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DATE: Sunday, May 25
SITE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway -- Indianapolis, Ind.
TRACK: 2.5-mile oval
CAPACITY: more than 250,000 permanent seats
ANNUAL: 98th
TELEVISION: ABC
RADIO: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS Satellite Radio
START TIME: noon ET (green flag expected at 12:12 p.m.)
QUALIFYING TIME: held on May 17-18 (Ed Carpenter won pole position)
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Tony Kanaan
RUNNER-UP: Carlos Munoz
POLE WINNER: Ed Carpenter (finished 10th in 2013 race)
LAPS: 200
MILES: 500
QUALIFYING RECORD: Arie Luyendyk, 1996 (236.986 mph)
RACE RECORD: Tony Kanaan, 2013 (187.433 mph)
 
2013 Finish
FinishDriverStartFinishDriverStart
1Tony Kanaan126Helio Castroneves8
2Carlos Munoz27A.J. Allmendinger5
3Ryan Hunter-Reay78Simon Pagenaud21
4Marco Andretti39Charlie Kimball19
5Justin Wilson1410Ed Carpenter1
2013 Indianapolis 500 Facts and Figures
AVERAGE SPEED: 187.433 mph (race record)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 40 mins., 3.4181 secs.
MARGIN OF VICTORY: Under Caution
CAUTION FLAGS: 8 for 39 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 68 among 14 drivers (race record)
POLE WINNER: Ed Carpenter (228.762 mph)
FASTEST LAP: Justin Wilson, 226.940 mph, Lap 185
Past Indianapolis 500 Winners (Starting Position) Car -- Speed
2013 -- Tony Kanaan (12) -- Dallara-Chevrolet -- 187.433 mph
2012 -- Dario Franchitti (16) -- Dallara-Honda -- 167.734 mph
2011 -- Dan Wheldon (6) -- Dallara-Honda -- 170.265 mph
2010 -- Dario Franchitti (3) -- Dallara-Honda -- 161.623 mph
2009 -- Helio Castroneves (1) -- Dallara-Honda -- 150.318 mph
2008 -- Scott Dixon (1) -- Dallara-Honda -- 143.567 mph
2007 -- Dario Franchitti (3) -- Dallara-Honda -- 151.774 mph
2006 -- Sam Hornish Jr (1) -- Dallara-Honda -- 157.085 mph
2005 -- Dan Wheldon (16) -- Dallara-Honda -- 157.603 mph
2004 -- Buddy Rice (1) -- Honda -- 138.518 mph
2003 -- Gil de Ferran (10) -- Toyota -- 156.291 mph
2002 -- Helio Castroneves (13) -- Chevrolet -- 166.499 mph
2001 -- Helio Castroneves (11) -- Oldsmobile -- 131.294 mph
2000 -- Juan Montoya (2) -- Oldsmobile -- 167.704 mph
1999 -- Kenny Brack (8) -- Oldsmobile -- 153.176 mph
1998 -- Eddie Cheever Jr (17) -- Oldsmobile -- 145.155 mph
1997 -- Arie Luyendyk (1) -- Oldsmobile -- 145.827 mph
1996 -- Buddy Lazier (5) -- Ford -- 147.956 mph
1995 -- Jacques Villeneuve (5) -- Ford -- 153.616 mph
1994 -- Al Unser Jr (1) -- Mercedes -- 160.872 mph
1993 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (9) -- Chevrolet -- 157.207 mph
1992 -- Al Unser Jr (12) -- Chevrolet -- 134.477 mph
1991 -- Rick Mears (1) -- Chevrolet -- 176.457 mph
1990 -- Arie Luyendyk (3) -- Chevrolet -- 185.981 mph
1989 -- Emerson Fittipaldi (3) -- Chevrolet -- 167.581 mph
1988 -- Rick Mears (1) -- Chevrolet -- 144.809 mph
1987 -- Al Unser (20) -- Cosworth -- 162.175 mph
1986 -- Bobby Rahal (4) -- Cosworth -- 170.722 mph
1985 -- Danny Sullivan (8) -- Cosworth -- 152.982 mph
1984 -- Rick Mears (3) -- Cosworth -- 163.612 mph
1983 -- Tom Sneva (4) -- Cosworth -- 162.117 mph
