2011 Indianapolis 500

Wheldon wins Indy 500 as Hildebrand crashes at last corner

IndyCarPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

2011 Indianapolis 500
2011 Indianapolis 500

Dan Wheldon won the Indianapolis 500 for the second time after a dramatic end to the race.

JR Hildebrand led at the beginning of the last lap but crashed at the final corner of the race while lapping Charlie Kimball.

Hildebrand’s car skidded down the straight on two wheels as Wheldon passed him to claim a shock victory.

The Ganassi cars of Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon led much of the way, but came unstuck on fuel strategy later in the race.

Franchitti made what should have been his final pit stop on the same lap as Hildebrand. But he failed to make it to the end of the race without a further stop and had to make a ‘splash and dash’ stop with one lap to go.

Hildebrand passed him for second place, which became the lead when Bertrand Baguette pitted.

Graham Rahal fought his way up from 29th to finish third ahead of Tony Kanaan, who started 22. Kanaan’s KV Racing team mates Takuma Sato and Ernesto Viso crashed out within the first 18 laps.

Front row starters Oriol Servia and Scott Dixon were fifth and sixth ahead of Baguette, who made his final pit stop on lap 197 of the 200-lap race.

Tomas Scheckter, Marco Andretti and Danica Patrick completed the top ten.

It was an emotional victory for Wheldon who first won the Indianapolis 500 in 2005, the same year he won the championship. But he found himself without a full-time drive at the start of this year and today’s race was his first start of the IndyCar season.

The season continues with its first ever double-header meeting at Texas in two weeks’ time.


Driver Difference Gap Grid Reason
1 Dan Wheldon 6
2 JR Hildebrand 2.1086 2.1086 12
3 Graham Rahal 5.5949 3.4863 29
4 Tony Kanaan 7.487 1.8921 22
5 Oriol Servia 8.8757 1.3887 3
6 Scott Dixon 9.5434 0.6677 2
7 Bertrand Baguette 23.9631 14.4197 14
8 Tomas Scheckter 24.3299 0.3668 21
9 Marco Andretti 25.4711 1.1412 27
10 Danica Patrick 26.4483 0.9772 25
11 Ed Carpenter 27.0375 0.5892 8
12 Dario Franchitti 56.4167 29.3792 9
13 Charlie Kimball 1 Lap 1 Lap 28
14 Will Power 5.8513 5.8513 5
15 Vitor Meira 21.9398 16.0885 11
16 Justin Wilson 39.0811 17.1413 19
17 Helio Castroneves 49.618 10.5369 16
18 Buddy Rice 2 Laps 1 Lap 7
19 Alex Lloyd 25.561 25.561 30
20 Pippa Mann 41.0417 15.4807 31
21 Ana Beatriz 3 Laps 1 Lap 32
22 John Andretti 7.7129 7.7129 17
23 Ryan Hunter-Reay 34.2306 26.5177 33
24 Davey Hamilton 7 Laps 4 Laps 15
25 Paul Tracy 25 Laps 18 Laps 24
26 Townsend Bell 43 Laps 18 Laps 4 Contact
27 Ryan Briscoe 0.1089 0.1089 26 Contact
28 Alex Tagliani 53 Laps 10 Laps 1 Contact
29 James Hinchcliffe 101 Laps 48 Laps 13 Contact
30 Jay Howard 140 Laps 39 Laps 20 Contact
31 Simona de Silvestro 156 Laps 16 Laps 23 Handling
32 Ernesto Viso 173 Laps 17 Laps 18 Contact
33 Takuma Sato 180 Laps 7 Laps 10 Contact

Image ?? Larry Seidman

57 comments on “Wheldon wins Indy 500 as Hildebrand crashes at last corner”

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  1. Hey, since this is no longer an absolutely F1 site, I’d like to see some World of Outlaws coverage too.
    The point is that if I wanted to read about Indy cars I’d go to an Indy car site, NOT a, supposedly, F1 site.

    1. Go read some other site then. I’ll publish what I choose to.

      (Incidentally, this is far from the first time I’ve had an article about something other than F1 up – there was a GP2 season preview here a few weeks ago).

      1. Thanks for it Keith, great you had the live blog up as well.

        I think its wonderfull, especially for special occasions like the Indy 500!

      2. I actually reposted a link to your Indy 500 preview on my facebook before the race, saying how I’m glad you cover other major racing events (and do a good job of it, too). So don’t let the naysayers get you down. I like being exposed to other forms of racing. You even got me watching GT1 last year!

        1. Yes, fully agree with Joey-Poey. Formula 1 is one of the motor sports out there. No motor racing fan can maintain a closed doors attitude by watching only one series. We have to watch the others and get the true idea about this marvelous sport.

          Based on the present state of affairs though, I can’t maintain that Formula 1 is the ultimate.

  2. Congrats to Wheldon! He receives a nice $2.6 million dollar pay day for his efforts. Gutted for JR. I was really pulling for him at the end. A FANTASTIC race! IndyCar as usual puts on a great show. Thanks Keith! I’d love to see more coverage for every race in addition to your fine F1 coverage.

  3. A fantastic race indeed! More IndyCar please. Sato must hold the record for crashing in the year and a half he has been in IndyCar. It’s unbelievable.

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