Auto Racing

2017 - Takuma Sato

Indianapolis 500 - Rookie Alexander Rossi coasted to the line as his vehicle ran out of fuel in a perfect example of fuel-economy racing. [JAM 5/29/2016]

2015 - Juan Pablo Montoya

Indianapolis 500 - Ryan Hunter-Reay barely held off Helio Castoneves in the last lap to win his first Indy 500.  The race was the safest ever as the drivers raced into the 150th lap without a yellow flag delay for auto damage.  Several minor accidents occurred in the last 50 laps to mar the race including one on lap 191 to cause the red flag to be waved, setting up the race to the finish with 20 cars on the same lap.  [JAM 5/25/2014]

Indianapolis 500 - Tony Kanaan won his first 500 under the yellow flag after Dario Franchitti hit the wall on lap 197.  Kanaan had just taken the lead after a restart on the previous lap.  Rookie Carlos Munoz was second.  The 2013 race set records for lead changes and overall speed.  This may also have been the safest race in its history.  There were no car-to-car collisions in 200 laps.  A few drivers lost control and hit the wall but yellow-flag delays were kept to a minimum.  Twenty-five cars were running at the end with 21 of them one the lead lap.  [JAM 5/26/2013]

Daytona 500 - Jimmie Johnson won the race but Danica Patrick made history by winning the pole position.  Patrick ran with the leaders all day and was third at the beginning of the white-flag lap but was boxed at the end and dropped to eighth place. [JAM 2/24/2013]

Indianapolis 500 - Dario Franchitti won his third Indianapolis 500 race under a yellow flag as Japanese driver Takumo Sato spun while trying to pass Franchitti on the final lap.  Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan finshed right behind Franchitti in second and third, respectively as 16 drivers finished on the last lap. [JAM 5/27/2012]

Indianapolis 500 - Dan Wheldon (1978-October 16, 2011) won his second Indy 500 when rookie J.R. Hildebrand hit the wall on the last turn of the last lap.  Hildebrand finished second as his car coasted across the line behind Wheldon.  Danica Patrick took the lead on lap 180 but relinquished the lead on lap 190.  Patrick finished tenth due to a late pit stop.  Defending champion Franchitti and his teammate Dixon shared the lead for most of the race but both faded at the end due to fuel issues. [JAM 5/29/2011]

Indianapolis 500 - Dario Franchitti (Mr. Ashley Judd) from Scotland won his second Indianapolis 500 race under the yellow flag as Mike Conway and Ryan Hunter-Reay were involved in a 199th lap crash.  Dan Weldon was second for the second straight year.  Danica Patrick came from a 23rd place start to finish sixth.  Tony Kanaan moved from 33rd to second place but had to pit on lap 196 and finished in 11th place. [JAM 5/30/2010]

Indianapolis 500 - Helio Castroneves from Brazil won his third Indianapolis 500 race.  Danica Patrick was third. [JAM 5/24/2009]

2008 - Scott Dixon
2007 - Dario Franchitti
2006 - Sam Hornish, Jr.
2005 - Dan Wheldon
2004 - Buddy Rice
2003 - Gil de Ferran
2002 - Helio Castroneves
2001 - Helio Castroneves
2000 - Juan Pablo Montoya
1999 - Kenny Brack
1998 - Eddie Cheever, Jr.
1997 - Arie Luyendyk
1996 - Buddy Lazier
1995 - Jacques Villeneuve
1994 - Al Unser, Jr.
1993 - Emerson Fittipladi
1992 - Al Unser, Jr.
1991 - Rick Mears
1990 - Arie Luyendyk
1989 - Emerson Fittipaldi
1988 - Rick Mears
1987 - Al Unser
1986 - Bobby Rahal
1985 - Danny Sullivan
1984 - Rick Mears
1983 - Tom Sneva
1982 - Gordon Johncock
1981 - Bobby Unser
1980 - Johnny Rutherford
1979 - Rick Mears
1978 - Al Unser
1977 - A.J. Foyt
1976 - Johnny Rutherford
1975 - Bobby Unser
1974 - Johnny Rutherford
1973 - Gordon Johncock
1972 - Mark Donohue (1937-1975)
1971 - Al Unser
1970 - Al Unser
1969 - Mario Andretti
1968 - Bobby Unser
1967 - A.J. Foyt
1966 - Graham Hill (1929-1975)
1965 - Jim Clark (1936-1968)
1964 - A.J. Foyt
1963 - Parnelli Jones
1962 - Rodger Ward
1961 - A.J. Foyt
1960 - Jim Rathmann
1959 - Rodger Ward (1921 -2004)
1958 - Jimmy Bryan (1926-1960)
1957 - Sam Hanks (1914-1994)
1956 - Pat Flaherty (1926-2002)
1955 - Bob Sweikert (1926-1956)
1954 - Bill Vukovich
1953 - Bill Vukovich (1918-1955)
1952 - Troy Ruttman (1930-1997)
1951 - Lee Wallard (1910-1963)
1950 - Johnnie Parsons (1918-1984)
1949 - Bill Holland (1907-1984)
1948 - Mauri Rose
1947 - Mauri Rose
1946 - George Robson (1909-1946)
1942-1945 (none)
1941 - Floyd Davis (1909-1977)/Mauri Rose (1906-1981)
1940 - Wilbur Shaw
1939 - Wilbur Shaw
1938 - Floyd Roberts  (1900-1939)
1937 - Wilbur Shaw (1902-1954)
1936 - Louis Meyer
1935 - Kelly Petillo (1903-1970)
1934 - Bill Cummings (1906-1939)
1933 - Louis Meyer
1932 - Fred Frame (1894-1962)
1931 - Louis Schneider (1901-1942)
1930 - Billy Arnold (1905-1976)
1929 - Ray Keech (1900-1929)
1928 - Louis Meyer (1904-1995)
1927 - George Souders (1900-1976)
1926 - Frank Lockhart (1903-1928)
1925 - Peter DePaolo (1898-1980)
1924 - Lora L. Corum (1899-1949)/Joe Boyer (1890-1924)
1923 - Tommy Milton
1922 - Jimmy Murphy (1894-1924)
1921 - Tommy Milton (1893-1962)
1920 - Gaston Chevrolet (1892-1920)
1919 - Howdy Wilcox (1889-1923)
1917-1918 (none)
1916 - Dario Resta (1882-1924)
1915 - Ralph DePalma (1882-1956)
1914 - Rene Thomas (1886-1975)
1913 - Jules Goux (1885-1965)
1912 - Joe Dawson (1889-1946)
1911 - Ray Harroun (1879-1968)