Castroneves, who gain freedom when he was acquitted on April 17, drove away from the field at the very end and becomes the sixth driver to have won this race three times in their career.
"Way to go; great job -- right into victory lane," said four-time winner
"This is unbelievable -- thank you, God," Castroneves radioed back.
Castroneves defeated 2005 Indy 500 winner
Castroneves stopped his car on the front straight, climbed out of the car and climbed the fence in the move that has made him famous.
Townsend Bell was fourth, followed by
The emotional Castroneves had tears flowing down his face after winning the race.
Although he won the Indy 500 in 2001 and 2002, this Indy 500 win is probably the most special of all for the man who peered into the abyss of legal difficulties and was able to reach the pinnacle of his racing career.
With just 10 laps left in the 93rd Indianapolis 500,
Castroneves, who five weeks ago had his fate in the hands of a 12-member jury in a tax evasion trial, is closing in on his third Indianapolis 500 victory.
He has a 1.5-second lead over Wheldon. Patrick is third followed by
The most spectacular crash of Sunday's 93rd Indianapolis 500 sent
Meira was alert but complained of pain after he was removed from the car. The grinding crash came after Meira had survived a pit fire that briefly engulfed his car on lap 134.
Despite the damage to wall, the yellow flag was displayed with Castroneves in the lead ahead of Team Penske teammate
Briscoe broke out of the line on lap 180 when he drove onto pit lane to top off his fuel tank with 20 laps remaining.
As the 93rd Indianapolis 500 has less than 100 miles to go, a major shuffle on pit road has put
The pit stop sequence on lap 163 saw
The pit stop sequence came after England's
Castroneves, who started on the pole, is in front of Briscoe, 2005 Indy 500 winner
After two separate pit fires on lap 134, the action on the track has heated up in Sunday's 93rd Indianapolis 500 with pole-winner
Castroneves made a perfectly-timed restart on lap 141 when he charged down the front straight and passed race-leader and defending 500 champion
The race is currently past the 145-lap mark with Castroneves ahead of Dixon,
Two separate pit fires have added even more flame to a hotly contested Indianapolis 500.
Further down pit road,
The yellow flag waved after rookie
It was during that sequence that it got hot on pit road for two drivers, both able to continue in the race however.
Franchitti dropped from second to eighth, however, while Target/Chip Ganassi Racing teammate
With 200 miles to go in Sunday's 93rd Indianapolis 500, it's a one-team race.
Target/Chip Ganassi Racing drivers are dominating the race at the 300-mile mark as
Castroneves is fourth followed by rookie
After an earlier crash involving
"Oh my God, I hope he's OK," Andretti Green Racing teammate
It was the second year in a row Kanaan has crashed in the third turn wall. Last year, he was punted into the wall by AGR teammate
"Something broke in the middle of the straightaway, then I went for a wild ride," Kanaan said. "I rest my head on the head rest and closed my eyes. I knew it was going to be a big one. It looks like I just got beat up big-time.
"Me and this place, again, one more time. I had a big scare."
Both Kanaan and Andretti are now out of the race leaving Patrick and Japan's
The race has hit the halfway point with the yellow flag waving.
Earlier, Dixon was able to get a run down the front straight on a restart to take the lead going into the first turn on a restart for the second time in the race. Dixon is the defending winner of the world's biggest race.
Dixon got a charge on his Target/Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Franchitti, the 2007 Indy winner and IndyCar Series champion.
While the two Ganassi cars in front should not be a surprise, it was the Team Penske tandem of pole winner Castroneves and
At lap 101, the top five are Dixon, Franchitti, Will Power, Matos and Castroneves.
Hamilton was uninjured and walked to the safety vehicle. He was competing in his ninth Indy 500, which is a bit of a miracle considering he had severe feet and leg injuries from a crash during an IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in 2001.
The 47-year-old Hamilton started on the inside of the eighth row and was driving for Dreyer & Reinbold Racing.
"I just barely tagged the wall but by the time you get into the marbles here, it's over," Hamilton said.
The latest caution period allowed the contenders to pit as Dixon led the field down pit road.
The yellow flag is currently displayed for the fourth time in the 200-lap race. Franchitti leads Dixon,
Briscoe complained that his car is losing grip because of a tire issue. Briscoe had to drive into the pits on lap 65 to correct the problem.
During that traffic jam,
Rahal, who started fourth, was trying to stay ahead of
At lap 59,
The drivers at the front of the field hit pit road on lap 59.
On lap 60, Team Penske's Briscoe is in the lead ahead of Dixon, Franchitti, Kanaan and Castroneves.
The initial start of the race was waved off when the 33-car starting field was out of alignment. The field was able to bunch up for the second attempt at a start. Moraes and Andretti attempted to get through the south short chute but it didn't work as Moraes crashed into Andretti's car.
Franchitti stayed in front until the second caution period after
The pits were closed for several laps while Hunter-Reay's car was hauled off and the debris removed. The field pitted once the pits opened but Franchitti was able to get in and out of the pits with the lead.
He was in front when the green flag waved on lap 25 and stayed there through the 100-mile mark on lap 40.
With a huge crowd filling the grandstands of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and a sunny sky as a backdrop, the 93rd Indianapolis 500 is under way with plenty of storylines in this race.
Team Penske driver
And, of course, fan favorite
Tracy starts 13th in a second car for KV Racing Technologies.
Those are just some of the storylines as close to 300,000 fans are expected to watch today's race, which is the centerpiece event of the 100th anniversary of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Partiers have clogged the streets surrounding the Speedway for the past three nights making this event Memorial Day Weekend's largest picnic.