2012 Indianapolis 500

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96th Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning bodyIndyCar
Season2012 IndyCar season
DateMay 27, 2012
WinnerUnited Kingdom Dario Franchitti[1]
Winning teamChip Ganassi Racing
Average speed167.734 mph (269.942 km/h)
Pole positionAustralia Ryan Briscoe
Pole speed226.484 mph (364.491 km/h)
Fastest qualifierAustralia Ryan Briscoe
Rookie of the YearBrazil Rubens Barrichello
Most laps ledUnited States Marco Andretti (59)
Pre-race ceremonies
National anthemMartina McBride[2]
"Back Home Again in Indiana"Jim Nabors (video)[3]
Starting CommandMari Hulman George
Pace carChevrolet Corvette ZR1
Pace car driverGuy Fieri[4]
Honorary starterIndiana Governor Mitch Daniels[5]
Attendance300,000 + (est.)
TV in the United States
AnnouncersMarty Reid, Scott Goodyear, and Eddie Cheever
Nielsen Ratings4.34[6]
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96th Indianapolis 500
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis 500
Sanctioning bodyIndyCar
Season2012 IndyCar season
DateMay 27, 2012
WinnerUnited Kingdom Dario Franchitti[1]
Winning teamChip Ganassi Racing
Average speed167.734 mph (269.942 km/h)
Pole positionAustralia Ryan Briscoe
Pole speed226.484 mph (364.491 km/h)
Fastest qualifierAustralia Ryan Briscoe
Rookie of the YearBrazil Rubens Barrichello
Most laps ledUnited States Marco Andretti (59)
Pre-race ceremonies
National anthemMartina McBride[2]
"Back Home Again in Indiana"Jim Nabors (video)[3]
Starting CommandMari Hulman George
Pace carChevrolet Corvette ZR1
Pace car driverGuy Fieri[4]
Honorary starterIndiana Governor Mitch Daniels[5]
Attendance300,000 + (est.)
TV in the United States
AnnouncersMarty Reid, Scott Goodyear, and Eddie Cheever
Nielsen Ratings4.34[6]

The 96th Indianapolis 500 was run on Sunday, May 27, 2012, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with the main race starting at noon EDT.[7][dated info] It was the premier event of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season.

For the first time since 1996 all entries featured turbocharged engines,[8][9] and all entries were brand new model-year chassis,[10] as part of the ICONIC Project. This was the first time since 2003, and only the fourth time since 1985, that all cars were a new model-year chassis.

The track opened for practice on Saturday May 12. Time trials were held May 19–20. Ryan Briscoe of Penske Racing qualified for the pole position. The final practice, traditionally dubbed "Carb Day," was held Friday May 25.

Dario Franchitti, who previously won the race in 2007 and 2010, won the event, becoming a three-time Indy 500 champion.[11] On the final lap, second place Takuma Sato challenged Franchitti for the lead in turn one, but pinched the car down too low, and lost control.[12] As the two cars were side by side, Sato spun and crashed into the outside wall. Franchitti slipped by unscathed to take the victory.[13] Franchitti's teammate Scott Dixon finished second, sweeping a 1-2 finish for Chip Ganassi Racing. The race set an all-time record with 34 lead changes.[14] Franchitti's win represented the ninth consecutive Indy victory for Honda, despite the presence of multiple engine manufacturers for the first time since 2005.

Event background[edit]

For the first time since 1947, the previous year's race winner had been killed in a racing crash in the time between races. The 2011 winner, Dan Wheldon,[15] was killed in a crash during the 2011 season finale, the IZOD IndyCar World Championships at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Several winners have missed the following year due to either retirements, injuries, or racing in a different series. The last time the defending champion did not participate in the race due to injury was 2004 winner Buddy Rice, who suffered a concussion during practice, and sat out the 2005 race. The last time a defending Indianapolis 500 champion did not participate in the race under any circumstances was 2007 winner Dario Franchitti, who was injured in a NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Talladega Superspeedway in April 2008 and had a full-time racing schedule in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2008.

Due to safety concerns, IndyCar officials announced in the 2012 State of IndyCar address that restarts would revert to single-file for the two ovals whose distance is at least two miles or greater.

