May 31, 2021 — SPEEDWAY, Ind. Helio Castroneves scores record-tying fourth Indy 500. Meyer Shank Racing delivers first NTT INDYCAR SERIES win at Indy. One-Two Finish for Honda power.
Honda notched their 14th Indianapolis 500 win, with Meyer Shank Racing's Helio Castroneves scoring the victory—his record-tying fourth win—at The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.
Starting in the eighth position for his 21st consecutive Indianapolis 500, Castroneves led just 20 laps en route to his fourth 500 historic victory, trading the lead several times with Honda powered Chip Ganassi Racing's Alex Palou in the closing stages of the race. Palou would go on to finish second, less than half a second behind the victor.
The victory at the 2021 Indianapolis 500 is the first NTT INDYCAR SERIES win for Meyer Shank Racing since joining the series in 2017. In addition to their INDYCAR program, Jim Meyer and Mike Shank run an IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship DPi program with the Acura and ARX-05 prototype.
This win makes Helio Castroneves the first driver to win overall at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Indianapolis 500 in the same calendar year. The Brazilian racer previously won at Daytona in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 in January of 2021.
Second-place finisher Palou claims the point lead leaving Indy, overtaking his Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, and Indy 500 polesitter, Scott Dixon 248-212. Honda also leads Chevrolet in the Manufacturers' Championship, 476-472.
NTT INDYCAR SERIES Manufacturers' Championship (unofficial, after 6 rounds)
Honda 476 pts
NTT INDYCAR SERIES Drivers' Championship (unofficial, after 6 rounds)
1.Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 248 points [1 win]
2.Scott Dixon, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda 212 [1 race win]
3.Pato O'Ward, Arrow McLaren SP, 211 [1 race win]
4.Simon Pagenaud, Team Penske Chevrolet 201
5.Rinus VeeKay, Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet 191 [1 race win]
・The 2021 Indianapolis 500 was the largest sporting event worldwide since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic with 135,000 fans.
・The race had only two yellows, neither of which were multi-car incidents.
After an incredible “Month of May” at Indianapolis, the NTT INDYCAR SERIES now takes a week off before resuming with the June 11-13 double-header Detroit Grand Prix race weekend, with races both Saturday and Sunday on the Belle Isle street circuit in Detroit, Michigan.