RACE: 100th Indianapolis 500
DATE: May 29, 2016
WINNER: Alexander Rossi
AVERAGE SPEED: 166.634 mph
WHAT HAPPENED: Rossi was a 66-to-1 longshot, an IndyCar rookie who had chased a ride in Formula One since he was 10. Stuck without one, the California native returned to the U.S. and landed a ride with Andretti Autosport. He stunned his faster rivals by outlasting them in a fuel-mileage showdown, his car running out of gas during his victory lap. abcnews.go.com
View photo.The Indianapolis 500 has been known for some unpredictable finishes. The 100th one came up with an incredibly surprising winner as American Alexander Rossi coasted to the checkered flag for his first IndyCar win.
Yes, Rossi’s car literally coasted towards the yard of bricks on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway frontstretch. There wasn’t anyone around Rossi when he came to the finish line, thankfully for him because he was running on fumes. The strategy play to stay out while most of the leaders pitted for fuel late paid off as Carlos Munoz, the first driver who pitted for fuel, finished second, a quarter-track behind Rossi.
“I think the 800-pound gorilla in the room is awake,” the 1969 Indianapolis 500 winner said from the Andretti Autosport pit on Sunday as he managed to break away while his grandson Marco and his son, Michael, were quite busy during the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.
One item of note was the fact that the event sold out with 350,000 people in attendance.
Will the spectacular sellout crowd at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway generate any ticket sales for the upcoming race weekend in Detroit, or the one the following week in Texas — or on Aug. 21, when the Indy cars return to Pocono Raceway for the ABC Supply 500? Will the 101st Indianapolis 500 next May do anything similar to what just took place at 16th Street and Georgetown Road?
Unfortunately there was some downside the the otherwise extraordinary event…
Revelers in the 2016 Snake Pit left behind a big mess at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but volunteers will earn money by cleaning up after them.(Photo: Jackie Molloy/IndyStar)Buy Photo
One day after the sold-out 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, officials and community members are now tackling the aftermath.
Hordes of volunteers waded through trash at the track in the glare of a hot sun on Memorial Day. Authorities amassed dozens of arrests and citations throughout the weekend.
Indiana excise officers cited or arrested 130 minors, 38 adults, and 20 juveniles on 263 charges while patrolling Friday, Saturday and Sunday. As of Sunday morning, the Speedway Police Department had arrested two people in or around the track for public intoxication. On Carb Day, the department made another two arrests for domestic battery and operating a vehicle while intoxicated.