82nd Indianapolis 500
This year marks the 25 years since Dallara’s first Indy500 win. During the 1998, 82nd Annual Indianapolis 500, Eddie Cheever drove to victory lane in the Dallara IR8. After running into many roadblocks since the beginning of Cheever’s request for a Dallara IR8, he was able to secure the first win for Dallara in the Indy500, which became the beginning of a series of win at Indianapolis that would never stop.
“Winning the Indianapolis 500 is somewhat a life-changing experience. It would not have happened without the trust and generosity of Dallara. But beyond being fine people, they build fine race cars. I owe a lot of personally and professionally to Dallara and their contribution to my success will never be forgotten.” – Eddie Cheever.
83rd Indianapolis 500
In 1999, Kenny Bräck, drove to victory lane in the Dallara IR9 to win the 83rd Indianapolis 500. In the closing laps, race leader Robby Gordon ran out of fuel within sight of the white flag. Kenny Bräck took the lead with just over one lap to go and won for A.J. Foyt Racing. Not only did Bräck finish strong passing the checkered flag. The top 11 finishes were all Dallara chassis. Along with winning the 1999 Indianapolis 500, Kenny Bräck won the 1998 Pep Boys Indy Racing League with a Dallara IR8. Check out our recent stories, to learn more about how Kenny and Dallara drove to victory lane in the 1999 Indianapolis 500.
85th Indianapolis 500
After a five-year absence, Team Penske made a return to the Indianapolis 500 in 2001. On a rainy day at the Speedway, Helio Castroneves started 11th and led the final 52 laps, taking his first lead on Lap 149 and never relinquishing the point again in the Dallara IR-01. He finished 1-2 with his only teammate on track, Gil de Ferran, who also drove a Dallara IR-01. It seems Castroneves has been a part of the evolution of Dallara cars racing in the Indianapolis 500. In 2001, Castroneves was a rookie winning the Indy500, which was the beginning of historical wins for the 4-time Indy500 Champion.
86th Indianapolis 500
Back-to-back Indianapolis 500 wins for Helio Castroneves and Team Penske. In the 86th Indianapolis 500, Castroneves led the final 24 laps, 18 of which were under green after a Lap 181 restart. Despite the concern for fuel, and after running 42 laps since his last pit stop, Castroneves completed his victory lap, and had 1 gallon of fuel remaining in the tank. In the 2002 Indianapolis 500, Castroneves raced an average speed of 166.499 mph in the Dallara IR-02, 23.925 seconds faster than his average speed in the Dallara IR-01, the previous 500. In the first Indianapolis 500 (1997) Dallara raced in, there were 11 of our chassis on track, and in 2002 Dallara doubled that number at IMS.
89th Indianapolis 500
It was a sunny day at the Speedway when Dan Wheldon crossed the checkered flag. In the 89th Indianapolis 500, Dan Wheldon started 17th on the grid and drove to victory lane in the Dallara IR-03. During the race, there were multiple incidents that occurred on track. Wheldon led a total of 30 laps, leading the last six laps of the race. During May practices, Wheldon was at the top of the speed charts, in preparation for the big race. Dan Wheldon raced an average speed of 157.603 mph during the 89th Indianapolis 500. From the 2005 Indianapolis 500 to present day, a streak of wins begins for Dallara cars in the Indianapolis 500.
90th Indianapolis 500
Starting from pole in the 90th Indianapolis 500, Sam Hornish Jr. drove to victory lane in the Dallara IR-03. The victory was one of the most notable in the history of the race, as it was the first time ever that a driver made a pass for the lead on the final lap of the race. With many successful and fast practices throughout the month of May, Hornish raced an average speed of 157.085 mph in the Dallara IR-03 during the Indianapolis 500. Hornish's last lap was his fastest of the race: 219.935 mph. This was the last year the Dallara IR-03 raced in the Indy500 because the following year, its evolution - the Dallara IR-05, made its entry on tr
91st Indianapolis 500
Which would come first, the rain or the end of the 91st Indianapolis 500? Dario Franchitti, working lap 163, held the lead into the backstretch. Behind him, multiple crashes occurred on the slippery track. Before the track could be cleared, a heavy rainstorm fell on the track, and the race was called after 166 laps with Dario Franchitti declared the winner. After starting third from the pole position, Franchitti raced an average speed of 151.774 mph in the Dallara IR-05. Throughout the race, battling through the rain, he benefited from a cut right rear tire just after the long rain delay. As the field took two laps under caution, Franchitti made an unscheduled pit stop to have the tire replaced. The stop threw him out of sequence with the leaders, but it enabled him to take the lead. The 2007 race was also the final Indianapolis 500 to see another chassis in competition.
