|Indianapolis Motor Speedway|
|Sanctioning body||Indy Racing League|
|Season||2009 IndyCar season|
|Date||May 24, 2009|
|Winning team||Penske Racing|
|Average speed||150.318 mph|
|Pole position||Hélio Castroneves|
|Pole speed||224.864 mph (362 km/h)|
|Fastest qualifier||Hélio Castroneves|
|Rookie of the Year||Alex Tagliani|
|Most laps led||Scott Dixon|
|National anthem||Indiana National Guard|
|"Back Home Again in Indiana"||Jim Nabors|
|Starting Command||Mari Hulman George|
|Pace car||Chevrolet Camaro|
|Pace car driver||Josh Duhamel|
|Honorary starter||Allen Sirkin, COO of Phillips-Van Heusen|
|TV in the United States|
Eddie Cheever, Jr.
|Nielsen Ratings||4.0 / 11|
The 93rd Indianapolis 500 was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana on Sunday May 24, 2009. It was the 14th Indy 500 sanctioned by the Indy Racing League, and the premier event of the 2009 IndyCar Series season.
Hélio Castroneves, a native of Brazil, won the race from the pole position, his third Indy 500 victory. He became the first foreign-born three-time winner of the race, and tied a record by winning the race three times in the same decade (2001, 2002, 2009). The win was car owner Roger Penske's 15th Indy 500 triumph, extending his team's own record. Former winner Dan Wheldon of England came second, with Danica Patrick third, the best finish ever by a female driver. There were eight crashes, with Vitor Meira and Tony Kanaan both suffering non-permanent injuries.
The 2009 Indianapolis 500 began a three-year Centennial Era celebration which marks the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 2011 marked the 100th anniversary of the first Indy 500.
The victory by Castroneves marked the milestone 60th Indianapolis 500 victory for Firestone. It came less than two months after Castroneves was acquitted of federal charges of tax evasion and conspiracy. The IRS filed the charges again Castroneves in the fall of 2008, and the trial was held in March 2009 at the U.S. District Court in Miami. A guilty verdict in the trial would have likely sent Castroneves to prison, and ended his driving career.
See Team and Driver Chart for more information
The official entry list was released April 20. The initial list includes 77 cars for 40 entries. 32 driver-car combinations have already been announced, as of Monday, May 4. Among the participants include five former winners (Lazier, Castroneves, Wheldon, Franchitti, Dixon), and six rookies.
|May 5, 2009 - Top Practice Speeds|
|1||15||Paul Tracy||KV Racing||223.089 mph (359 km/h)|
|2||16||Scott Sharp||Panther Racing||221.878 mph (357 km/h)|
|3||06||Robert Doornbos||Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing||221.735 mph (357 km/h)|
|4||2||Raphael Matos||Luczo Dragon Racing||218.613 mph (352 km/h)|
|5||34||Alex Tagliani||Conquest Racing||218.333 mph (351 km/h)|
|May 6, 2009 - Top Practice Speeds|
|1||00||Nelson Philippe||HVM Racing||217.688 mph (350 km/h)|
|2||99||Alex Lloyd||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||214.514 mph (345 km/h)|
|3||98||Stanton Barrett||Team 3G||211.644 mph (341 km/h)|
|May 7, 2009 - Top Practice Speeds|
|1||26||Marco Andretti||Andretti Green Racing||225.478 mph (363 km/h)|
|2||3||Hélio Castroneves||Team Penske||225.237 mph (362 km/h)|
|3||6||Ryan Briscoe||Team Penske||224.904 mph (362 km/h)|
|4||9||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||224.448 mph (361 km/h)|
|5||10||Dario Franchitti||Chip Ganassi Racing||224.160 mph (361 km/h)|
|May 8, 2009 - Top Practice Speeds|
|1||6||Ryan Briscoe||Team Penske||225.981 mph (364 km/h)|
|2||3||Hélio Castroneves||Team Penske||225.438 mph (363 km/h)|
|3||10||Dario Franchitti||Chip Ganassi Racing||224.984 mph (362 km/h)|
|4||9||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||224.822 mph (362 km/h)|
|5||7||Danica Patrick||Andretti Green Racing||224.755 mph (362 km/h)|
|May 9, 2009 - Pole Day Qualifying Results|
|1||3||Hélio Castroneves||Penske Racing||224.864 mph (362 km/h)|
|2||6||Ryan Briscoe||Penske Racing||224.083 mph (361 km/h)|
|3||10||Dario Franchitti||Chip Ganassi Racing||224.010 mph (361 km/h)|
