INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Simon Pagenaud made a furious late charge to win the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500, holding off hard-driving challengers Alexander Rossi and Takuma Sato to take the checkered flag.
It looked like Rossi, who had a great car all day, would catch Pagenaud in the end, but Pagenaud found just enough speed to cross the finish line first. Pagenaud and Rossi went back and forth with the final 10 laps with Rossi passing Pagenaud with 3 laps left but Pagenaud made his move as they were coming to the final lap. Pagenaud led 116 of 200 laps today.
It was a relatively clean race until late.
On lap 180, a crash involving Sebastien Bourdais and Graham Rahal caused the red flag to come out. Felix Rosenqvist, Zach Veach and Charlie Kimball were also affected. Bourdais was cited for making avoidable contact, though that is small consolation for Rahal, who was visibly angered by the crash.
Driver Ben Handley had to retire for the day after his car had a driveshaft problem. Colton Herta had problems almost immediately and left the race with a mechanical problem.
There were also several problems in the pits. Helio Castroneves and Will Power were both assessed penalties for separate incidents. Rossi, whose car ran well all day, was livid after his pit crew had trouble during a refueling stop.
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