2013 Indianapolis 500

The 97th Indianapolis 500 was on May 26, 2013 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States and was the fifth race of the IndyCar Series season 2013.

  • 3.1 1 training (May 11 )
  • 3.2 2 training (May 12 )
  • 3.3 3 training (May 13 )
  • 3.4 4 training (May 14 )
  • 3.5 Training 5 (May 15 )
  • 3.6 6 Training (May 16 )
  • 3.7 7 Training: " Fast Friday " (May 17 )
  • 4.1 Pole Day (May 18 ) 4.1.1 Training 8
  • 4.1.2 First Section (Top 24)
  • 4.1.3 Top 9
  • 4.2.1 qualifying
  • 4.2.2 9 Training
  • 7.1 report 7.1.1 Comments of the first three riders
  • 7.2.1 guide sections
  • 7.2.2 yellow phase
  • 8.1 Drivers' Championship


After Itaipava São Paulo Indy 300 presented by Nestle Takuma Satō resulted in the drivers' standings with 13 points on Marco Andretti and 20 points on Hélio Castroneves.

As the Indianapolis 500 has a special position in the racing calendar, no penalties for premature engine change were imposed during the entire event. Usually engine change will result in a fine offset by 10 starting positions when they were not necessary due to an engine failure in a race. All engine change during this event sanctioned by the Indianapolis 500.

With Castroneves, Dario Franchitti ( three times each ), Buddy Lazier and Scott Dixon ( once each ) occurred at three former Indianapolis 500 winner. Lazier was 500 the most experienced pilot with its 22nd participation in the Indianapolis. With AJ Allmendinger, Conor Daly, Carlos Muñoz and Tristan Vautier four pilots took off for the first time to race. Muñoz was at an age of 21 years, the youngest participant, Lazier with an age of 45 years, the oldest starter. 34 riders from 13 nations took part in the event. With eleven riders questioned the United States, most participants.


The Indianapolis 500 covers, including the training sessions over a period of 16 days. The event will start on May 11 with the free training. All freshmen and returners who have longer time denied any oval race must participate within the first two days at the rookie and Refresher Programme. Each rookie and Refresher must in this program on the first day 10 rounds with constant speed 200-205 mph and 15 laps at a constant speed 205-210 mph. In the remainder of this training each driver has to drive 15 laps at a speed of at least 210 miles per hour. Drivers who are not ready on the first day of training, successfully complete the program as soon as they start training. Up to May 17, find seven free training days with six hours of training time per day instead.

On May 18 the qualifying session, in which a vehicle and not the driver is qualified begins. Thus, driver changes are allowed after qualifying. However, the starting position is tied to the driver, so that pilots will be set after a driver change at the end of the field. Qualifying will take place in the individual time trial format in which each driver drives fliengende four rounds instead. First, a two-hour free training takes place. Then, in a five-hour qualifying session, the first 24 cars that qualify for the race, determined. Each driver has three attempts, the time of the previous attempts is deleted when a new attempt is made. Then take the first nine riders in a ninety-minute session, the Fast- Nine - qualifying, the first nine starting positions among themselves. The following day is the so-called bump -Day. After a one-hour free practice session the remaining nine starting positions are assigned in a six-hour qualifying session. All vehicles that are not followed in the top 33, have not qualified for the 500- mile race.

On May 24, the so-called Carb Day is a one-hour free practice. The Indianapolis 500 finally takes place on May 26.

Unlike all the other race 500 every driver who qualifies, points are awarded for qualifying result at Indianapolis.

Firestone put each car in 33 complete sets Firehawk tires. It was used the same specification as the previous year. For participants of rookie training, there were four, for participants of refresher training two additional sets. Moreover received any driver who took part in the top -9- qualifying for this session a new set, which could be used but only for that session.

Changes in the starting field

Go to Indianapolis 500, there were some changes in the starting field. Several teams were a further vehicles.

