Indy Car Series driver Danica Patrick prior to the 95th running of the Indy 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Best celebrity connection: Justin Timberlake
There are always plenty of celebrities at the Indy 500 and this year was no exception. (Check them out here) But none of them can top Justin Timberlake, whose clothing line William Rast was the main sponsor of winner Dan Wheldon's car. Timberlake took to Twitter to tip his cap: "Congrats to Dan Wheldon, the WR racing team and everyone else who put in the hard work for this victory! Unreal!" Enjoy the milk, Justin!
Best tweet: Bryan Herta Autosport
From @BHA: "In case you've been under a rock, we just won the Indianapolis 500!"
The 'revenge is sweet' award: Dan Wheldon
After Wheldon's two second-place finishes at Indy for Panther Racing, the team dropped him at the end of last season and replaced him with rookie JR Hildebrand. Meanwhile, Wheldon was left without a full-time ride for 2011 and a pick-up by the Bryan Herta Autosport team for Indy. Now, he's a two-time Indy 500 winner and Panther gets a second-place finish -- again.
The 'that's my kid' award: Graham Rahal and Marco Andretti
Rahal was able to secure a third-place finish 25 years after his dad, Bobby Rahal, got his only Indy 500 victory. And despite his team's struggles in qualifying, Marco, whose grandfather Mario won the Indy 500 in 1969, brought home a ninth-place finish for his dad Michael Andretti's Andretti Autosport team.
Worst to be first: Takuma Sato
The former Formula One driver had the unfortunate distinction of being the first driver to crash out of this year's Indy 500. His solo incident in Turn 2 brought out the caution on Lap 21 and locked up the 33rd -- and final spot -- for the Japanese driver.
Second best stat of the day: Graham Rahal
According to Rahal's official Twitter account, he now holds the record for passing the most cars in one Indy 500. Rahal picked off 67 cars, which means there were several drivers who saw Rahal go past them more than once.
Best stat of the day: JR Hildebrand
Hildebrand led the 100th lap on the Indy 500's 100th anniversary. In taking over the top spot, he also became the 200th different driver ever to lead the historic race.
Best NASCAR guest appearance: Richard Petty
Back in 2001, Tony Stewart was the last driver to try "The Double" -- the Indy 500 and Coca-Cola 600. This year, NASCAR fans had to settle for an appearance in Indy's Gasoline Alley by NASCAR Hall of Famer Richard Petty. Close enough!
Most chilled out driver: Dario Franchitti
Shh! Don't wake the sleeping driver. With all the craziness on the starting grid, Franchitti somehow found a way to relax before he had to get in his car and drive at 200 mph. Impressive.
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The 'rally to race' award: Simona De Silvestro
De Silvestro couldn't finish the Indy 500 after any early-race incident, but she should still get credit just for getting in her car. A fiery crash in practice earlier this month left her with burns on her hands. Despite the pain, she was still able to qualify for and start in the Indy 500.
The 'worst listener' award: Townsend Bell
Bell's spotter repeatedly told him over the radio that there was a car coming up on his inside. Instead of giving Ryan Briscoe's car some room, Bell bumped tires with Briscoe and sent both cars into the wall. Unfortunately, it ended a great run by Bell this year at Indy.
Best bookends award?: Danica Patrick
As a rookie in 2005, Patrick became the first woman to lead the Indy 500. She hadn't done that since -- until Sunday. It looks as though that might be the closest to winning the Indy 500 that she'll ever get; there's talk Patrick could be moving to NASCAR next year. But with nothing official, her award gets a question mark for now.
The 'always a bridesmaid' award: Panther Racing
For the past four Indy 500s, the Panther Racing team has watched its car come in second. This year, it was rookie JR Hildebrand who brought home the award for second best. The trend began in 2008 with driver Vitor Meira, followed by Dan Wheldon in '09 and '10. Yeah, that Dan Wheldon.
Biggest heartbreak: JR Hildebrand
Hildebrand, a rookie, led the race with one corner left -- and then crashed into the wall, sliding helplessly over the start/finish line as Dan Wheldon passed him to win the Indy 500. But rookie heartbreak with the finish line in sight isn't new. Only five years ago, then-rookie Marco Andretti got passed by Sam Hornish on the front stretch out of Turn 4 and Hornish took the checkered flag.