Wow! What a dramatic finish it was at today’s Indy 500, as we saw Dan Wheldon win the race after rookie JR Hildebrand crashed after the last turn as he headed toward the checkered flag. Wheldon took advantage of the rookie’s mistake and now is a two time Indianapolis 500 winner. We’ve got all the details plus a video replay of his win below!
Wheldon won the 500 back in 2005 when he was part of Andretti Green Racing. Today, Wheldon and the Bryan Herta Autosport team are enjoying success!
So what happened exactly that cost J.R. Hildebrand the race? The rookie was trying to pass Charlie Kimball right at the fourth turn when he crashed into the wall. He still crossed the finish line, but Wheldon capitalized on his error to take the checkered flag.
Hildebrand spoke of what happened:
“Is it a move I would do again? No, I think the only reason I did it in the first place is that it had worked at different stages earlier in the race. But, in hindsight, I think with the tires being as used as they were at that stage, that last run after the caution being so long, it’s obviously a learning experience for me.”
It’s too bad really, to be so close and then in a matter of seconds everything changes. As the saying goes, you learn from your mistakes and move on.
So now what is Wheldon going to do? As the 32-year-old Brit pointed out in the press conference immediately following the race, as of midnight, his Herta contract expires. Will he be able to find himself another ride for the remainder of the season? He told everyone that he plans to take his family to Disney World and then head back to his native England for some R & R.
Danica Patrick, who did take the lead at one point of the race, started to run out of fuel, leaving her to finish in 10th place.
What a stunning finish, I still get goosebumps by what transpired in the very last seconds of the race! You can check out the video below to relive it once again.
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