1982 -- Gordon Johncock (5) -- Cosworth -- 162.029 mph
1981 -- Bobby Unser (1) -- Cosworth -- 139.084 mph
1980 -- Johnny Rutherford (1) -- Cosworth -- 142.862 mph
1979 -- Rick Mears (1) -- Cosworth -- 158.899 mph
1978 -- Al Unser (5) -- Cosworth -- 161.361 mph
1977 -- A.J. Foyt (4) -- Foyt -- 161.331 mph
1976 -- Johnny Rutherford (1) -- Offenhauser -- 148.275 mph
1975 -- Bobby Unser (3) -- Offenhauser -- 149.213 mph
1974 -- Johnny Rutherford (25) -- Offenhauser -- 158.589 mph
1973 -- Gordon Johncock (11) -- Offenhauser -- 159.036 mph
1972 -- Mark Donohue (3) -- Offenhauser -- 162.962 mph
1971 -- Al Unser (5) -- Ford -- 157.735 mph
1970 -- Al Unser (1) -- Ford -- 155.749 mph
1969 -- Mario Andretti (2) -- Ford -- 156.867 mph
1968 -- Bobby Unser (3) -- Offenhauser -- 152.882 mph
1967 -- A.J. Foyt (4) -- Ford -- 151.207 mph
1966 -- Graham Hill (15) -- Ford -- 144.317 mph
1965 -- Jim Clark (2) -- Ford -- 150.686 mph
1964 -- A.J. Foyt (5) -- Offenhauser -- 147.350 mph
1963 -- Parnelli Jones (1) -- Offenhauser -- 143.137 mph
1962 -- Rodger Ward (2) -- Offenhauser -- 140.293 mph
1961 -- A.J. Foyt (7) -- Offenhauser -- 139.131 mph
1960 -- Jim Rathmann (2) -- Offenhauser -- 138.767 mph
1959 -- Rodger Ward (6) -- Offenhauser -- 135.857 mph
1958 -- Jimmy Bryan (7) -- Offenhauser -- 133.791 mph
1957 -- Sam Hanks (13) -- Offenhauser -- 135.601 mph
1956 -- Pat Flaherty (1) -- Offenhauser -- 128.490 mph
1955 -- Bob Sweikert (14) -- Offenhauser -- 128.209 mph
1954 -- Bill Vukovich (19) -- Offenhauser -- 130.840 mph
1953 -- Bill Vukovich (1) -- Offenhauser -- 128.740 mph
1952 -- Troy Ruttman (7) -- Offenhauser -- 128.922 mph
1951 -- Lee Wallard (2) -- Offenhauser -- 126.244 mph
1950 -- Johnnie Parsons (5) -- Offenhauser -- 124.002 mph
1949 -- Bill Holland (4) -- Offenhauser -- 121.327 mph
1948 -- Mauri Rose (3) -- Offenhauser -- 119.814 mph
1947 -- Mauri Rose (3) -- Offenhauser -- 116.338 mph
1946 -- George Robson (15) -- Sparks -- 114.820 mph
1945 -- Not Held
1944 -- Not Held
1943 -- Not Held
1942 -- Not Held
1941 -- Floyd Davis and Mauri Rose (17) -- Offenhauser -- 115.117 mph
1940 -- Wilbur Shaw (2) -- Maserati -- 114.277 mph
1939 -- Wilbur Shaw (3) -- Maserati -- 115.035 mph
1938 -- Floyd Roberts (1) -- Miller -- 117.200 mph
1937 -- Wilbur Shaw (2) -- Offenhauser -- 113.580 mph
1936 -- Louis Meyer (28) -- Miller -- 109.069 mph
1935 -- Kelly Petillo (22) -- Offenhauser -- 106.240 mph
1934 -- William Cummings (10) -- Miller -- 104.863 mph
1933 -- Louis Meyer (6) -- Miller -- 104.162 mph
1932 -- Fred Frame (27) -- Miller -- 104.144 mph
1931 -- Louis Schneider (13) -- Miller -- 96.629 mph
1930 -- Billy Arnold (1) -- Miller -- 100.448 mph
1929 -- Ray Keech (6) -- Miller -- 97.585 mph
1928 -- Louis Meyer (13) -- Miller -- 99.482 mph
1927 -- George Souders (22) -- Duesenberg -- 97.545 mph
1926 -- Frank Lockhart (20) -- Miller -- 95.904 mph
1925 -- Peter DePaolo (2) -- Duesenberg -- 101.127 mph
1924 -- L.L.Corum and Joe Boyer (21) -- Duesenberg -- 98.234 mph
1923 -- Tommy Milton (1) -- Miller -- 90.954 mph
1922 -- Jimmy Murphy (1) -- Miller -- 94.484 mph
1921 -- Tommy Milton (20) -- Frontenac -- 89.621 mph
