Sunday, May 29, 2005


Winner Dan Wheldon

Rookie of the year: Danica Patrick 

Great race 2 dvd set

 With the original American live commentary and no commercials breaks !

Dan Wheldon, whose victory in the 2005 Indianapolis 500 made him the first Englishman since Graham Hill in 1966 to win that world prestigious event. Also a stunning performance from youngster Danica Patrick a rookie woman who has now millions of fans around the world.

Watch now the entire event captured from Live TV coverage.

Entry List:

Tomas Enge, Helio Castroneves, Tomas Scheckter, Adrian Fernandez, Sam Hornish Jr. Bryan Herta, Scott Sharp, Scott Dixon, Darren Manning, Tony Kanaan, AJ Foyt, Kenny Brack, Danica Patrick, Vitor Meira, Ed Carpenter, Jacques Lazier, Jeff Ward, Roger Yasukawa, Marty Roth, Dan Wheldon, Dario Franchitti, Ryan Briscoe, Bruno Junqueira, Sebastian Bourdais, Larry Foyt, Jeff Bucknum, Felipe Giaffone, Alex Barron, Kosuke Matsura, Richie Hearn, Patrick Carpentier, Jimmy Kite, Buddy Lazier,

Historical race with multiple stunning crashes


2005 Indianapolis 500

The 89th Indianapolis 500 was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 29, 2005. It was the premier event of the 2005 IndyCar Series season, and the tenth Indy 500 sanctioned by the Indy Racing League. Dan Wheldon won the race under a yellow flag. Wheldon became the first British winner since Graham Hill in 1966.

Rookie Danica Patrick, who qualified fourth and finished fourth, became the first female driver in Indy history to lead laps during the race. Patrick led three times for a total of 19 laps, and won the Rookie of the Year award. Considerable media hype and attention was focused on the race and on Patrick in particular during the month,giving birth to the term "Danica Mania."

The increased attention going into the race helped register a 6.5 Nielsen rating, the highest since 1996.

Starting Grid

1Brazil 11 - Tony KanaanUnited States 6 - Sam Hornish, Jr.United States 8 - Scott Sharp
2United States 16 - Danica Patrick (R)Brazil 3 - Hélio Castroneves (W)United Kingdom 27 - Dario Franchitti
3Brazil 17 - Vitor MeiraJapan 55 - Kosuke MatsuuraUnited States 95 - Buddy Lazier (W)
4Czech Republic 2 - TomᚠEnge (R)South Africa 4 - Tomas ScheckterBrazil 36 - Bruno Junqueira
5New Zealand 9 - Scott DixonMexico 5 - Adrian FernándezFrance 37 - Sébastien Bourdais (R)
6United Kingdom 26 - Dan WheldonUnited States 24 - Roger YasukawaUnited States 7 - Bryan Herta
7United Kingdom 10 - Darren ManningUnited States 70 - Richie HearnUnited States 44 - Jeff Bucknum (R)
8United States 51 - Alex BarronSweden 15 - Kenny Bräck (W)Australia 33 - Ryan Briscoe (R)
9Canada 83 - Patrick Carpentier (R)United States 20 - Ed CarpenterUnited States 21 - Jaques Lazier
10United States 14 - A. J. Foyt IVCanada 25 - Marty RothUnited States 41 - Larry Foyt
11United States 22 - Jeff WardUnited States 91 - Jimmy KiteBrazil 48 - Felipe Giaffone
Official report

Race summary


Race dawn emerged warm and sunny, with temperatures in the mid 70s (°F), and no chance of rain. Speedway chairperson Mari Hulman George gave the command to start engines at 11:58 a.m. (EST). The field assembled for two parade laps and one pace lap behind the Chevrolet Corvette C6 pace car, driven by Colin Powell.

At the start, a very well-aligned field saw polesitter Tony Kanaan take the lead into turn 1. The field circulated safely through the first lap. In the third turn, Sam Hornish, Jr. passed Kanaan for the lead, and led the first lap. Kanaan re-took the lead on lap 3. The duo traded the lead once more before Larry Foyt crashed on lap 18, bringing out the first caution.

Most of the leaders pit under the yellow, and Kanaan won the race off of pit road.

First half

Sam Hornish, Jr. took the lead on lap 38, and the race began to settle into a pace. On lap 55, a series of green flag pit stops shuffled the field momentary. Hornish ducked into the pits first, followed by Kanaan. The shuffle brought Danica Patrick to the lead on lap 56. It marked the first time in Indy 500 history that a female driver led a lap in competition. She pitted the next time around, and Hornish emerged once again as the leader.

On lap 78, Bruno Junqueira went to pass the lap car of A. J. Foyt IV in turn 2. The two cars touched, and Junqueira crashed hard into the outside wall. He suffered a concussion and fractured vertebras.

Kenny Bräck headed for the pits on lap 82 with mechanical trouble. The car eventually dropped out due to a broken wishbone suspension.

As they approached the halfway point, Hornish and Kanaan again battled back and forth for the lead.

Second half

On lap 114, Richie Hearn and Scott Dixon tangled and crashed in turn one. On the restart, Kanaan and Dario Franchitti passed Hornish on the front stretch, and pulled away from the field.

