Sunday was a good day for Alexander Rossi who shone through the field of the 2019 Indianapolis 500. He started eighth but worked his way to the leaders and stayed there trending internationally on social media because the world loves a fighter. This was Alexander Rossi pounding a fist onto his steering wheel, furious that his pit crew couldn’t get the fuel pump to work on lap 137.
Alexander Rossi had to take a pit stop on the 137th lap. The pit stop, for fuel only was supposed to take six or seven seconds but nothing came out of the inserted hose for some time. The disastrous pit stop took 23 seconds, enough to knock Rossi from contention.
Rossi was in the fifth place on the restart in Lap 147, Marcus Ericsson’s spun out on lap 138. Later Conor Dally passed Rossi for fifth. Rossi became sixth in the race but seventh in line, with Oriol Servia, who was a lap down. Rossi mounted some speed to pass Servia on lap 153 but Servia did not give in. Finally, Rossi managed to pass Servia two laps later then Bourdais and lastly Daly, and he got to the forth, but Pagenaud did not allow him to win.
Rossi won the day indeed, but it was Simon Pagenaud who won the 103rd Indianapolis 500, passing Rossi once, twice, three times in the final 13 laps, the last time on the 199th lap. He then held Rossi on Lap 200 to win by 0.2086 seconds. It was the seventh-closest finish in race history, an epic ending that will go down in Indy lore.
Pagenaud did not have enough fuel to end the race, and his team called him to slow down, and he slowed down as the laps mounted. When the races went green, he had enough fuel to make it and his Chevloret had more horsepower than Rossi’s Honda and out-battled Rossi in dramatic Indy 500 finish.