Pagenaud holds off Rossi to win Indy 500

An ecstatic Simon Pagenaud

Penske Chevy driver Simon Pagenaud outdueled Andretti Honda's Alexander Rossi with an illegal double block on the backstraight of the final lap to win the 103rd Indy 500 by 0.2086s.

Takuma Sato was third in the Rahal Letterman Lanigan Honda while Josef Newgarden and last year's winner Will Power rounded out the top-5.

Polesitter Pagenaud led a race high 116 laps and Rossi said he had just too much HP in his Chevy at the end.

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John Menard (owner of the Menard's home supplies stores) has tried for to win the Indy 500 for 40 years. Working with Scott Brayton, Tony Steward, Tomas Enge, and Ed Carpenter (for starters) the big one eluded him until he finally folded his operation into Panther racing. If Simon Pagenaud winning wasn't popular, the idea that Menard has finally gotten his Indy ring (with the help of Roger Penske) is still a great idea.

Not so quiet whispers last season had Simon in trouble in the Penske paddock, as if the new body style had somehow thrown him for a loop. Worse yet, teamed with the strong personalities of Will Power (who said that he doesn't make friends with other drivers) and Josef Newgarden, Simon's crowd-friendly style seemed to be at a disadvantage. Perhaps, just perhaps, Simon began to doubt himself.

But this month, it's been obvious all month that Simon Pagenaud's stars had aligned. Simon drove the race of his life as he charged, in the rain, from 8th place to win the Indy GP road race. He then followed it up by capturing the Pole position last week. And today, he capped off a 15 lap shootout to win his first Indy 500 in a race that will be shown for 100 years.

Pagenaud leads from pole early
Pagenaud leads from pole early

We weren't supposed to get the race in at all today. In fact, some media people went home yesterday night, sure that it wouldn't run, and didn't return today. But the skies parted, and the sure-thing rain held off, and early 80's plus humidity prevailed. The race got underway on time, but on lap 3 Colton Herta's car ground to a halt in turn 4 amidst a cloud of dust. There was a 3-lap caution to tow him in, and Colton finished a very disappointing 33rd.

The race resumed on lap 9 with Simon Pagenaud in the lead, and for another 60 or so laps Pagenaud put on a clinic. He only relinquished the lead when he pitted for most of the first half of the race. The only cloud on the horizon was that it was obvious that Pagenaud wasn't getting great fuel mileage. In fact, Scott Dixon (and most of the Honda-powered cars) were able to run 10 or so laps more than Pagenaud on a tank of gas.

Because of long period of green flag running, several cars went a lap down fairly early. On lap 40 or so, Santino Ferrucci was leaving after his pit stop, and the pit road "cruise control" failed when he got into pit road. Helio Castroneves hit the very slow Santino, ending any chances of Helio winning the race. Helio finished 18th, 1 lap down, but Ferrucci came on strong an finished 7th.

[adinserter name="GOOGLE AD"]Oriol Servia was another car that went a lap down early, but showed speed in the middle of the race when he ran with the top 5 while still being a lap down (much to the anger of Alexander Rossi). Sage Karam also came on strong, but only after he was a lap down — and fell another lap down when a pit strategy backfired.

During a round of green flag pit stop, Jordan King missed his pit marks and punted a rear tire (sitting on the ground, ready to be put on the car) into the crewman ready to change the front tire. The crewman — Chris Minot, Crew Chief for Team RLL — was hastily carried off of the pit road to safety, and ultimate taken to Indiana University / Methodist Hospital for further treatment of a leg injury.

On lap 73, Kyle Kaiser got up into the marbles avoiding a car coming off of pit road and hit the wall in turn 4, bringing out the second yellow. Kaiser had gotten into the race by bumping out Fernando Alonso by some 23/1000th of a second, so the team was overjoyed just to be in the race. However, given more time, Kaiser's talent and charisma might just bring the team along with him. Kaiser finished 31st, but the car wasn't badly hurt and will certainly be ready to run again.

The race continued on lap 78, with more Pagenaud domination. Ultimately Simon led 116 of the 200 laps, with Alexander Rossi leading 22 and Josef Newgarden lead 21. During this stint, Alexander Rossi had a horrible pitstop on lap 137 when the fuel refused to flow into his tanks. The stop took some 23 seconds, and Rossi's race looked to be in dire shape, but luck was about to turn for lots of drivers.

On lap 137 Marcus Eriksson managed to spin is car down the pit road as he tried to slow his car down. The car took a bit of time to clear, so IndyCar threw the yellow flag on lap 140. This proved to be problematic, as several drivers were on the verge of pitting, and were running low on fuel since they were on a fuel strategy. Scott Dixon, for instance, was caught out and had to restart 9th.

