Jones, who became Dale Coyne Racing's best hope for glory after team leader Sebastien Bourdais was injured in qualifying, was battling with eventual victor Takuma Sato and runner-up Helio Castroneves in the closing stages of the race, but found his vehicle had too much drag. It was an aggressive attempt to pass that has been second-guessed plenty over the years (including this excellent Motorsport.com feature published just a few days ago).
But the 35-year-old would like to return in the future, saying he still had a desire to win the famous race. His bright, papaya orange vehicle weaved time and again into spots where no other man in his first oval race would dare put his nose.
"I'm so I happy I made it", he said.
He made his move even sooner. If anyone expected his ardour to be dampened by such a crash, Dixon quickly dispelled all doubts, saying, "I can't wait to come back next year". "So I'm very appreciative for that".
In a Chevrolet for Team Penske, Castroneves briefly took the lead but couldn't hold it as Sato grabbed it back. He ran at the front of the field most of the day, passed cars in the draft easily and led 27 laps.
Takuma Sato's stunning victory in Sunday's 101st Indianapolis 500 secured him a pay-out of $2.45 million, as revealed by the publication of the prize pool by Indianapolis Motor Speedway following the race. "I knew I could do it", he said.
"It's really frustrating not to get one but I'm working my hardest to get it next time". "It was really hard for me to defend or even attack, which was really frustrating because I think we had the auto to win today".
This is Sato's second career victory in the Verizon IndyCar Series, his first was the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in 2013. Michael Andretti ran down pit lane to reach Sato's crew, then rushed to hug his driver.
"Obviously I couldn't ever win it as a driver", Andretti said. "I didn't win", he joked.
The reigning Indy Lights champion finished third behind Takuma Sato and Helio Castroneves while Alonso was forced to accept 24th due an engine failure just 21 laps away from the finish. "So to come from a lap down to lead and have a chance to win here at Indy is a massive accomplishment for the whole team". "I want that picture at home".
"I know everybody is working on it by their own program, and things happen like [with] Sebastien, and we are heavily concerned with [Scott] Dixon's accident yesterday, and it was such a relief he got out of the vehicle, and we all think about Sebastien has a speedy recovery". Dixon's vehicle went airborne and over Castroneves, hit the top of the wall, flipped and came down wheels up. Dixon's cockpit was spared any major damage, and the four-time series champion was OK afterward. He walked to an ambulance while the race was placed under red flag and crews began to clean up debris scattered over hundreds of feet.
He spent the rest of the race rooting for Sato, his Andretti team-mate and former F1 cohort.
"I'm a little beaten up there". I respect them. They give me a great speed and great confidence.