1920 -- Gastno Chevrolet (6) -- Frontenac -- 88.618 mph
1919 -- Howdy Wilcox (2) -- Peugeot -- 88.050 mph
1918 -- Not Held
1917 -- Not Held
1916 -- Dario Resta (4) -- Peugeot -- 84.001 mph
1915 -- Ralph DePalma (2) -- Mercedes -- 89.840 mph
1914 -- Rene Thomas (15) -- Delage -- 82.474 mph
1913 -- Jules Goux (7) -- Peugeot -- 75.933 mph
1912 -- Joe Dawson (7) -- National -- 78.719 mph
1911 -- Ray Harroun (28) -- Marmon -- 74.602 mph
Past Indianapolis 500 Pole Winners (Finish)
2013 -- Ed Carpenter -- 10
2012 -- Ryan Briscoe -- 5
2011 -- Alex Tagliani -- 28
2010 -- Helio Castroneves -- 9
2009 -- Helio Castroneves -- 1
2008 -- Scott Dixon -- 1
2007 -- Helio Castroneves -- 3
2006 -- Sam Hornish Jr -- 1
2005 -- Tony Kanaan -- 8
2004 -- Buddy Rice -- 1
2003 -- Helio Castroneves -- 2
2002 -- Bruno Junqueira -- 31
2001 -- Scott Sharp -- 33
2000 -- Greg Ray -- 33
1999 -- Arie Luyendyk -- 22
1998 -- Billy Boat -- 23
1997 -- Arie Luyendyk -- 1
1996 -- Tony Stewart -- 24
1995 -- Scott Brayton -- 17
1994 -- Al Unser Jr -- 1
1993 -- Arie Luyendyk -- 2
1992 -- Roberto Guerrero -- 33
1991 -- Rick Mears -- 1
1990 -- Emerson Fittipaldi -- 3
1989 -- Rick Mears -- 23
1988 -- Rick Mears -- 1
1987 -- Mario Andretti -- 9
1986 -- Rick Mears -- 3
1985 -- Pancho Carter -- 33
1984 -- Tom Sneva -- 16
1983 -- Teo Fabi -- 26
1982 -- Rick Mears -- 2
1981 -- Bobby Unser -- 1
1980 -- Johnny Rutherford -- 1
1979 -- Rick Mears -- 1
1978 -- Tom Sneva -- 2
1977 -- Tom Sneva -- 2
1976 -- Johnny Rutherford -- 1
1975 -- A.J. Foyt -- 3
1974 -- A.J. Foyt -- 15
1973 -- Johnny Rutherford -- 9
1972 -- Bobby Unser -- 30
1971 -- Peter Revson -- 2
1970 -- Al Unser -- 1
1969 -- A.J. Foyt -- 8
1968 -- Joe Leonard -- 12
1967 -- Mario Andretti -- 30
1966 -- Mario Andretti -- 18
1965 -- A.J. Foyt -- 15
1964 -- Jim Clark -- 24
1963 -- Parnelli Jones -- 1
1962 -- Parnelli Jones -- 7
1961 -- Eddie Sachs -- 2
1960 -- Eddie Sachs -- 21
1959 -- Johnny Thomson -- 3
1958 -- Dick Rathmann -- 27
1957 -- Pat O'Connor -- 8
1956 -- Pat Flaherty -- 1
1955 -- Jerry Hoyt -- 31
1954 -- Jack McGrath -- 3
1953 -- Bill Vukovich -- 1
1952 -- Fred Agabashian -- 27
1951 -- Duke Nalon -- 10
1950 -- Walt Faulkner -- 7
1949 -- Duke Nalon -- 29
1948 -- Rex Mays -- 19
1947 -- Ted Horn -- 3
1946 -- Cliff Bergere -- 16
1945 -- No Race
1944 -- No Race
1943 -- No Race
1942 -- No Race
1941 -- Mauri Rose -- 26
1940 -- Rex Mays -- 2
1939 -- Jimmy Snyder -- 2
1938 -- Floyd Roberts -- 1
1937 -- Bill Cummings -- 6
1936 -- Rex Mays -- 15
1935 -- Rex Mays -- 17
1934 -- Kelly Petillo -- 11
1933 -- Bill Cummings -- 25
1932 -- Lou Moore -- 25
1931 -- Russ Snowberger -- 5
1930 -- Billy Arnold -- 1
1929 -- Cliff Woodbury -- 33
1928 -- Leon Duray -- 19
1927 -- Frank Lockhart -- 18
1926 -- Earl Cooper -- 16
1925 -- Leon Duray -- 6
1924 -- Jimmy Murphy -- 3
1923 -- Tommy Milton -- 1
1922 -- Jimmy Murphy -- 1
1921 -- Ralph DePalma -- 12
1920 -- Ralph DePalma -- 5
1919 -- Rene Thomas -- 11
1918 -- No Race
1917 -- No Race
1916 -- Johnny Aitken -- 15
1915 -- Howdy Wilcox -- 7
1914 -- Jean Chassagne -- 29
1913 -- Caleb Bragg -- 15
1912 -- Gil Anderson -- 16
1911 -- Lewis Strang -- 29
Last Race Results
