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Welcome to the 101st Indianapolis 500!  Follow the pre-race fun here. The outfits, the SnakePole Pit, the celebrities.

>>Scott Dixon walks away from violent crash

Lap 122: Buddy Lazier crashes in Turn 2.

Lap 120: Andretti Autosport  has top 3: Hunter-Reay, Alsonso, Rossi.  Penske has next 2: Castroneves, Power.

Lap 115: Ryan Hunter-Reay gets the lead back.

Lap 114: As pit stops under green commence, Graham Rahal gains the lead, with Juan Pablo Montoya second and Ed Carpenter third.

Lap 110: Ryan Hunter-Reay passes Alexander Rossi for the lead. Graham Rahal goes very low to pass Fernando Alonso for third place.

Lap 105: Alexander Rossi takes the lead. Helio Castroneves had pitted under green and Rossi passed Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Lap 101, race is official: Castroneves, Hunter-Reay, Alonso, Rossi, Kanaan, Chilton, Rahal, Newgarden, Power, Montoya. Each of the top five has won either the 500 or a world F1 title. There have been 20 lead changes.

Lap 96: Helio Castroneves, seeking his fourth race win, takes the lead by passing Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Lap 95: Ryan Hunter-Reay retakes the leads. Helio Castroneves moves into second.


Lap 90: Alexander Rossi passes Ryan Hunter-Reay for the lead. James Davison is ordered to give up a position for blocking James Hinchcliffe. 18th and 19th.

Lap 87: Ryan Hunter-Reay passes Max Chilton for the lead.

Restart Lap 84: Max Chilton passes Will Power for the lead, the first time Chilton has led in the race.

Lap 81: Yellow for debris on the track, a piece from Takuma Sato’s car. As many head to pits, Will Power takes the lead. That’s five 500s in a row Power has led.

Lap 79: Ryan Hunter-Reay passes Alexander Rossi for the lead. Then Alonso, Kanaa, Sato, Rahal, Carpenter, Hildebrand, Andretti, Newgarden.

Green flag on Lap 75: Alexander Rossi is first, Ryan Hunter-Reay second and Takuma Sato third.

Weather could become an issue. The race is official after 101 laps.

Helio Castroneves gets a drive-through penalty for passing before the green flag on Lap 61.

Lap 66: Conor Daly a almost touches wheels with Charlie Kimball, hits the outside wall in Turn 3. Jack Harvey is also involved. Yellow. Both drivers are cleared from the infield care center.

Lap 65: Takuma Sato passes Alexander Rossi for the lead.

Green flag on Lap 61: Alexander Rossi passes Fernando Alonso for the lead. Takuma Sato and Ryan Hunter-Reay are next. All out of Andretti Autosport.

Lap 57 under yellow: Leader Fernando Alonso and most of the field head into the pits. Alonso, Rossi, Sato remain the top 3. Helio Castroneves required a wing change and fell to 23rd.

Scott Dixon is also cleared at the infield care center. “It was definitely a wild ride. I believe in the safety progress we’ve made in recent years.”


Lap 55: Red flag to clean debris from the crash. Alonso, Rossi, Sato, Carpenter, Hunter-Reay, Hildebrand, Kanaan, Castroneves, Andretti, Power. Helio Castroneves had started 19th, moving up 11.

Jay Howard: “To say I’m unhappy is an understatement.” He says in an effort to let Ryan Hunter-Reay go past, he got forced toward the outside wall.

Lap 53: Scott Dixon and Jay Howard crash in Turn 2. Howard hit the outside wall and turned into Dixon’s path, sending Dixon’s car careening into the inside fence. Drivers are out of their cars. Pole sitter will not win again. Last time was Helio Castroneves in 2009.



Lap 48: Fernando Alonso passes Alexander Rossi for the lead. Takuma Sato is third.


Lap 46: Leaders catch back of the field and begin lapping.

Lap 43: Alexander Rossi passes Fernando Alonso for the lead.

Lap 40: Alonso, Rossi, Carpenter, Sato, Kanaan, Hildebrand, Dixon, Hunter-Reay, Andretti, Power.

Lap 37: Fernando Alonso takes the lead. James Davison has moved from 33rd to 22nd.

Lap 35: Alexander Rossi passes Ed Carpenter for the lead. Fernando Alonso is third.

Zach Veach gets a drive-through penalty for missing his pit box.

As first round pit stops continue, Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Ed Carpenter, JR Hildebrand and Juan Pablo Montoya have led the race. Montoya has a problem in the pits.

Lap 28: Tony Kanaan is the first in the pits. Ed Carpenter passes Alexander Rossi for the lead.

Lap 25: Alexander Rossi passes Scott Dixon for second.

Lap 22: Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud have the fastest laps in the race, but they remain in 16th and 18th places, respectively. Average speed of leaders is above 219 mph.

Lap 20: Tony Kanaan has a 0.3444 second lead on Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon.

Lap 17: Will Power’s race strategist says the early passes — he went from 9th to 2nd briefly — may have taken a toll on his tires. Power is 11th after 17 laps.

Lap 15: Kanaan, Dixon, Rossi, Carpenter, Hildebrand, Andretti, Alonso, Sato, Hunter-Reay, Power.

Lap 6: Tony Kanaan passes Scott Dixon for the lead. Kanaan ties A.J. Foyt for leading in 13 Indy 500s, the most of any driver.

Lap 2: Will Power has jumped from 9th to 3rd.

Green flag: Pole sitter Scott Dixon takes the lead crossing the start/finish line.


12:18 p.m.: “Drivers, start your engines,” comes from Tony George. His mother, Mari Hulman George, had given the command for decades.

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Helio Castroneves, a three-time winner with his career-worst starting position, 19th: “(Team owner) Roger (Penske) is one of the best in this situation. 19th is not the ideal position, but we’re in the game.”

Defending champ Alexander Rossi, who is making his second start from the outside of Row 1: “We’ve had a quick car all month. We all know how difficult this race is.”

Ed Carpenter, a Hoosier favorite who starting from the front row for the third time: “I’m appreciative that I’ve been on front row before. I’m confident.” 

Pole sitter Scott Dixon, who won from the pole in 2008 and started there in 2015: “I reflect back to 2008, we’re starting the same position. A lot of similarities. It’s the right spot to start.”

Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2014 race winner: “I don’t really know what the strategy is for (passing late in race). I’ll go on my gut.”

Tony Kanaan, the 2013 winner making his 16th start: “I think (having so much experience) is worse. My first year was my best because I didn’t know anything.” 

Two-time Formula One champ Fernando Alonso, who is starting fifth: “It has been an intense journey,” noting practice, simulator runs, and extensive F1 and media obligations. “I’m looking forward to the race, this magic moment.”



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10:05 a.m.:  Sebastien Bourdais, who suffered a broken pelvis in a qualifying crash eight days ago, is confident he can return to return for the IndyCar season finale in Sonoma, Calif., on Sept. 17.

“It’s just going to be a process,” said Bourdais, who added he will be mostly off his feet for five weeks before rehabilitation gets going in earnest.

About the hard impact in Turn 2, he said: “It was lights out for a couple of seconds.”

He said nothing in the car broke. “It was a lot of little factors. Me being stubborn.”




Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay will have some high-powered company.





8:40 a.m.: Two-time race champ Arie Luyendyk is in the house.