In addition, Team Penske was leveraging their multi-car advantage after the green flag flew. Josef Newgarden lead at the restart, with Pagenaud running second, trying to save fuel in case the race came down to a fuel run. During this time the Penske people not only conserved gas, but made sure that their car could run in traffic and pass at will. Newgarden lead his 21 laps, until he pitted and handed off the lead to Ed Carpenter.

Any chance of a mileage race for Scott Dixon (and others) came to an end on lap 178. Graham Rahal — who prior to the race said he had his greatest car ever for this race — tried to pass Sebastien Bourdais on the inside of turn 3. Sebastian didn't allow space, ran Graham into the grass, and finally wheel contact caused both to crash. Rahal finished 27th. Bourdais finished 30th and race control said that they'll be collecting a fine from Bourdais for "avoidable contact". In the melee, Felix Rosenqvist, Charlie Kimball, and Zack Veach were collected and put out of the race. Worse yet, Scott Dixon ran over Charlie's front wing and in the process damaged "all four corners" of the car, plus severe damage to the undertray. Dixon soldiered on to finished 17th, but looking at the car after the race it's difficult to understand how he kept the car on the track after the wreck. Rosenqvist finished 28th, Kimball 25th, Veach 29th and Jordan King 24th.

IndyCar red flagged the race for some 18 minutes to clean up the mess. They waved around the lapped cars to put them at the end of the field, but the intention of having them out of the way on the restart was defeated when some of the lead lap cars came in one last time just prior to the green flag (which flew on lap 187).

What followed as a three-car shootout for the ages. Rossi lead the restart, followed by Pagenaud, Ed, Carpenter (who finished 6th), Josef Newgarden (who finished 4th), Takuma Sato (3rd), Conor Daly (10th), and Santino Ferrucci (finishing 7th). Sato did a patented Sato charge to get into second, but could move no further. Daly's team commented that Conor "got snookered" on the restart and was never a factor. Pagenaud and Rossi, however, too turns doing the NASCAR-style drafting slingshot show. Rossi lead on lap 191, Pagenaud on 197, Rossi again on 198, with Pagenaud returning the favor on lap 199, leading to take the white and checkered flag.

In the press conference after the race, Pagenaud was asked if he was the best driver today. He previously said that his car was clearly the best, that he clearly lead the most laps, and the luck was going his way now. "You have to accept that there is a little bit of mystery" in auto racing. However, he couldn't bring himself to say that he was the best driver — he allowed as though it was up to the fans to decide. Certainly, however, there is compelling evidence that this month he's been the best.

There were five caution periods for 29 laps, including the Lap 178 incident involving Sebastien Bourdais, Graham Rahal, Scott Dixon, Felix Rosenqvist, Charlie Kimball and Zach Veach. It began when the cars of Bourdais and Rahal made contact in Turn 3, with the others collected in the aftermath. All the drivers were checked and released from the IU Health Emergency Medical Center at the track, though Veach will undergo further examination for soreness in his right knee. The race was red-flagged for 18 minutes to allow the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team and track workers to clean the debris.

Crewman Chris Minot was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital for further evaluation of a leg injury after he was struck in a pit-lane incident involving his driver, Jordan King, in the No. 42 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda.

Quotes

JOSEF NEWGARDEN (No. 2 Shell V-Power Nitro Plus Team Penske Chevrolet): “We just fell out of position with 10 to go. (Takuma) Sato got by me, and that hurt us. We needed to be in that top three. I got into third on the restart, which was good, but falling behind Sato, that hurt us. Really, the top two is where you had to be. You had to be in the top two on the restart, maintain that position. That was the catbird seat for trying to win the race. (Alexander) Rossi and Simon (Pagenaud) really did a great job of defending there. They were methodical. That’s the style of this race. The top two spots, that’s where you’ve got to be. We were just a touch short today. It stinks, but we’ll learn from it and we’ll come back better next year. It was a game of patience today. We were saving fuel, trying to work on our car. We were lacking something at the beginning. I think we got the car a lot better toward the end. It was just a little off. It’s been consistent all weekend. It’s been great having the Shell V-Power car this year. Chevy did a great job. We weren’t lacking everything; it was just a couple of ingredients that were missing. We got better. We just weren’t good enough. We were getting better throughout the race, just not enough to challenge at the end." (About teammate Simon Pagenaud's victory): “One of us winning is what The Captain (Roger Penske) wants. They do such a great job. It’s great to reward the whole group with a victory. Congrats to Simon. It’s still not a bad day, but it hurts a bit when you fall short."

