Chilton Comes From A Lap Down To Lead The Indy 500
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Max Chilton in the No.8 Gallagher Honda came from a lap down on Sunday to make his way to the front of the pack leading the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.
The Englishman did a fantastic job during the race but was unable to hold off the charging trio of Takuma Sato, Helio Castroneves and Ed Jones.
Chilton, who joined Ganassi last season following a spell in Formula One ended the race as the leading Ganassi with team mate Tony Kanaan ending the race in fifth place.
Speaking following the race, Chilton commented by saying:
“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 (Takuma) 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. 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.”