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2012 Indy 500 Live: Numerous Lead Changes Highlight First 50 Laps

The 2012 Indy 500 has been a wild one through the first quarter of the race, as the lead has changed hands over 10 times in the first 50 laps.

Florida resident Ryan Hunter-Reay started out fourth but currently sits in 11th after taking a pit stop at lap 45.

The lead has changed on a lap-by-lap basis as no driver has been able to separate themselves from the field, however Marco Andreti leads all drivers in laps in the top spot. After starting out in the Pole, Ryan Briscoe has fallen out of the lead but currently sits in fourth.

There has been one caution, as Bryan Clauson blew a tire and spun out. He is now 19 laps behind the pace. Jean Alesi and Silmona de Silvestro saw their days come to an early end for not meeting the 105 rule which states that drivers must be withing 105 percent of the best driver's time.

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