HELIO CASTRONEVES (No. 3 Pennzoil Team Penske Chevrolet): “I’m not sure what the 33 (James Davison, on pit lane incident) was doing in the fast lane. He was really slow. I didn’t know if I could go around him; I didn’t know if I would be penalized or not. He was looking for his pit. I saw his pit. Finally, I decided to stay away because he’s not coming in. I saw he was going to miss it and all of a sudden he just stopped. It damaged not only the front wing but the steering rack as well. It was frustrating because we had a phenomenal setup. The No. 3 Pennzoil Chevrolet was really strong. However, the good news is the team captured the win and Simon deserved it."

MATHEUS LEIST (No. 4 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “I feel like from everything we went through in the race, it wasn’t a bad result. We finished P15. Of course, it’s not where the team wants to be, it’s not where we want to be, but considering that we started 24th, we had some bad pit stops and some other things, I think we did a great job. I felt good in the car; that’s a good thing, too. I could pass some people and run together with some people. I think I got a lot of experience and a lot of good fun. Hopefully, next year, I’ll be a couple positions more up in the chart."

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “Honestly, it was a hell of a day for the Arrow Peterson Schmidt guys. I really wanted that top-10. We were sitting there near the end, but TK (Tony Kanaan), famous for his restarts, just snookered us there. We got boxed in and I couldn’t make a move. From where we started, we kept our nose clean all day, smart decisions on the racetrack, pass when we could, patient when we needed to be, and great strategy in the pits. We made the most of what we had today. It was a great comeback for the guys. On the first stint, the thing was really dialed in. Then the track temps got hotter, we lost a little bit of front-end. The cloud cover came and went; we were up and down with the changes on the stops. The car was in a pretty good window the whole time. We were just fine-tuning. Thanks to all the engineers. It was a solid run for us. (close to accidents) I got away twice. I actually white-walled in the first stint coming off Turn 4, hit pretty hard and was lucky enough not to bend anything. When the wreck happened at the north end, I was slowing down but Hunter-Reay also slowed at the same time and he was low so I couldn’t go there. After Charlie (Kimball) spun, he rolled back just enough for us to sneak through the middle – a little too close for comfort but we got through it. Not quite a top-10, but we’re pretty damn proud of that."

MARCUS ERICSSON (No. 7 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “The Arrow car was really good all day, and the guys had really good pit stops. Up until I did that mistake at pit entry, we were looking really good. We were running in the top eight most of the time, plus or minus a few positions, but really in the race like we were hoping and planning on. I just pushed a bit too hard and locked up the rears. Obviously after that, our race was pretty much over, but we still kept fighting. The car was still really good after that, and I was able to race and finish the race, so that was a great feeling to finish and get the checkered flag. Obviously, I’m disappointed for the guys because they put in so much work all month, and I was hoping to get us a better result."

SCOTT DIXON (No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “It was kind of interesting. I thought the first part the PNC Bank Honda was really good. We kept extending our pit windows. I think we were probably going to eliminate a stop, which was going to put us in a great position. And then that yellow flag just hosed us. It dropped us back, both myself and the No. 10 car (Rosenqvist). We were hung out in the back of the field, and we just got caught up in that accident. I had the car stopped in time, but then I just got hit up the rear. I’m not sure who that was, but it hit us pretty hard then broke the right side floor. It took the gear out, so it was just stuck in sixth gear the whole time. So it was pretty interesting just to finish."

FELIX ROSENQVIST (No. 10 NTT DATA Chip Ganassi Racing Honda): “The first thing I could see was the 60 car (Jack Harvey) going really slow on the inside. He had just come out of the pits. I managed to get around, and I just tried to stop. It was kind of just a pack-up of a lot of cars spinning and smoke and grass on the track. I tried to go on the outside, and it didn’t work out. I kind of wish I would have seen earlier what was about to happen, but it was an unfortunate situation to be in. It was a shame. We had a really, really good car today. The NTT Honda guys did a brilliant job today, coming from the back up to the top 10. I’m really sad for the guys. I thought we deserved a top 10 today."

TONY KANAAN (No. 14 ABC Supply AJ Foyt Racing Chevrolet): “It’s a typical day that you have to prove that you can’t give up. We never gave up. We had a little bit of a mishap; we ran out of fuel under the yellow. We were too close to pit, and it went yellow and they closed the pits. That stuff happens, right? You can’t predict all the yellows. We got lucky, finally: We got our lap back, and I got to do my magic at the end, which I enjoyed the most. You know, we have so many ABC Supply employees and Bryant employees here. Actually between them, we had more than 2,000 employees here today. I feel like even on my worst day, I can’t give up. So even when I was back there in 24th , a lap down, I still had to race. I still had to prove to them that we’re here and we’re trying. It paid off with a top-10. Is a top-10 what we want? Not really, but after the day we had, I’ll take it."

