MAX CHILTON COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL DEBUT AT 100TH RUNNING OF THE INDY 500
Following an extensive build up during the “Month of May” the 100th running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil finally got underway on Sunday 29th May at 2.5 mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway in front of a sell out crowd.
The 3 hour race would represent Max’s first outing at the “Greatest Spectacle in Racing” and it didn’t disappoint the 350,000 fans who watched a dramatic race unfold that lived up to the pre-race hype. There was several changes of leader throughout and drama was not limited to the track as collisions spilled into pit-lane with teams and drivers receiving penalties for unsafe releases that had a telling effect on the final result, one that would see a rookie rise to the top step of the podium with the No.98 driver Alexander Rossi becoming the first rookie to win the Indy 500 since Helio Castroneves in 2001. Rossi’s car had to be towed back to Victory Circle after running out fuel just after crossing the finishing line.
Max lined up on the 8th row for the rolling start after qualifying in P22, making up several places to finish an impressive P15 from the 33 car field and 2nd in the rookie battle. Speaking after the race, Max commented:
“It was a long race. It feels like three races in one. I learned so much out there today. It’s the craziest start of a race I’ve ever done in my life. There are moments where you’re hanging on for your life. There are also moments where you are absolutely flying and I wish I’d had another 100 laps to go. The Gallagher team did a great job with all the pit stops. I don’t think we were ever in a position to fight for the lead but I learned a lot and will come back stronger next time.”
Next up is the double header at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit on the 4th and 5th June.
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