Andretti's Muñoz is the highest finishing rookie on Indy 500

Carlos Muñoz was upset he could not challenge Tony Kanaan.

Andretti's Muñoz is the highest finishing rookie on Indy 500

The 21-year-old Colombian led today's 500-mile race for 12 laps and recorded the fastest leading lap at 223.651mph. Getting out of the No. 26 Unistraw Chevrolet, Muñoz, surrounded by family, was upset he could not challenge Tony Kanaan (due to the race ending under caution), but was extremely proud of a second-place finish in his first Indianapolis 500. Munoz also scored the honor of highest finishing Rookie.

Tony Kanaan and Carlos Munoz pass Ryan Hunter-Reay on the restart
Tony Kanaan and Carlos Munoz pass Ryan Hunter-Reay on the restart

Photo by: Jay Alley

"I really wanted to fight for the win. Maybe I could win, maybe not, but I really wanted to fight. I have nothing to be ashamed of. To be second and a rookie is a great job.

At the beginning, I was a little bit nervous with the pit stops, but in the end, the car was great and it's a good second place. Hopefully in the future, I will be able to drink milk. Right now I'm thirsty, but hopefully it's in the future for me."

On speculation of how the would have ended if not for the last caution: "It's racing. You don't know what could have been. I think I had a great car and a great shot to overtake (Tony Kanaan) on the front straight, but you never know. He did a great job."

Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 1 DHL Chevrolet

Hunter-Reay thought his No. 1 DHL Chevrolet was the car to beat today, but circumstances proved against him as the American brought home a third-place finish - his personal best at Indianapolis. The crowd on-hand saw plenty of the DHL car at the front, as the Florida resident led 26 laps and was among the fastest cars on track all day.

"That's just the way it works out. That was bad luck. We were leading on that last restart. I knew I was a sitting duck and I wasn't too bummed about it because I knew we had enough laps to get it going again and have a pass back and maybe I would be third on the last lap which is where I wanted to be and it didn't work out that way.

There was a crash in Turn 1 and the race ended. It's unfortunate. Big congratulations to Tony (Kanaan), though. He has been there so many times had bad luck and for whatever reason the race has alluded him. Great champion, certainly deserves it. But man am I disappointed. I think the DHL No. 1 Chevy was the car to beat today.

Had we been at the right place at the right time I'm confident we would have won it and that's just the way this place goes. This entire Andretti Autosport team did a great job all month. Thanks to all the fans for coming out, and congratulations, again, to TK."

Marco Andretti, No. 25 RC Cola Chevrolet

Marco Andretti drove an aggressive but calculated race today, leading 31 laps and bringing the No. 25 RC Cola Chevrolet home in fourth place. It was his fourth top-four finish at Indianapolis and his first since scoring third-place in 2010. The third-generation driver now leads the championship points standings.

"I think when we went for the trim, we were kinda in the worst case scenario; we got shuffled back behind the teammates. Carlos (Munoz) is a tough one to follow - but he drove a heck of a race. Congratulations to Tony Kanaan. Thanks to the RC Cola crew for giving me a great car for the entire month."

E.J. Viso, No. 5 Team Venezuela PDVSA CITGO Chevrolet

Making his best Indy 500 start to date in fourth, Viso was seen leading the 500-mile race for five laps prior to a pit stop that ended his chances of claiming victory. The Venezuelan fought back from the 25th position to cross the finish line in 18th.

"I'm extremely happy for the team. This is an amazing improvement for everyone, especially for me and my career. Being with this team...means a lot. Being able to be in the top five for pretty much the first three-quarters of the race was amazing running with those guys is where I should be running all the time.

A little mistake here in the pits - I selected neutral too fast and I stalled the e ngine and that pretty much ruined our race. We were hoping for a yellow the last part of the race, maybe not that late, but maybe 23 laps to go, and we were going to be able to maybe shoot for the top 10. I'm happy for the team - very happy for them. We have a strong car and this year is going to be a good year for us."

