Simon Pagenaud wins Indy 500 on Penske’s golden anniversary

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Simon Pagenaud has won his first Indy 500, making

an audacious pass of Alexander Rossi before taking the white flag

and holding of the hard-charging driver from Andretti Autosport.

Pagenaud’s victory after an incredible duel with Rossi completed a

sweep of the Month of May for him. He came into the season trying

to hang onto his job with Team Penske, and a brazen move near the

end of the Indianapolis Grand Prix gave him a win two weeks ago.

It also gave team owner Roger Penske his 18th victory in his 50th

year at the track.

Takuma Sato was third, Josef Newgarden fourth and defending

champion Will Power was fifth.

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