Marco Andretti has been restored to third place in the Indianapolis 500 after IndyCar officials reviewed footage of the moments after the final full-course caution was called.
The Andretti Autosport driver was originally credited with sixth on the timing screens, but was adamant that Alex Lloyd, Scott Dixon and Danica Patrick had all passed him after the yellow flags came out for Mike Conway and Ryan Hunter-Reay's violent tangle.
The officials reassessed the finishing order, and just over two hours after the race, a final result was issued with Andretti back up to third place, and Dale Coyne Racing's Lloyd fourth ahead of Dixon (Ganassi) and Patrick (Andretti).
"I'm pleased with the decision," Andretti said. "I was talking on the radio saying 'good job' to my crew and all of a sudden people were flying past me. It's a pretty well-written rule that you can't pass under yellow, so I was surprised to see it was happening. We were prepared to protest, but luckily, we didn't have to. Brian (Barnhart) went back and pulled the data. Our engine was running when we finished the race under caution. The proper decision was made.
Andretti added that he was satisfied with his team's performance: "Overall it was a great day for the Venom boys," he said. "I never doubted that we would be in the fight; I was pleased all week with how the car felt in race trim. We would like to have won but racing from 16th to third is something we can be happy with. It would have been interesting if we had gone the distance and it hadn't come down to fuel. Dario (Franchitti) has always been the king of saving fuel. If I had to guess, we were running more downforce, which is obviously more drag so we were using more fuel. I think Dario, on his own, was the car to beat, but in traffic he was human. That's what makes Indianapolis what it is; it's not easy to win this thing, but we'll come back and try again."
Andretti had been one of eventual winner Franchitti's main rivals in the second half of the race, though he fell behind Tony Kanaan and Dan Wheldon when he had to back off to conserve fuel. Kanaan ultimately needed to make a splash-and-go stop, which left Andretti on course for third until the confusion over the last-minute yellow
The results were also altered further down the field, with top rookies Simona de Silvestro and Mario Romancini swapping positions in 13th and 14th -- making Conquest's Brazilian driver rather than HVM's de Silvestro the highest-placed rookie in the results.