Max Chilton: “I learned a lot and will come back stronger”

Max Chilton - Credit: Jim Haines / IndyCar

Max Chilton finished on the lead lap on his rookie Indianapolis 500, finishing fifteenth in his #8 Chip Ganassi Racing machine, and felt he had learned a lot about oval racing on Sunday.

The British driver was at no point in contention for the race win, but drove strongly all afternoon long, reclaiming his position on the lead lap over the closing handful of laps when race leader Alexander Rossi slowed down as he conserved fuel.

Chilton felt the three by three start at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway was the craziest start of his career, and is hoping for another attack on the event in the future after learning so much about it this year.

“It was a long race,” said Chilton. “It feels like three races in one. I learned so much out there today. It’s the craziest start of a race I’ve ever done in my life.

“There are moments where you’re hanging on for your life. There are also moments where you are absolutely flying and I wish I’d had another 100 laps to go.

“The Gallagher team did a great job with all the pit stops. I don’t think we were ever in a position to fight for the lead, but I learned a lot and will come back stronger next time.”