make a qualifying attempt, beginning at 10:15 am. Saturday times would be erased, and the Sunday times would determine the starting lineup.
  • At 2 pm on Sunday, the top nine cars from Saturday will participate in the Fast Nine Shootout to determined the pole position as well as starting positions 2–9.

All engines for 2014 and beyond were required to have Twin-turbos. Single-turbo powerplants were no longer permitted. Previously, only Chevrolet (and for a brief time, Lotus) utilized a twin-turbo.[16] Grid penalties based on unapproved engine changes were eliminated.[17] Previously, unapproved engine changes penalties incurred during the month of May at Indianapolis would be served at the next race of the season (Detroit). Starting in 2014, the penalty will be points deductions to the manufacturers championship. If teams act in deliberate negligence to cause engine failures, the penalty will be starting from the rear of the field.

Starting in 2014, IndyCar championship points for the Indianapolis 500, as well as the Pocono 500 and MAVTV 500 (Fontana) will be doubled compared to the other races on the schedule.[18]

Testing and Rookie orientation[edit]

Refresher tests – Tuesday April 29[edit]

Jacques Villeneuve completed a refresher test.

The first track activity for 2014 was a refresher test involving two drivers, race rookie Kurt Busch and former winner Jacques Villeneuve.[19] Both drivers passed their refresher test without incident. The 25-lap formal refresher test consists of the second and third phases of the official rookie test. Busch, who initially passed a rookie test in 2013, returned to the Speedway in preparations for attempting Double Duty. Villeneuve, the 1995 winner, made his first competitive laps on the oval in an Indy car since his victory in 1995. The scheduled session ended shortly after 4 p.m. due to moisture.

  • Weather: 74 °F (23 °C)
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Speed
1 26 United States Kurt Busch (R) Andretti Autosport 220.844
2 5 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 217.742
OFFICIAL REPORT

Rookie Orientation – Monday May 5[edit]

Kurt Busch led the speed chart during rookie orientation.

Seven drivers took part in the annual Rookie Orientation Program. The official rookie test consisted of three phases (10 laps at 200–205 mph, 15 laps at 205–210 mph, and 15 laps at over 210 mph). Six of the seven drivers passed all three phases. Sage Karam passed only the first two phases due to mechanical problems. The drivers completed 622 laps without incident.[20] Kurt Busch, who completed a refresher test on April 29, returned to the track for more practice time. He completed 180 laps, and also took part in pit stop practice.

  • Weather: 68 °F (20 °C), mostly sunny
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Speed
1 26 United States Kurt Busch (R) Andretti Autosport 222.289
2 7 Russia Mikhail Aleshin (R) Sam Schmidt Motorsports 219.170
3 22 United States Sage Karam (R) Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing 218.419
OFFICIAL REPORT

Practice[edit]

Sunday May 11 – Opening Day practice[edit]

Will Power led the speed chart on Opening Day.

Opening Day practice saw Team Penske sweep the top of the speed chart. Will Power, at 223.057 mph (358.975 km/h), drove the fastest lap, while Hélio Castroneves completed the most laps (82). Early in the afternoon, rookie Sage Karam completed his rookie test. A total of 24 drivers completed 731 laps without incident. A brief yellow for lightning in the area closed the track around 4 p.m., but rain did not fall at the Speedway. E. J. Viso drove in substitution for James Hinchcliffe at Andretti Autosport. A day earlier during the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, Hinchcliffe suffered a concussion after debris struck him in the helmet. He was sidelined until cleared to drive by physicians.[21][22]

  • Weather: 84 °F (29 °C), mostly cloudy
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Speed
1 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 223.057
2 2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske 222.502
3 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 222.373
OFFICIAL REPORT

Monday May 12 – Practice[edit]

Ryan Hunter-Reay topped 225 mph on Monday.

Ryan Hunter-Reay became the first driver to break the 225 mph barrier during practice. During "Happy Hour," the final hour of practice for the day, he drove a lap of 225.025 mph (362.143 km/h). A total of 30 drivers completed 2,286 laps without major incident. Ed Carpenter suffered mechanical issues during the day. At 4:48 p.m. Carpenter's car slowed on the track with smoke trailing from the car, bringing out a yellow.[23][24]

  • Weather: 81 °F (27 °C), mostly cloudy
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Speed
1 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 225.025
2 25 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 224.037
3 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 223.635
OFFICIAL REPORT

Tuesday May 13 – Practice[edit]

A total of 30 drivers completed 1,024 laps during an abbreviated practice session on Tuesday. Thunderstorms closed the track for the day shortly before 2 p.m. E. J. Viso, driving in substitution for James Hinchcliffe, led the speed chart with Andretti Autosport teammate Kurt Busch second.[25] Juan Pablo Montoya posted the third-fastest speed of the day, but his day ended prematurely when his car stalled in turn four with an apparent mechanical failure.

