Simon Pagenaud won the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis Saturday.
Pagenaud edged out Ryan Hunter-Reay by 0.8906 seconds. Helio Castroneves came in third. Pagenaud's crew was beginning to worry by the end of the race because the car was running low on fuel.
The Grand Prix's inaugural run was filled with excitement at the start as well. The race saw its first crash at the starting line.
Sebastian Saavedra's car experienced some form of mechanical malfunction causing it to stall as soon as the green flag was waved. Carlos Munoz and Mikhail Aleshin each hit his car when trying to drive around him. Saavedra never even left his starting position. None of the drivers were seriously injured.
Mayor Greg Ballard was hit by pieces of debris from that crash in his arm around the elbow as well as the chest. He had cuts and bruises but did not need stitches. When he left the medical facility, he gave our cameras a thumbs up and said he was doing okay.
"He was already quipping on his way out the door about how soon it would be until he could come back to the track and get ready for the 500 later this week,” said the mayor’s communication’s director Marc Lotter.
The Mayor had been invited to be the honorary starter for the Grand Prix.
"It was something he took a lot of pride in,” said Lotter.
Saavedra was in the pole position after Ryan Hunter-Reay was stripped of his two fastest laps for bringing out the red flag during the final qualifying group Friday.