GRAHAM RAHAL (No. 15 United Rentals Honda): “I just got a killer run, and I was lifting to just manage my gap. You pull out, and you get to this point, and you can see him squeezing me inside, turns into me, and nothing you can do. As all of us know, with 20 to go, 22 to go, it’s the time. You have to give every opportunity to go for it. I think Sebastien (Bourdais) knows that, which is probably why he hasn’t said much to me. But, yeah, it was disappointing. The United Rentals car was just heating up. It seemed like Alex (Rossi) and I were the only two who were really able to pass there at the end. I was feeling good about things. Hadn’t changed much, just trying to march to the front. I’m just very disappointed. It’s another year you get to sit and think about this. I respect Sebastien a lot. I don’t respect that move. I do respect him as a driver tremendously, and I’m sure he feels the same right now. At those speeds, that’s how you kill somebody. And I’m just not a fan of squeezing people and putting people in those positions. It’s not necessary."

SEBASTIEN BOURDAIS (No. 18 SealMaster Honda): “I didn’t think he (Graham Rahal) had as much of the car as he did inside. It’s always a dynamic thing. He got a run, and then he kind of stalled there for a little while. And then I was there at turn-in. We made contact before we even got there. That’s what set off the whole thing because it kind of got the car wiggly a little bit before turn in. It’s always easy to say I should have given up going into the corner, but at that point when you have to make the call whether you’re going to jump on the brakes and let the guy fly in because I didn’t really feel like the side by side was an option. I didn’t really want to pay the price to see what was going to happen there. It started to be a bit of marbles, and I didn’t really feel like that was an option. I thought he was going to back off, and we were going to be OK. It’s that stage of the race where nobody wants to give up. It’s just bad timing."

SANTINO FERRUCCI (No. 19 Cly-Del Manufacturing Honda): “These guys did a hell of a job, and I had a hell of a race car. I think if it wasn't for that unlucky yellow toward the end, with 65 or 70 laps to go right after we pitted, we could be drinking the milk. But I can't complain. I mean, it is my best finish in the series, and it is in the Indy 500. This place is an intimidating enough as it is, and these guys did some of the best work I have ever seen."

ED CARPENTER (No. 20 Preferred Freezer Services Chevrolet): “We were trying to just play the game. At the end, we just didn't have anything. I got loose for the first time in the day, which was a little weird. I just didn't really seem to be running that quick. I thought sitting P3 that last restart was going to be a good opportunity, but on the start I just couldn't get it rolling. It just didn't have anything. I am pretty disappointed for myself and for the team." (On how the race evolved as the track got a mixture of cloud cover and sun): "I thought it gripped-up, for the most part, as it went on, but the balance kind of changed around. I don't know; I really don't know what to make of it because we were so bad at the end compared to what we had been. I'm happy Chevrolet won with Simon (Pagenaud) and Mr. Penske. I didn't really want to see a Honda win this race. So I'm happy to see them win, but I didn't come here for sixth. We just didn't have the speed that we'd had at the end of the day, for some reason. I don't know. I'm happy for the month the team had, don't get me wrong, but sixth is a failure to me."

SPENCER PIGOT (No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet): “It was a difficult day. I thought it was going all right at the beginning. Then just as it heated up or whatever, we seemed to struggle more and more on old tires. At the end of the stint, we struggled a lot. As it got hotter or we got later in the stint, it just kind of fell off. I couldn't hang with the guys throughout the stint, and that just kind of got worse and worse throughout the race. It was just a tough day, and we'll look at what we can do better."

SIMON PAGENAUD (No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet): “It’s hard to believe right now, to be honest with you. It’s been such an intense race. I believe we led most of the race. The car was just on rails. The yellows came out perfectly. The stars are aligned. Man, wow, I’m seeing myself on TV with this. It’s pretty amazing. It’s a dream come true, a lifetime of trying to achieve this. So I’m just speechless. It’s just incredible. I never expected to be in this position, but I certainly was trying to make it as hard as I could. I want to thank the fans. The fans are amazing. It was awesome to share that with you guys on the Yard of Bricks. You’re the best, Indianapolis." (Did questions about your job security motivate you?): “It didn’t. I’m just focused on the job, man. When you have a car like this, a team like this, you just work your way. It’s all about achieving and executing at the end, and we did execute perfectly today. No mistakes. Here we are, Victory Lane, man. We did it! I thought we had the best car. We consumed a lot of fuel by being up front all day. Kyle Moyer told me to let Josef (Newgarden) go by in one of the last stints to see if I can save fuel. That was the key of the race for us. We saved so much fuel trailing Josef there, and I could follow him easily, as well. It was the best car I’ve ever driven on an oval. No weaknesses. I was so spirited today. It was my time." (About the red flag): “The red flag made no difference for us. The yellows equaled it out for everyone. It would’ve made it easier on fuel. Being aggressive for us made the difference today, and we attacked the whole race, and we got it. The Menards Chevy was so fast all day, and we did it. The team made no mistakes. Great stops all day. Everything worked out perfect. I’m so proud of my flag and country. Happiness. After the Notre Dame tragedy, the French people needed something like this. And I’m so glad I can do that for them. I’m proud to be French and proud for the support from everyone here in America."

