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Indianapolis 500: Pagenaud sweeps the month of May with Indy 500 win

  • Published on 26 May 2019 21:56
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Simon Pagenaud has won his first Indianapolis 500 after a close fight with Alexander Rossi in the final laps.

Pagenaud held off the 2016 winner after the swapped positions for a number of laps, overtaking each other at the first corner following a late restart.

Pagenaud made the final overtake stick with one and a half laps to go, getting around Rossi at Turn 3, and staying ahead to take the chequered flag.

It marks the second consecutive win for the Frenchman, as he took victory at the IndyCar Grand Prix two weeks ago for Team Penske.

With double points on offer for the 500 win, Pagenaud leaps to the top of the championship standings. Rossi crossed the line two-tenths of a second behind the Frenchman, while Takuma Sato was third - both he and Rossi were chasing their second 500 win.

Josef Newgarden was fourth and struggled with his car throughout the race. At each pit stop, he made front wing adjustments to improve the balance of his car.

The third Penske car of Will Power was fifth, despite having to take one of the restarts from the back of the field after he hit one of his crew members while serving his pit stop. 

 The first yellow of the day was thrown out when Colton Herta retired with a gearbox issue on the fifth lap. 

Kyle Kaiser was the first to become a victim to the walls, as he spun and suffered terminal damage to his Juncos car, ending the fairytale story after he bumped Fernando Alonso from qualifying.

Marcus Ericsson also caused a yellow after he spun when entering the pits, damaging his front wing. 

The final caution, which saw the red flag deployed, was brought out when Sebastian Bourdais and Graham Rahal came together at Turn 3, with Felix Rosenqvist, Zach Veach and Charlie Kimball also getting caught up.

The resulting restart saw the close battle between Pagenaud and Rossi, with Pagenaud coming out on top and giving Roger Penske his 18th Indy 500 win.

 

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap
1. Simon Pagenaud Team Penske 2:50.39.2797        -
2. Alexander Rossi Andretti Autosport 2:50.39.4883 +0.2086
3. Takuma Sato Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 2:50.39.6210 +0.3413
4. Josef Newgarden Team Penske 2:50.40.1776 +0.8979
5. Will Power Team Penske 2:50.40.8970 +1.6173
6. Ed Carpenter Ed Carpenter Racing 2:50.41.2587 +1.9790
7. Santino Ferrucci Dale Coyne Racing 2:50.42.0852 +2.8055
8. Ryan Hunter-Reay Andretti Autosport 2:50.43.2995 +4.0198
9. Tony Kanaan A.J. Foyt Enterprises 2:50.44.0505 +4.7708
10. Conor Daly Andretti Autosport 2:50.44.6256 +5.3459
11. James Hinchcliffe Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 2:50.44.7618 +5.4821
12 James Davison Dale Coyne Racing with Byrd and Belardi 2:50.45.5047 +6.2250
13. Ed Jones Ed Carpenter Racing 2:50.46.8297 +7.5500
14. Spencer Pigot Ed Carpenter Racing 2:50.47.8363 +8.5566
15. Matheus Leist A.J. Foyt Enterprises 2:50.49.6950 +10.4153
16. Pippa Mann Clauson-Marshall Racing 2:50.52.2600 +12.9803
17 Scott Dixon Chip Ganassi Racing 2:50.54.0392 +14.7595
18. Helio Castroneves Team Penske 2:50.49.0031 +1 Lap
19. Sage Karam Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 2:50.51.5697 +1 Lap
20. J.R. Hildebrand Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 2:50.51.9110 +1 Lap
21. Jack Harvey Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM 2:50.55.1235 +1 Lap
22. Oriol Servia Team Stange Racing with Arrow Schmidt Peterson 2:50.55.5954 +1 Lap
23. Marcus Ericsson Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports 2:50.56.0464 +2 Laps
24. Jordan King Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 2:50.56.2725 +2 Laps
25. Charlie Kimball Carlin 2:51.01.0337 +4 Laps
26. Marco Andretti Andretti Herta Autosport with Marco & Curb-Agajani 2:51.05.2004 +5 Laps
27. Graham Rahal Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing 2:21.00.8224 +24 Laps
28 Felix Rosenqvist Chip Ganassi Racing 2:21.02.8734 +24 Laps
29. Zach Veach Andretti Autosport 2:21.03.1752 +24 Laps
30. Sébastien Bourdais Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan 2:21.30.4575 +24 Laps
31. Kyle Kaiser Juncos Racing 54:33.5858 +129 Laps
32. Ben Hanley DragonSpeed 45:30.1160 +146 Laps
33. Colton Herta Harding Steinbrenner Racing 00:05.2074 +197 Laps

 

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  • What a finish to that race. Really enjoyed it

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    • May 27 2019 - 13:20
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