Rookie Alexander Rossi rallies to win the 100th Running of Indianapolis 500


Rookie Alexander Rossi drinks milk after winning 100th running of Indianapolis 500

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Rookie Alexander Rossi rallied to win the 100th Running of Indianapolis 500.

Rossi is the first rookie to win the 500 since Helio Castroneves in 2001.

“I have no idea how we pulled that off,” said Rossi.

The rookie started in the 11th spot and steadily made his way to the front during the action-packed race. He even ran the last 36 laps without a pit stop, which is about four laps past the fuel window for Honda engines.

Carlos Munoz finished second, giving Andretti Autosport a 1-2 finish. Josef Newgarden was third, Tony Kanaan fourth and Charlie Kimball fifth.

There were several crashes throughout the day that caused officials to issue yellow flags.

Defending Indy 500 champion Juan Pablo Montoya was the first, crashing in lap 64 and ruining his hopes to win back-to-back years.

Sage Karam was the second. He crashed into a wall in turn one. The race was stalled while crews cleaned the track of debris.

Andretti teammates Ryan Hunter-Reay and Townsend Bell crashed into each other while exiting pit road during lap 120.

Below are the unofficial final results:

  1. Alexander Rossi
  2. Carlos Munoz
  3. Josef Newgarden
  4. Tony Kanaan
  5. Charlie Kimball
  6. J.R. Hildebrand
  7. James Hinchcliffe
  8. Scott Dixon
  9. Sebastien Bourdais
  10. Will Power
  11. Helio Castroneves
  12. Oriol Servia
  13. Marco Andretti
  14. Graham Rahal
  15. Max Chilton
  16. Jack Hawksworth
  17. Alex Tagliani
  18. Pippa Mann
  19. Simon Pagenaud
  20. Gabby Chaves
  21. Townsend Bell
  22. Matthew Brabham
  23. Bryan Clauson
  24. Ryan Hunter-Reay
  25. Spencer Pigot
  26. Takuma Sato
  27. Mikhail Aleshin
  28. Stefan Wilson
  29. Conor Daly
  30. Buddy Lazier
  31. Ed Carpenter
  32. Sage Karam
  33. Juan Pablo Montoya

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