  • Andretti Autosport began a fifth vehicle for Carlos Muñoz. Muñoz also took on Freedom 100, the Indy Lights race held in the context of the Indianapolis 500. It was Muñoz first participation in the IndyCar Series. In preparation for the Indianapolis 500 also completed NASCAR driver Kurt Busch test drives for Andretti Autosport. He ran lap times that would have allowed the existence of the rookie test. However, Bush decided not to participate.
  • When Penske AJ Allmendinger returned to the third cockpit. Allmendinger had missed the previous race and was last at Long Beach in this vehicle.
  • Ryan Briscoe returned to the series and was the fourth vehicle of Chip Ganassi Racing. Briscoe had been since the last race of the season 2012 in Fontana without IndyCar cockpit.
  • Katherine Legge took over the short term the third vehicle of Peterson Schmidt Motorsports. Legge's last IndyCar start was also in Fontana, 2012.
  • Townsend Bell was taken from Panther Racing for their second vehicle under the contract. His last race was the Indianapolis 500 last year.
  • Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing continued, as in Long Beach, a third vehicle, a. This took Michel Jourdain Jr., as Bell last in 2012 at the Indianapolis 500 took part.
  • Pippa Mann was awarded a third car for Dale Coyne Racing. Mann's last rider in the IndyCar Series was the last race of the season 2011.
  • Ed Carpenter Racing announced a second vehicle. However, the team did not name a rider for this car and did not put it on.
  • Conor Daly won the second race cars of AJ Foyt Enterprises. Daly made ​​his debut in the series.
  • At Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing Josef Newgarden moved the number of his use of the vehicle and started instead with the number 67 with the 21
  • Buddy Lazier returned to the small and family team Lazier Racing Partners Inc. back in the IndyCar Series. Lazier tried recently in 2009 to qualify for the Indianapolis 500 and had participated since at no IndyCar race more.

Message list

All teams and drivers use the Dallara DW12 chassis with an aero kit from Dallara and a Firestone tire.


  • Up to the vehicle 91 each also have a spare chassis was reported.
  • Ed Carpenter Racing also reported the vehicle with the number 40 but this was never used and never has been a pilot for this vehicle reported.


1st Training (May 11 )

The first day of training began with the rookie program in which the three-stage test program had to be completed. The Rookies AJ Allmendinger, Carlos Muñoz and Tristan Vautier completed the program successfully. Conor Daly, the fourth rookie, was prevented in the first two days because he participated in the opening round of the GP3 series.

Then took 13 of 33 riders, who were registered at that time, part of the first day of practice. Ed Carpenter scored the fastest lap before Josef Newgarden and Muñoz.

Hélio Castroneves drove a few laps in the car his team Kollegens Allmendinger. The training was interrupted by a brief rain shower. There were no injuries and defects.

2 Training (May 12 )

On the second day, the five cars of Andretti Autosport in the top 6 were Carlos Muñoz set the fastest lap and also the most. Second was Ryan Hunter -Reay, EJ Viso third parties. There were no incidents.

22 of the 33 reported at this time drivers took to the track.

3 Training (May 13 )

On the third day of testing Marco Andretti scored the fastest lap. He also reached first with an average speed of over 225 mph The time was achieved in the lee of a preceding vehicle. Hélio Castroneves was second ahead of Ryan Hunter -Reay.

Conor Daly graduated from that day his rookie test successfully and was thus admitted to the qualification. Also successful was the refresher test of Pippa Mann.

Except for Buddy Lazier all went to this time pilots reported that day on the track. Lazier thus became the only pilot who had not completed any round. His vehicle was still prepared. There were no incidents. A total of 1733 rounds were completed.

4 Training ( 14 May)

On the fourth day of testing James Hinchcliffe was the fastest. Behind him followed JR Hildebrand and Marco Andretti. Hinchcliffe exchanged on this day his car for a few laps with Andretti. Both achieved their fastest time in the chassis, which was assigned to Andretti. Several teams completed this training even with an older engine.

Except for Buddy Lazier all went to this time pilots reported that day on the track. There were no incidents.

