"I've had good shots to win the biggest race in the world and its eluded me numerous times", said Marco, who has also had three third-place results.
For $3,300, Mario Andretti will take fans on 180 miles per hour spin on Monday.
While Patrick won't be racing this year, the 103rd running still has a loaded field that racing fans will love, including Helio Castroneves, Marco Andretti and Scott Dixon. "Trying to figure out what I need, '" Mears said, expecting some sage advice.
Kyle Kaiser also crashed out on lap 71 after getting on the marbles out wide, triggering a safety auto while Ben Hanley was another to suffer an early exit.
Rookie Colton Herta is the first driver out of the Indianapolis 500.
"The milk motivated me", Pagenaud said. "Little do they know I'm angrier". It's a story that helps to illustrate what has made Penske so successful: He's personable and charismatic, yet hard-working and humble, with a keen eye for details and the ability to identify talent and then squeeze the best out of it. The race was red-flagged for 18 minutes to allow the AMR INDYCAR Safety Team and track workers to clean the debris. You've seen that. That was scuttlebutt.
Not everything has come up roses in victory lane, of course.
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 2019 Indy 500 will officially go green at 12:45 p.m. ET (NBC) today, and defending race victor Will Power is the favorite at 7-1 betting odds. And the open-wheel split that jeopardized the very existence of the Indianapolis 500 kept Penske from competing in 1996-2000.
"I would simply advise everybody to recall: This is Indiana", Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Doug Boles said Saturday, implying the state's flighty climate. Arie Luyendyk finally won on Tuesday.
Retired NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. drove the pace vehicle, Mario Andretti was honored before the race on the 50th anniversary of his win and Simon Pagenaud started from the pole for Team Penske on the 50th anniversary of the team's first Indy 500 start.
Last year, Danica Patrick returned to the historic track for one last ride before calling it a career. Instead, the winners received a plaque with a photo of the winning auto. Will Power is listed as the co-favorite along with Simon Pagenaud. Rossi looked the faster of the cars, but once back out in front Pagenaud worked hard to deprive him of the all-important tow down the long straights.