RACE: Grand Prix of Indianapolis (May 10)
SITE: Indianapolis Motor Speedway (road course) -- Indianapolis, Ind.
MILES: 200
LAPS: 82
WINNER: Simon Pagenaud
RUNNER-UP: Ryan Hunter-Reay
THIRD: Helio Castroneves
FOURTH: Sebastien Bourdais
FIFTH: Charlie Kimball
POLE WINNER: Sebastian Saavedra (finished 23)
TIME OF RACE: 2 hrs., 4 mins., 24.0261 secs.
AVERAGE SPEED: 96.462 mph
MARGIN OF VICTORY: 0.8906 secs.
CAUTION FLAGS: 4 for 19 laps
LEAD CHANGES: 12 among 7 drivers
LAP LEADERS: Sebastian Saavedra - pole; Ryan Hunter-Reay 1-9; Jack Hawksworth
10-27; Hunter-Reay 28; Justin Wilson 29-30; Hawksworth 31-43;
Simon Pagenaud 44; Hunter-Reay 45-51; Wilson 52-53; Hunter-Reay
54; Helio Castroneves 55-69; Sebastien Bourdais 70; Oriol Servia
71-77; Pagenaud 78-82.
Indianapolis 500 Entry List
CarDriver, HometownCar/Name
2Juan Pablo Montoya (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/Team Penske
3Helio Castroneves (Sao Paulo, Brazil)Chevrolet/Team Penske
5Jacques Villeneuve (Quebec, Canada)Honda/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
6Townsend Bell (San Luis Obispo, CA)Chevrolet/KV Racing Technology
7Mikhail Aleshin (Moscow, Russia)Honda/Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
8Ryan Briscoe (Sydney, Australia)Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing
9Scott Dixon (Auckland, New Zealand)Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing
10 *Tony Kanaan (Salvador, Brazil)Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing
11Sebastien Bourdais (Le Mans, France)Chevrolet/KVSH Racing
12Will Power (Toowoomba, Australia)Chevrolet/Team Penske
14Takuma Sato (Tokyo, Japan)Honda/A.J. Foyt Enterprises
15Graham Rahal (New Albany, OH)Honda/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
16Oriol Servia (Pals, Spain)Honda/Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
17Sebastian Saavedra (Bogota, Colombia)Chevrolet/KVAFS Racing
18Carlos Huertas (Bogota, Colombia)Honda/Dale Coyne Racing
19Justin Wilson (Sheffield, England)Honda/Dale Coyne Racing
20Ed Carpenter (Indianapolis, IN)Chevrolet/Ed Carpenter Racing
21J.R. Hildebrand (Sausalito, CA)Chevrolet/Ed Carpenter Racing
22Sage Karam (Nazareth, PA)Chevrolet/Dreyer & Reinbold/Kingdom
25Marco Andretti (Nazareth, PA)Honda/Andretti Autosport
26Kurt Busch (Las Vegas, NV)Honda/Andretti Autosport
27James Hinchcliffe (Toronto, Canada)Honda/Andretti Autosport
28Ryan Hunter-Reay (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)Honda/Andretti Autosport
33James Davison (Melbourne, Australia)Chevrolet/KV Racing Technology
34Carlos Munoz (Bogota, Colombia)Honda/Andretti-HVM
41Martin Plowman (Staffordshire, Eng.)Honda/A.J. Foyt Enterprises
63Pippa Mann (Ipswich, England)Honda/Dale Coyne Racing
67Josef Newgarden (Hendersonville, TN)Honda/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
68Alex Tagliani (Lachenaie, Canada)Honda/Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing
77Simon Pagenaud (Montmorillon, France)Honda/Schmidt Peterson Hamilton
83Charlie Kimball (Camarillo, CA)Chevrolet/Chip Ganassi Racing
91Buddy Lazier (Vail, CO)Chevrolet/Lazier Partners Racing
99Jack Hawksworth (Bradford, England)Honda/BHA/BBM
 
