The only other cars not to make it to the finish were Buddy Lazier's #91 Lazier Partners car which developed mechanical problems on lap 44, and Dragon's Sebastien Bourdais who made it all the way to lap 178 before an error coming into pit lane slammed his car into the pit wall as he tried to slow down.
"On that first fuel stint, we got low on fuel and lost fuel pressure, and we could never get it back," said Lazier. "It was something electronic or mechanical; we can't tell for sure. It was missing bad enough that you can't run the speed to stay out there. And it was only getting worse and we wanted to keep it from getting expensive," he admitted.
As for Bourdais, there was little that the four-time Champ Car World Series champion could do but to cop to a rookie error.
"Tried too hard coming into the pits," he said. "I jumped on the brakes and locked the rears up, which caused me to lose the rear end and hit the wall inside of the pits. It's a shame because we have worked real hard to put this #7 McAfee/Variety car up front and were not able to get the results we wanted today."
In total, only six cars failed to last the distance meaning that 27 cars made it to the chequered flag - a new record, beating the previous best of 26 lasting the distance. That's a record that has stood since the very first Indianapolis 500 back in 1911.
The race also saw the the longest green flag period in Indianapolis 500 history since caution flag laps were first recorded in 1976, and matched the record for the fewest number of laps under yellow (21) in the same period.