In what was a thrilling final 10 laps at IndyCar's virtual return at Twin Ring Motegi, last week's Michigan winner Simon Pagenaud, held off a hard charging Scott Dixon for his second consecutive IndyCar challenge win.
INDIANAPOLIS -- All the talk about Simon Pagenaud entering the Month of May was his slow start to the season and that he'd be out of his ride at Team Penske if things didn't turn around. After sweeping the Month of May, he's now the points leader.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Ever since Justin Wilson's death at Pocono Raceway in 2015, windscreens on race cars in the NTT IndyCar Series was an inevitability. Five years later, that inevitability becomes a reality.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Simon Pagenaud demonstrated the results of the testing in the rain from his sportscar days, as he went from fifth to first in the final 17 laps on the Grand Prix course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
INDIANAPOLIS -- May is the month of the year around which the NTT IndyCar Series revolves. It begins with the IndyCar Grand Prix on the grand prix circuit of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Then on Memorial Day Sunday, the cannon fires at 6:00 a.m. (which indicates the gates are open) and over 200,000 people pour into the facility to drink the day away, take in a concert in the Snake Pit and watch the annual running of the Indianapolis 500. Afterwards, the turnaround at Indianapolis begins for the next major event, the Brickyard 400; be it in September this year or on Independence Day weekend in 2020.
Scott Dixon parked his car right in front of Graham Rahal on pit road in the staging area, following the final lap of the NTT IndyCar Series' annual trip to Long Beach, Calif., because he believed Rahal would lose the final podium position for blocking him on the backstretch.