  • Weather: 79 °F (26 °C), thunderstorms
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Speed
1 27 Venezuela E. J. Viso Andretti Autosport 224.488
2 26 United States Kurt Busch (R) Andretti Autosport 224.159
3 2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske 224.115
OFFICIAL REPORT

Wednesday May 14 – Practice[edit]

Rain delayed the start of practice until 5:00 p.m. Due to the delay, officials extended the practice session until 7:00 p.m. A total of 29 drivers completed 1,044 laps in a busy session. Just after 6 p.m., rookie Jack Hawksworth lost control and did a half spin in turn three, and crashed into the outside wall. It was the first crash of the month. Hawksworth was not injured. Simon Pagenaud, who won the Grand Prix of Indianapolis, turned the fastest lap of the day. He became the first driver over 226 mph for the month. At 6:24 p.m., light rain began to fall once again, and the track was closed for the day.[26][27]

  • Weather: 81 °F (27 °C), rain
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Speed
1 77 France Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 226.122
2 21 United States J. R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing 225.854
3 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 225.494
OFFICIAL REPORT

Thursday May 15 – Practice[edit]

The busiest day of practice thus far saw 34 drivers complete 2,516 laps. In the final hour, Hélio Castroneves completed the fastest lap of the month, the first driver over 227 mph. Three drivers – rookie James Davison, Buddy Lazier, and James Hinchcliffe – took their first laps of the week. Hinchcliffe was back out on the track after being clear to drive after his concussion. Both E. J. Viso and Pippa Mann suffered mechanical/engine issues. The most serious issue of the day belonged to Mikhail Aleshin, who stopped on the course with an engine fire.[28][29]

  • Weather: 50 °F (10 °C), cloudy
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Speed
1 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 227.166
2 20 United States Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing 226.257
3 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske 225.899
OFFICIAL REPORT

Friday May 16 – Fast Friday Practice[edit]

Rain kept the cars off the track most of the day, and allowed only a 19-minute practice session on Fast Friday. Ed Carpenter set the fastest lap of the month during the brief session, with a lap of 230.522 mph (370.989 km/h). It was the first 230 mph lap at the Speedway since 2003. All cars were permitted 140 kPa of turbocharger "boost" during practice on Friday, up from 130 kPa allowed Sunday through Thursday. No incidents were reported.[30] Six different drivers topped the speed chart on each of the six practice days.

  • Weather: 53 °F (12 °C), rain
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Speed
1 20 United States Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing 230.522
2 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske 229.843
3 25 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport 229.419
OFFICIAL REPORT

Time trials[edit]

First Day – Saturday May 17[edit]

Ed Carpenter set the fastest qualifying speed of the day, leading the nine drivers who advanced to the Fast Nine Shootout on Sunday.

  • Weather: 55 °F (13 °C), partly cloudy
First Round – Saturday, May 17, 2014
Pos. No. Driver Team Engine Speed Pts.
Fast 9 Shootout Qualifiers: Positions 1–9
1 20 United States Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 230.661 33
2 34 Colombia Carlos Muñoz Andretti Autosport Honda 230.460 32
3 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 230.432 31
4 27 Canada James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Honda 230.407 30
5 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 230.323 29
6 25 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 230.134 28
7 77 France Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda 230.070 27
8 67 United States Josef Newgarden Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda 230.033 26
9 21 United States J. R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 230.027 25
OFFICIAL REPORT
Locked-In Qualifiers: Positions 10–30
10 26 United States Kurt Busch (R) Andretti Autosport Honda 229.960 24
11 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 229.899 23
12 98 United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth (R) Bryan Herta Autosport Honda 229.816 22
13 2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet 229.785 21
14 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 229.283 20
15 7 Russia Mikhail Aleshin (R) Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda 229.091 19
16 19 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda 228.947 18
17 8 Australia Ryan Briscoe Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 228.825 17
18 14 Japan Takuma Sato A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 228.786 16
19 83 United States Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 228.710 15
20 15 United States Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 228.664 14
21 22 United States Sage Karam (R) Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing Chevrolet 228.650 13
22 6 United States Townsend Bell KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 228.508 12
23 10 Brazil Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 228.435 11
24 11 France Sébastien Bourdais KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 228.388 10
25 63 United Kingdom Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Honda 228.358 9
26 17 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 228.294 8
27 5 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 228.171 7
28 33 Australia James Davison (R) KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 228.150 6
29 16 Spain Oriol Servià Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 228.034 5
30 18 Colombia Carlos Huertas (R) Dale Coyne Racing Honda 227.991 4
Non-Locked-In Qualifiers: Positions 31–33
31 68 Canada Alex Tagliani Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda 227.813 3
32 41 United Kingdom Martin Plowman (R) A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 227.043 2
33 91 United States Buddy Lazier Lazier Partners Racing Chevrolet 226.543 1

