Pagenaud Sweeps The Month Of May
— Ben Johnston (@BSJ2008) May 26, 2019
Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud was the dominant force in the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge on Sunday as he led a total of 116/200 laps which is a new record.
The Frenchman now heads to the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit next weekend, Team Penske’s home event with an eleven point leader over his team mate Josef Newgarden who finished the race in fourth place.
Speaking following the race, Newgarden said:
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 towards 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. One of us winning is what The Captain 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.
Will Power received a penalty for a pit-lane incident and finished the race in fifth place and speaking following the race he said:
They ruined my day for no reason. I didn’t even hit a guy. Wait until I see them. What a disgrace – to ruin someone’s day for no reason. I didn’t touch a guy it was a real bad call. Shame on them, man. We were really good. We were in a group in the end. It’s a disgrace that these guys control what happens on the track. I am not really happy at all. It was a great battle at the front there watching those guys go at it. Simon deserved it. He was better than everyone else.
Helio Castroneves ended the race in 18th place.