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Frenchman Pagenaud wins Indy 500 for the first time after thrilling final

Simon Pagenaud Sunday the 103rd edition of the famous Indy 500 won. The Frenchman passed after two hundred laps on the Oval of Indianapolis the finish line first.

Pagenaud continued after a thrilling final against the American Alexander Rossi, who the Indy 500 in 2016 won, narrowly. Former Formula 1 driver Takuma Sato, who in 2017, triumphant, finished third.

Will Power just came deficit for a spot on the podium. Last year’s winner had to satisfy with the fifth place, behind the American Josef Newgarden.

It was the first time Pagenaud won at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. He is the first Frenchman in more than a hundred years who will win the race. In 1914 was René Thomas, the last Frenchman who triumphed.

Fernando Alonso was not at the start of the Indy 500. The Spaniard managed last week to qualify.

Simon Pagenaud is the first French winner of the Indy 500 since 1914. ()

Pagenaud will drive a large part of the race to head

Pagenaud departed from poleposition and had a large part of the first one hundred laps in the lead in hands. With another fifty rounds for the bow had the Frenchman also took the lead to address, but that he fell into the 166e round lost to Newgarden.

Power and Sato reason as to the direction, and then it was the 178th round quite went wrong. Ex-Formula 1 driver Sébastien Bourdais and Graham Rahal came together and caused a big crash, where also a number of other drivers were involved.

The race was temporarily stopped and after a break of more than a quarter of an hour appeared the drivers behind the safetycar on the circuit, and a pulse-pounding denouement followed.

In the 188e round sought the safetycar the burner back on and resumed Rossi the race at the front. The American exchanged in the exciting final a number of times stuivertje with Pagenaud and eventually came to the Frenchman across the finish line first.

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