Alexander Rossi had an opportunity to win his second Indianapolis 500.
The 27-year-old, who was the 500 champion as a rookie in 2016, took the lead with lower than six laps to go on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. However, he was handed by Simon Pagenaud within the closing levels of the race and completed in second place.
“We just didn’t have the straight-line speed,” Rossi instructed reporters after the race. “(Pagenaud) was a deserving winner for certain. However that final yellow actually harm us as a result of we have been doing quite a bit higher on gasoline mileage than he was, in order that was the primary form of nail within the proverbial coffin.
“And yeah, the second was simply – we did not have the pace out entrance. I imply, I was flat for the final 15 laps, and there is not far more you are able to do.”
Rossi had a setback throughout a pit cease on lap 138 as he was stalled for 23 seconds whereas his crew struggled to gasoline up his automobile. Rossi was visibly pissed off at his crew.
“It wasn’t a human error, it was a mechanical downside, however nonetheless, it is not one thing that we are able to have right here,” Rossi said. “It is the most important race on the earth, and 75% of the time we will not get gasoline within the race automobile. … We have to deal with that for certain, however I assume the entire 27 NInternetA Andretti Honda boys did an incredible job of recovering. … Finally it did not have an effect on the tip end result. I assume we’re fortunate that it did not.”
Rossi, nevertheless, bounced again from the miscue and moved into first earlier than he was overtaken by Pagenaud.
“Finally it was day for the crew,” Rossi said. “However as I mentioned, main as much as this many instances, as soon as you have gained this factor as soon as, the will to win simply ramps up exponentially yearly, so it sucks to return this shut and actually don’t have anything that we as a crew may have executed otherwise. I’m happy with them. I’m happy with the trouble that they all the time put in.”
Takuma Sato completed simply behind the 2 leaders whereas Josef Newgarden and Will Energy – the defending champion – rounded out the highest 5.