|JR Hildebrand brought out the first caution|
|Kanaan took the lead early on|
The second caution of the day came out on lap 36 when Sebastian Saavedra spun and hit the wall. The Colombian became the second retirement from the race with front right suspension damage.
With the race restarting on lap 44, Ed Carpenter once again led with Andretti once more in hot pursuit. The third generation driver passed for the lead into turn one before Carpenter retook it again afterwards.
Long Beach winner Takuma Sato brought out another caution on lap 57 after he lost the back end and spun coming out of turn one. Ryan Hunter-Reay led the field to the line on the restart but Andretti once more took the lead going into turn one. Sato managed to get going and was also able to restart the race.
|Allmendinger was strong|
As drivers underwent pitstops, the lead switched between Andretti, Kanaan, Hunter-Reay,Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe s. by Lap 131, there were 39 lead changes, a record, and 12 different leading drivers, one short of the all time record. Lap 145 saw Helio Castroneves sweep past Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti to become to record 13th different leader of the Indy 500.
On lap 179 Sebastien Bourdais pitted, but locked his brakes upon entry, hitting the wall damaging his front wing and front suspension. The caution flag didn't come out and the race continued with rookie Carlos Munoz leading as the fast Andretti cars of Ryan Hunter-Reay and Marco Andretti pitted.
In the final stages, Tony Kanaan, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Carlos Munoz and Marco Andretti all battled to claim their first Indy 500 win with none of them able to hold onto the lead for more than a lap. To add to the excitement, Graham Rahal hit the wall bringing out a caution with 7 remaining.
|Franchitti's smash ended the race|
The race ended under yellow flag conditions with Kanaan finally taking the victory in his twelfth attempt of the Indy 500. The victory being even more impressive considering Kanaan was racing with ligament damage to his right thumb after a crash earlier in the season at Long Beach.
|Munoz had an outstanding debut|
Despite an earlier spin, the points leader going into the race, Takuma Sato finished 13th, Sao Paulo winner James Hinchcliffe finished a lowly 21st despite leading some laps. 3 time Indy 500 winner, and reigning Indy 500 champion Dario Franchitti was classified in 23rd place despite his crash bringing out the race ending caution. GP3 regular Conor Daly finished his first Indy 500 one place ahead of Franchitti in 22nd.
|Andretti leads the championship|
The race broke records for Leaders, lead changes and highest average speed with 14 leaders, 68 lead changes and average speed of 187.433 mph.
The next event in the IndyCar schedule is in a weeks time with the first double header event on the streets of Belle Isle in Detroit. Scott Dixon won the single race there in 2012 and will be looking to claim his first win of 2013 in Motor City. His team mate Dario Franchitti will also be hoping for a change of fortune, the Scot yet to take his first win this season.