Jim Nabors, who has traditionally sung "Back Home Again in Indiana" in most years since 1972 during the pre-race ceremonies, was not able to attend the race due to health reasons.[16] The Speedway sent a film crew to record him performing the song at his home in Hawaiʻi, and aired it on race morning.[3]

Going into the month, there was growing concern about filling the field to the traditional 33 cars. This was due in part to the struggles of Lotus, and lease issues in the first year of the new engine package, namely involving Dragon Racing. However, on Bump Day, the field was filled to exactly 33 cars, with no cars bumped, a similar situation to 2003.


Race schedule — May 2012
São Paulo
Oval test
Indy Lights
Pole Day
Bump Day
Comm. Day
Indy Lights
Carb Day
Legends Day
Indy 500
Memorial Day
Dark BlueTime trials
SilverRace day
RedRained out
BlankNo track activity

* Includes days where track activity
was significantly limited due to rain

ROP — denotes Rookie Orientation Program

Comm. Day — denotes 500 Festival Community Day

Other scheduled events included:[17]

Entry list[edit]

See Team and driver chart for more information

On April 18, 2012, the Official Entry List was released. As of April 18, thirty-four car/driver combinations had been announced. Former winners entered include Dario Franchitti, Hélio Castroneves and Scott Dixon.

In an unusual move, Chip Ganassi Racing sponsor Target changed Franchitti's car number for the month. While Franchitti is legally entitled to using #1, the team decided instead to keep the team's #10 identity for the season, but to celebrate Target's fifty years in business, the car carried #50 for the race meet. The stylised #50 utilised the Target logo.

Former Formula One driver Jean Alesi[18] was listed as an entry for Newman Haas Racing, but the car was later withdrawn. Lotus continued to find a team for Alesi, and struck a deal with Indy Lights team Fan Force United[19] to run a car. Rubens Barrichello,[20] winner of the 2002 U.S. Grand Prix at Indy should be the first former winner of that event to attempt to qualify for the Indy 500.

Michel Jourdain, Jr., who last raced at Indy sixteen years ago in 1996, was named to Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. Jourdain would be the only driver in the field from the 1990s. With John Andretti not entered, not a single driver from the 1980s was in the field.

Testing and rookie orientation[edit]

With the introduction of the new chassis and engine package, testing was conducted at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the offseason. The first phase of testing involved Dan Wheldon, and testing was conducted on the USGP road course at Indianapolis on September 1,[21] and on the oval in late September.[22][23] Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan tested at Indianapolis in early November for Honda and Chevrolet.[24] Test results were mixed at the Speedway,[24][25] with drivers complaining of weight imbalance issues,[24][25] and speeds (208–216 mph[24][25]) were down from what was expected.

Open test — Wednesday, April 4[edit]

Top Practice Speeds
126United States Marco AndrettiAndretti AutosportChevrolet218.625
211Brazil Tony KanaanKV Racing TechnologyChevrolet218.439
310New Zealand Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingHonda218.094

Texas Motor Speedway Test — Monday, May 7[edit]

For the second year in a row, IndyCar held an official pre-Indy oval test. Since the Indy 500 will be the first oval race of the 2012 season, the league hosted a test for rookies to assimilate with ovals, and to test out an updated aero kit package for Texas Motor Speedway, which is a 1.5-mile 24-degree banked oval, which has been a type of circuit that was questionable in light of the Las Vegas tragedy. The aero kit package at Texas will not be used for Indianapolis or Fontana. Indianapolis and Fontana, home of the 2012 IZOD IndyCar World Championship, will use the same superspeedway aero and rules package. The test also saw Rubens Barrichello take his first competitive laps on an oval on Monday May 7.

Top Practice Speeds
19New Zealand Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingHonda212.371
283United States Charlie KimballChip Ganassi RacingHonda211.330
310United Kingdom Dario FranchittiChip Ganassi RacingHonda210.525

Rookie orientation program — Thursday, May 10[edit]

Top Practice Speeds
119United Kingdom James Jakes (R)Dale Coyne RacingHonda218.268
239United States Bryan Clauson (R)Sarah Fisher Hartman RacingHonda217.046
367United States Josef Newgarden (R)Sarah Fisher Hartman RacingHonda216.573


Opening Day — Saturday, May 12[edit]

Top Practice Speeds
167United States Josef Newgarden (R)Sarah Fisher Hartman RacingHonda220.250
24United States J.R. HildebrandPanther RacingChevrolet219.693
339United States Bryan Clauson (R)Sarah Fisher Hartman RacingHonda219.632

