IndyCar: Live Indianapolis 500 Results and Analysis

May 27, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Verizon Indy Car driver Tony Kanaan (10) leads a pack of cars down the front straightaway during Carb Day for the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
May 27, 2016; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Verizon Indy Car driver Tony Kanaan (10) leads a pack of cars down the front straightaway during Carb Day for the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports /

The greatest spectacle in IndyCar and all of racing is here! Follow along with the writers of Beyond the Flag as the 100th Indianapolis 500 gets underway.

The centennial edition of IndyCar’s Indianapolis 500 is set to go down in history already, and we haven’t even dropped the green flag. The race is a complete sellout, with over 350,000 spectators expected at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway today. Thirty-three cars will take the start of the race, looking to win the Borg-Warner Trophy and have their face added to the lore of the race. Canadian James Hinchcliffe will start on pole, with Americans Josef Newgarden and Ryan Hunter-Reay also on the front row. The defending champion of the race is Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya, who will start mid-pack in seventeenth.

Here’s what you need to know to get ready for today’s race.

TV Schedule

  • 11:00 am ET – Pre-Race Coverage Begins on ABC
  • 11:35 am ET – Driver Introductions Begin
  • 12:00 pm ET – National Anthem
  • 12:02 pm ET – Military Flyover
  • 12:05 pm ET – Race Coverage Begins on ABC
  • 12:12 pm ET – “Back Home Again in Indiana”
  • 12:15 pm ET – Command to Start Engines
  • 12:19 pm ET (approx.) – Green Flag for the 100th Indy 500

Predictions and Analysis

The Weather

  • Green Flag Temperature – approximately 75 degrees
  • Chance of Rain – 30% after 3 pm ET

Staff Predictions

  • Alex Herbst – Josef Newgarden
  • Mike Hutton – Marco Andretti
  • Chris Olmstead – Will Power

Race Coverage


An American wins the centennial edition of the Indianapolis 500, with the same team that Dan Wheldon won with in 2011.


2 Laps to go – Can a rookie with the Indianapolis 500 on its one-hundredth anniversary?

3 Laps to go – Munoz pits, and #98 Alexander Rossi leads. #3 Helio Castroneves second.

5 Laps to go – Munoz leads, but many cars behind him are pitting for fuel. Will he pit, run out, or win?

8 Laps to go – #26 Carlos Munoz now leads, as cars begin to pit for fuel.

15 Laps to go – #6 J.R. Hildebrand hits pit road, while #26 Carlos Munoz passes Kanaan for second.

18 Laps to go – #10 Tony Kanaan swaps ahead of Newgarden and back to the lead. #26 Carlos Munoz passes Hinchcliffe.

21 Laps to go – #21 Josef Newgarden passes Kanaan for the lead.

25 Laps to go – Top 5 as they run late in the Indianapolis 500:  Kanaan, Newgarden, Hinchcliffe, Hildebrand, Munoz.

29 Laps to go – It appears most if not all the cars will need to pit again for fuel with 5 to 7 laps to go. #22 Simon Pagenaud could be the only one that can come close to making it.

33 Laps to go – #6 J.R. Hildebrand leads the field back to green, but is quickly overtaken by #10 Tony Kanaan.

Lap 165 – Most of the field pits for tires and fuel, except for #6 J.R. Hildebrand and #35 Alex Tagliani. Hildebrand now leads under yellow.

Lap 163 – CAUTION! #14 Takuma Sato into the wall. Meanwhile, #3 Helio Castroneves has damage to his rear end.

Lap 160 – #10 Tony Kanaan to the lead, #21 Josef Newgarden to second.

Lap 159 – Back to green at Indy! Helio leads.

Lap 153 – Pit stops for those who didn’t pit under green and those running out of fuel. This will cycle Castroneves back to the lead.

Lap 151 – CAUTION!  #4 Buddy Lazier has just lost one of his wheels after service on pit road. He coasts to a stop with just three wheels. Top 5:

  1. Carlos Munoz
  2. Takuma Sato
  3. Scott Dixon
  4. Graham Rahal
  5. Max Chilton

Lap 140 – #98 Alexander Rossi pits from the lead, giving the top spot to #3 Helio Castroneves.

Lap 136 – #27 Marco Andretti really struggling right now, being passed left and right in 20th.

Lap 128 – After contact with each other on pit road, both Bell and Hunter-Reay are one lap down.

Lap 125 – Top 5 as they run with 75 laps to go:  Tagliani, Rossi, Hinchcliffe, Kanaan, Castroneves.

Lap 122 – The field is back racing under the green at Indy. #98 Alexander Rossi, on an alternate pit strategy, now leads.

Lap 117 – DISASTER IN THE PITS! #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay and #29 Townsend Bell collide leaving the pits, two of the fastest cars today.

Lap 115 – CAUTION! Crash involving #18 Conor Daly and #7 Mikhail Aleshin in turn two. Daly is driving back to pit road, Aleshin out of the car under his own power.

Lap 113 – #29 Townsend Bell back to the front. We’ve already surpassed the number of lead changes in a number of recent Indy 500s. The record is 68.

Lap 109 – #10 Tony Kanaan takes the lead for the first time today. Townsend Bell has fought his way up to third.

Lap 106 – Ryan Hunter-Reay battling with Castroneves for the lead, while Tony Kanaan moves up to third.

Lap 105 – Back to green at Indy! Castroneves now leads after Clauson pitted.