92nd Indianapolis 500
In the 92nd Indianapolis 500, Scott Dixon started from pole position and drove to victory lane in the Dallara IR-05-Honda. It was the first Indianapolis 500 where all entries utilized the Dallara IR-05 chassis after a driver failed to qualify with a Panoz chassis. Throughout the month of May, Dixon proved he was determined to win his first Indianapolis 500, by staying at the top of charts of best speeds during May practices. During pole day qualifications, he placed pole position with a time of 226.366 mph. During the race, he proved dominance by leading 115 laps (including the last 29), resulting in racing an average speed of 143.567 mph. Scott Dixon, who races for Chip Ganassi Racing in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, has the record for most laps led all-time in the Indianapolis 500 race.
93rd Indianapolis 500
In the 93rd Indianapolis 500, Helio Castroneves started from pole position and claimed his third Indianapolis 500 victory. During the first half of the race, Castroneves, Dixon, and Franchitti swapped the lead. Helio faded some in the middle part of the race, but he and the team continued to work hard to get the car just right. Castroneves saved his dominant charge for when it counted, leading the final 59 laps. During the month of May practices, Castroneves stayed in the top 5 on charts of best speeds. During pole day qualifications, he placed pole position with a time of 224.864 mph. Helio Castroneves became the first foreign-born three-time winner of the race and tied a record by winning the race three times in the same decade. The win was Team Penske's 15th Indy 500 victory!
94th Indianapolis 500
In the 94th Indianapolis 500, Dario Franchitti led a strong race and claimed his second Indianapolis 500 victory. Many spin outs occurred during the race and towards the end of the race, the four drivers leading, all ran out of fuel. Franchitti made his final pit stop on Lap 163. All this pit activity set up a final encounter between Dario Franchitti, Tony Kanaan, and Dan Wheldon. Kanaan was forced into the pits for fuel, but Wheldon was able to catch Dario when lapped traffic became present. Dario cleared lapped traffic with 2 laps to go, and by then Wheldon was out of the "push to pass". With one lap to go, running on empty and a car on his tail, Franchitti was able to complete his lap to victory lane. Franchitti led a total of 155 of the 200 laps in the Dallara IR-05-Honda.
95th Indianapolis 500
In the 95th Indianapolis 500, Dan Wheldon stayed consistent on track and led only the last lap of the race to claim his second Indianapolis 500 victory. Wheldon's average speed of 170.265 mph was the fourth-fastest Indy 500 in history and was the first Indy 500 completed in less than three hours since 2000. Drivers had to deal with a new regulation at the time that forces cars to line up in a side-by-side alignment during restarts. There was concern that it would increase the risk of crashes. On the final lap and with victory in sight, Rookie J.R. Hildebrand came upon the slower car of fellow rookie Charlie Kimball, who was just getting up to speed after making a late-race pit stop for fuel. Hildebrand attempted to pass Kimball on the outside in Turn 4, but it sent him into the outside wall. Wheldon, who had been closing in second, swept past Hildebrand in the final dash from Turn 4 to the checkers to claim the victory.
96th Indianapolis 500
In the 96th Indianapolis 500, Dario Franchitti became a three-time Indy500 champion, making this win his last win of his 12-season career. The 2012 Indianapolis 500 was the first time since 2003, that all cars were a new model-year chassis: DW-12. The Dallara chassis was named after Dan Wheldon, previous Indianapolis 500 who passed away in a crash during the 2011 season finale.
