Indianapolis 500: Ryan Hunter-Reay passes Helio Castroneves on final lap to win
Last Updated: 25/05/14 11:15pm
Ryan Hunter-Reay: Won the Indianapolis 500 before celebrating with the traditional bottle of milk
Ryan Hunter-Reay passed Helio Castroneves at the start of the final lap to take a dramatic win in the 98th running of the Indianapolis 500.
Castroneves, a three-time winner of the event, passed Hunter-Reay twice in the last five laps but each time the 33-year-old American made it back into the lead.
Hunter-Reay, who drives for Andretti Autosport, was passed for the lead in the closing stages a year ago but this time it was he who came from behind to win late on.
He becomes the first US driver to win the most prestigious of event in American motor sport since 2006.
"It's a dream come true," Hunter-Reay said. "I can't even believe it.
"It was a fantastic fight to the finish. We all raced each other clean but really hard. I was just biding my time and waiting for the right opportunities."
Castroneves said: "It was close. It's a shame so close but today was Ryan Hunter-Reay's day.
"It was a great fight. I was having a great time. Unfortunately, second, it's good, but second sucks."
American Marco Andretti was third, with Colombia's Carlos Munoz fourth.
Juan Pablo Montoya then took fifth for Colombia, ahead of US rookie Kurt Busch, France's Sebastien Bourdais, Australian Will Power and US teen rookie Sage Karam.
New Zealand's Scott Dixon crashed in the fourth turn to set up the final pit stops with 30 laps remaining.