5 Training (May 15 )

On the fifth day of training last year's winner Dario Franchitti drove the fastest lap before Townsend Bell and Hélio Castroneves. It was the first pole of a Honda Pilot at this event.

Except for Buddy Lazier all went to this time pilots reported that day on the track. There were no major incidents. Sebastian Saavedra triggered a caution period after his car had lost sticker.

6 Training ( 16 May )

On the sixth day of training, the boost pressure of the engine of 130 kPa was raised to 140 kPa, so that the lap times were faster. The performance of the engines increased by approximately 40 hp. At the top of the field were three cars of Andretti Autosport. Carlos Muñoz before Ryan Hunter -Reay and Marco Andretti. Muñoz scored the then fastest time of training.

At this training day Buddy Lazier went for the first time on the track, so that all reported at this time pilots sat for a time.

Conor Daly was the first accident at this event. He lost in the first corner the rear of his vehicle and crashed into the barriers. He was uninjured. Almost there had been a second accident: Satō came just before the end between the first two curves on the outer grime and succeeded just barely, to prevent an accident.

7 Training: " Fast Friday " (May 17 )

The last day of training, known as " Fast Friday ", was terminated prematurely due to an electrical storm. It was completed just over half of the planned training. Again were three pilots of Andretti Autosport front. EJ Viso posted the fastest time of the entire week of training ahead of his team mate Marco Andretti and Carlos Muñoz. Visos fastest lap was also the fastest training time in Indianapolis since 2003. As a bonus for the time he received U.S. $ 10,000.

Buddy Lazier was the refresher program on that day and was admitted to the qualification. 32 pilots sat for a time. Conor Daly drove not round because his car was not ready yet repaired after an accident on the previous day, when the rain began.


Pole Day (May 18 )

8 training

On the Saturday before qualifying the 8th training was held for the Indianapolis 500. Will Power set the fastest lap ahead of his teammate AJ Allmendinger and Josef Newgarden. Power undercutting the fastest training time in Indianapolis, which had been a day earlier established by EJ Viso.

Katherine Legge was presented on that day as the third pilot of Peterson Schmidt Motorsports. Thus, the number of participants increased to 34 pilots. Legge hit no round on Saturday.

On the eighth training was attended by 25 pilots. Conor Daly's use chassis was made ​​operational again this training in advance.

First section (Top 24)

Due to rain, the qualifying started later than planned.

In the first phase of qualifying, the first 24 riders qualified for the Indianapolis 500, the first nine drivers racing for pole position in a later Entscheidungsqualifying from. There four flying laps were run at a time and determines the total time and average speed. The drivers were alone on the track.

Will Power posted the fastest time in qualifying. With 0:39,2290 min ( 229.422 mph ), he also drove the fastest lap. In addition to Power also managed the other two riders from Team Penske and all five drivers of Andretti Autosport and Ed Carpenter, who took for his own team, in the second section, in which the pole position has been assigned.

For the Top 9 only drivers with Chevrolet engines qualified. Best Honda Pilot was Alex Tagliani as tenth.

Many drivers tried to get into the top 24 and qualify with it directly. Ryan Briscoe failed in the first attempt, breaking the second from. In the third attempt he succeeded then the jump into the top -24. The pilots of Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing team were embroiled in internal duels. When James Jakes was on the 24th place, Graham Rahal tried a faster time to achieve and to oust him. He failed. Although Jakes later fell out of the top 24, but he managed it again in his third attempt to get into the top 24. Like managed Townsend Bell, which also with his third attempt succeeded the qualification. On the 24th place went to Simona de Silvestro finally that took only two attempts.

Top 9

In the top -9- qualifying the best time from the previous qualifying was not undercut. Ed Carpenter secured the pole position with an average speed of 228.762 mph It was Carpenter's first pole position at the Indianapolis 500 and his total second IndyCar pole. Carlos Muñoz was second, Marco Andretti third parties. Muñoz starts therewith in his first IndyCar race from the front row. The last rookie to have managed the Indianapolis 500, was Muñoz 's compatriot Juan Pablo Montoya, who won the 2000 starting from second place.