|4||02||Graham Rahal||Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing||223.954 mph (360 km/h)|
|5||9||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||223.867 mph (360 km/h)|
|6||11||Tony Kanaan||Andretti Green Racing||223.612 mph (360 km/h)|
|7||5||Mario Moraes||KV Racing Technology||223.331 mph (359 km/h)|
|8||26||Marco Andretti||Andretti Green Racing||223.113 mph (359 km/h)|
|9||12||Will Power||Penske Racing||223.028 mph (359 km/h)|
|10||7||Danica Patrick||Andretti Green Racing||222.882 mph (359 km/h)|
|11||99||Alex Lloyd||Sam Schmidt Motorsports||222.622 mph (358 km/h)|
|May 10, 2009 - Second Day Qualifying Results|
|12||2||Raphael Matos (R)||Luczo Dragon Racing||223.429 mph (360 km/h)|
|13||15||Paul Tracy||KV Racing||223.111 mph (359 km/h)|
|14||14||Vitor Meira||A. J. Foyt Enterprises||223.054 mph (359 km/h)|
|15||18||Justin Wilson||Dale Coyne Racing||222.903 mph (359 km/h)|
|16||27||Hideki Mutoh||Andretti Green Racing||222.805 mph (359 km/h)|
|17||20||Ed Carpenter||Vision Racing||222.780 mph (359 km/h)|
|18||4||Dan Wheldon||Panther Racing||222.777 mph (359 km/h)|
|19||41||A. J. Foyt IV||A. J. Foyt Enterprises||222.586 mph (358 km/h)|
|20||16||Scott Sharp||Panther Racing||222.162 mph (358 km/h)|
|21||67||Sarah Fisher||Sarah Fisher Racing||222.082 mph (357 km/h)|
|22||44||Davey Hamilton||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||221.956 mph (357 km/h)|
|May 14, 2009 - Top Practice Speeds|
|1||5||Mario Moraes||KV Racing Technology||222.739 mph (358 km/h)|
|2||6||Ryan Briscoe||Team Penske||222.406 mph (358 km/h)|
|3||3||Hélio Castroneves||Team Penske||222.395 mph (358 km/h)|
|4||9||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||222.374 mph (358 km/h)|
|5||11||Tony Kanaan||Andretti Green Racing||221.890 mph (357 km/h)|
|May 15, 2009 - Top Practice Speeds|
|1||9||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||222.799 mph (359 km/h)|
|2||5||Mario Moraes||KV Racing Technology||222.799 mph (359 km/h)|
|3||8||Townsend Bell||KV Racing Technology||222.139 mph (357 km/h)|
|4||3T||Hélio Castroneves||Team Penske||222.395 mph (358 km/h)|
|5||6T||Ryan Briscoe||Team Penske||222.406 mph (358 km/h)|
|May 16, 2009 - Third Day Qualifying Results|
|23||06||Robert Doornbos (R)||Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing||221.692 mph (357 km/h)|
|24||8||Townsend Bell||KV Racing Technology||221.195 mph (356 km/h)|
|25||17||Oriol Servià||Rahal Letterman Racing||220.984 mph (356 km/h)|
|26||34||Alex Tagliani (R)||Conquest Racing||220.553 mph (355 km/h)|
|27||19||Tomas Scheckter||Dale Coyne Racing||220.212 mph (354 km/h)|
|28||24||Mike Conway (R)||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||220.124 mph (354 km/h)|
|29||13||E. J. Viso||HVM Racing||219.971 mph (354 km/h)|
|30||21||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Vision Racing||219.502 mph (353 km/h)|
|31||43||John Andretti||Richard Petty Motorsports/Dreyer & Reinbold||219.442 mph (353 km/h)|
|32||23||Milka Duno||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||218.040 mph (351 km/h)|
|33||00||Nelson Philippe (R)||HVM Racing||218.032 mph (351 km/h)|
|May 17, 2009 - Bump Day Qualifying Results|
|26||19||Tomas Scheckter||Dale Coyne Racing||221.496 mph (356 km/h)|
|27||24||Mike Conway (R)||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||221.417 mph (356 km/h)|
|28||43||John Andretti||Richard Petty Motorsports/Dreyer & Reinbold||221.316 mph (356 km/h)|
|29||13||E. J. Viso||HVM Racing||221.164 mph (356 km/h)|
|30||36||Bruno Junqueira||Conquest Racing||221.115 mph (356 km/h)|
|31||23||Milka Duno||Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||221.106 mph (356 km/h)|
|32||00||Nelson Philippe (R)||HVM Racing||220.754 mph (355 km/h)|
|33||21||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Vision Racing||220.597 mph (355 km/h)|
Shortly before midnight on May 17, Conquest Racing announced that Alex Tagliani, who had failed to qualify, would replace Bruno Junqueira in the No. 36 car. Because of the replacement, the car was moved to the last spot in the starting grid.
