MAX CHILTON SECURES BEST CAREER INDYCAR FINISH AT THE 101st RUNNING OF THE INDY 500
Following an extensive build up during the “Month of May” the 101st running of the Indy 500 presented by PennGrade finally got underway on Sunday 28th 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. Coming off his best result of the season, seventh place in the INDYCAR Grand Prix, Max was confident after a strong showing in qualification saw him line up on the 8th row for the rolling start. Owner Chip Ganassi has celebrated four Indy 500 triumphs, the most recent with Dario Franchitti in 2012. (Franchitti is in his second year of mentoring Chilton)
After a tough opening stint up to the first pit stop, Max and his crew chief decided on an alternate strategy and on Lap 84 Max led the first laps of his Indianapolis 500 career.
Chilton went on to lead a race-high 50 laps and en route to a career-best finish of fourth came within a whisker of winning this iconic race.
Max Chilton, No. 8 Gallagher Honda: “The Gallagher Honda was struggling a lot early in the race and we even went a lap down. But we kept our heads down, kept going and got a break. I don’t think anyone has ever won this race without a little bit of luck. When we did end up getting out front, the car was really quick, and you can see why this place is so special and so electric in that moment. I held Sato off with everything I had, but when the cars gang up behind you they get a massive run and you can only do so much as the leader. As soon as they got past I wasn’t as confident in the dirty air. So to come from a lap down to lead and have a chance to win here at Indy is a massive accomplishment for the whole team.”
Next up is the double header at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix on the 3rd and 4th June.
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