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The Week That Was: Impressive Performances in Indianapolis, Monaco, and More

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via Joe Skibinski/IndyCar (1); Mark Thompson/Getty Images (2); Jeff Kardas/Pro Motocross (3)

The biggest weekend in racing is in the books, and three worthy champions have claimed the top spot in some of auto racing’s biggest events after Sunday’s action. Combine that with a strong Saturday appetizer in Pro Motocross’ return to Pala, and you’ve got plenty of great storylines coming out of the past weekend. Here’s a look at some of the competitors who stood out:

103rd Indianapolis 500: Simon Pagenaud

In a dramatic fight to the finish, 2016 IndyCar champion Pagenaud answered multiple challenges from 2016 Indy winner Alexander Rossi to score his first win in the sport’s biggest event. Pagenaud dominated by leading 116 of 200 laps, and in doing so became the first driver to win the IndyCar Grand Prix, Indy 500 pole, and the race itself in the same month of May.

Monaco Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton

Despite some intense challenges from Max Verstappen in the race’s final laps, Hamilton’s dominance of the 2019 Formula 1 season continued on Sunday as he held off the Dutch young gun. It was Hamilton’s first Monaco victory since 2016 and the third of his career, tying him with Stirling Moss, Jackie Stewart, and former teammate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton leads Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas by 17 points in the championship.

Coca-Cola 600: Martin Truex Jr.

In a race where a number of drivers, especially within the Toyota family, found themselves scraping the outside wall, Truex persevered for his second win in the Charlotte Motor Speedway marathon race in four years. While not quite as dominant as his 2016 drubbing of the field, where he led a whopping 392 of 400 laps, Truex still paced the field for 116 circuits on the way to his third win of the season.

Pro Motocross 450: Eli Tomac

Sharing wins with Ken Roczen in the season opener from Hangtown clearly got old fast for Tomac, the multi-time defending 450 outdoor champion. As the sport returned to Fox Raceway in Pala for the first time in nearly a decade, the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider was back on form, scoring a 1-1 sweep of both motos to claim the points lead and the red plate once again.

Pro Motocross 250: Adam Cianciarulo

It was a green sweep of weekend winners in Pala, as Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Cianciarulo went 3-1 to take the overall win from Justin Cooper and his 1-4. Cianciarulo’s advantage over Cooper for the points lead is up to six now, and the bitterness of losing out on the Supercross 250 West title to Dylan Ferrandis three weeks ago already appears to be a distant memory based on how he’s riding.

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