ROOKIE ROSSI TAKES SHOCK INDY VICTORY
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.