The late race battle between Graham Rahal and Simon Pagenaud in Sunday’s Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama triggered a lot of words in the immediate aftermath.
Sometimes though, things are best left unsaid – and letting your eyes instead take in all the grace and excitement works better.
IndyCar posted in-car video from Rahal’s car after he touched wheels with Pagenaud, sending the latter into the sand, on Lap 82. The only audio is some radio communication between Rahal and his team.
The video continues as Pagenaud comes roaring back, makes a few attempts to get around Rahal, and finally does on Lap 86, four laps from the checkered flag – as the Frenchman goes on to win his second consecutive IndyCar race.
Rahal finished a close second, allowing him to jump three places in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings to sixth. He lost out on the deficit though, as he’s now 88 points behind series leader Pagenaud.
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