The pole sitter received a bonus of $ 100,000, the second $ 50,000 and third $ 40,000.

Carpenters average lap speeds in detail denominated 229.347 mph, 228.976 mph, 228.774 mph and 227.955 mph

Bump Day (May 19 )


On Bump Day ten drivers tried to get one of the nine still to be awarded places. Exciting but the award was not: After nine drivers had completed their first attempt is successful, the qualifying was stopped because Michel Jourdain Jr. gave up trying. He failed so in the qualification.

Jourdain had big problems to drive a reasonably fast lap and described his vehicle as impassable. His team, Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, it was not possible to find the cause of the problems in their vehicles. Jourdain tried in training before Bump Day the setup of his teammates James Jakes and Graham Rahal without success from. In addition, Graham Rahal drove five laps with the Jourdain - vehicle and also did not come to a nearly sufficient speed. He was with the identical setup in Jourdain vehicle about 24 mph per lap slower than in its chassis and said after the trial that he was already at the limit.

9 training

The ninth training initially took place before Bump Day qualifying. As this was over quickly, it was resumed after the end of qualifying. Graham Rahal scored the fastest lap before Josef Newgarden and Buddy Lazier.


Carb Day (May 24 )

For the last training before the race, the Carb Day, the boost pressure was lowered again to 1.3 bar.

Simon Pagenaud drove the fastest time before EJ Viso and Ryan Hunter -Reay. All qualified participants were a time.

Ana Beatriz had an accident in the pit lane in training. In a collision with Carlos Muñoz they damaged his front wing her. Ryan Briscoe was the end stand on the opposite degrees with smoke and fire development.



Ed Carpenter kept the lead at the start ahead of Marco Andretti and EJ Viso. In the fourth round JR Hildebrand tried to drive past on the winger James Hinchcliffe. Here Hildebrand lost control of the vehicle and hit his tail in the wall box. The accident caused a caution period. Hildebrand was released a few days after the accident at the Indianapolis 500 of his team Panther Racing.

At the restart, Carpenter kept the lead. However, he moved into the next round with Andretti and Tony Kanaan at the top from. Canaan began the first pit stop phase in the 29th round. During this Sebastian Saavedra had an accident, which caused the second caution period. A little later, Buddy Lazier and Pippa gave man on in the pits. Man had been a contact with the wall.

After the restart, Carpenter and Andretti changed again from the leadership of the race. Takuma Satō had worked its way into this phase of the race in the top 10. With a spin in the 56th round, he triggered the third caution period. Satō prevented contact with the wall and his car did not damage itself. He rejoined the race again. In this yellow phase all pilots were going to a pit stop at the pits. Here, Ryan Hunter -Reay took the lead of the race.

At the next restart Andretti walked another time in the lead. However, he lost it right back to Hunter -Reay, who fell back after short guide. Carpenter initially took the lead, then Canaan, and finally for more than ten laps in a row Will Power. Power was also the one pilot who carried out first his next pit stop. After all the pilots were in the pits, Canaan was initially in front again. Fortunately this was the current overtaking the entire field. AJ Allmendinger was finally able to go halfway through the race lead. He gave this however due to unscheduled pit stops again and lost some time. Allmendinger's belts had dissolved, so that a stop was required.

Canaan was the lead again and was the Andretti pilots Andretti, Hunter -Reay, Viso and Carlos Muñoz, the Top 5 occupied in this part of the race, pressurized and replaced at the top. After another pit stop under green Muñoz had fallen and Hélio Castroneves drove instead of in the top 5.

In the 151st lap Andretti began - back under green - the second last pit stop phase. The pit stop window opened at approximately 30 rounds. Viso lost time a little time in the pits as he stalled his car. In the following rounds Hunter -Reay, Andretti, Muñoz, Castroneves, Allmendinger, Canaan and Carpenter lay ahead. Since there were no incidents except for a slight contact with the wall of Alex Tagliani, there was still no yellow phase, so that the final pit stops were carried out under green flag. In this phase, Sébastien Bourdais gave up. He had damaged his vehicle at the entrance to the pit lane.