The final hour-long practice was held.
Team Penske won the 32nd annual pit stop contest, their record tenth overall victory in the event. The teams of Hélio Castroneves and Marco Andretti met in the finals with Castroneves and his chief mechanic Rick Rinaman winning the $40,000 first prize after a 7.962-second pit stop.
|1||3||Hélio Castroneves||Penske Racing||8.122|
|2||26||Marco Andretti||Andretti Green Racing||9.038|
|3||9||Scott Dixon||Chip Ganassi Racing||9.085|
|4||10||Dario Franchitti||Chip Ganassi Racing||9.105|
|5||7||Danica Patrick||Andretti Green Racing||9.246|
|6||21||Ryan Hunter-Reay||Vision Racing||9.37|
|7||11||Tony Kanaan||Andretti Green Racing||10.055|
|8||2||Raphael Matos||Luczo Dragon Racing||11.291|
|6||Ryan Briscoe||Penske Racing||Exempt|
|02||Graham Rahal||Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing||Exempt|
Note: Positions 5-8 are eliminated from the competition. Positions 3-4 advance to the quarterfinals. Positions 1-2 received a bye for the quarterfinals, and advanced directly to the semi-finals. Ryan Briscoe and Graham Rahal were randomly selected to bypass the qualifying round and advance directly to the quarterfinals.
|6||Penske (Briscoe)||7.977||6||Penske (Briscoe)||stalled|
|9||Ganassi (Dixon)||12.916||3||Penske (Castroneves)||7.962|
|10||Ganassi (Franchitti)||8.573||10||Ganassi (Franchitti)||11.589|
|1||3||Hélio Castroneves (W)||6||Ryan Briscoe||10||Dario Franchitti (W)|
|2||02||Graham Rahal||9||Scott Dixon (W)||11||Tony Kanaan|
|3||5||Mario Moraes||26||Marco Andretti||12||Will Power|
|4||7||Danica Patrick||99||Alex Lloyd||2||Raphael Matos (R)|
|5||15||Paul Tracy||14||Vitor Meira||18||Justin Wilson|
|6||27||Hideki Mutoh||20||Ed Carpenter||4||Dan Wheldon (W)|
|7||41||A. J. Foyt IV||16||Scott Sharp||67||Sarah Fisher|
|8||44||Davey Hamilton||06||Robert Doornbos (R)||8||Townsend Bell|
|9||17||Oriol Servià||19||Tomas Scheckter||24||Mike Conway (R)|
|10||43||John Andretti||13||E. J. Viso||23||Milka Duno|
|11||00||Nelson Philippe (R)||21||Ryan Hunter-Reay||36||Alex Tagliani (R)1|
Failed to qualify
|34||Alex Tagliani (R)||Conquest Racing||Bumped on Day 4. Replaced Junqueira in field.|
|91||Buddy Lazier (W)||Hemelgarn Racing||Bumped on Day 3. Too slow on Day 4.|
|98||Stanton Barrett (R)||Team 3G||Too slow on Day 3. Too slow on Day 4.|
The green flag was waved off on the first attempt after Hélio Castroneves hit the accelerator in the middle of turn four and the field did not maintain its traditional three-row lineup. The second attempt, although similar in formation, was given the green flag.
During the first lap entering the first short chute, Mario Moraes squeezed Marco Andretti into the wall, crashing both drivers out. Both drivers were out, but Andretti returned briefly later in the race. Moraes held the view that Andretti ran into him, and both drivers expressed their frustration to the TV crews. Andretti said that Moraes is "clueless," while Moraes believed that Andretti checked down on him.
Ryan Hunter-Reay also had a crash on lap 20 which saw his car slide into the pit lane. This capped a brutal month of May for the Vision Racing driver, in which his car never seemed to get up to speed, and he barely even made the 500 field.
