For the first time in its history, the Indianapolis 500 sold out and saw 400,000 spectators file into the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to bear witness to the historic 100th running.
After 54 lead changes, 24-year-old rookie Alexander Rossi coasted (at 180 mph) across the finish line to become the first American rookie to win “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” since 1928.
Having run out of fuel on his final lap, Rossi was towed by teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay to victory circle to celebrate.
Rossi’s unexpected win gave Andretti Autosport its fourth Indy 500 win.
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