* - defending champion.
 
Leading Contenders (Finish the last nine years)
Driver200520062007200820092010201120122013
Tony Kanaan851229271143Won
Carlos Munoz------------------------2
Ryan Hunter-Reay---------6321823273
Marco Andretti---22433039244
Justin Wilson---------272371675
Helio Castroneves92534Won917106
Simon Pagenaud---------------------168
Charlie Kimball------------------1389
Ed Carpenter1111175817112110
Oriol Servia---------1126---6411
Ryan Briscoe10---523152427512
Takuma Sato---------------31331713
Scott Dixon2462Won655214
Will Power---------1358142819
James Hinchcliffe------------------29621
Graham Rahal---------33311231325
Josef Newgarden---------------------2528
Sebastian Bourdais12------------------2029
J.R. Hildebrand------------------21433
Juan Pablo Montoya---------------------------
Kurt Busch---------------------------
 
Mover of the Week
Charlie Kimball - started 23 and finished 5
 
Sports Network Selections
Pick to Win - James Hinchcliffe
Last Week's Pick to Win (Scott Dixon) - finished 15
 
NOTES:
The Indianapolis 500 is the fifth race on the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule. This will be the first oval event of the season. The first four races have been held on road/street circuits, including the May 10 inaugural event on Indianapolis Motor Speedway's 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course.

This will be the 98th running of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Ed Carpenter will start on the pole for the second year in a row. This past Sunday, Carpenter earned the top starting position for the Indy 500 with a four-lap average speed of 231.067 mph.

The Indianapolis 500 traditionally has run on Memorial Day weekend since 1911, except war years (1917-18 and 1942-45). It is the oldest automobile race in the United States.

The track was once paved with 3.2 million bricks, earning the nickname "The Brickyard." A 36-inch "Yard of Bricks" remains at the start/finish line. They are the only visible bricks left at this historic facility.