Second Day – Sunday May 18[edit]

The second day of time trials set the starting grid for positions 10 through 33, and then featured the Fast Nine Shootout. During the early session, Juan Pablo Montoya set the fastest time, and qualified for the 10th position. During the Fast Nine Shootout, Ed Carpenter became the eleventh driver ever to win the pole position two consecutive years with a four-lap average of 231.067 mph (371.866 km/h), the fastest qualifying speed since 2003. The 33-car field average was 229.382 mph (369.155 km/h) — the fastest overall average in "500" history.

  • Weather: TBA 0 °F (−18 °C)
Pos. No. Driver Team Engine Speed Pts.
Fast 9 Shootout: Positions 1–9
1 20 United States Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 231.067 9
2 27 Canada James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Honda 230.839 8
3 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 230.697 7
4 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves Team Penske Chevrolet 230.649 6
5 77 France Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda 230.614 5
6 25 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 230.544 4
7 34 Colombia Carlos Muñoz Andretti Autosport Honda 230.146 3
8 67 United States Josef Newgarden Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda 229.893 2
9 21 United States J. R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 228.726 1
Pos. No. Driver Team Engine Speed
Positions 10–33
10 2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske Chevrolet 231.007
11 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 230.928
12 26 United States Kurt Busch (R) Andretti Autosport Honda 230.782
13 98 United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth (R) Bryan Herta Autosport Honda 230.506
14 19 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda 230.256
15 7 Russia Mikhail Aleshin (R) Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Honda 230.049
16 10 Brazil Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 229.922
17 11 France Sébastien Bourdais KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 229.847
18 16 Spain Oriol Servià Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 229.752
19 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 229.719
20 15 United States Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 229.628
21 18 Colombia Carlos Huertas (R) Dale Coyne Racing Honda 229.251
22 63 United Kingdom Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Honda 229.223
23 14 Japan Takuma Sato A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 229.201
24 68 Canada Alex Tagliani Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda 229.148
25 6 United States Townsend Bell KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 229.009
26 83 United States Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 228.953
27 5 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 228.949
28 33 Australia James Davison (R) KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 228.865
29 41 United Kingdom Martin Plowman (R) A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 228.814
30 8 Australia Ryan Briscoe Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 228.713
31 22 United States Sage Karam (R) Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing Chevrolet 228.436
32 17 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 228.088
33 91 United States Buddy Lazier Lazier Partners Racing Chevrolet 227.920

Post-qualifying practice and Carb Day[edit]

Monday May 19 – Post-qualfiying practice[edit]

The 33 qualified cars participated in a post-qualifying practice session on Monday from 12 noon until 5 p.m. The drivers completed 2,329 laps with Josef Newgarden fastest of the day. At 1:35 p.m. Kurt Busch's car got loose in turn two, he lost control, and crashed into the outside wall at the exit of turn two. The car had heavy damage on the right side, but Busch was uninjured.

  • Weather: 70 °F (21 °C), partly sunny
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Speed
1 67 United States Josef Newgarden Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing 227.105
2 2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Team Penske 226.532
3 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 226.433
OFFICIAL REPORT

Friday May 23 – Carb Day practice[edit]

All 33 drivers took laps during the final 60-minute practice session. Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Tony Kanaan and Scott Dixon led the speed chart. One minor incident involved rookie Sage Karam, who lightly brushed the outside wall in the exit of turn four. The car suffered only very minor damage.[1]

  • Weather: 67 °F (19 °C)
Top Practice Speeds
Pos No. Driver Team Speed
1 10 Brazil Tony Kanaan Chip Ganassi Racing 227.838
2 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 227.773
3 6 United States Townsend Bell KV Racing Technology 227.221
OFFICIAL REPORT

Friday May 23 – Pit Stop Challenge[edit]

The annual TAG Heuer Pit Stop Challenge was held Friday May 23. Chip Ganassi Racing with driver Scott Dixon defeated Dreyer & Reinbold-Kingdom Racing (Sage Karam) in the final round to win the annual tournament.

