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Simon Pagenaud takes Indianapolis Grand Prix for third straight IndyCar win

INDIANAPOLIS — Simon Pagenaud turned up the heat in Indianapolis' record-breaking cold Saturday.

The hottest driver in IndyCar took the lead when Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves pitted with 20 laps to go, then beat Castroneves out of the pits one lap later on his way to winning the Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

Pagenaud beat the Brazilian by 4.4748 seconds on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course, becoming the first driver to win three straight in the series since Scott Dixon in 2013.

"The temperature was so low, the tires weren't supposed to work in these temperatures, but they (worked) very well," Pagenaud said.

The temperature was 49 degrees and the wind chill was 43 at the start, according to theweatherchannel.com. The previous low for an IndyCar race at the historic speedway was 58 degrees for the 1992 Indianapolis 500.

On the first lap, Dixon appeared to force Ganassi teammate Tony Kanaan toward the outside wall and into St. Petersburg resident Sebastien Bourdais, damaging both cars. Kanaan's race was done; Bourdais completed only 20 laps before dropping out.

Xfinity: Erik Jones won the Ollie's Bargain Outlet 200 at Dover (Del.) International Speedway and took a $100,000 bonus from the series' Dash-4-Cash program. Four drivers were eligible for the bonus, which Jones claimed for the second time this season. Jones led a race-high 76 laps on the mile oval in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota.

Formula One: Two-time defending series champ Lewis Hamilton edged Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for the pole by 0.28 seconds for today's Spanish Grand Prix in Barcelona. Points leader Rosberg has won the past seven series races dating to last season.

NHRA: Jack Beckman (Funny Car), Doug Kalitta (Top Fuel), Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) and Angelle Sampey (Pro Stock Motorcycle) led qualifying for today's Southern Nationals in Atlanta.

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