Simon Pagenaud won his first Indianapolis 500 on Sunday
Pole-sitter Simon Pagenaud outdueled Alexander Rossi to win the 103rd Indianapolis 500 in a breathtaking finish on Sunday.
Pagenaud and Rossi traded the lead at least a half-dozen times after a restart with 13 laps remaining at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Pagenaud took the lead for good with a lap left and then darted all across the 2.5-mile oval on the final lap to hold off a charge by Rossi.
“When you have a car like this, a team like this, it’s about executing at the end,” the Frenchman said in the Winner’s Circle. “We did it, baby!”