The 104th Running of the Indianapolis 500

This weekend finally sees the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 after it was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mario Andretti will start from pole position and will share the front row with previous Indy 500 winners Scott Dixon and Takuma Sato.

Dixon currently leads the Drivers’ Championship and is 49 points ahead of second placed Simon Pagenaud. Completing the top three in the championship is Josef Newgarden who is four points behind Pagenaud and is 53 points behind Dixon. Sato enters the Indy 500 seventeenth in the championship while Andretti is twenty first.

“Simon Pagenaud (#22), 2019 IndyCar Grand Prix” by Roger Gerbig is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Pagenaud is the defending Indy 500 champion having won the race last season from Alexander Rossi and Sato. Dixon was classified seventeenth, Newgarden finished fourth and Andretti was twenty sixth in the 2019 edition.

Other previous winners contesting the 2020 edition are Will Power (2018), Rossi (2016), Ryan Hunter-Reay (2014), Tony Kanaan (2013), Helio Castroneves (2001, 2002 and 2009) and as mentioned Dixon (2008), Sato (2017) and Pagenaud (2019).

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Making his third attempt this weekend is Fernando Alonso who will start from twenty sixth. The best that the driver in twenty sixth has finished in the past was third in 1956 and 1960. However the farthest that an eventual winner has started is twenty eighth (1911 and 1936), with winners also coming from twenty seventh (1932) and twenty fifth (1974).

Recent winners have tended to come from the front with Pagenaud winning from pole position in 2019 while Power won from third in 2018, Sato won from fourth in 2017 and Rossi started eleventh when he triumphed in 2016.

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