On lap 147, Sam Hornish, Jr. went to pass Sébastien Bourdais on the outside of turn one. He slid high, and smacked the outside wall. The leaders pit on lap 149, which meant that only one more fuel stop would be required for each car. Exiting the pits, Bryan Herta was penalized for speeding on pit road, and was moved to the rear of the field for the upcoming restart.

On 155, the field prepared to go back to green. Accelerating in the north short chute, Danica Patrick, running 8th, did a half-spin, and tagged TomᚠEnge. Tomas Scheckter spun to avoid the crash, and wrecked into the inside wall. Jeff Bucknum, Patrick Carpentier, and Jaques Lazier also got caught up in the melee. Patrick damamged her nosecone, and ducked immediately into the pits. The team replaced the nose of the car, then a second pit stop (lap 159) saw her change tires and top off the fuel. Patrick dropped to 11th, the last car on the lead lap. Just before the restart on lap 161, Bryan Herta ducked into the pits, and topped off the fuel. The team intended to go the distance without another pit stop.


With 30 laps to go, Dan Wheldon led Vitor Meira. Roger Yasukawa brought out the yellow when his car blew an engine down the front stretch. All of the leaders except Patrick and Herta went to the pits. Staying out, Patrick and Herta shuffled up to the front of the field. Patrick took the lead for the second time of the day on lap 172, and led Herta on the lap 173 restart. To the delight of the crowd, Patrick pulled out to a 1 second lead. Her crew instructed her to dial down the fuel mixture (in an effort to make it to the finish), and her lead began to dwindle. Dan Wheldon caught her on lap 186, and took the lead. At the same time, Kosuke Matsuura hit the wall in the exit of turn four.

With ten laps to go, the green flag came back out. Patrick darted around Wheldon, and took the lead into turn 1. She held the lead for three laps. With seven laps to go, Wheldon passed her once again, and pulled out to a lead. With less than three laps to go, Vitor Meira and Bryan Herta managed to get by Patrick, while Wheldon continued to pull away. Down the back stretch with less than 1˝ laps to go, Buddy Lazier passed Sébastien Bourdais on the outside for 5th place. Bourdais got loose in turn 3, and crashed into the outside wall. The yellow and white flag were displayed, and one lap later, Dan Wheldon won the race under caution.

Bryan Herta's fuel strategy worked out, and he came home third. Danica Patrick held on to 4th place, beating Janet Guthrie's Indy 500 record (9th place in 1978) for best finish by a female driver. Buddy LazierScott Sharp. finished a strong 5th, despite nursing a broken front wing after contact by

11626United Kingdom Dan WheldonDH224.30817200RunningAndretti Green Racing
2717Brazil Vitor MeiraPH226.8488200RunningRahal Letterman Racing
3187United States Bryan HertaDH223.97220200RunningAndretti Green Racing
4416United States Danica Patrick (R)PH227.0045200RunningRahal Letterman Racing
5995United States Buddy Lazier (W)DC226.35310200RunningPanther Racing
6627United Kingdom Dario FranchittiDH226.8737200RunningAndretti Green Racing
738United States Scott SharpPH227.1264200RunningFernandez Racing
8111Brazil Tony KanaanDH227.5662200RunningAndretti Green Racing
953Brazil Hélio Castroneves (W)DT226.9276200RunningTeam Penske
102433Australia Ryan Briscoe (R)PT224.08019199RunningChip Ganassi Racing
112620United States Ed CarpenterDT221.43925199RunningVision Racing
121537France Sébastien Bourdais (R)PH224.95516198Crash T3Newman/Haas Racing
132251United States Alex BarronDT221.05327197RunningTeam Cheever
14145Mexico Adrian FernándezPH225.12015197RunningFernandez Racing
153348Brazil Felipe GiaffonePT217.64536194RunningA.J. Foyt Enterprises
162721United States Jaques LazierPT221.22826189RunningPlaya Del Racing
17855Japan Kosuke MatsuuraPH226.3979186Crash T4Super Aguri Fernandez Racing
181724United States Roger YasukawaDH224.13118167MechanicalDreyer & Reinbold Racing
19102Czech Republic TomᚠEnge (R)DC226.10711155Crash T4Panther Racing
20114South Africa Tomas ScheckterDC226.03112154Crash T4Panther Racing
212583Canada Patrick Carpentier (R)DT222.80322153MechanicalTeam Cheever
222144United States Jeff Bucknum (R)DH221.52124150Crash T4Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
2326United States Sam Hornish, Jr.DT227.2733146Crash T1Team Penske
24139New Zealand Scott DixonPT225.21514113Crash T1Chip Ganassi Racing
252070United States Richie HearnPC222.70723112Crash T1Sam Schmidt Motorsports
262315Sweden Kenny Bräck (W)PH227.598192MechanicalRahal Letterman Racing
273122United States Jeff WardDT218.7143492HandlingVision Racing
282814United States A.J. Foyt IVDT220.4422884HandlingA.J. Foyt Enterprises
291910United Kingdom Darren ManningPT223.9432182MechanicalChip Ganassi Racing
301236Brazil Bruno JunqueiraPH225.7041376Crash T2Newman/Haas Racing
312925Canada Marty RothDC219.4973247HandlingRoth Racing
323291United States Jimmy KiteDT218.5653547HandlingHemelgarn Racing
333041United States Larry FoytDT219.3963314Crash T2A.J. Foyt Enterprises

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