Graham Rahal and Davey Hamilton had similar crashes on laps 56 and 83 respectively. Both slowed their cars between turns 3 and 4, drifted up the track, and hit the wall on the front straightaway. Rahal had a similar crash in the 2008 race.
On lap 98, while running third Tony Kanaan suffered a driveshaft failure while at speed in the back stretch, pitching his car into the wall. Kanaan's steering was largely incapacitated and the Brazilian bounced off the backstretch wall and then hit the turn 3 wall. In television interviews, Kanaan appeared visibly shaken. The next day, Tony stated the hit was recorded at 175 G's.
During the first half of the 200-lap event, Scott Dixon, Castroneves and Dario Franchitti swapped the lead with the Dixon-Franchitti Target Chip Ganassi team leading much of the laps. Dixon led laps 91 through 141, with Franchitti close behind to protect him.
Drivers Robert Doornbos, Nelson Philippe, and Justin Wilson, all former Champ Car World Series race winners, had incidents in the middle-to-late stages of the race that ended their respective days. Under the caution for the Philippe incident, Franchitti's fueler got stuck in his car, causing him to lose track position. With nobody to block for him, Dixon was powerless on the restart to stop Castroneves from passing him. The Penske Dallara-Honda cleared Dixon before the cars even entered turn 1. It turned out to be the winning pass.
The scariest incident of the day occurred on lap 173, when Vitor Meira and Raphael Matos collided in turn 1. Both had heavy contact with the wall. Meira's car also flipped on its side and slid along the wall for hundreds of feet before falling back to all four wheels on the track. Meira was taken to Methodist hospital after the incident. Meira broke two vertebrae in his back and spent the next two days in the hospital being fitted for a back brace. Matos suffered a bruised right knee in the crash.
Ryan Briscoe had fallen back to the middle of the pack with a bad set of tires, but short-fueled in a late round of pit stops to claim second place, behind teammate Castroneves. Eventually Briscoe attempted to take the lead, with the intention of pulling Castroneves along, in order to help the Brazilian save fuel by using the draft. However, he had to pit during the Meira-Matos caution and was never a factor to win.
In the final 15 laps, Castroneves maintained a gap over Dan Wheldon, Danica Patrick and Townsend Bell. Castroneves and Wheldon kept similar lap speeds of 218 mph through the last 15 laps, but with a gap of roughly eight car lengths and Patrick on his tail, Wheldon could not catch the pole-sitter.
Castroneves won the event as his sister, Kati, and mother celebrated. The driver and his crew engaged in his traditional victory celebration, climbing the frontstretch catch fence, to the delight of the crowd. It was his third career Indianapolis 500 victory, with the others coming in 2001 and 2002. He is the sixth driver to win three 500s and the first foreign-born driver to do so.
|93rd Indianapolis 500 - Race Results|
|Driver||Car Name||Chassis/Engine/Tires||Laps||Time/Retired||Grid||Laps Led||Points|
|1||3||Hélio Castroneves (W)||Team Penske||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||200||3:19:34.6427||1||66||51|
|2||4||Dan Wheldon (W)||National Guard Panther Racing||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||200||+1.9819||18||0||40|
|3||7||Danica Patrick||Boost Mobile/Motorola (Andretti Green Racing)||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||200||+2.3350||10||0||35|
|4||8||Townsend Bell||Herbalife-KV Racing Technology||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||200||+2.7043||24||0||32|
|5||12||Will Power||Verizon Wireless (Team Penske)||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||200||+3.6216||9||0||30|
|6||9||Scott Dixon (W)||Target Chip Ganassi Racing||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||200||+4.2988||5||73||30|
|7||10||Dario Franchitti (W)||Target Chip Ganassi Racing||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||200||+4.9159||3||50||26|
|8||20||Ed Carpenter||Menards/Vision Racing||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||200||+5.5096||17||0||24|
|9||15||Paul Tracy||GEICO/KV Racing Technology||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||200||+6.5180||13||0||22|
|10||27||Hideki Mutoh||Formula Dream (Andretti Green Racing)||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||200||+7.3312||16||0||20|
|11||36||Alex Tagliani (R)||(All Sport) Conquest Racing||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||200||+10.5351||33||0||19|
|12||19||Tomas Scheckter||MonaVie (Dale Coyne Racing)||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||200||+10.9874||26||0||18|
|13||99||Alex Lloyd||HER CGR/SSM Racing||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||200||+11.1944||11||0||17|