Lap 100 – Halfway at Indy! Still under caution as repairs are made to the SAFER barrier. Top 10:

  1. Bryan Clauson
  2. Helio Castroneves
  3. Ryan Hunter-Reay
  4. James Hinchcliffe
  5. Townsend Bell
  6. Marco Andretti
  7. Tony Kanaan
  8. Josef Newgarden
  9. Carlos Munoz
  10. Graham Rahal

Lap 97 – Almost the entire field pits, with the exception of #88 Bryan Clauson. He leads his first laps at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Lap 94 – CAUTION! #24 Sage Karam crashes going three-wide in the top ten. Hard impact in the turn for him.

Lap 93 – #3 Helio Castroneves leads the race for the first time today.

Lap 89 – Five out of the top ten right now are American drivers:  Hunter-Reay (3rd), Bell (4th), Newgarden (5th), Karam (7th), Andretti (10th).

Lap 82 – #3 Helio Castroneves has found his speed! He’s up to fourth.

Lap 76 – Restart! Top 5 as they run:  Hinccliffe, Hunter-Reay, Power, Bell, Castroneves.

Lap 71 – Simon Pagenaud penalized with an unsafe pit exit, heading to the rear. Restart delayed by potential rain in one of the turns.

Lap 67 – James Hinchcliffe won the race off pit road, but Will Power stayed out to take the lead.

Lap 64 – CAUTION! Hard crash for #2 Juan Pablo Montoya. He will not defend his victory last year.

See the replay here.

Lap 60 – Hunter-Reay and Hinchcliffe are back out front, fighting back and forth for the top spot.

Lap 57 – LEAD CHANGE:  Townsend Bell back out front.

Lap 55 – Bell and Newgarden SPLIT Pagenaud three-wide on the restart! Hunter-Reay leads.

Lap 53 – One lap until we go back green at Indy. #77 Oriol Servia will start at the rear for speeding on pit road. #12 Will Power too, for unsafe pit box exit.

Lap 50 – After pit stops under yellow, here’s the Top 5:  Hunter-Reay, Pagenaud, Bell, Newgarden, Hinchcliffe.

Lap 47 – CAUTION! Debris on the backstretch. Bell leads.

Lap 42 – Townsend Bell takes the lead from teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Lap 40 – Townsend Bell is on the move, up to second. Hinchcliffe trying to rebound in sixth.

Lap 34 – Pit stops have cycled through. The new Top 5 order:  Hunter-Reay, Pagenaud, Newgarden, Bell, and Munoz.

Lap 30 – As pit stops continue, problems for Hinchcliffe on pit road. Extended stop with problems getting the fuel probe in his car.

Lap 28 – Green flag pit stops begin with Hinchcliffe and Hunter-Reay. Newgarden assumes the lead.

Lap 26 – Running order currently – Hunter-Reay, Newgarden, Hinchcliffe, Bell, Pagenaud the Top 5.

Lap 23 – #98 Alexander Rossi continues to be the top running rookie in 11th. Next best is #25 Stefan Wilson in 24th.

Lap 15 – #10 Tony Kanaan making moves up through the field. He’s up to 7th.

Lap 10 – #15 Graham Rahal off to a slow start in 28th. #2 Juan Pablo Montoya too, he’s 20th.

Lap 4 – Hunter-Reay and Hinchcliffe swapping the lead. #29 Townsend Bell up to third.

Lap 1 – #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay takes the lead on the opening lap. #5 James Hinchcliffe settles in to second.

GREEN FLAG! The 100th Indianapolis 500 is underway.

12:28 pm ET – One to go at the line. #4 Buddy Lazier is on pit road with a stuck throttle, so only 32 cars will start at the green flag.

12:23 pm ET – The cars are rolling at the Indy 500. Three parade laps and one pace lap before we go green!

12:21 pm ET – Four generations of the Hulman George family have brought the field to life with “Lady and Gentlemen, Start your Engines!” A.J. Foyt will send off the field.

12:16 pm ET – It’s time for an Indy tradition – the singing of “Back Home Again in Indiana”.

12:07 pm ET – Goosebumps felt from Indy to Charlotte to all around the world with that display of patriotism.

12:04 pm ET – Coming up, it’s the National Anthem, followed by the military flyover.

12:01 pm ET – It’s time to honor America, with the presentation of “Taps” and “God Bless America”.

11:57 am ET – Pre-race ceremonies are underway with the invocation.

11:52 am ET – Three drivers enter the day today as 4-time Indy 500 winners – Al Unser Sr., A.J. Foyt, and Rick Mears. Helio Castroneves will look to add his name to the list.

11:43 am ET – And now, a special tribute to the surviving veterans of the Pearl Harbor attacks.

11:35 am ET – It’s time for the driver introductions! Tune in to ABC now to see the full field of 33.

11:32 am ET – Celebrities are out in force today at Indy! Chris Pine, Darius Rucker and Ice-T have made appearances so far.

11:26 am ET – Some classic Indy 500 cars are taking their turn around the track for the 100th anniversary.

11:09 am ET – A very interesting piece by ABC describing the enormity of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Just think of all the landmarks that could fit in the infield!

11:00 am ET – Tune in to your local ABC station now as pre-race coverage begins.

10:55 am ET – Congratulations to Lewis Hamilton, who won this morning’s F1 race in Monaco. Now all eyes turn to Indianapolis for the greatest spectacle in racing!

9:20 am ET – Good morning race fans! While Formula One wraps up the Monaco Grand Prix across the pond, we’re getting ready for the 100th Indianapolis 500. Coverage starts at 11:00 am on ABC.