The 2018 Indianapolis 500 (branded as the 102nd Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil for sponsorship reasons) is a Verizon IndyCar Series event that is scheduled for Sunday, May 27, 2018, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana. The event is scheduled for 500 miles (200 laps). It will be the premier event of the 2018 IndyCar Series. Takuma Sato is the winner of the latest edition of the race.
A late yellow while Will Power was running in fourth seemed to give off-strategy cars ahead half a chance, but surprise leader Stefan Wilson, Jack Harvey and Oriol Servia all had to pit leaving the #12 Team Penske-Chevrolet with a healthy margin over polesitter Ed Carpenter and Scott Dixon to reel off the remaining five laps. The victory marks Power’s 34th Indycar win and moves him level with Al Unser Jr., eighth in the all-time winner list. By David Malsher
Danica Patrick was nervous before her final race. She was uncomfortable during it. And then she was sad. Patrick crashed on Lap 68 of the Indianapolis 500 in her first IndyCar race since 2011 and the race she chose to end a career where she was the highest-finishing woman in the Indianapolis 500 (third in 2009) and the Daytona 500 (eighth in 2013). By Bob Pockrass, NASCAR
Does Roger Penske ever have time to stop and smell the success of a record 16 Indianapolis 500 wins and 200 career Indy car triumphs? The Hall of Famer is a lot of things, but he isn’t one for reminiscing. “I’m not sure I’ll ever be on an easy chair on a front porch,” said Penske, 81. “I might be on my boat, maybe.” That’s as close as “The Captain” comes to wanting to acknowledge the past. He’s always full speed ahead. “Look, I’ve said racing is my golf game and fishing trip every weekend,” he said. “I’m hooked.” By Phillip B. Wilson