Starting grid[edit]

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

Row Inside Middle Outside
1 20 United States Ed Carpenter 27 Canada James Hinchcliffe 12 Australia Will Power
2 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves (W) 77 France Simon Pagenaud 25 United States Marco Andretti
3 34 Colombia Carlos Muñoz 67 United States Josef Newgarden 21 United States J. R. Hildebrand
4 2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya (W) 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon (W) 26 United States Kurt Busch (R)
5 98 United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth (R) 19 United Kingdom Justin Wilson 7 Russia Mikhail Aleshin (R)
6 10 Brazil Tony Kanaan (W) 11 France Sébastien Bourdais 16 Spain Oriol Servià
7 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay 15 United States Graham Rahal 18 Colombia Carlos Huertas (R)
8 63 United Kingdom Pippa Mann 14 Japan Takuma Sato 68 Canada Alex Tagliani
9 6 United States Townsend Bell 83 United States Charlie Kimball 5 Canada Jacques Villeneuve (W)
10 33 Australia James Davison (R) 41 United Kingdom Martin Plowman (R) 8 Australia Ryan Briscoe
11 22 United States Sage Karam (R) 17 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra 91 United States Buddy Lazier (W)

Race summary[edit]

Ryan Hunter-Reay became the first American driver to win the race since 2006

Start[edit]

Race morning dawned with blue skies, and no chance of rain. Mari Hulman George and Jim Nabors gave the command to start engines together, and pace car driver Dario Franchitti led the field on the parade and pace laps. A clean start saw James Hinchcliffe grab the lead into turn one. Exiting turn two, Ryan Briscoe nearly spun and crashed, but kept the car under control without incident.

Hinchcliffe led the first nine laps, then polesitter Ed Carpenter took the lead on lap 10. Unlike the previous year, lead changes were at a minimum in the opening laps.

First half[edit]

The race went caution free for the first 149 laps. It marked the longest stretch of consecutive laps without a caution since before records were kept beginning in 1976.[31] It also set a record for most consecutive laps from the start of the race before the first yellow. The modern era record was 66 laps in 2000, while the 1954 race reportedly went 110 laps before the first yellow light.[32]

The field shuffled through several green-flag pit stops, while only two cars dropped out in the first half. Graham Rahal retired after 44 laps, suffering from electrical issues which kept shutting off the engine. Buddy Lazier was sidelined with clutch issues, but not before he moved into 7th place all-time in laps/miles completed at Indy.

On lap 66, Tony Kanaan's chances of winning were dashed. He ran out of fuel, but made it back to the pits. He returned to the track after a lengthy 43-second pit stop, but was back in the pits seven laps later with a broken starter. Kanaan fell 18 laps down as the crew made repairs.

At the halfway point, leader Ryan Hunter-Reay set a new record with an average speed of 211.871 mph.

Second half[edit]

A spin-out and crash involving Charlie Kimball on lap 149 brought out the first yellow flag. The leaders pitted, and the green came back out on lap 158. Ten laps later, Scott Dixon crashed in turn four, bringing out the second caution of the day. Dixon's crash snapped a streak of 1,733 consecutive laps completed at Indy, dating back to the start of the 2006 race.

The green came out for a restart with 25 laps to go. Ryan Hunter-Reay led Ed Carpenter, Townsend Bell, James Hinchcliffe, and Hélio Castroneves. As the field jockeyed down the mainstretch, Hunter-Reay led into turn one. Directly behind him, Carpenter and Bell went side-by-side going into turn one. At that moment, Hinchcliffe dove to the inside, making it three-abreast into turn one. Hinchcliffe touched with Carpenter, sending both cars spinning and crashing into the outside wall. Bell, Castroneves, and the rest of the field slipped by unscathed. After the race, Carpenter angrily called Hinchcliffe's attempt to pass "amateur" and said "if he didn't have a concussion last week I would have punched him in the face."[33]

Red flag[edit]

The green came out on lap 180, with Ryan Hunter-Reay leading. The lead shuffled quickly between Marco Andretti, Hélio Castroneves, and then back to Hunter-Reay.[33] Then on lap 191, Townsend Bell crashed hard into the outside wall at the exit of turn two. With less than nine laps remaining, officials elected to put out the red flag and halted the race to allow workers to clean up the incident, and allow the opportunity for a green flag finish. Considerable debris, along with damage to the SAFER Barrier and catchfence, required a red flag of nearly 11 minutes.

