Indy 500: Camarillo native Charlie Kimball finishes 3rd

Charlie Kimball

Driver Charlie Kimball pulls into the pit area during the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

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Charlie Kimball’s third-place finish Sunday was his career best in five starts in the Indianapolis 500.

The Camarillo native, who drives for Chip Ganassi Racing, led 10 laps after starting 14th.

As he tried to catch front-runners Juan Pablo Montoya and Will Power in the final laps, Kimball said, “I was hoping they were going to push each other just a little bit too far. I was in the catbird seat.

“We just couldn’t capitalize on it and get close enough at the end to make a run,” he said.


Hunter-Reay’s long day

It was a race to forget for defending Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay.

The Floridian started 16th and never challenged the leaders before finishing 15th.

“Not a good day,” said Hunter-Reay, whose car was prepared by the Andretti Autosport team.


“It was bad from the start; we definitely have an issue with the car.

“I’m just happy to bring the DHL Honda back in one piece,” he added.

Briscoe for Hinchcliffe

Ryan Briscoe, filling in for injured James Hinchcliffe, finished 12th after starting 31st.

Hinchcliffe suffered an upper-leg injury requiring surgery when his car slammed into the wall during practice for the Indy 500.

Hinchcliffe on Sunday posted a couple of pictures of himself on Instagram, including one showing him standing in a hospital hallway.

In a note with one picture, he wrote: “Kills me not being there, but wishing all 33 [drivers] a fast and safe day.”

Pit crew accident


Two pit-crew members for driver Tristan Vautier were injured when they were struck by the car of Vautier’s teammate, James Davison, on pit road.

Greg Senerius was treated and released for a left-foot injury, and Daniel Jang was taken to the hospital for a right-ankle injury, according to IndyCar. Dale Coyne Racing team later said that Jang’s ankle was broken.

Davison and Vautier finished 27th and 28th, respectively.

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