By Zorba Rose – Bloomingtonian Motorsports Correspondent
Joseph Newgarden won the 107th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge. This was Newgarden’s 12th start at the Indy 500 and his best previous finish was third in 2016. This win was the 19th Indianapolis 500 win for Team Penske.
The Indy 500 was a tale of two races. The first half consisted of 450 miles that were smooth, economical and professional. The average speed was around 218 mph. It was looking to be the fastest Indy 500 ever.
Arrow Mclaren dominated with Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist trying to put distance between their cars and Alex Palou, Rinus VeeKay and Santino Ferrucci. But it didn’t work and there was a consistent pack of eight drivers running in the front pack.
The last 50 miles were filled with red flags and restarts.
With 14 laps to go, Kirkwood hits a wounded Rosenquvist in turn 2. It’s a racing incident, but it quickly turns dangerous when a tire becomes untethered and bounces over the safety fence in turn 2. The tire then sailed above the spectators sitting in the grandstand and then hit a car in the parking lot. Thankfully, no one was injured. This is red flag number 1.
Race was then restarted with 8 laps to go, and O’Ward went for it all and tried to pass Marcus Ericsson on the inside. Ericsson didn’t leave any room and the two touched and O’Ward hit the wall. This sets off a chain of crashes as Agustin Canapino runs into O’Ward. Just to make matters worse Simon Pagenaud hit’s Scott McLauglin.This is red flag number 2.
Race is restarted with 4 laps to go, but Benjamin Pederson and Ed Carpenter hit each other on the front stretch before crossing the start finish line and getting the green flag. Red Flag number 3
Race is then restarted with one lap to go and the running order was Marcus Ericsson, Joseph Newgarden, Santino Ferrucci, Alexander Rossi and Alex Palou.
Newgarden makes a daring pass out of 2 and takes the lead. He fends off Ericsson for the last 1 mile to become Indy 500 Champion.
107th Indianapolis 500 Results
1. Josef Newgarden
2. Marcus Ericsson
3. Santino Ferrucci 4. Alex Palou
5. Alexander Rossi
6. Scott Dixon 7. Takuma Sato 8. Conor Daly 9. Colton Herta 10. Rinus VeeKay 11. Ryan Hunter-Reay 12. Callum Ilott 13. Devlin DeFrancesco 14. Scott McLaughlin 15. Helio Castroneves 16. Tony Kanaan 17. Marco Andretti 18. Jack Harvey 19. Christian Lundgaard 20. Ed Carpenter 21. Benjamin Pedersen 22. Graham Rahal 23. Will Power 24. Pato O’Ward 25. Simon Pagenaud 26. Agustin Canapino 27. Felix Rosenqvist 28. Kyle Kirkwood 29. David Malukas 30. Romain Grosjean 31. Sting Ray Robb 32. RC Enerson 33. Katherine Legge
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