Open practice — Sunday, May 13[edit]

Top Practice Speeds
117Colombia Sebastián SaavedraAFS Racing/Andretti AutosportChevrolet221.526
239United States Bryan Clauson (R)Sarah Fisher Hartman RacingHonda221.173
367United States Josef Newgarden (R)Sarah Fisher Hartman RacingHonda221.158

Open practice — Monday, May 14[edit]

Top Practice Speeds
167United States Josef Newgarden (R)Sarah Fisher Hartman RacingHonda222.486
228United States Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportChevrolet221.639
326United States Marco AndrettiAndretti AutosportChevrolet221.519

Open practice — Tuesday, May 15[edit]

Top Practice Speeds
126United States Marco AndrettiAndretti AutosportChevrolet223.676
23Brazil Hélio CastronevesTeam PenskeChevrolet222.025
327Canada James HinchcliffeAndretti AutosportChevrolet221.864

Open practice — Wednesday, May 16[edit]

Top Practice Speeds
167United States Josef Newgarden (R)Sarah Fisher Hartman RacingHonda222.785
226United States Marco AndrettiAndretti AutosportChevrolet222.108
328United States Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportChevrolet221.763

Open practice — Thursday, May 17[edit]

Top Practice Speeds
19New Zealand Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingHonda223.088
267United States Josef Newgarden (R)Sarah Fisher Hartman RacingHonda222.709
338United States Graham RahalChip Ganassi RacingHonda222.080

Fast Friday practice — Friday, May 18[edit]

Top Practice Speeds
126United States Marco AndrettiAndretti AutosportChevrolet227.540
22Australia Ryan BriscoeTeam PenskeChevrolet226.835
33Brazil Hélio CastronevesTeam PenskeChevrolet226.716

Time Trials[edit]

Saturday May 19 – Pole Day[edit]


Top Practice Speeds
13Brazil Hélio CastronevesTeam PenskeChevrolet227.744
225Brazil Ana BeatrizAndretti Autosport/Conquest RacingChevrolet226.187
32Australia Ryan BriscoeTeam PenskeChevrolet226.027


Ryan Briscoe makes his pole-winning qualification run.
Front-row qualifiers (L to R): James Hinchcliffe, Ryan Briscoe, and Ryan Hunter-Reay.
Pole Day – Saturday, May 19, 2012
Fast Nine Shootout (positions 1–9)
12Australia Ryan BriscoeTeam PenskeChevrolet226.48415
227Canada James HinchcliffeAndretti AutosportChevrolet226.48113
328United States Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportChevrolet226.24012
426United States Marco AndrettiAndretti AutosportChevrolet225.45611
512Australia Will PowerTeam PenskeChevrolet225.42210
63Brazil Hélio CastronevesTeam PenskeChevrolet225.1729
767United States Josef Newgarden (R)Sarah Fisher Hartman RacingHonda224.0378
811Brazil Tony KanaanKV Racing TechnologyChevrolet224.751 Q17
95Venezuela E.J. VisoKV Racing TechnologyChevrolet224.422 Q16
Positions 10–24
108Brazil Rubens Barrichello (R)KV Racing TechnologyChevrolet224.2644
1198Canada Alex TaglianiTeam Barracuda – BHAHonda224.0004
1238United States Graham RahalChip Ganassi RacingHonda223.9594
1325Brazil Ana BeatrizAndretti Autosport/Conquest RacingChevrolet223.9204
1483United States Charlie KimballChip Ganassi RacingHonda223.8684
159New Zealand Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingHonda223.6844
1650United Kingdom Dario FranchittiChip Ganassi RacingHonda223.5824
1719United Kingdom James Jakes (R)Dale Coyne RacingHonda223.4824
184United States J.R. HildebrandPanther RacingChevrolet223.4224
1915Japan Takuma SatoRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda223.3924
2099United States Townsend BellSchmidt–Hamilton MotorsportsHonda223.1344
2118United Kingdom Justin WilsonDale Coyne RacingHonda222.9294
2230Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr.Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda222.8934
2377France Simon Pagenaud (R)Schmidt–Hamilton MotorsportsHonda222.8914
2417Colombia Sebastián SaavedraAndretti Autosport/AFS RacingChevrolet222.8114
Other Attempts
41New Zealand Wade Cunningham (R)A. J. Foyt EnterprisesHonda222.689
14United Kingdom Mike ConwayA. J. Foyt EnterprisesHonda222.434
7France Sébastien BourdaisDragon RacingChevrolet222.415
39United States Bryan Clauson (R)Sarah Fisher Hartman RacingHondaCrashed
20United States Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter RacingChevroletCrashed
6United Kingdom Katherine Legge (R)Dragon RacingChevroletWaved Off
22Spain Oriol ServiàPanther/Dreyer & Reinbold RacingChevroletCrashed
78Switzerland Simona de SilvestroHVM RacingLotusN/A
64France Jean Alesi (R)Fan Force UnitedLotusN/A