During the month of May practices, Franchitti stayed low on speed and placed 16th during qualifying but proved that during the 500 he had all the energy and force for when it mattered the most. After the first caution period of the race, Franchitti spun at his pit box, due to being hit from behind, but lost less time as the safety car was deployed. Franchitti and Dixon traded the lead several times until the start of lap 199, when Franchitti took the lead from Dixon and Takuma Sato followed him through into second place. On the final lap, Sato attempted a pass on Franchitti in turn one but spun and hit the wall, declaring Dario Franchitti as the 2012 Indianapolis 500 winner!
97th Indianapolis 500
In the 97th Indianapolis 500, Tony Kannan drove to his first Indianapolis 500 victory in the Dallara DW-12. The first half of the race was competitive and resulted in many lead changes between drivers, which ended up setting a record of the most lead changes (68), during an Indianapolis 500. Towards the end of the race, a driver crashed with 7 laps left to go, bringing the race under a yellow caution flag. Ryan Hunter-Reay had been in the lead during this caution flag, but when the caution ended, Kanaan, slipped by Hunter-Reay to take the lead. Just when Kanaan led in the first turn, Dario Franchitti crashed with three laps left, causing another yellow caution flag that would last for the remainder of the race. Under the yellow flag, Kanaan finished the final 2.5 laps to win his first Indy 500. Kannan raced an average speed 187.433 mph – breaking the record at the time.
98th Indianapolis 500
It had been 8 years since an American-born driver had won the Indianapolis 500. In the 98th Indianapolis 500, Ryan Hunter-Reay drove through the checkered flag and claimed his first Indianapolis 500 win! There was no cautionary period throughout the race, until lap 149. Although with 10 laps left, red flags started waiving, causing an 11 minute clean up. The green came back with six laps to go. The top three drivers (including Ryan Hunter-Reay) raced nose-to-tail in an intense couple last laps and as the field came down the main stretch to receive the white flag, Hunter-Reay made a slingshot pass to the outside to retake the lead. Hunter-Reay won the race by 0.0600 seconds, making it the second-closest finish in race history. He also led the most laps throughout the race (56) and raced an average speed of 186.563 mph (second fastest in history) in the Dallara DW-12.
99th Indianapolis 500
It was a successful return for Juan Pablo Montoya in the 99th Indianapolis 500. On lap 7, Montoya right-rear bumper was hit, which detached just before he entered pit lane for repairs, causing an extended caution period to clear the debris, but also allowed Montoya to re-fuel. After two more restart attempts, the race finally went green on lap 13. Throughout the second half of the race, three crashes occurred causing caution flags to come out. On lap 160, Montoya eventually caught up to the lead after recovering from his earlier incident. The last 13 laps saw the lead exchanges between Scott Dixon, Will Power and Juan Pablo Montoya. With 4 laps remaining, Montoya moved around the outside of Power into turn one and took the lead. Montoya was able to stay in the lead for the remaining three laps and won his second Indianapolis 500.
100th Indianapolis 500
It was an iconic 100th Indianapolis 500, when rookie Alexander Rossi crossed the checkered flag and claimed his first Indianapolis 500 win. The claim is that Alexander Rossi used a fuel strategy to advance him to the finish line. As Rossi was competing for the lead with the driver who started the race in last position, they both made the smart decision of pitting on lap 120 when no other drivers did. Rossi stretched his final tank of gas 90 miles into the lead as leaders had to make their final pit stop for fuel in the last laps. Rossi struggled on the final lap, working his clutch and being guided by team co-owner Bryan Herta to save fuel. Eventually he ran out of gas after taking the checkered flag. It was a great race performed by a rookie and a strong strategy within the Andretti Autosport team.
