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For­mer Manor F1 driver Alexan­der Rossi took a shock de­but win in the In­di­anapo­lis 500 af­ter gam­bling on fuel strat­egy.

The Amer­i­can – driv­ing for An­dretti Herta – had been on the fringes of the top 10 for most of the race af­ter qual­i­fy­ing 11th, the high­est placed rookie. How­ever, a de­ci­sion not to pit un­der cau­tion for Mikhail Aleshin’s crash com­mit­ted him to go­ing the dis­tance on just one more stop. As oth­ers around him were forced into a splas­hand-dash, Rossi’s Honda sur­vived and he came through to take the first rookie Indy 500 win since He­lio Cas­tron­eves in 2001 and be­came the first rookie to win a round this year.

Columbian Car­los Munoz fin­ished sec­ond de­spite be­ing one of the driv­ers pit­ting for fuel late on, while for­mer For­mula Ford Fes­ti­val win­ner Josef New­gar­den rounded out the top three.

Chip Ganassi duo Tony Kanaan – the 2013 Indy win­ner – and Char­lie Kim­ball rounded out the top five. The for­mer bat­tled for the lead for the ma­jor­ity of the race but was also forced to pit late for fuel.

Rossi’s ex-manor team-mate Max Chilton – also com­pet­ing at the Indy 500 for the first time – man­aged 15th for Chip Ganassi Rac­ing. Brit Jack Hawksworth was one spot be­hind.

Rossi crossed the brick yard to win Rossi won on de­but

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