Q1 The driver waved off and did not make an attempt during Q2. Per INDYCAR rules, Q1 times determine positions after the drivers who completed Q2.

Sunday May 20 – Bump Day[edit]


Top Practice Speeds
122Spain Oriol ServiàPanther/Dreyer & Reinbold RacingChevrolet223.752
27France Sébastien BourdaisDragon RacingChevrolet223.479
320TUnited States Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet222.886


Bump Day – Sunday, May 20, 2012
257France Sébastien BourdaisDragon RacingChevrolet223.7603
2641New Zealand Wade Cunningham (R)A. J. Foyt EnterprisesHonda223.2583
2722Spain Oriol ServiàPanther/Dreyer & Reinbold RacingChevrolet222.3933
2820TUnited States Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet222.3243
2914United Kingdom Mike ConwayA. J. Foyt EnterprisesHonda222.3193
306United Kingdom Katherine Legge (R)Dragon RacingChevrolet221.6243
3139United States Bryan Clauson (R)Sarah Fisher Hartman RacingHonda214.4553
3278Switzerland Simona de SilvestroHVM RacingLotus214.3933
3364France Jean Alesi (R)Fan Force UnitedLotus210.0943

Carb Day[edit]

Final practice — Friday, May 25[edit]

Top Practice Speeds
150United Kingdom Dario FranchittiChip Ganassi RacingHonda222.360
29New Zealand Scott DixonChip Ganassi RacingHonda222.274
326United States Marco AndrettiAndretti AutosportChevrolet221.702

Pit Stop Challenge[edit]

The annual Pit Stop Competition featured twelve participants in a single-elimination bracket-style match-up. Four teams received byes, while eight teams competed in the first round. A total purse of $100,000 was at stake, with $50,000 going to the winning team. The format has two cars competing in a layout that resembles a drag race. The cars race from a standing start and drive into the pit box, change four tires, simulate a refueling, and race to a finish line a few hundred feet down the pit lane.

Chip Ganassi Racing won the pit stop competition for the first time, with driver Scott Dixon.

 First RoundQuarterfinalsSemifinalsFinals
 9 Scott Dixon13.941 
  38 Graham Rahal17.166 
27 James Hinchcliffe
38 Graham Rahal 
 9 Scott Dixon13.385 
 12 Will Power13.695 
 2 Ryan Briscoe
  12 Will Power 
4 J. R. Hildebrand
12 Will Power 
 9 Scott Dixon13.769
 22 Oriol Servia17.194
 3 Helio Castroneves
  22 Oriol Servia 
14 Mike Conway
22 Oriol Servia 
 50 Dario Franchitti
 22 Oriol Servia 
 50 Dario Franchitti
  28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 
26 Marco Andretti
28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 

Source: Daily Trackside Report

Starting grid[edit]

(W) = Former Indianapolis 500 winner; (R) = Indianapolis 500 rookie

12Australia Ryan Briscoe27Canada James Hinchcliffe28United States Ryan Hunter-Reay
226United States Marco Andretti12Australia Will Power3Brazil Hélio Castroneves (W)
367United States Josef Newgarden (R)11Brazil Tony Kanaan5Venezuela E.J. Viso
48Brazil Rubens Barrichello (R)98Canada Alex Tagliani38United States Graham Rahal
525Brazil Ana Beatriz83United States Charlie Kimball9New Zealand Scott Dixon (W)
650United Kingdom Dario Franchitti (W)19United Kingdom James Jakes (R)4United States J.R. Hildebrand
715Japan Takuma Sato99United States Townsend Bell18United Kingdom Justin Wilson
830Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr.77France Simon Pagenaud (R)17Colombia Sebastian Saavedra
97France Sebastien Bourdais41New Zealand Wade Cunningham (R)22Spain Oriol Servià
1020United States Ed Carpenter14United Kingdom Mike Conway6United Kingdom Katherine Legge (R)
1139United States Bryan Clauson (R)78Switzerland Simona de Silvestro64France Jean Alesi (R)

