Indy 500 Results 2014: Biggest Takeaways and Full Breakdown of Top Performers

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Indy 500 Results 2014: Biggest Takeaways and Full Breakdown of Top Performers
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It was as if the first 199 laps didn’t even take place. 

Ryan Hunter-Reay and Helio Castroneves swerved back and forth throughout the final turns during the Indy 500, and Hunter-Reay just barely held Castroneves off for an impressive victory. In fact, Ray Wert of Tiny Toy Car pointed out how historically close the 2014 edition of the race was:

Here is a look at how Hunter-Reay and the rest of the top 10 finished:

Indy 500 Top 10 Finishes
Place Driver Manufacturer
1 Ryan Hunter-Reay Honda
2 Helio Castroneves Chevrolet
3 Marco Andretti Honda
4 Carlos Munoz Honda
5 Juan Pablo Montoya Chevrolet
6 Kurt Busch Honda
7 Sebastien Bourdais Chevrolet
8 Will Power Chevrolet
9 Sage Karam Chevrolet
10 JR Hildebrand Chevrolet

ESPN.com

 

Ryan Hunter-Reay

As SportsCenter noted, Hunter-Reay became the first American to win the race in quite some time:

Hunter-Reay passed Castroneves at the Yard of Bricks and thrilled fans with an incredibly tight final lap. It was only fitting that Hunter-Reay held on for victory because he was actually passed with a mere three laps remaining last year and finished in third place, as the race ended under caution. 

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Jenna Fryer of the Associated Press captured Hunter-Reay’s memorable quote after the race was over:

He certainly had every reason to feel that way.

 

Helio Castroneves

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Castroneves was attempting to become only the fourth driver in the history of the event to win four Indianapolis 500s, and he could not have come any closer. Sports Illustrated gave fans a glimpse into how close it actually was:

It certainly had to be a devastating defeat, but he seemed to have somewhat of an upbeat attitude after the race, according to the Associated Press, via ESPN.com: “It was a great fight. I tell you what, I was having a great time. Unfortunately second. It’s good, but second sucks, you know what I mean?” 

Of course, the vast majority of the field would have loved to finish in second place, but that bit of knowledge probably didn’t help Castroneves at all after the race. Fortunately, he has a number of impressive successes under his belt at the Indy 500 to fall back on.

 

Kurt Busch

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It’s safe to say Kurt Busch had a busy Sunday. 

He finished in sixth place at the Indy 500 and then nearly immediately after the race headed out toward North Carolina for the evening’s NASCAR Sprint Cup race. Jerry Palm of CBS Sports was certainly impressed:

Busch did have some comments after the race before he jumped on his helicopter, according to the Associated Press, via ESPN.com:

"All in all, I'm very pleased. I cannot believe the execution of this team. I tried to enjoy it. My throat's real dry because I was smiling the whole time and the fresh air was coming in my mouth."

While his attempt is certainly impressive, as is a sixth place finish at the Indy 500 regardless of evening plans, Busch will be hard pressed to put forth a solid effort in North Carolina. The Sprint Cup race is 600 miles, which means he is going for an incredible 1,100 miles in a single day.

Three other drivers have made the same attempt, but only Tony Stewart was able to actually complete the feat. Ironically, Stewart was also sixth at Indy and managed to finish in third place in Charlotte. 

It would be an historically excellent day if Busch could do the same.

 

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