Then there is IndyCar, where the silver-haired motorsports maestro has won three of the past five series championships and has the defending Indy 500 victor in Will Power.
When the race resumed on Lap 187, it became a memorable duel between Rossi, who restarted first in the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda, and Pagenaud.
Marco Andretti says being "less fixated" on lap times leaves him well-placed to end his family's Indianapolis 500 drought in the 2019 race. Pagenaud had his mirrors full of Alexander Rossi, who made a late charge, and even got alongside Pagenaud down the backstretch heading into the penultimate corner.
Pagenaud has dominated the race from the pole after leading just 36 laps total in his seven previous Indy 500 starts. "Trying to figure out what I need, '" Mears said, expecting some sage advice.
Pagenaud is the first Frenchman to win the Indy 500 since Rene Thomas in 1914.
The victory capped a flawless month for Pagenaud, who also won the Indianapolis Grand Prix two weeks ago.
And I said, 'I'm really struggling.
Donohue was killed in 1975 while practicing for a Formula One race, and Penske would shutter his F1 team a couple of years later.
The defending series champion led 110 of 200 laps to win for the second time in the last three races. Pagenaud was the 21st victor form the pole and first since Helio Castroneves a decade ago.
This year, race officials commemorate 50 years since Mario's win.
As he began the traditional victory lap in the back of a convertible, Rossi was one of many drivers to walk onto the track to congratulate him. The American leaned in for a genuine embrace despite his disappointment.
"This one will be hard to get over, but at the end of the day, it was a great showing for the team and good for the points overall". The two laps, that's five miles, take less than two minutes. As Rossi finally raced past Servia, he angrily raised his fist at the Spaniard.
"Hopefully I don't have to think this year about being a close call and just make it happen". "Little do they know I'm angrier". Former champion Takuma Sato finished third as he and Rossi gave Honda two spots on the podium. The timing of the caution was unfortunate for those yet to stop, including Scott Dixon and his Ganassi team mate Felix Rosenqvist, as well as for Dale Coyne's rookie driver Santino Ferrucci. The 2013 Indy 500 ended up resulting in that record being doubled, as the lead changed hands a total of 68 times among an all-time record 14 drivers.
"The first two-thirds of the race are about getting there, having the vehicle you want for the final third". But it was a attractive, sunny day and a picture-perfect showcase of the Memorial Day weekend tradition.