Pagenaud earns $2.67 million from Indianapolis 500 win | State National Sports
- Author: Julie Sanders May 30, 2019,
May 30, 2019, 8:08
France's Simon Pagenaud won the 103rd Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, holding off Alexander Rossi in a fierce finishing duel to win America's fabled race for the first time. I want to thank the fans.
Runner-up Alexander Rossi earned $759,179 for losing out to Pagenaud by just 0.2086s.
The veteran French driver called it "a dream come true" to win the 103rd running of "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing". On the heels of his win May 11 in the INDYCAR Grand Prix on the IMS road course, Pagenaud became the first driver to win more than one NTT IndyCar Series race this season and second Team Penske pilot to win both IMS races in the same year - following Will Power in 2018. "The milk motivated me. I just feel super honored".
The pole victor led 116 of the 200 laps on Sunday and became the first French driver to win IndyCar's biggest race since 1920. He stopped his vehicle at the start-finish line and hopped out to share the moment with his fans.
On the final lap, Rossi tried his hardest to get back on terms with Pagenaud, but the superior top speed of Simon's #22 Penske Chevrolet was enough to keep him ahead when Rossi contemplated a move into turn three. He really lives the good life - which is often documented on Instagram - and, still laughing, Pagenaud said sometimes he wishes he had Norman's life.
President Donald Trump phoned Penske in victory lane from Japan, where he was meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over trade.
"I think pressure is a good thing".
At Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Marco Andretti is driving a dayglo-orange Andretti Autosport-Honda as he marks the 50 anniversary of his grandfather Mario's Indy 500 win in the STP-liveried Hawk.
Rene Thomas was the last Frenchman to win the race, pulling off a victory in 1914.
American Josef Newgarden was fourth and defending champ Will Power of Australia was fifth, despite a penalty for bumping a member of his pit crew in pit lane. He led five times for 22 laps, continuing his streak of leading in all four of his career "500" starts. They did a great job.
"Horsepower", Rossi said on the track after being asked about the difference in the last few laps.
He had earned the top qualifying spot with a speed of 229.992 miles per hour and led for 116 laps. And Helio Castroneves, still trying to win his elusive fourth 500, had contact with another auto on pit lane and the penalty for contact took him out of contention.
Niki Lauda, President of Niki low cost airline and former World Champion Formula One driver, answers journalists questions at the Vienna global Airport, December 15, 2010.
His incredible win in the 103Indianapolis 500 will give Simon Pagenaud immortality when his face is added to the Borg-Warner Trophy later this year. Once you lose track position, it's nearly impossible to get it back. As Rossi finally raced by, he angrily raised his fist at the Spaniard.
"It will be great, when I have kids to say, 'Hey, I did this". "Little do they know I'm angrier". Most notably, he won the 2016 championship.
Takuma Sato, the 2017 Indy 500 victor, recovered from pit-stop issues of his own, going down a lap early before recovering to finish third in the No. 30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing. That miscue allowed rookie Santino Ferrucci to get alongside and that ruined any momentum that Daly had.
"It's when you hit your stride, it's when you execute perfectly without mistakes, whether it's you or your team".
The crowd of more than 300,000 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway swelled with anticipation. But it was a bright, sunny day - a picture-perfect showcase for Pagenaud to triumph on Memorial Day weekend.