Race summary[edit]


Ryan Briscoe led from the start, was drafted and overtaken by James Hinchcliffe, who led at the end of the first lap. The pair swapped the lead again by the end of lap two. There were no accidents at the start and the green flag was given at the first attempt to start the race.[37]

First half[edit]

Ryan Hunter-Reay overtook Marco Andretti before Bryan Clauson spun exiting turn one, akin to Danny Sullivan's spin in 1985, and brought out a caution period.[37] Under caution many drivers chose to enter pit lane. Josef Newgarden stalled in the pits, was restarted and rejoined the race. 2007 and 2010 winner Dario Franchitti spun at his pit box, due to being hit from behind by E.J. Viso, but like Newgarden lost less time as the safety car was deployed.[37] Jean Alesi and Simona de Silvestro were black flagged for failing to run within 105% of the front pace and duly retired. Upon the restart, which was intended to be single file, cars were seen on the pit straight before entering turn one as many as five abreast. At 32 laps Marco Andretti led from James Hinchcliffe and Ryan Briscoe.[37] On lap 33 the stewards declared that Viso would not be penalised for the pit lane incident. No driver was able to pull away a substantial lead over the driver behind and cars behind appeared to face an aerodynamic advantage over those ahead. Takuma Sato then started to set fastest laps by lap 37 and Marco Andretti had led most laps with 15.[37]

At the end of lap 46 the pitstops occurred for fuel and tires with Hinchcliffe and Castroneves pitting.[37] Castroneves' pitstop was delayed due to a tire fitting problem. Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti stopped a lap later. Josef Newgarden stalled again at his second stop, unable to put the car in gear. The Ganassis of Dixon and Franchitti had been setting the fastest pace. By lap 50, one quarter distance, and after the first full pits, Marco Andretti led. There had been six leaders and twelve changes of lead.[37]

At the end of lap 75 James Hinchcliffe pitted, then all three Penske cars pitted simultaneously, and Castroneves almost stalled, making it his second flawed pitstop.[37] Pit stops left Dixon leading with Franchitti second some 11 second behind.[37] On lap 79 Mike Conway was given a drive through penalty for hitting a crew member in the pits and breaking his front wing.[37] Conway collided with Will Power and caused a caution, the second of the race, on lap 81.[37] Conway was driving slower than Power, having just left the pits, and slid. The rear of the car lost grip and Conway slid backwards into the wall, and Power hit Conway's spinning car with nowhere left to go as he caught Conway's car on the exit of the turn. The safety car remained out until the end of lap 88.[37] Ana Beatriz spun on the exit of turn one and hit the wall, bringing out another full course caution with her car stopping in the middle of the track. Cars pitted under caution including Hinchcliffe. Dixon and Franchitti led.[37]

Second half[edit]

