Published: Mon, May 27, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Ed’s Driveway: Taking A Few Laps With Indy 500 Legend Mario Andretti

Ed’s Driveway: Taking A Few Laps With Indy 500 Legend Mario Andretti

Two of Pagenaud's teammates at Team Penske, Josef Newgarden and 2018 Indy 500 victor Will Power, finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

Instead, it was a milk-fueled celebration for Team Penske on the 50th anniversary of the owner's first entry in the famous race.

The victory capped a flawless month for Pagenaud, who also won the Indianapolis Grand Prix two weeks ago. Pagenaud, in a contract year and underperforming, arrived at Indy with his job on the line.

The race is scheduled for 500 miles over 200 laps and will begin at approximately 12 p.m. ET from Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Ind. Coverage begins well before that at 9 a.m. on NBCSN.

"What a guy, can you believe it?"

"Team Penske has always been winners, that's why I came here, that's why Simon is here, so you're expected to win", Moyer said.

Rossi lost his cool several times in the race, but the Californian had better fuel mileage than Pagenaud and the Penske cars.

Rossi was not the only Honda driver to reference a lack of horsepower as having put him at a disadvantage - teammate Ryan Hunter-Reay expressed similar sentiments - but he said that the difference between the manufacturers was a natural product of competition, rather than an issue that needs to be addressed.

There have been six other rain-shortened raises, including the 2004 race called with Buddy Rice in the lead with 20 laps to go, and the 1976 race won by Johnny Rutherford.

Donohue finished seventh that first year, and second the next, before finally reaching victory lane in an Offenhauser-powered McLaren in 1972.

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Pagenaud, who drives for Penske and will start Sunday's race from pole, said on Twitter that Ayrton Senna may have been his childhood idol but he always felt more like Niki Lauda.

"I've said it before, we build our brand around the country with success at Indy", Penske said.

"It was definitely the most disappointing podium finish I've ever had", said Norman. I'm just focused on the job, man. Power did get to see the White House for the first time ahead of this year's race, however, as he was in Washington DC for pre-race media obligations and took a trip to the executive residence. The American leaned in for a genuine embrace.

Rossi's drive was once again brilliant - he drove from the back to finish fourth past year and he won on fuel mileage in the 100th running of the race.

The second yellow materialised when Juncos Racing's Kyle Kaiser - the driver who bumped Fernando Alonso off the grid in last weekend's qualifying - spun out at turn 2 and took a heavy hit against the wall.

Pagenaud, the polesitter steered clear of trouble on the track and in the pits, then outraced Alexander Rossi to the checkered flag.

"I think pressure is a good thing". "But you know, racers have hard heads and I guess I had a pretty hard one in those days".

Pagenaud got him on the restart, though, and the two went back and forth four more times before Pagenaud locked down the win.

It was a clinically cool display by the son of a grocery store owner from LeMans as Pagenaud fought off challenges from two former 500 winners Rossi and Japan's Takuma Sato, who completed the podium.

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