Castroneves runs near-perfect race, ends 2nd again at Indy

The first cash of the race came on Lap 53, when Scott Dixon and Jay Howard came together in spectacular fashion.

Both drivers walked away unscathed, although the incident prompted a red flag and a delay while the wreckage was cleared from the track. Throughout the month, he had looked slow during qualifying, as did the Penske cars but race day brought the best out of the three-time champ.

Howard also was checked at the infield vehicle center and released.

"It was definitely a rough ride", he said. Man, he just took off and that's it.

Alonso stayed in the top 10, and often in the top five, for most of the race, and didn't back down when challenged in wheel-to wheel dueling with more experienced oval track drivers. Howard said that forced him to the top of the track, and the British driver for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports wound up in the outside wall.

New Zealander Dixon escaped serious injury in the ferocious impact, which saw his Dallara chassis cleaved in two but mercifully remain intact around the driver's survival cell. "They had come to us and said, 'We can give you a little less reliable engine and it would have more power, ' so of course we said, 'Let's go for the power.' And when we did that, obviously, we knew there was going to be some sad faces". "It was nice to be leading, but it was certainly disappointing not to finish the race; I wanted to compete till the end". "You follow me for two weeks every single minute, but I really enjoy".

Dixon's vehicle then catapulted toward the inside barrier, where it landed and split in half. Hinchcliffe and Power were caught up in the carnage behind them.

Fernando Alonso, of Spain, left, greets vehicle owner Michael Aandretti as he waits next to his vehicle for the start of the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Sunday, May 28, 2017 in Indianapolis.

"Unbelievable feeling", said Sato, who went winless in seven seasons in Formula One before jumping to IndyCar. It looked like Lazier simply lost the back of the auto and he went spinning into the wall. "It's just going to be a game of patience and trying to make sure I'm ready when it matters". There was nowhere else to go to avoid him. But you always learn something from those situations, and this time we proved we had what it takes.

Had he avoided the damage after Howard's vehicle tapped his or the penalty, Castroneves might have made his way back to victory lane. St. Petersburg resident (and reigning Grand Prix winner) Sebastien Bourdais is sidelined after fracturing his pelvis and hip in a crash during practice.

Pole sitter Scott Dixon has been involved in a terrifying wreck and is out of the Indianapolis 500.

Harcus also praised the #26 car's race engineer Garrett Mothersead for setting up a vehicle that needed very little adjustment through the race.

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