This famed 2.5-mile "rectangular" oval, which opened in 1909, has 9 degrees of banking in all of its turns and no banking on the straightaways. The lengths of the turns are 1/4-mile in length, while the straightaways are 5/8-mile long. The width of each turn is 60 feet, and the width of each straightaway measures 50 feet.

Ray Harroun won the inaugural Indianapolis 500 on May 30, 1911.

Three drivers share the record for most Indy 500 victories with four: A.J. Foyt (1961, '64, '67, '77), Al Unser (1970, '71, '78, '87) and Rick Mears (1979, '84, '88, '91).

Mears holds the record for most pole wins in this race with six (1979, '82, '86, '88, '89, '91).

There are seven drivers who have won the Indy 500 three times: Louis Meyer, Wilbur Shaw, Mauri Rose, Johnny Rutherford, Bobby Unser, Helio Castroneves and Dario Franchitti. Castroneves is the only one of those seven who is competing in this year's race. He won it in 2001, '02 and '09.

In 2013, Tony Kanaan won the Indy 500 for the first time in his career. It came in his 12th attempt. Kanaan, who drove the No. 11 car for KV Racing Technology last year, took the lead from Ryan Hunter-Reay following a restart with three laps to go. He pulled ahead of Hunter-Reay just prior to the caution flag being displayed for an accident involving Dario Franchitti in turn 1. The race ended under caution.

Last year's Indy 500 featured a record 68 lead changes among 14 drivers. It also moved at record pace of 187.433 mph. Carpenter led the most laps with 37, followed by Kanaan with 34.

Six drivers are scheduled to make their first starts in the Indy 500 this year -- Mikhail Aleshin, Kurt Busch, James Davison, Jack Hawksworth, Carlos Huertas and Sage Karam. Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion, is attempting to become the first driver in a decade to do the Indy 500/Coca-Cola 600 (Charlotte) double on the same day.

Eight drivers have won the Indy 500 in their rookie year, with Castroneves the most recent one to do it in 2001.

The winner of the Indy 500 has started from the pole position 20 times. The last driver to do it is Castroneves in 2009.

Roger Penske holds the record for most car owner wins in the Indianapolis 500 with 15. Team Penske has three entries in this year's race: Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power.

Montoya won this race in his first start in 2000, driving for Chip Ganassi Racing. He went on to compete in Formula One from 2001-06 and then NASCAR from 2007-13 before returning to IndyCar for the start of this season.

Castroneves collected $3,048,005 for his 2009 victory, a record winner's purse for the Indy 500. Kanaan earned $2,353,355 for his win in last year's race.

The Borg-Warner Trophy, which is one of the most recognizable trophies in all of sports, has been awarded to every Indianapolis 500 winner since 1936. Crafted out of sterling silver by Spaulding-Gorham of Chicago, it was unveiled at a dinner in New York in February 1936, featuring bas-relief sculptures of every "500" winner up until that time. The new winner has been added every year since, and in 1986 (the trophy's 50th anniversary), the final space became filled. The solution for 1987 was to add a base, but this too became filled, and in 2004, an even larger version replaced it, this one with enough spaces to last through 2034. The only sculptured face not of a winning driver is that of the late speedway owner Tony Hulman, whose likeness, in gold, was placed on the base in 1987.

Franchitti will drive the 2014 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 Pace Car during the pace laps for the Indy 500. The four-time series champion retired from racing in November following a near-fatal crash during an event on October 6 in Houston.

Mark Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and star of the ABC television show "Shark Tank," will serve as honorary starter, waving the green flag to start the field of 33 drivers.

During pre-race activities, Jim Nabors is scheduled to perform "Back Home Again in Indiana" for the 35th and final time. The 83-year-old Nabors recently announced that he would retire from performing at Indy after this year's race.

The next IndyCar events are the Chevrolet Indy Duel in Detroit. It's the first weekend doubleheader of the season. Race 1 at Detroit's Belle Isle Park road course is scheduled for May 31, and race 2 is slated for June 1. Mike Conway (race 1) and Simon Pagenaud (race 2) won there last year.

05/20 15:33:37 ET

As of May 20, 2014, at 03:34 PM ET

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