Indy Scott Dixon third as Australian Will Power wins Indy 500

Danica Patrick
Danica Patrick
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28 May, 2018

My career, I've had so many wins, I've had so many poles but everyone talks about the (Indy) 500. James Hinchcliffe, a championship contender, failed to make the race at all.

Her day - and her career - might be coming to an end earlier than expected.

Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 victor, brought out the last of seven caution flags when he spun and crashed off Turn 2 on Lap 189.

"That guy was sitting here this morning before I walked in, sitting in his firesuit next to his engineer ready to go, about 6:30 this morning", Cindric said. "I don't know if we have a tampering rule in IndyCar, but congrats Will". His accident was only two laps after defending Indy 500 victor Takuma Sato and another Indy-only driver, James Davison, were involved in a two-car incident.

Scott Dixon used strategy and stretched his fuel to finish third and was followed by Alexander Rossi, who drove from 32nd to fourth and made some of the most spectacular moves in the race.

With hot weather creating a slick, 2 ½-mile oval, new cars with less downforce proved to be handful. The Homestead crash was Patrick's 10th race-ending incident of the season and her career ends with crashes in six of her final nine races overall.

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In more than a century of racing at the famed speedway only three men - AJ Foyt, Al Unser Sr and Rick Mears - have finished the 500 on Victory Lane four times and Sunday's race may have been Castroneves's last shot at joining them.

"I'm not really sure what happened", she said.

If this is truly the end for Danica, she's had quite a career. Patrick's auto had a tire problem in the 2017 season finale at Homestead and she slammed the wall and her vehicle caught on fire. It's both of them. "It just seemed to come around and seemed pretty late off the corner".

"I had a great month".

Bourdais crashed a year after missing the race because of a harrowing, high-speed accident during qualifying.

Sato, 41, won last year's Indy 500 in a narrow finish over Helio Castroneves, who was looking to win the famous race for the fourth time. Kanaan led at least one lap in his 14th Indy 500 to break a record he had shared with four-time race victor A.J. Foyt.


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