CHARLIE KIMBALL (No. 23 Fiasp Carlin Chevrolet): “At the end of the day, the result wasn’t at all what we wanted, but I am so proud of this 23 crew and everyone at Carlin for staying focused and motivated to get us to the checkered flag today. We were on for a top-six or top-eight finish, but we got collected in someone else’s crash. I feel really bad for the guys, but they did a great job on pit stops all day long and they got the car back out after the accident so quickly. The No. 23 Fiasp Carlin Chevrolet was pretty quick in clean air. It maybe needed a little more downforce for traffic, but we saw the checkered flag and we had a good run going there for a while. I can’t stress how proud I am of this Carlin team and what they’ve done here all month long."

SAGE KARAM (No. 24 DRR WIX Filters Chevrolet): “Our qualifying put us in the back row at the start, definitely not where you want to be. We struggled when we qualified. We were already last in the race when the first caution came out, so it didn't hurt to come in and take on a little more fuel. We later wound up a lap down, and that's not where you want to be, either. At that point, that's all you can do is fight back. We made some gains. All in all, it wasn't quite the race I expected. The team (Dreyer & Reinbold) gave it their all this month. I enjoy racing for Dennis Reinbold (team owner). Our goal is to win this race, so we'll come back again and give it another good try."

CONOR DALY (No. 25 United States Air Force Honda): (This is your best performance in the Indy 500. Do you think you made the most of it?): No, but I don't think it was our fault. We didn't put a foot wrong; we had good pit stops. The car was good. I don't know why INDYCAR put us behind (Takuma) Sato. Every driver is going to be upset about something like that, but track position is everything here. That can ruin your race, and it essentially did. I never saw Sato the whole race. So I don't know where that came from, but our car was great. It was nice to drive. It was just really cool to be in the fight, to be with Alex (Rossi) and those guys. It was awesome. I think we can be proud of what we did today." (Did you validate yourself in your first start of the season?): “I would like to think so because this is all I get to do. I haven't been in a car for a year, and we are out there fighting with guys who are really good. Multiple Indy 500 winners, champions, and we were there. I don't know what else I can do. Winning helps a lot, and if we would have finished in the top five, that would have been great. But I, for sure, think we can be proud of what we did. We will see what happens after this."

ZACH VEACH (No. 26 Gainbridge Honda): “I think that was the biggest hit I have ever had on an oval. My knee came up and hit the steering wheel where I backed in. I got my right knee pretty bad – I think it is OK. Luckily, they did X-rays, but it is just really bruised. It is unfortunate. The Gainbridge car was so good. It was one of the best cars I have ever had. We went from 28th to 12th or 13th at that time. We were well on our way with the final pit stop to be an easy top 10 for us. I hated it for the team; they did an incredible job. I hate it for the people supporting me. I hate it for my friend, (Felix) Rosenqvist, too. We both started 28th and 29 th, then were running 11th and 12th when our races ended at the same time. It’s tough. Hopefully, we can come back and have a little more luck on our side next year."

Rossi leads Pagenaud
Rossi leads Pagenaud

ALEXANDER ROSSI (No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda): (What was the difference at the end?): “Horsepower. That’s unfortunately the way it is. They did a great job. Obviously, he was on pole and led the most laps, but I think we had the superior car. We just didn’t have enough there at the end. Huge hat’s off to the entire No. 27 NAPA Andretti Autosport team. They’ve been fantastic all month, and I’m happy to get them a result. But unfortunately, nothing else matters here but winning. This one will be hard to get over, but at the end of the day, it was a great showing for the team and good for the points overall. But today will suck for a while." (Why were you driving angry?): “There was a lot of lapped cars that had no respect for what we were doing. It was really unfortunate. Ultimately, I don’t think it really made a difference with the end result, but with 50 laps to go and cars are two and five laps down and blocking, it’s just disrespectful. We’ll deal with that another day. We just need to take the positives from this, and the positives are that the 27 boys did an amazing job to recover from a difficult pit stop, and I’m proud of them for that."