The red flag drew some mild controversy, but it was generally praised by most fans and competitors in the effort to prevent the race from finishing under caution.[34][35] Eight of the previous twelve Indy 500s had finished under caution due to a late-race crash or rain.

Finish[edit]

The cars re-fired and took two yellow warm-up laps. The green came with six laps to go. Ryan Hunter-Reay led the field into turn one, Hélio Castroneves tucked into second, with Marco Andretti close behind in third. The leaders started taking an extremely low line down the front and back straights, forcing their competitors to make passes to the outside.

With five laps to go, Castroneves made a slingshot pass on the inside, and took the lead into turn one. Andretti challenged Hunter-Reay going into turn three, but was unable to make the pass. On the next time by the start/finish line, Castroneves was able to maintain the lead going into turn one.[33] The top three cars stayed nose-to-tail going down the backstrech at which time Hunter-Reay made a daring dive pass below the white line to take the lead going into turn three. The field crossed the start/finish line for three laps to go with Hunter-Reay leading.

With two laps to go, Castroneves went to the outside to pass Hunter-Reay going into turn one to retake the lead. The two raced nose-to-tail, with Andretti fading in third. As the field came down the mainstretch to receive the white flag, Hunter-Reay made a slingshot pass to the outside to again retake the lead. He pulled out to a lead down the backstretch, and Castroneves was unable to challenge going into turn 3. As they came off of turn four, Castroneves tried to close the gap, and drafted going down the mainstretch. He made a move to the outside, but Hunter-Reay was able to hold off the challenge, and won the race by 0.0600 seconds. It was the second-closest finish in race history behind only 1992.[33]

"This race was ridiculously close and competitive," Hunter-Reay said after the race. "Just glad I picked the right time to go."[33] Andretti placed third, while Carlos Muñoz finished fourth.[33] Juan Pablo Montoya placed fifth in his first Indy 500 since he won it in 2000.[36] Kurt Busch completed the race in sixth place then flew to North Carolina for the Coca-Cola 600. His attempt to become the second driver to complete 1,100 miles in one day came up short when his engine blew later on at the Coca-Cola 600.[33]

The win made Hunter-Reay the first American to win the Indianapolis 500 in eight years. Between Hunter-Reay, Andretti, and Muñoz, Andretti Autosport had three cars in the top four.

Box score[edit]

Pos No. Driver Team Engine Laps Time/Retired Pit Stops Grid Laps Led Pts.1
1 28 United States Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport Honda 200 2:40:48.2305 19 56 126
2 3 Brazil Hélio Castroneves (W) Team Penske Chevrolet 200 +0.0600 4 38 118
3 25 United States Marco Andretti Andretti Autosport Honda 200 +0.3171 6 20 103
4 34 Colombia Carlos Muñoz Andretti Autosport Honda 200 +0.7795 7 99
5 2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya (W) Team Penske Chevrolet 200 +1.3233 10 16 82
6 26 United States Kurt Busch (R) Andretti Autosport Honda 200 +2.2666 12 80
7 11 France Sébastien Bourdais KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 200 +2.6576 17 62
8 12 Australia Will Power Team Penske Chevrolet 200 +2.8507 3 22 85
9 22 United States Sage Karam (R) Dreyer & Reinbold Kingdom Racing Chevrolet 200 +3.2848 31 57
10 21 United States J. R. Hildebrand Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 200 +3.4704 9 66
11 16 Spain Oriol Servià Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 200 +4.1077 18 43
12 77 France Simon Pagenaud Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 200 +4.5677 5 68
13 68 Canada Alex Tagliani Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda 200 +7.6179 24 3 38
14 5 Canada Jacques Villeneuve (W) Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 200 +8.1770 27 39
15 17 Colombia Sebastián Saavedra KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 200 +8.5936 32 38
16 33 Australia James Davison (R) KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 200 +9.1043 28 34
17 18 Colombia Carlos Huertas (R) Dale Coyne Racing Honda 200 +12.1541 21 30
18 8 Australia Ryan Briscoe Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 200 +13.3143 30 41
19 14 Japan Takuma Sato A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 200 +13.7950 23 38
20 98 United Kingdom Jack Hawksworth (R) Bryan Herta Autosport Honda 200 +13.8391 13 42
21 7 Russia Mikhail Aleshin (R) Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda 198 +2 laps 15 1 37
22 19 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Dale Coyne Racing Honda 198 +2 laps 14 36
23 41 United Kingdom Martin Plowman (R) A. J. Foyt Enterprises Honda 196 +4 laps 29 16
24 63 United Kingdom Pippa Mann Dale Coyne Racing Honda 193 +7 laps 22 31
25 6 United States Townsend Bell KV Racing Technology Chevrolet 190 Contact 25 22
26 10 Brazil Tony Kanaan (W) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 177 +23 laps 16 1 22
27 20 United States Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 175 Contact 1 26 53
28 27 Canada James Hinchcliffe Andretti Autosport Honda 175 Contact 2 14 49
29 9 New Zealand Scott Dixon (W) Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 167 Contact 11 3 30
30 67 United States Josef Newgarden Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Honda 156 Contact 8 38
31 83 United States Charlie Kimball Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet 149 Contact 26 25
32 91 United States Buddy Lazier (W) Lazier Partners Racing Chevrolet 87 Mechanical 33 11
33 15 United States Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda 44 Electrical 20 24
OFFICIAL BOX SCORE
Notes

