Simon Pagenaud wins 103rd Indy 500; Gives Roger Penske 18th Indy 500 win!

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.

Final Finishing Order:

Pos Driver Car # Started
1 Simon Pagenaud 22 1
2 Alexander Rossi 27 9
3 Takuma Sato 30 14
4 Josef Newgarden 2 8
5 Will Power 12 6
6 Ed Carpenter 20 2
7 Santino Ferrucci 19 23
8 Ryan Hunter-Reay 28 22
9 Tony Kanaan 14 16
10 Conor Daly 25 11
11 James Hinchcliffe 5 32
12 James Davison 33 15
13 Ed Jones 63 4
14 Spencer Pigot 21 3
15 Matheus Leist 4 24
16 Pippa Mann 39 30
17 Scott Dixon 9 18
18 Helio Castroneves 3 12
19 Sage Karam 24 31
20 J.R. Hildebrand 48 21
21 Jack Harvey 60 25
22 Oriol Servia 77 19
23 Marcus Ericsson 7 13
24 Jordan King 42 26
25 Charlie Kimball 23 20
26 Marco Andretti 98 10
27 Graham Rahal 15 17
28 Felix Rosenqvist 10 29
29 Zach Veach 26 28
30 Sebastien Bourdais 18 7
31 Kyle Kaiser 32 33
32 Ben Hanley 81 27
33 Colton Herta 88 5

 

 

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