RYAN HUNTER-REAY (No. 28 DHL Honda): “A had a slow car in a straight line. There's nothing I could do about that. The DHL crew did everything we could with what we had. In the end, we were dealing with a narrow drag issue that we couldn't overcome." (Do you think you got everything you could out of the car?): “Absolutely. It didn't even deserve to finish eight today."

TAKUMA SATO (No. 30 Mi-Jack/Panasonic Honda): “We had some issue on the second pace lap, and we got down. It was lucky that we got back. And the last 15 laps were great excitement. Huge congratulations to Simon (Pagenaud). A big win. We tried to get Alex (Rossi), but we were not quite there yet." (Did you think you could run this well?): “It’s always challenging. It’s always difficult. We just kept our heads down, did our job and made the most of it."

KYLE KAISER (No. 32 Juncos Racing Chevrolet): “We went high and caught the marbles in Turn 3. We were just a passenger with a lot of understeer. Once it gripped back up, the car just spun around on us. I was hoping we would be able to recover it, but unfortunately we couldn’t. Obviously, an extremely disappointing result for us after a such a wild month. I really feel for the guys and all the work they put in for us all month. Not the result we were hoping for, by any means. But we can’t hold our heads down. We were competing out there, and I’m so proud of the guys all month. Everyone can be so proud. Thank you for all the sponsors and everyone who came onboard this month. 250ok, NFP, GMR, Hagerty, River Plate Indiana, and so many more joined our effort, and we are so proud to have represented them today. This team has made great strides, and only positive things ahead for us moving forward."

JAMES DAVISON (No. 33 Dale Coyne with Byrd and Belardi Honda): “Man, that was a pretty epic Indy 500 for the 33 team. Obviously, we got a fantastic start – and first restart – and moved up into the top 10 and running comfortably. I pitted and the speed limit limiter didn't work. As a result, I had to do it NASCAR-style, just looking at the RPMs on the dash. Helio (Castroneves), unfortunately, was a victim of circumstances. He pulled out to pass me since I wasn’t going exactly 60 miles per hour doing it manually. Right when I needed to pull into my box, it spun me, and it was unfortunate for both of us. We recovered from being two laps down. I got a fantastic restart and finished 12th . That was the best that we could do the way the bed was made. I'm just really happy for this crew. It was an epic day. We'll be back."

PIPPA MANN (No. 39 Driven2SaveLives Chevrolet): “Our goal coming into this month was to be smart, do the right things and have an error-free month in the No. 39 Clauson-Marshall Racing Driven2SaveLives Chevrolet. Today, I feel like we went out there and we executed that plan. This was an entirely new group of people we put together, and I’m really proud of how the Driven2SaveLives car ran out there on the racetrack. I also want to thank Chevy again for all of their support this month and I feel that finishing 16th in our first Indianapolis 500 together is a really strong way to start this partnership."

JORDAN KING (No. 42 Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing Honda): “Obviously, I’m thinking about Chachi (Chris Minot). I’m really disappointed in myself for the team, really for everybody. I think we had a pretty strong car. We were looking quite strong and making progress, and looking at how the race finished, I think we could've been in the top 10, so that's quite hard to swallow. First bit of call is to check that everything's OK at the hospital. It’s not good, it’s not what you want to do (injure a crewman). It’s not. I don't even know what to say. I'm really disappointed in myself and for everyone involved. We could have had a good race but didn't, so that's that."

JR HILDEBRAND (No. 48 DRR Salesforce Chevrolet): “It was a longer day for us when I hit the pit lane too quick and received a drive-through penalty. I thought I was a gear down when I hit the pit lane. I just didn’t get the gear down quickly enough, and I was speeding into the pits. So I then locked up the rears (tires), and I slid into the pit lane. I had a good start and moved up several spots pretty quickly. We thought we needed some fast stops to make up some positions throughout the race. We had some good pit sequences with the in and out laps, too. Then the drive-through penalty put us a lap down that we couldn’t get back. I had to protect the tires early in the stint, and I couldn’t charge how I probably needed to. At the end of the race, we got the car into a window where I could maintain our position during the run. We made a number of adjustments through the race, and the car did improve at the end as the track changed. I’m bummed for the guys because they did an awesome job in the pits. I think we were running with guys who were hovering in the top 10 at the checkered flag. We could have been knocking on the door for the top 10 had we kept everything together. So I’m a little disappointed in myself with the penalty. We got the car back into the garage after 200 laps again."

JACK HARVEY (No. 60 AutoNation/Sirius XM Honda): “We started 25th and finished 21st, but it was a very trying day. This was the most challenging Indianapolis 500 that I have been a part of. We started off the month with a podium at the INDYCAR Grand Prix, and we were hoping to continue that momentum into the Indianapolis 500. Halfway through the race, I thought the car was going to end up in the wall because of how unbalanced it felt. We didn't have the pace that we had all month in practice, and during the race is when you need it the most. It was an overall average result and an average day."

