Some two hours after the race, he was exhausted.
Danica Patrick, who said the race would be the last of her groundbreaking 20-year racing career, hit the wall on the 68th lap.
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Starting on the outside of row one alongside Carpenter and team mate Simon Pagenaud, Power steered well clear of trouble through seven cautions and then pounced when he had his chance in the final laps.
"That guy was sitting here this morning before I walked in, sitting in his firesuit next to his engineer ready to go, about 6:30 this morning", Cindric said.
Power led 59 laps but his final pit stop dropped him to fourth, behind three cars that were trying to win on fuel mileage. She decided long ago that the race that made her famous would be her last, and while she called the outcome disappointing, she also expressed appreciation for all that Indianapolis had given her.
"He hated ovals and now he loves them", he said.
"To be able to race on Memorial Day in the biggest sporting event in the world, have America the way it is, that's what I'm going to take away from this race, " Penske said.
"I just can't believe it", he said after the race. In 2012, Power topped the standings entering the final at Auto Club Speedway, but an inexplicable crash left the title to Ryan Hunter-Reay.
"I was confident enough to make those moves", Rossi told Autoweek. "I'll look forward. We have to be back next year".
In more than a century of racing at the famed speedway only three men - AJ Foyt, Al Unser Sr and Rick Mears - have finished the 500 on Victory Lane four times and Sunday's race may have been Castroneves's last shot at joining them.
Patrick, the only woman to win an IndyCar race, had looked to pen a fairy tale finish to her career by adding a second victory but could not even make it to the chequered flag, instead slamming nose first into the wall midway through the 200-lap race.
Actually, he wore a black shirt to the Daytona 500, so that could be where that photo is from.
"He was so determined for this one", she said. It's both of them. "When we were third with 50 laps to go, I thought we were in good shape". Bourdais crashed a year after missing the race because of a harrowing, high-speed accident during qualifying, while Castroneves - who is now driving sports cars for Penske - was going for a record-tying fourth victory in the Indy 500 in a brief return to open-wheel racing. She was the first woman to win an IndyCar race and her deal with Stewart-Haas in 2013 made her the first woman to get a full-time ride at NASCAR's top level. Kanaan was an early leader in the race.