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Pagenaud expands IndyCar lead with 3rd straight victory

  • Simon Pagenaud, of France, leads the field through the second turn on the start of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Simon Pagenaud, of France, leads the field through the second turn on the start of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

  • Simon Pagenaud, of France, leads the field to the first turn for the start of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)

    Simon Pagenaud, of France, leads the field to the first turn for the start of the Grand Prix of Indianapolis auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)  (The Associated Press)

  • Simon Pagenaud, of France, drives through a turn during the Grand Prix of Indianapolis auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Simon Pagenaud, of France, drives through a turn during the Grand Prix of Indianapolis auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Saturday, May 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)  (The Associated Press)

Simon Pagenaud pulled away to win the Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday for his third straight victory and second in three years on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The French driver inherited the lead when Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves pitted with 20 laps to go, and beat the Brazilian by 4.4748 seconds on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn course. Pagenaud is the first IndyCar driver to win three in a row since Scott Dixon in 2013.

Pagenaud started from the pole and led 57 of the 82 laps. He kept the lead despite making his final pit stop one lap after Castroneves.

Pagenaud extended his points lead over Dixon to 76. Dixon, the defending series champion, finished seventh for Target Chip Ganassi.

Canadian James Hinchcliffe, of Schmidt-Peterson Motorsports, was third.