101st Indianapolis 500
In the 101st Indianapolis 500, Takuma Sato started in the fourth pole position and drove through the checkered flag to claim his first Indy500 win. It was a record-breaking win for Sato who won his first oval and became the first Asian driver to win an Indianapolis 500. Sato started making his way towards the lead during the last quarter of the race. A multi-car crash occurred during the last 12 laps of the race. It was a battle between Takuma Sato and Helio Castroneves during the last 10 laps of the race. Castroneves made one last attempt to pass Sato with three laps to go but was unable to catch back up to Sato. Takuma Sato took victory by just .2011 seconds over Castroneves in the Dallara-Honda DW-12. Sato raced an average speed of 155.395 mph.
102nd Indianapolis 500
In the 102nd Indianapolis 500, starting from the third pole position, Will Power drove to his first Indianapolis 500 victory. Beginning in 2018, all DW-12 chassis were outfitted with a universal bodywork kit. The UAK-18, the base Dallara safety cell design would remain as-was: however, components such as, the airbox and rear-wheel guards, would be removed. The new kits were designed to ensure that more downforce comes from ground effects than the wings. The race was considered less competitive than the previous years, but late in the race, pit strategy and a timely caution flag factored in. A late yellow while Power was running in fourth seemed to give off-strategy cars ahead a chance, but surprise leaders all had to pit leaving Will Power an opportunity to lead ahead of Ed Carpenter and Scott Dixon, to reel off the remaining five laps. Power suddenly had a 2.2 second lead with two laps to go and drove through victory lane with ease. Will Power became the first driver to win both the IndyCar Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500 in the same year.
103rd Indianapolis 500
In the 103rd Indianapolis 500, Simon Pagenaud started from pole position and drove to victory lane in the Dallara DW-12 IR18 (Chevy engine). His pole position speed was 229.992 mph. Pagenaud lead a majority of the race, leading 116 laps. Simon Pagenaud and Alexander Rossi traded the lead five times after a restart with 14 laps remaining in the race. Pagenaud took the lead for good with a lap left and then drove across the oval on the final lap to hold off a charge by Rossi. Simon Pagenaud became the second driver in a row to sweep both the IndyCar Grand Prix and the Indy 500 in the same year. He also became the first French-born winner since 1920, and the first pole-sitter to win the race since 2009
104th Indianapolis 500
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 104th Indianapolis 500 was postponed to August 23rd (first time the race was not held in late May) and held with no spectators nor May activities. In 2020, the INDYCAR Aeroscreen, a joint effort between INDYCAR, Red Bull Advance Technologies, Dallara, PPG Aerospace, and Pankl, made its debut as the latest cockpit safety innovation that can greatly increase driver protection in the wake of several serious incidents. Scott Dixon dominated much of the race, leading 111 laps. After the final round of pit stops, Takuma Sato caught up and passed Dixon on lap 172. After all other cars had cycled through their final pit stops, Sato moved to the lead on lap 186. He was leading the race on lap 195 when a caution came out for a crash by Spencer Pigot. The final four laps were run under caution with Takuma Sato taking the checkered flag.
105th Indianapolis 500
In the 105th Indianapolis 500, Helio Castroneves drove to his fourth Indy500 victory. Castroneves led the race on seven different occasions for a total of 20 laps, including laps 199 and 200 – when it counted most. There were 35 lead changes among a total of 13 different drivers. Helio Castroneves went head-to-head with Alex Palou in the closing laps and passed Palou with a quick outside move in Turn 1 on Lap 199. He held off Palou by .4928 of a second. This was the fastest Indianapolis 500 in history, with an average speed of 190.690 mph, performed by Helio. It was also a race slowed only twice by cautions for a total of 18 laps, both race-record lows.
106th Indianapolis 500
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway returned to regular activities and full capacity in the 106th Indianapolis 500. Starting from the fifth pole position, Marcus Ericsson drove through the checkered flag and claimed his first Indianapolis 500 win. Ericsson stayed in the top positions during the race. Scott Dixon (pole position) led a majority of the first half of the race but was penalized in lap 175 for being over the pit lane speed limit at the pit entry line, removing him from the opportunity to win. Marcus Ericsson and Pato Ward went head-to-head in the last laps, with Ericsson coming out strong. A crash occurred in Lap 199, causing a caution period to end the race, with Marcus Ericsson taking his first Indianapolis 500 victory.