Joseph Newgarden finally captured his long-awaited Indianapolis 500 on Sunday and gave the team owner Roger Penske his 19th and first since purchasing the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, making a daring pass to defend a race winner Marcus Ericsson during a frantic sprint with 2.5 miles to the finish line.
After the race was red flagged for a third time in the closing laps, Newgarden was moved from fourth to second by race control. Two-time IndyCar Champion who was 0 by 11 inches “The greatest spectacle in racing” he took advantage of this by firing a slingshot around Ericsson on the restart, then holding him back for the final two turns to win.
Newgarden brought his Driven by a Chevrolet the car stopped in the front section, jumped out and found a hole in the fence, throwing itself into part of the crowd estimated at over 300,000 people to celebrate. He then climbed the fence to emulate longtime Team Penske driver and four-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves.
Ericsson took second place
Ericsson he finished second on a Honda for Chip Ganassi Racing. He followed him Santino Ferrucciwhich gave 88-year-old AJ Foyt his team’s top finish in a race he has won four times since Kenny Brck won it in 1999.
Polish babysitter Alex Palufavorite of the race, he was fourth for Ganassi and Alexander Rossi rounded out the top five for Arrow McLaren.