At the half distance point the leaderboard was Dixon, Franchitti, Hunter-Reay, Rahal, Wilson, Sato, Kimball, Hildebrand, Bell.[37] On lap 110 Briscoe had a gearbox issue and ran more slowly for a lap and put the car into an emergency gearbox setting whilst running seventeenth.[37] Hunter-Reay stopped for fuel and tires on lap 113. This left all of the top six runners being Honda powered, in contrast to pre-race predictions on relative engine performance and economy. On lap 115 Hildebrand pitted from sixteenth. Rahal pitted afterwards.[37] On lap 119 Franchitti pit stopped from second place with no adjustments made to the car and the following lap Dixon pitted from the lead having led for a total of 37 laps by that stage. This left Sato leading, the eighteenth leader of the day. Andretti ran second.[37] Sato pitted from the lead on lap 124.[37] On lap 125 Hinchcliffe pitted and Barrichello who had led for one lap pitted.[37] On lap 126 Sato lead, with Franchitti behind.[37] On lap 128 Ryan Hunter-Reay retired with a failure of an upright on the car's suspension. On lap 134 the leaderboard stood as Sato, Franchitti, Andretti, Dixon, Rahal. On lap 145 Andretti pitted having complained about a vibration on the car and replaced the tires. Rahal also pitted just before.[37] The caution was issued on lap 146 when Saavedra stopped on the exit of the pitlane.[37] Starting lap 147 under caution the majority of the lead drivers stopped including Sato, Franchitti, Dixon, Rahal, Hinchcliffe and more. Following such pitstops, by lap 150 Sato led followed by Franchitti, Dixon, Hinchcliffe, Wilson, Kimball, Briscoe, Kanaan and Castroneves. On lap 153 the restart occurred and Franchiti passed Sato on the backstraight of the circuit and at the start of lap 154 Dixon passed Sato for second into turn one.[37] On lap 160 Dixon started to pressure Franchitti and had come under pressure from Sato behind. Dixon passed for the lead but starting lap 161 Dario Franchitti retook the lead at turn one. On lap 163 Josef Newgarden stopped due to engine problems, pulling over to the left hand area of grass on the inside of the track on the backstraight between turns two and three, bringing out the safety car and another full course caution. Sato, Franchitti and Dixon pitted under caution, along with Hinchcliffe and others. Hinchcliffe stopped for a longer period than the others and appeared to run over some pit equipment upon exiting. Prior to the restart Dixon led from Franchiti and Sato. On lap 171 the race restarted. Wilson passed Sato upon the restart. Franchitti repassed Dixon.[37] Starting lap 173 Wilson was repassed by Sato and soon was passed by Carpenter, Kanaan and Kimball having run high on the exit of the turn when passed by Sato and lost speed. By lap 176, 28 lead changes had taken place, one fewer than the 1960 record of 29 changes in one Indianapolis 500 race. Starting lap 178 when Franchitti overtook Dixon this broke the record.[37] The leading Ganassi pair of Franchitti and Dixon appeared to express concern over fuel consumption and speed. On lap 180 Carpenter spun but did not hit the wall, spinning across the track and coming to a halt, then gesticulating at marshals to help turn the car around. This caused a full course caution and seemingly eliminated the need for the leaders to need to refuel. Carpenter then continued.[37] On lap 187 Andretti overcalculated and drove into the wall, sliding across the track and coming to a halt.[37]


Tony Kanaan led the race during the caution, but when the green flag waved he soon fell to fourth behind Franchitti, Dixon and Sato.[37] Teammates Franchitti and Dixon traded the lead several times until the start of lap 199, when Franchitti took the lead from Dixon and Sato followed him through into second place. On the final lap, Sato attempted a pass on Franchitti in turn one but spun out and hit the turn 1 wall. Franchitti won the race, with Dixon second and Kanaan third. Under the final caution flag of the day, the three friends lined up to cross the finish line side by side.[37]

In Victory Lane, Franchitti dedicated his win to the memory of 2005 and 2011 champion Dan Wheldon. When asked about the final-lap incident, he said that he had moved up the track to give Sato room on the inside. Sato had a different view, claiming that Franchitti had forced him nearly into the grass and caused him to lose control. Race officials ruled it a racing incident and confirmed Franchitti as the winner.[37]

Race results[edit]

