Simon Pagenaud won the 103nd Indianapolis 500 Sunday afternoon with 0.2086 seconds over Alexander Rossi to become the 21st Polish seat to win the race and the first since 2009. Pagenaud knocked out Rossi, the 2016 winner and third place Takuma Sato , the 2017 winner, in a close race that included several lead changes, but only two breakdowns.
Pagenaud held Rossi in an exciting final round of the competition, where the French racer veteran moved back and forth in front of Rossi at speeds above 200 mph, refusing to let his American rival pass despite several attempts on his side to take the inside. Their final round was a footstep between two of the leading drivers throughout the 201
Entering the race , Pagenaud won the pole position on the inside where he started ahead of last year's winner and heavy favorite, Will Power, who began in the sixth position on the outside and finished fifth. Pagenaud shared the first row with Ed Carpenter and Spencer Pigot, while Power shared the second row with Ed Jones and Colton Herta, the first driver in Indy 500 history born in the 2000s.
A collapse occurred during round 180, when Graham Rahal and Sébastien Bourdais touched the wheels and both spun off. Kyle Kaiser also spun out of control during the race. This is the time @GrahamRahal and @BourdaisOnTrack crashed at @ IMS .
– NTT IndyCar Series (@IndyCar) May 26, 2019
This year there were 33 participants in the race and an expected participation of at least 250,000 people. There were seven former Indy-500 winners in the 2019 race, including Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Ryan Hunter-Reay and six rookies, including 19-year-old Colton Herta. Every engine in the race was made by either Chevrolet or Honda.
Known as "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing", Indianapolis 500 takes place every year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, also known as Brickyard. On Sunday, over 200 laps and 500 miles, some of IndyCar's best drivers fought each other while hitting speeds of up to 230 mph.
The race was carried live on NBC, where coverage began at. 12.45. Sunday. Kelly Clarkson performed the national anthem while Matt Damon and Christian Bale were the honorary starters of their new movie "Ford v. Ferrari."