Dan Wheldon (Jonathan Ferry, Getty Images)
Dan Wheldon of Emberton, England has won his second Indianapolis 500.
A member of Bryan Herta Autosports, you could argue that Wheldon didn’t win the race, but American rookie JR Hildebrand lost it.
Driving with meters left from the finish, Hildebrand hit the wall and was passed by Wheldon at the finish. Hildebrand finished second for Panther Racing, despite crossing the finish line with only three wheels.
Granham Rahal, son of 1986 winner Bobby Rahal, finished third, despite not racing for his dad, but for Chip Ganassi.
Bertrand Baguette of Belgium, racing for the Rahal Letterman team, and Danica Patrick, were leading the race with about ten laps to go, but each had to make a pit stop late in the race, ending their chances of finishing on top of the podium.
As for the Canadians, it did not go well at all for Paul Tracy, James Hinchcliffe and Alex Tagliani. Hinchcliffe and Tagliani did not complete the race because they hit the wall, while Tracy hit the wall as well, but was able to finish the race, finishing in 25th.
Notes: This was the 100th anniversary of the first Indianapolis 500 in 1911…Wheldon first won the Indianapolis 500 for Team Andretti Green in 2005.