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

Race statistics[edit]

  • Lead changes: 34 amongst 11 drivers

Broadcasting[edit]

Television[edit]

In the United States, ABC broadcast both feature races in the IndyCar Series during the Indianapolis 500 meeting. This marks the fiftieth consecutive year that ABC has broadcast the 500. ABC also carried time trials for the first time since 2008. Long-time NASCAR play-by-play announcer Allen Bestwick, who has worked the Brickyard 400 since 2001,[37] made his Indy 500 debut for 2014. Previous anchor Marty Reid was fired by the network on September 29, 2013 following an error during the broadcast of the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kentucky 300 (a race that was worked by IMS Radio on the radio side).[38] During pole qualifying on Sunday May 18, Dario Franchitti joined the ABC booth as guest analyst. Carb Day coverage was carried by NBC Sports Network, with Bob Varsha serving as announcer.

International broadcasters included Foxtel Speed in Australia, Bandeirantes in Brazil, Motors TV in France,[39] Sport1US in Germany,[40] GAORA Sports in Japan,[41] ESPN in Latin America and BT Sport 2 in the United Kingdom.[42]

ABC Television
Booth Announcers Pit/garage reporters

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

Jerry Punch
Vince Welch
Jamie Little
Rick DeBruhl

Radio[edit]

Paul Page, who served as the radio announcer for the 500 from 1977–1987, and later the television announcer (1988–1998, 2002–2004) returned to the radio booth. He anchored the radio broadcast, replacing Mike King, who resigned after 2013. Veteran Indy driver Robbie Buhl joined Page for the broadcast as race analyst, substituting for normal IMS Radio analyst Pippa Mann, who was participating in the race. After several years covering the pit area, Kevin Lee took the turn four position. Lee was substituting for Chris Denari, who missed to race due to commitments with the Pacers and Fever.

Page ushered in some changes to the broadcast upon his return. He re-instated the turn one reporting location, with Jerry Baker manning the position. Page also brought back his Delta Force Intros, made popular from his days on television. During commercial breaks, the famous out-cue was recited by Page himself. In the previous few years, driver-recorded and historical out-cues were used.

1070 The Fan broadcast nightly beginning April 29 with Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee, followed by Donald Davidson's The Talk of Gasoline Alley.[43] However, several episodes of each were pre-empted due to Pacers playoff coverage. About two months after the race, veteran broadcaster, and former IMS Radio Network announcer Gary Lee died.[44] Lee had been part of the broadcast from 1990–1998.

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

Chief Announcer: Paul Page
Driver expert: Robbie Buhl
Historian: Donald Davidson

Turn 1: Jerry Baker
Turn 2: Jake Query
Turn 3: Mark Jaynes
Turn 4: Kevin Lee

Dave Wilson (north pits)
Dave Furst (north-center pits)
Nick Yeoman (south-center pits)
Michael Young (south pits)

Footnotes[edit]

Works cited[edit]

References[edit]

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  25. ^ Lewandowski, Dave (May 13, 2014). "Saavedra 'in business;' Viso tops speed chart". IndyCar.com. Retrieved May 13, 2014. 
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  31. ^ Chris Jenkins (May 25, 2014). "Top starters Carpenter, Hinchcliffe crash out at Indy 500". USA Today. 
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  44. ^ Cavin, Curt (July 15, 2014). "Veteran motor sports broadcaster Gary Lee found dead". USA Today. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 

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