Simon Pagenaud edged Alexander Rossi Sunday in a close finish to win the 103rd Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
With 13 laps to go, Pagenaud and Rossi traded the lead at least a half-dozen times after a restart with 13 laps remaining. Pagenaud took the lead for good with a lap left and then had to swerve heavily on the final circuit to hold off a charge by Rossi.
Takuma Sato finished third, followed by Josef Newgarden and Will Power.
Pagenaud, in his No. 22 Dallara-Chevrolet, qualified for the Indy 500 last weekend after winning the IndyCar Grand Prix two weeks ago.
“Did you see that race? Rossi is one of the best, Simon one of the best,” said team owner Roger Penske to NBC Sports. “Safe race, great day. What a guy! Can you believe it?”
Roger Penske is the father of Jay Penske, chairman and CEO of Penske Media Corporation.
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