INDIANAPOLIS – Last year, Takuma Sato narrowly beat Helio Castroneves by 0.2011-seconds in a thrilling 101st Running of the Indianapolis 500. Ed Jones had a phenomenal ride in coming home third with Dale Coyne Racing while Max Chilton and Tony Kanaan rounded out the top five.
Well, the 2018 edition of the historic race wasn’t kind to those drivers.
Two of the first three cars out of Sunday’s 102nd Running of the Indianapolis 500 finished in the top three in 2017. Furthermore, none of the five finished inside the top 20 on Sunday.
Sato made contact with James Davison on Lap 46 ending both of their days in Turn 3. Sato, would finish 32nd. That comes after Juan Pablo Montoya won the 2015 race and finished last in 33rd the very next year. Then, on Lap 57, Jones found the Turn 2 wall and would finish 31st. It capped a rough month for the new Chip Ganassi Racing driver as he was 19th, 17th, 27th, 19th, 26th and 10th respectively in race practices this month. He qualified his No. 10 Honda 29th. Wasn’t very Ganassi like.
Then, on Lap 145, Helio Castroneves was involved in a single car crash off of Turn 4. He’d finish 27th as a result. On top of all of that, Tony Kanaan looked to be like one of the drivers to beat but he had to pit on Lap 99 for a punctured tire. He’d fall a lap down then eventually crash on Lap 189. He’d finish 25th.
Chilton, was the only one of the five to finish, but he came home 22nd, two laps down.
2017 Indy 500 Finishers vs. 2018 Finishes
- Sato (32nd today)
- Castroneves (27th today)
- Jones (31st today)
- Chilton (22nd today)
- Kanaan (25th today)