News From Terre Haute, Indiana

May 27, 2013

Rookies fare well in 97th running of the Indy 500

Staff Report
The Tribune-Star

INDIANAPOLIS — Rookies did real well in the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Carlos Munoz finished second, A.J. Allmendinger seventh, Tristan Vautier 16th and Conor Daly 23rd.

Munoz started second in an Andretti Autosport car and led 12 laps, taking second on the final restart. He has been competing in Indy Lights races.

Allmendinger has been competing in NASCAR Sprint Cup events since 2007 after having been in Champ Car for three seasons. He started fifth in a Team Penske car and led 23 laps in the race.

Following his qualifying run, he said he was glad finally to have the opportunity to run in the race that he had watched for several years. He had competed in two IZOD IndyCar Series events this season, finishing 19th and 23rd.

Vautier started 28th in a Schmidt Pearson Motorsports car while Daly started 31st in a Foyt Racing car.

Daly and Munoz both are 21 years of age. Allmendinger is 31 and Vautier 30.


• Pit passes — Ganassi driver Charlie Kimball was cleared to drive. He was ill on Saturday and missed the driver’s meeting and parade.

• Jim Nabors was back to be part of the program after missing last year’s race, but Florence Henderson was ill and was not able to make it.

• More than 30 runners from four states who were unable to finish the Boston Marathon due to the tragic events at that event were able to “finish” prior to the start of Sunday’s race.

• Former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin and husband Ted were in Indy for the weekend. She watched the start of the race from Sarah Fisher’s pit.

• ESPN’s production of the race for ABC utilized 84 cameras including 12 in cars on the track. Polesitter Ed Carpenter and Will Power were two of the drivers to have onboard cameras.


Correspondents Lori Wood and Tom Reck contributed to this report.