2003 Indianapolis 500


2003 Indianapolis 500

The 2003 Indianapolis 500 was held at Indianapolis on Sunday, May 25, 2003.

Recap

The "curse of the Indy three-peat" prevailed again on lap 169, as pole-sitter and two-time defending champion Hélio Castroneves was held up behind lap car A.J. Foyt IV coming out of the second turn, allowing teammate Gil de Ferran to pull to the inside and pass for the lead. With downforce settings chosen throughout the race field for the day inhibiting passing with ease in the open, de Ferran was able to hold off his teammate to the end for the win, almost equalling the outcome of 1949, where Bill Holland, teammate to then two-time defending winner Mauri Rose, won a third straight race for their car owner, as de Ferran did for Roger Penske. Castroneves' second place tied Al Unser in 1972 for the highest place finish for a driver going for his third consecutive.

Results

(W) = Former Indianapolis 500 winner; (R) = Indianapolis 500 rookie

*C Chassis: D=Dallara, P=Panoz

*E Engine: C=Chevrolet, H=Honda, T=Toyota

All cars in the 2003 Indianapolis 500 used Firestone tires.

Failed to qualify:
#27 flagicon|USA Bryan Herta (injured)
#20 flagicon|NED Arie Luyendyk (injured)
#18 flagicon|USA Scott Mayer (failed rookie orientation)

Indy 500 Walker
Previous_race = 2002
Previous_winner = Hélio Castroneves
This_race = 2003
This_winner = Gil de Ferran
Next_race = 2004
Next_winner = Buddy Rice


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