ED JONES (No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet): “First of all, thank you to Ed Carpenter Racing and Scuderia Corsa. Fortunately, we had the good weather, so that was nice since up to today we weren’t sure about that. We struggled a bit with some issues at the start and restarts. That really hurts you a lot when those are the biggest times to overtake, and you’re unable to do anything. At that point, it sets you back and makes it harder to recover. We were still running inside the top 10, but we had a problem at the second pit stop, and that put us back. Once you get further back in the pack, it gets harder and harder to move forward. It’s a bit of a disappointing day from where we started. Hopefully, we will be back next year and be a little stronger."

ORIOL SERVIA (No. 77 Fuel Battery Team Stange w/ Arrow SPM Honda): “It was the most uneventful 500 I have ever had. Anti-climactic. We came in for the first stop, and we had a problem with the left front – the wheel nut fell under the car – so it took the guys a few extra seconds, obviously. That put us back behind the leaders, which usually is not a big deal in a 500-mile race, so at that point I wasn’t too upset. It was early in the race, and we’d get our lap back. Somehow, the way the race played out with the yellows – it was a long, long stretch without yellows, only until the end – it meant that we could never get our lap back. I was in no man’s land, sitting. At one point I had the speed of the leaders, I was behind (Simon) Pagenaud, (Ed) Carpenter, the whole steam, my car was great. At that point I still hoped that we were going to get our lap back, and I knew I had a car to fight with the winners. We just never got the lap back. Honestly, it feels like I had a decaf coffee, not a regular coffee, it was never a real race. So frustrating. Anyway, I’m proud of the work we did the whole month, the team did great, the car was great … it was just not our day. I hope we have another chance to redeem ourselves."

BEN HANLEY (No. 81 10 Star DragonSpeed Chevrolet): “It has been amazing for me. We learned quite a lot. We pushed really hard make the race, and unfortunately we didn't have a good race car in traffic. On our own, we were OK. My first Indy 500 was an unbelievable experience. We knew we were up against it as rookies but focused on making the show the first week and did it, which was a huge achievement for everybody at DragonSpeed. The rain last Sunday cost us three hours' track time for developing our race setup, but we still managed to make progress in practice this week and more today with the adjustments available to us. Our race pace was improving, and we had a promising strategy lined up before a driveshaft problem ended our run. I can't wait to come back for next year's ‘500.’"

COLTON HERTA (No. 88 Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda): “I couldn’t get into sixth the whole time, so I stuck it in fifth gear. Just kind of sitting there. I knew it was going to be a long day after seeing that. I was hoping maybe we could just run around in fifth gear the whole time. But we lost the gear pressure in it, and it didn’t want to change gears. Once I went down to fourth and back up to fifth a few times, it completely depleted it and there’s nothing left. So the engine is dying. Couldn’t get it to neutral. That’s why we had to put it on the flat tow and go back. The gear issue was caused from a fuel leak that burned the wires for the gearbox. The gearbox is controlled electronically, and I wasn’t getting the signal to upshift or downshift. It sent something into emergency mode to where the engine just completely shut off, and that was it." (About being out of first ‘500’ so early): “It’s sad. The car was actually really good. I was just cruising there in fifth. I didn’t have any need to push or anything. We were happy just staying there until the pit stop. It’s just really sad. The guys have been working really hard to get the cars in service at the Speedway. They worked through Mother’s Day and every weekend. It just sucks. I know everybody is still super fired up for this year. We’ve been quick everywhere and haven’t qualified outside the top 10 yet. I know we’ll be back next week."

MARCO ANDRETTI (No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda): “I don't know; we need to look at it, I need to look at it. But I picked a terrible day to have the worst race of my career. I don't know. It's pretty embarrassing. Today was, for sure, the wrong day to have a bad day. I wish I could say more, but we’re just not quite sure yet what happened with the 98 car. We came into the day behind from the start and didn’t have what we needed. We’re now looking ahead to Detroit – we were on Pole (Race 1) last year and looking to come back strong."