James Hinchcliffe, No. 27 GoDaddy Chevrolet

The Mayor of Hinchtown's day looked promising early on, as the No. 27 GoDaddy Chevrolet stayed with the lead pack. Hinchcliffe led seven laps as the team was on a slightly different strategy, looking to hit a fuel number good enough to put them out front at the end. However, on Lap 133, the 26-year-old made light contact with the outside wall exiting Turn 2. It didn't end his day, but the Canadian finished 21st.

"We just didn't have the speed today; it's unfortunate because it wasn't the handling, the car was just a bit off. When the pack is running 25 cars all on the same straightaway and you're just a little bit off on speed than you're just a sitting duck. It's so tough to move up and keep guys behind you, but we had an eventful race trying to stay in the lead pack.

The engineers did a good job, the car was handling well and the guys were unbelievable in the pit stops. I feel bad that the GoDaddy Chevy didn't finish a bit higher and they deserved a lot better than what we got. It's a tough pill to swallow, you hate something like that on any race day, but certainly not this one. I'm happy for the team.

I'm gutted that the last yellow flag came out when it did and potentially cost the team a win because this whole organization has done an incredibly great job. (Positions) Two, three and four speaks volumes of our crew. Congrats to Tony (Kanaan) and the KV Racing guys, we'll regroup and go win two in Detroit."

Andretti Autosport

shares
comments
Chevrolet IndyCar V6 engine powers Tony Kanaan to career-first Indy 500 victory

Previous article

Chevrolet IndyCar V6 engine powers Tony Kanaan to career-first Indy 500 victory

Next article

Never say never: Tony Kanaan finally wins Indy 500

Never say never: Tony Kanaan finally wins Indy 500
Load comments
Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing win Prime

Remembering Dan Wheldon and his last and most amazing win

Saturday, Oct. 16th, marks the 10th anniversary Dan Wheldon’s death. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute, then asks Wheldon’s race engineer from 2011, Todd Malloy, to recall that magical second victory at the Indianapolis 500.

IndyCar
Oct 16, 2021
Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up? Prime

Have Harvey and RLL formed IndyCar’s next winning match-up?

Jack Harvey’s move to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing sparked plenty of debate, but their combined strength could prove golden, says David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Oct 15, 2021
Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting Prime

Why Kyle Kirkwood is America's new IndyCar ace-in-waiting

Kyle Kirkwood, the record-setting junior formula driver, sealed the Indy Lights championship last weekend. But despite an absurdly strong résumé and scholarship money, his next move is far from clear. By David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Oct 6, 2021
2021 IndyCar title is just the start for Ganassi's newest star Prime

2021 IndyCar title is just the start for Ganassi's newest star

Alex Palou has captured Chip Ganassi Racing's 14th IndyCar drivers' championship, and in truly stellar manner. David Malsher-Lopez explains what made the Palou-Ganassi combo so potent so soon.

IndyCar
Sep 28, 2021
Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar Prime

Why Grosjean's oval commitment shows he's serious about IndyCar

One of motorsport’s worst-kept secrets now out in the open, and Romain Grosjean has been confirmed as an Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver in 2022. It marks a remarkable turnaround after the abrupt end to his Formula 1 career, and is a firm indication of his commitment to challenge for the IndyCar Series title  

IndyCar
Sep 24, 2021
IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still at fever pitch Prime

IndyCar’s longest silly-season is still at fever pitch

The 2021 IndyCar silly season is one of the silliest of all, but it’s satisfying to see so many talented drivers in play – including Callum Ilott. David Malsher-Lopez reports.

IndyCar
Sep 11, 2021
IndyCar young guns are great, but the elders aren’t done yet Prime

IndyCar young guns are great, but the elders aren’t done yet

The ace 20-somethings in IndyCar have risen to become title contenders, but the best of the series veterans are digging deep and responding – and will continue to do so over the next couple of years, says David Malsher-Lopez.

IndyCar
Aug 20, 2021
The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career Prime

The F1 champion who became an Indy king in his second career

Emerson Fittipaldi’s decision to go racing with his brother led to him falling out of F1, but he bloomed again on the IndyCar scene. NIGEL ROEBUCK considers a career of two halves

Formula 1
Jul 31, 2021