|14||16||Scott Sharp||Tequila Patrón Panther Racing||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||200||+11.4259||20||0||16|
|15||6||Ryan Briscoe||Team Penske||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||200||+12.6695||2||11||15|
|16||41||A.J. Foyt IV||ABC Supply/Foyt-Greer Racing||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||200||+15.4867||19||0||14|
|17||67||Sarah Fisher||Dollar General/Sarah Fisher Racing||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||200||+15.9774||21||0||13|
|18||24||Mike Conway (R)||(Purex) Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||200||+16.3488||27||0||12|
|19||43||John Andretti||Window World (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing/Richard Petty Motorsports)||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||200||+18.0868||28||0||12|
|20||23||Milka Duno||CITGO/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||199||+1 lap||30||0||12|
|21||14||Vitor Meira||ABC Supply Co. A.J. Foyt Racing||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||173||Contact||14||0||12|
|22||2||Raphael Matos (R)||US Air Force Luczo Dragon||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||173||Contact||12||0||12|
|23||18||Justin Wilson||Z-Line Designs (Dale Coyne Racing)||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||160||Contact||15||0||12|
|24||13||E. J. Viso||PDVSA HVM Racing||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||139||Steering||29||0||12|
|25||00||Nelson Philippe (R)||i drive green HVM Racing||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||130||Contact||31||0||10|
|26||17||Oriol Servià||The Rahal Letterman DAFCA Special||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||98||Fuel pump||25||0||10|
|27||11||Tony Kanaan||Team 7-Eleven (Andretti Green Racing)||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||97||Contact||6||0||10|
|28||06||Robert Doornbos (R)||(Hole in the Wall Camps) Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||85||Contact||23||0||10|
|29||44||Davey Hamilton||Hewlett Packard (Dreyer & Reinbold Racing/Kingdom Racing)||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||79||Contact||22||0||10|
|30||26||Marco Andretti||Team Venom Energy (Andretti Green Racing)||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||56||Handling||8||0||10|
|31||02||Graham Rahal||McDonald's Racing Team (Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing)||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||55||Contact||4||0||10|
|32||21||Ryan Hunter-Reay||IZOD/William Rast/Vision Racing||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||19||Contact||32||0||10|
|33||5||Mario Moraes||Azul Tequila-Votorantim-KV Racing Technology||Dallara/Honda/Firestone||0||Contact||7||0||10|
|Race average speed: 150.318 mph (241.913 km/h)|
|Lead changes: 6 between 4 drivers|
|Cautions: 8 for 61 laps|
Ten drivers crashed in the race:
The race was televised in high definition in the United States on ABC, the 45th consecutive year on that network. ABC Sports signed a four-year extension to continue covering the Indianapolis 500 through 2012.Marty Reid served as anchor for the fourth year. For the fourth time, the telecast utilized the Side-by-Side format for commercial breaks.
Time trials and Carb Day were shown live in high definition on Versus, part of a new ten-year contract with the network and the Indy Racing League. Bob Jenkins served as anchor, along with Robbie Buhl and Jon Beekhuis as analysts. Jack Arute, Robbie Floyd, and Lindy Thackston covered the pits.
|Booth Announcers||Pit/garage reporters|
The race was broadcast on radio by the IMS Radio Network. Mike King served as anchor. For the first time, three living "Voices of the 500" joined together to offer commentary during the pre-race. King, Paul Page, and Bob Jenkins recollected their experiences on network. Page remained in the booth to offer commentary and observations throughout the race. Jenkins, who had returned as a turn reporter in 2007-2008, was unable to serve during the race due to his commitments with Versus.
Jake Query moved from the pits to take the turn two location. For 2009, there were only three regular pit reporters, but they were joined by Dave Wilson, who moved from the booth to cover the garage area and infield hospital.
For 2009, as a gesture to the Centennial Era, a special change was made for the famous out-cue "Stay tuned for the greatest spectacle in racing." The out-cues for each commercial break were recordings of previous renditions by the former "Voices of the 500." Each commercial break would feature a different chief announcer, rotating through Sid Collins, Paul Page, Lou Palmer, Bob Jenkins, and Mike King.
|Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network|
|Booth Announcers||Turn Reporters||Pit/garage reporters|
Turn 1: Jerry Baker
Dave Argabright (north pits)