Results

Pos No Name Laps Diff Gap Pits Led ST Engine Team
1 22 Simon Pagenaud 200 0.000s 0.000s 6 116 1 Chevy Team Penske
2 27 Alexander Rossi 200 0.2086 0.2086 6 22 9 Honda Andretti Autosport
3 30 Takuma Sato 200 0.3413 0.1327 8 3 14 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
4 2 Josef Newgarden 200 0.8979 0.5566 6 21 8 Chevy Team Penske
5 12 Will Power 200 1.6173 0.7194 6 7 6 Chevy Team Penske
6 20 Ed Carpenter 200 1.9790 0.3617 6 7 2 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
7 19 Santino Ferrucci 200 2.8055 0.8265 6 1 23 Honda Dale Coyne Racing
8 28 Ryan Hunter-Reay 200 4.0198 1.2143 6 0 22 Honda Andretti Autosport
9 14 Tony Kanaan 200 4.7708 0.7510 8 0 16 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
10 25 Conor Daly 200 5.3459 0.5751 6 0 11 Honda Andretti Autosport
11 5 James Hinchcliffe 200 5.4821 0.1362 8 0 32 Honda Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
12 33 James Davison 200 6.2250 0.7429 6 0 15 Honda Dale Coyne with Byrd and Belardi
13 63 Ed Jones 200 7.5500 1.3250 8 0 4 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
14 21 Spencer Pigot 200 8.5566 1.0066 8 4 3 Chevy Ed Carpenter Racing
15 4 Matheus Leist 200 10.4153 1.8587 7 0 24 Chevy AJ Foyt Enterprises
16 39 Pippa Mann 200 12.9803 2.5650 6 0 30 Chevy Clauson-Marshall Racing
17 9 Scott Dixon 200 14.7595 1.7792 7 13 18 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
18 3 Helio Castroneves 199 1 LAPS 36.0011 9 0 12 Chevy Team Penske
19 24 Sage Karam 199 1 LAPS 2.5666 8 0 31 Chevy Dreyer and Reinbold Racing
20 48 JR Hildebrand 199 1 LAPS 0.3413 9 0 21 Chevy Dreyer and Reinbold Racing
21 60 Jack Harvey 199 1 LAPS 3.2125 9 0 25 Honda Meyer Shank Racing with Arrow SPM
22 77 Oriol Servia 199 1 LAPS 0.4719 7 0 19 Honda Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
23 7 Marcus Ericsson 198 2 LAPS 1 LAPS 8 0 13 Honda Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports
24 42 Jordan King 198 2 LAPS 0.2261 8 0 26 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
25 23 Charlie Kimball 196 4 LAPS 2 LAPS 7 0 20 Chevy Carlin
26 98 Marco Andretti 195 5 LAPS 1 LAPS 12 0 10 Honda Andretti Herta Autosport w/Curb-Agaj
27 15 Graham Rahal 176 26.7238 0.3649 5 0 17 Honda Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing
28 10 Felix Rosenqvist 176 28.7748 0.4100 6 6 29 Honda Chip Ganassi Racing Teams
29 26 Zach Veach 176 29.0766 0.3018 5 0 28 Honda Andretti Autosport
30 18 Sebastien Bourdais 176 7 LAPS 27.2823 5 0 7 Honda Dale Coyne Racing w/Vasser-Sullivan
31 32 Kyle Kaiser 71 5 LAPS 2 LAPS 2 0 33 Chevy Juncos Racing
32 81 Ben Hanley 54 22 LAPS 17 LAPS 2 0 27 Chevy DragonSpeed
33 88 Colton Herta 3 52 LAPS 50 LAPS 0 0 5 Honda Harding Steinbrenner

Race Statistics

Winner's average speed: 175.794 mph

Time of Race: 2:50:39.2797

Margin of victory: 0.2086 of a second

Cautions: 4 for 29 laps

Lead changes: 29 among 10 drivers

Lap Leaders:

Pagenaud, Simon 1-31

Power, Will 32-34

Carpenter, Ed 35

Sato, Takuma 36-37

Rosenqvist, Felix 38-41

Pagenaud, Simon 42-63

Carpenter, Ed 64-66

Power, Will 67

Rossi, Alexander 68-69

Dixon, Scott 70-72

Pagenaud, Simon 73-98

Carpenter, Ed 99-100

Newgarden, Josef 101

Rossi, Alexander 102-105

Dixon, Scott 106-110

Rosenqvist, Felix 111-112

Pagenaud, Simon 113-128

Rossi, Alexander 129-137

Dixon, Scott 138-142

Pagenaud, Simon 143-150

Newgarden, Josef 151-170

Carpenter, Ed 171

Ferrucci, Santino 172

Power, Will 173-175

Sato, Takuma 176

Pigot, Spencer 177-180

Rossi, Alexander 181-186

Pagenaud, Simon 187-197

Rossi, Alexander 198

Pagenaud, Simon 199-200

NTT IndyCar Series point standings:

Pagenaud 250, Newgarden 249, Rossi 228, Dixon 203, Sato 203, Power 184, Hunter-Reay 157, Hinchcliffe 145, Pigot 133, Ferrucci 129.

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