Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Simon Pagenaud stays on hot streak with IndyCar win in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Simon Pagenaud once again won after getting a favorable ruling from race officials. This time, the runnerup didn't protest the no-call.

Pagenaud led most of the way Sunday and overcame late contact with Graham Rahal to win the Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park for his second straight IndyCar victory.

The Frenchman lost the lead briefly after contact with Rahal. Pagenaud appeared to inch over, trying to block Rahal entering a right-hand turn, and Rahal made contact with the Team Penske driver's right rear with eight laps to go. Pagenaud, who also won last week at Long Beach, went into the grass but got back on track just behind Rahal.

Race stewards reviewed the incident and didn't impose a penalty. Pagenaud said he was a little steamed after that dustup. "I said, yeah, 'I'm going to get that one back no matter what,'" he said.

But he demurred when asked if IndyCar should have made a call one way or the other.

Last week, Scott Dixon believed Pagenaud should have been penalized for crossing a blend line as he returned to the track after a pit stop. IndyCar only issued a warning.

Sunday, Rahal called Pagenaud's move "a really solid block" but felt there was no doubt it was intentional. "I'm glad it was a no-call because for sure it's a racing incident," he said. "But you would never turn in where he turned in. He was purposefully trying to cut me off there."

St. Petersburg resident Sebastien Bourdais got a drive-through penalty after making contact early with Scott Dixon and was 16th.

NHRA: Brittany Force earned her second Top Fuel victory this season at the 4-Wide Nationals in Charlotte, N.C., becoming the first female driver to win the unique event, with a run of 3.764 seconds at 319.98 mph. Tim Wilkerson won in Funny Car, Jason Line in Pro Stock and Andrew Hines in Pro Stock Motorcycle in the series' lone event with a four-lane track.

Simon Pagenaud stays on hot streak with IndyCar win in Birmingham 04/24/16 [Last modified: Sunday, April 24, 2016 9:32pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays DFA Danny Farquhar to make room for Brad Boxberger

    Blogs

    The Rays continued shuffling their bullpen, dumping RHP Danny Farquhar after Wednesday's game to make room for RHP Brad Boxberger to be activated off the DL.

    Farquhar, who worked an inning in Wednesday's 6-2 loss, had a 2-2, 4.11 record for 37 appearances, working primarily in lower leverage situations. In …

  2. USF to face Indiana in men's basketball next season

    College

    The USF men's basketball team will get an early test from a Big Ten powerhouse next season.

  3. Rays employee helps save suicidal woman near Pirates stadium

    Blogs

    A Rays front-office employee joined umpire John Tumpane in saving a woman threatening to jump from a bridge near PNC Park on Wednesday afternoon in Pittsburgh.

    Multimedia production manager Mike Weinman, 32, was walking across the Roberto Clemente Bridge with Rays broadcasting director Larry McCabe when he …

  4. Blake Snell struggles in return as Rays fall to Pirates

    The Heater

    PITTSBURGH

    Blake Snell talked a good game ahead of his return to the Rays rotation Wednesday night, but he didn't pitch one.

    The Pirates’ David Freese scores on a Blake Snell wild pitch during the first inning against the Rays.
  5. Marc Topkin's takeaways from Wednesday's Rays-Pirates game

    The Heater

    Corey Dickerson is doing everything he can to garner All-Star votes heading into tonight's voting cutoff, going into play Wednesday leading the AL with 101 hits and rapping two more his first two times up, and scoring two more runs.