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2009 Indy 500 sees first foreign 3-time champ

Posted at 10:28 PM, May 21, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS -- The first foreign-born, 3-time winner took the checkered flag in 2009 in the form of Helio Castroneves. 

Castroneves won from the pole, dominating the race and finishing with an average speed of 150.318 miles per hour.

Danica Patrick finished 3rd, the highest finish for a female in Indy 500 history.

The race began a three-year centennial celebration leading up to 2011, the 100th anniversary of the first edition of the race.

Tony Kanaan wrecked when his driveshaft failed him near the midpoint of the race, leaving him visibly shaken afterward.

Paul Tracy also returned for the first time since 2002, when his pass of Castroneves for the lead on Lap 199 was determined to have come after the caution flew for a wreck on another part of the track.

It was also the year the Colts drafted punter Pat MacAfee, now a city favorite.

 
 

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