After 200 laps and 500 miles, Simon Pagenaud has won the 2019 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500! Pagenaud won the Indy 500, which is his maiden Indianapolis win, after a close battle with Alexander Rossi during the last 15 laps.
Pagenaud fought back and forth with Alexander Rossi for the leader position in the final few laps of the race. There was a lot of suspense and tension before the finish, due to a lengthy caution after a red flag accident that took out five other drivers during this year’s Indianapolis 500.
The Indy 500 is considered the biggest IndyCar race of the year, and is a part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, consisting of the Indy 500, 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona. Pagenaud could have been a winner of two of the Triple Crowns, as he finished second in the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving the LMP1 Peugeot 908 for the french Team Peugeot Total.
Pagenaud lead the lap after the red flag during lap 180, and showed extreme racing skills during the remainder of the race as he won the Indy 500. Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud went winless for the entire 2018 IndyCar season, but doubts about his ability as an IndyCar driver ended when he proved his worth during a rainy wet IndyCar GP to take victory on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road track, and today, he wins his maiden Indianapolis 500 title after setting the qualifying pole position during an incredible 229.992-mph run.
Simon Pagenaud was the 2016 IndyCar champion, where he started the season with five consecutive podiums, as well as three wins in a row. After a winless 2018 season, where he only scored 492 compared to his 629 points the previous year during the 2017 season, a lot of fans
The finish was the perfect setup, it was already a solid and rememberable Indy 500, but a five-car pile-up caused by Graham Rahal and Sebastien Bourdais forced red flags being waved and set up the finish of the race to become a 15-lap action-packed duel for first place with great overtakes.
Last year, Will Powers won the 2018 Indy 500. The racing veteran celebrated his victory in a humble manner, making IndyCar fans praise him all the more.