In the last twelve rounds, there was a duel between Hunter -Reay and Canaan to the victory. Behind it lay Andretti, Muñoz and Justin Wilson. Finally Rahal lost in the 194th round at the entrance to the opposite degree the control of his vehicle and turned. Unlike Satō it but he failed to prevent a strike. Thus a yellow phase was triggered. In this Hunter -Reay was in the lead.

At the restart, Hunter -Reay, Kanaan and Muñoz were roughly on par, with Canaan led scarce. As Dario Franchitti lost control shortly after the restart of his vehicle and hit the wall, there was another one yellow phase. Since the track could not be cleared in time, the race was ended under yellow. Franchitti was able for the first time in its tenth participation is not to finish the race on the lead lap.

Thus Canaan won the Indianapolis 500 for the first time in his career in his twelfth attempt. Previously, no driver had won for the first time after more than ten participants. Canaan is by Emerson Fittipaldi, Gil de Ferran and Castroneves fourth Brazilian winner. Muñoz was in second best rookie in front of his teammate Hunter-Reay and Andretti. The three Andretti pilots were all disappointed about the lost for their team race. Wilson was fifth best Honda Pilot. He also drove the first fastest lap of the race. The top 10 was completed by Castroneves, Allmendinger, Simon Pagenaud, Charlie Kimball and Carpenter. Thus were seven Chevrolet and three Honda riders on the first ten positions. Ana Beatriz was as the 15th best female pilot.

As a prize money of Canaan received 2,353,355 U.S. dollars.

In the drivers' championship went to Andretti Satō over the lead. Satō was after the Indianapolis 500 in second place. Castroneves was third.

At the Indianapolis 500 several records were set:

  • With a race time of 2:40:03,4181 hours, the shortest Indianapolis 500
  • With an average speed of 187.433 mph ( 301.64 km / h ) was achieved the highest average speed. The old record was from 1990 with 185.981 mph ( 299.31 km / h ).
  • Since 1972, has improved the previous average speed for only the fifth time (1972, 1984, 1986 and 1990 ).
  • 68 leadership changes. The previous record from the previous year was 34 lead changes.
  • 14 pilots who had led the race at least one lap. The old record was 12 riders in 1993.
  • 26 cars at the finish. This value was reached in 1911, but began there seven more vehicles.
  • For the first time won the car with the number 11
  • Since recording the yellow phase (1976 ) were in this race with 21 laps under yellow the least. In addition, 133 laps in a row were completed under green, which is also a record.
  • Scott Dixon (2008-2013) was by Wilbur Shaw (1935-1940) and Roger Ward (1959-1964), the third pilot, the Indianapolis 500 fully completed for the sixth time in a row.

Comments of the first three riders

" I've done it and can finally install my ugly face on this trophy. For years I was known to lose this race. Now I 've been known to have won this race. I was quite calm. But in the eleven attempts, I have taken here before, that was the same way. When it came time in the last six rounds and I was not in the lead, I thought, ' Hey, this could be your day.' I have been to the situation that I was the last restart in the lead. Today I realized that I had to get to the top as quickly as possible in order to be prepared if there would be once more yellow. It's kind of funny. A yellow flag today was my best friend. "

"I really wanted to fight for the win. Maybe I would have won, maybe not. But there is nothing for which I have to be ashamed. Second place is a very strong result for a rookie and maybe I'll get in the future the chance to drink milk. Maybe I could have attacked Tony, because my car was really strong. But that's racing, you do not know and Tony did a really good job. "

"It was just bad luck. The last restart we had in the lead and I knew that they will grab me. But I was not worried, because there were still a few rounds for a counterattack. Then came the crash and it was all over. Congratulations to Tony Kanaan, he is a great champion and has fully deserved the win. But I am really disappointed at the same time. "



Guide sections


Yellow phases


Points standings after the race

Drivers' championship

The scoring is explained here.