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2019 Indianapolis 500: IndyCar Race Results - Pagenaud, Penske Win!
Simon Pagenaud and his No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet has won the 2019 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Credit: PaddockTalk/Paul Hurley
By Mike Sulka
First one, 18th one. Simon Pagenaud and his No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet has won the 2019 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For Pagenaud, it is his second win of the season, second consecutive victory, and 13th of his IndyCar career. It is his first Indianapolis 500 victory. He is the second driver to sweep the Indianapolis GP, and Indianapolis 500. Rossi is the first Pole winner to win the 500 since Helio Castroneves did it in 2009.
For Team Penske, it is the legendary team's 18th Indianapolis 500. It is the team's 206th all-time victory.
Alexander Rossi and his No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda would give it a go, but come up just short - two tenths. For Rossi, it is his second podium of the year, and 14th of his career.
For Takuma Sato, it is his second podium of the season, and 10th of his IndyCar career.
Under cloudy skies and with a threat of rain, Simon Pagenaud and his No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet would lead the field to the green flag. Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing), Will Power (Team Penske), Spencer Pigot (Ed Carpenter Racing) and Josef Newgarden (Team Penske) would follow. Power and Newgarden would each make up three positions at the start.
The first yellow of the day was brought out by Colton Herta (Harding Steinbrenner Racing) following a loss of gearbox pressure. His race would end at the side of the track.
The green flag would fly on Lap 9, Pagenaud would lead with Power, Carpenter, Pigot and Newgarden following. The race would stabalize while drivers focused on hitting their fuel windows.
Pagenaud would be the first of the leaders to pit on Lap 34 and with the early stop he would slid back to 32nd. Power would pit the next time by as would many other cars. Ed Carpenter would take the lead and stop on his next lap. James Davison would get spun around on pit road after being pummeled by Helio Castroneves from behind. Both drivers would continue. Castroneves would be handed a drive-through penalty following the incident.
Following most of the pitstops Felix Rosenqvist would lead through Lap 43 due to pitting during the earlier yellow. On Lap 44, Pagenaud would re-take the lead. Power, Carpenter, Newgarden, and Bourdais would complete the top-five.
Once again, Pagenaud would be the first of the leaders to pit. This time on Lap 67. Carpenter would lead and then pit on the next lap. Power would then do like-wise. Unfortunately, Power would slide through his pit box and hit a crew member, and lose time on his stop. Alexander Rossi would lead Lap 69, and then pit. Jordan King would miss a proper entry into his pitbox, and hit one of his crewmen.
The Chevrolet's would seemingly be burning more fuel than the Honda drivers.
Following the second round of pitstops. Pagenaud would lead wih Felix Rosenqvist, Carpenter, Newgarden and Rossi behind. On Lap 74 Kyle Kaiser would lose his No. 32 on the high side of Turn One, and crash into Turn Two. The result, the second yellow of the day. Rosenqvist would finally stop and drop back to 11th.
During the yellow, Power would be handed a penalty for his pitroad incident. King would also be handed a drive-through for hitting team personnel.
Pagnaud would lead the field when the green flag racing resumed on Lap 81. Carpenter, Newgarden, Rossi, and Bourdais would follow. The orderly procession would continue through Lap 99 as the drivers sought to save fuel. Pagenaud would once again pit early. Carpenter would take the lead and pit on Lap 101. Newgarden would take the lead, and stop on the next lap. Rossi would take the lead, and finally stop on Lap 106.
Dixon and four other cars would continue. The trailing cars would stop with Dixon finally stopping on Lap 111.
Pagenaud would take the lead on Lap 113. Rossi would get racey, while Carpenter, Newgarden, and Bourdais kept up their pace.
Pagenaud would stop again on Lap 130 while Rossi would take the lead. Carpenter would pit from second and hit his pit window - Lap 134. Newgarden would stop on Lap 135. Then Bourdais on Lap 136, and Rossi would finally stop on Lap 137. Rossi would then pound his steering wheel in frustration as his team struggled to put fuel in his IndyCar. For some reason, the fuel would not flow into his IndyCar.
Marcus Ericsson would bring out the third caution of the day with a spin on pitroad. Helping Rossi a bit. Dixon would take the lead under yellow, but he and six other cars would need a fuel stop with 57 laps to go. With the pitstops, Pagenaud would re-take the point followed by Carpenter, Newgarden, Bourdais and Rossi.
Pagenaud would lead the field under green on Lap 148. Newgarden would move up from third on Lap 151 and take the lead from Pagenaud. Behind, Rossi would fall back to seventh, but his charge would begin. Rossi would be back up to fourth by Lap 163.
On Lap 168, Pagenaud would re-take the lead and then pit. Rossi would stop on the next lap, and his fuel stop would go smooth. Bourdais would make his final stop the next time by, and Newgarden would stop from the lead on lap 171. Carpenter would stop from the lead on Lap 172.
Once the final stops were completed, Pagenaud would re-assert himself as the leader. Rossi would be second on track with Carpenter and Newgarden set to pounce.
Rossi would take the lead from Pagenaud on Lap 177, just seconds before the fifth yellow which caught up Graham Rahal, Sebastien Bourdais, Charlie Kimball, Felix Rosenqvist and Zach Veach. Bourdais and Rahal were fighting over track space and both would lose. Ryan Hunter-Reay would just miss Kimball.
The race would be red flagged to clean up the debris - Lap 180. The last red flag was in 2017 when an incident between Scott Dixon and Jay Howard resulted in a lengthy clean-up.
After the 18 minute delay, the IndyCars returned to the track. Pigot would hold the lead, but hadn't pitted recently. Rossi, Pagenaud, Carpenter, and Newgarden would slot in behind. Pigot would pit as soon as the pits would open. Rossi leads.
Racing would resume on Lap 184, and wow what a finish!
Pagenaud and Rossi would trade the lead with each trying to figure out the way to have the advantage at the finish. Rossi would take the lead with three laps to go. Pagenaud would hold off on a late pass on Lap 198, and then pull about on the last lap.
Congratulations to Simon Pagenaud and Team Penske winners of the 2019 Indianapolis 500.
Next up, the annual visit to Detroit for the Dual.
2019 Indianapolis 500 Race Results
1. Simon Pagenaud
2. Alexander Rossi
3. Takuma Sato
4. Josef Newgarden
5. Will Power
6. Ed Carpenter
7. Santino Ferrucci
8. Ryan Hunter-Reay
9. Tony Kanaan
10. Conor Daly
11. James Hinchcliffe
12. James Davison
13. Ed Jones
14. Spencer Pigot
15. Matheus Leist
16. Pippa Mann
17. Scott Dixon
18. Helio Castroneves
19. Sage Karam
20. JR Hildebrand
21. Jack Harvey
22. Oriol Servia
23. Marcus Ericsson
24. Jordan King
25. Charlie Kimball
26. Marco Andretti
27. Graham Rahal
28. Felix Rosenqvist
29. Zach Veach
30. Sebastien Bourdais
31. Kyle Kaiser
32. Ben Hanley
33. Colton Herta