Indy 500 Live: Leaderboard Updates on Marco Andretti and Top Drivers

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistMay 27, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MAY 19:  Marco Andretti the driver of the #26 Team RC Cola car waits to take the track during qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on May 19, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The Indianapolis 500 is approaching the halfway point. Leaders, followers and everyone in between are being established with each passing lap.

Let's take a look at the leaderboard through Lap 80.

*Leaderboard per ESPN.com

Position Driver Car
1 Marco Andretti 26
2 Scott Dixon 9
3 Dario Franchitti
50
4 Takuma Sato 15
5 Ryan Briscoe 2
6 James Hinchcliffe 27
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay 28
8 Tony Kanaan 11
9 Graham Rahal 38
10 Helio Castroneves 3

 

Andretti led the race through 71 laps, fell back to eighth place, but regained the lead before the race's second caution flag. He has led 54 laps total. He has masterful control of his car, understands the track and weaves his way through other racers with stunning accuracy.

The second caution was caused by a collision between top-10 driver Mike Conway and Will Power. Both cars are eliminated from competition, but avoided what could have been an awful situation. Conway was in fourth when the collision occurred and Power, ranked No. 1 in IndyCar standings, was considered a favorite coming into the race.

Pole-sitter Ryan Briscoe ran Indy 500's fastest pole time ever, and has found his way into the top 10. He currently sits fifth, and appears to be gaining steam.

With many big names in the top 10, the race is still wide open. Collisions, alternating leaders and constant jockeying for position has created a very eventful race thus far.

Andretti currently leads, but do not rule out drivers like Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves. Both are extremely accomplished drivers who will gain steam in the race's waning laps.

The Indy 500 is its sports biggest race for a reason. It packs a ton of drama, grabs your attention and always provides interesting storylines.

This year is shaping up to be no different.

Look for Andretti to continue his expert race, but don't rule out a late push from one of the veteran drivers running toward the front.