INDIANAPOLIS -- Having won the pole-race for Indianapolis' storied Indy 500 race, Simon Pagenaud of Team Penske racing was already in excellent position for a strong finish in the 500 race on Sunday in the historic race's 103rd running.
Pagenaud once again emerged as the first to pass the finish line, emerging victorious and immortalized as an Indy 500 race winner -- the first French driver achieve the feat since 1914.
He led for 116 laps on the nearly 2.5-mile track before eclipsing the finish mark. Alexander Rossi, the 2016 victor of the race, was Pagenaud's major competition and battled with the French driver for the top position late in the race prior to ultimately finishing second. Japanese driver Takuma Sato finished third, falling short of his quest to become the first Japanese-born driver to win the storied race.
Upon eclipsing the finish line, Pagenaud erupted in celebration, grabbing the ceremonial bottle of milk intended for the victor and giving himself more of a bath with it than drinking in celebration -- but an overall ecstatic scene for the 35-year-old Penske driver in his first ever victory in the race.
Team Penske, who Pagenaud drives for, is headed by Roger Penske, who achieved his 18th Indy 500 victory as head of the team.
With the victory Pagenaud dethroned 2018 Indy 500 victor Will Power and will now look to defend his newly anointed crown in 2020.