Simon Pagenaud Wins Indianapolis 500
Simon Pagenaud won the 2019 Indianapolis 500 race on Sunday, after a 3-way batter with Alexander Rossi and Takuma Sato at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Pagenaud earned his second win of the 2019 Indianapolis Car Series season. This is the first occasion when he entered Victory Lane in the Indianapolis 500.
A warning constrained the drivers to stop in Pit Street for a short stretch. When the race had only 13 laps left, it viably turned into a one-on-one fight between Pagenaud and Rossi. Sato climbed the numbers straight to the third spot yet never really reached the top spot. Rossi surpassed Pagenaud for the lead position with three laps remaining however surrendered the lead one lap later. Rossi did everything he could to get back his lead but his efforts were not sufficient to beat Pagenaud.
Each time Rossi seemed to have a window to pass, Pagenaud immediately shut it. One of Pagenaud’s opponents during this race was Will Power, who was the defending champion during this race. On the 69th lap, Power somewhat missed his proposed imprint for a pit stop, which seemed to be a critical mistake that lead to him getting the 6th place as a result.
“F- – k it,” Power said over his radio, per Auto week’s Matt Weaver. “In the event that I had acknowledged it was that enormous of punishment, I would have taken it progressively simpler on Pit Street.” Power battled his way over into fifth when the checkered banner waved, which—everything considered—was amazing.
In the wake of getting the first Indy Car Series win of his career at the Indy Car Classic in March, Colton Herta has not completed higher than 23rd. The 19-year-old, who began in the fifth position, finished four laps before an unexpected technical vehicle problem constrained him back to the carport. Herta clarified he had issues with his gearbox, putting him and his group in a tough position during the Indianapolis 500 race.
With 22 laps remaining, Sebastien Bourdais and Graham Rahal were running seventh and eighth. At some point, a visibly frustrated Rahal started gesturing towards Bourdais before their cars stopped and he left his vehicle to face Bourdais. Before it escalated, track officials defused the situation.
Bourdais was officially cited for making avoidable contact, which will offer Rahal little comfort, according to Jim Ayello of the Indianapolis Star. The Indianapolis Car Race Series returns Saturday with the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway on Belle Isle. Rahal won the two races in 2017, so possibly he will channel his frustration into the next race of the season.
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