PosNo.DriverTeamEngineLapsTime/RetiredGridLaps LedPoints1
150United Kingdom Dario Franchitti (W)Chip Ganassi RacingHonda2002:58:51.2532162354
29New Zealand Scott Dixon (W)Chip Ganassi RacingHonda200+ 0.0295155344
311Brazil Tony KanaanKV Racing TechnologyChevrolet200+ 0.06778742
422Spain Oriol ServiàPanther/Dreyer & Reinbold RacingChevrolet200+ 2.916627038
52Australia Ryan BriscoeTeam PenskeChevrolet200+ 3.672111545
627Canada James HinchcliffeAndretti AutosportChevrolet200+ 4.09622541
718United Kingdom Justin WilsonDale Coyne RacingHonda200+ 4.243021030
883United States Charlie KimballChip Ganassi RacingHonda200+ 4.605614328
999United States Townsend BellSchmidt–Hamilton MotorsportsHonda200+ 5.616820026
103Brazil Hélio Castroneves (W)Team PenskeChevrolet200+ 7.63526029
118Brazil Rubens Barrichello (R)KV Racing TechnologyChevrolet200+ 7.924010223
1298Canada Alex TaglianiTeam Barracuda – BHAHonda200+ 8.254311222
1338United States Graham RahalChip Ganassi RacingHonda200+ 8.753912021
144United States J.R. HildebrandPanther RacingChevrolet200+ 11.342318020
1519United Kingdom James Jakes (R)Dale Coyne RacingHonda200+ 13.449417019
1677France Simon Pagenaud (R)Schmidt–Hamilton MotorsportsHonda200+ 14.138223018
1715Japan Takuma SatoRahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda199Crash T1193117
185Venezuela E.J. VisoKV Racing TechnologyChevrolet199+ 1 lap9018
1930Mexico Michel Jourdain, Jr.Rahal Letterman Lanigan RacingHonda199+ 1 lap22016
207France Sébastien BourdaisDragon RacingChevrolet199+ 1 lap25015
2120United States Ed CarpenterEd Carpenter RacingChevrolet199+ 1 lap28015
226United Kingdom Katherine Legge (R)Dragon RacingChevrolet199+ 1 lap30015
2325Brazil Ana BeatrizAndretti Autosport/Conquest RacingChevrolet190+ 10 laps13016
2426United States Marco AndrettiAndretti AutosportChevrolet187Contact45923
2567United States Josef Newgarden (R)Sarah Fisher Hartman RacingHonda161Mechanical7018
2617Colombia Sebastián SaavedraAndretti Autosport/AFS RacingChevrolet143Electrical24014
2728United States Ryan Hunter-ReayAndretti AutosportChevrolet123Suspension3022
2812Australia Will PowerTeam PenskeChevrolet79Contact5020
2914United Kingdom Mike ConwayA. J. Foyt EnterprisesHonda78Contact29013
3039United States Bryan Clauson (R)Sarah Fisher Hartman RacingHonda46Mechanical31013
3141New Zealand Wade Cunningham (R)A. J. Foyt EnterprisesHonda42Electrical26013
3278Switzerland Simona de SilvestroHVM RacingLotus10Black Flagged32013
3364France Jean Alesi (R)Fan Force UnitedLotus9Black Flagged233013
Under caution

1 Points include qualification points from Time Trials and 2 points for most laps led.

2 Jean Alesi was penalized 2 laps for ignoring the black flag, which dropped him to last as he had been in front of Simona de Silvestro when they were both black flagged under the 105% rule.



Time trials and Carb Day were covered live in the United States on NBC Sports Network.[38] The on-air crew consisted of Bob Jenkins, Jon Beekhuis, and Wally Dallenbach, Jr. Pit reporters included Marty Snider, Kevin Lee, Derek Daly, and Townsend Bell (who also qualified for the race). Robin Miller served as a reporter and "insider."

The 2012 Indianapolis 500 (race day) was broadcast live in high definition in the United States on ABC.[38] ESPN3 simulcast the race with an alternate feed of twelve in-car cameras. The overnight television rating for the race was 4.1, and 1.9 for the pre-race. The Fast National rating of 4.34[6] and 6.9 million viewers marked the highest ratings since 2008.

ABC Television
Booth AnnouncersPit/garage reporters

Host: Brent Musburger
Announcer: Marty Reid
Color: Scott Goodyear
Color: Eddie Cheever

Jerry Punch
Vince Welch
Jamie Little
Rick DeBruhl


The IMS Radio Network broadcast the race live on approximately 400 affiliates, as well as AFN, the LeSEA broadcasting network, and World Harvest Radio. The broadcast was carried on XM channel 94 and Sirius channel 212. Mike King served as chief announcer for the 14th year (18th year overall with the crew). Davey Hamilton, who did not secure a ride for the race (the first time since 2006), returned to the booth and served as "driver expert."

For 2012, the commercial out-cues used were both renditions by the former "Voices of the 500" and those recited by drivers in the starting field.

1070 The Fan broadcast nightly with Trackside with Curt Cavin and Kevin Lee, followed by Donald Davidson's The Talk of Gasoline Alley.

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network
Booth AnnouncersTurn ReportersPit/garage reporters

Chief Announcer: Mike King
Driver expert: Davey Hamilton
Color: Paul Page
Historian: Donald Davidson

Turn 1: Jerry Baker
Turn 2: Jake Query
Turn 3: Mark Jaynes
Turn 4: Chris Denari

Kevin Lee (north/center pits)
Michael Young (center pits)
Nick Yeoman (south pits)
Dave Wilson (garages)


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