Ryan Hunter-Reay became the first American since 2006 to take home the Indianapolis 500 title, and he did it in dramatic fashion.
Hunter-Reay battled back and forth with three-time champion Helio Castroneves for the final six laps of the race after the red flag was brought out following a crash on lap 190.
Hunter-Reay made the winning pass on the penultimate lap, and he held off the final charge from Castroneves to capture the Borg-Warner Trophy.
The difference between the two racers was six-hundredths of a second, which was the second-closest finish in Indy 500 history.
Marco Andretti, who had a strong car all day, watched his teammate win the 98th edition of the historic race and ended up in third place.
NASCAR's Kurt Busch pulled off a spectacular showing by finishing sixth in the first of his two races on the day, as he will compete in the Coca-Cola 600 later in the day.
The race, which was caution free for the first 150 laps, also proved to be a cruel animal to racers with terrific cars like Townsend Bell, James Hinchcliffe and Ed Carpenter.
Bell crashed after hitting debris with 10 laps to go, while Hinchcliffe and Carpenter collided on a restart on lap 175.
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