FLASH: President Trump congratulates team owner Roger Penske on his 18th Indy 500 Win.
Simon Pagenaud won a thrilling Indianapolis 500 by outlasting Alexander Rossi by going all out in the final 14 laps by the slim margin of 2/10ths of a sec.
The race had been Red-flagged in lap 180, and by the time the Green flag went up on lap 186, Mr. Pagenaud was in 2nd place behind Mr. Rossi. He quickly passed his rival, then saw Mr. Rossi regain the lead before Mr. Pagenaud took it back again.
They remained in that order for more than 10 laps, with Takuma Sato in 3rd, until Mr. Rossi regained the lead with 3 laps to go.
Then Mr. Pagenaud made 1 more attempt at the lead got it with a lap and a quarter to go, and he held off Mr. Rossi in the race to the Chequered flag.
Mr. Pagenaud took the Pole and he led the race for 116 laps before winning his 1st Indy 500. The Frenchman became the 1st pole sitter to win the race since Helio Castroneves won the Y 2009 race.
“It’s hard to believe right now,” Mr. Pagenaud said during his post-race interview. “It was such an intense race. I never expected to be in this position but I certainly worked hard for it. I am just focused on the job, and we executed perfectly today.
“Yes, I think it’s the best driving of my career.”
Mr. Pagenaud, driving for Team Penske, claimed his 13th IndyCar series win. Team owner Roger Penske extended his personal record with his 18th Indy 500 triumph.
Indianapolis 500 Race Results
1. Simon Pagenaud
2. Alexander Rossi
3. Takuma Sato
4. Josef Newgarden
5. Will Power
6. Ed Carpenter
7. Santino Ferrucci
8. Ryan Hunter-Reay
9. Tony Kanaan
10. Conor Daly
The race saw a major crash on lap 177 involving Graham Rahal and Sebastien Bourdais.
Mr. Rahal attempted to pass Mr. Bourdais on the inside and appeared to have position to do so, but Mr. Bourdais refused to yield.
After they collided, Felix Rosenqvist, Charlie Kimball and Zach Veach were also involved and were forced out of the race too
The race was red flagged on lap 180 while debris was cleared from the track
That accident allowed all the remaining drivers to refuel and it was especially helpful for Mr. Pagenaud, who was low on fuel at the time of the incident on the track.
The story of the 2019 Indianapolis 500 is the thrilling duel between Messrs Pagenaud and Rossi, and the slim edge that Mr. Pagenaud had at the end over his rival that brought him the biggest victory of his career.
The race winning highlights
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