Race Recap: 2014 Indianapolis 500 started strong, ended stronger [spoilers]

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Sunday marked the 98th running of the Indy 500 race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The weather was absolutely beautiful (76 degrees Fahrenheit, not a cloud in the sky), and for the first three-quarters of the race, it was business as usual. Despite the absolutely insane speeds (in excess of 200 miles per hour, constantly), some find it easy to write off a race on an oval track as being less exciting as events that involve both left and right turns, as well as elevation changes. But Sunday’s race proved to be a truly thrilling affair – especially the last quarter.

This year’s 500 started without issue, and the first 150 of the 200-lap race were caution-free. Out of the gate, places one, two, and three were held by Chevy driver Ed Carpenter in the No. 20 car, Honda driver James Hinchcliffe in the No. 27 car, and Will Power in the Chevy-powered No. 12 car. However, it was Brazilian Helio Castroneves, in the Chevy-powered No. 3 car, who led the majority of the first half of the race – 36 of the first 100 laps.

American driver Charlie Kimball spun in Turn 2, creating the day’s first yellow flag, 150 laps in. Following that, it was an all-out battle for first place, right up to the very last lap.

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