Even from half a world away, it didn’t take long for President Donald Trump to offer his congratulations to Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud and race team owner Roger Penske.
In Tokyo for a four-day visit, the president was up before dawn to catch the race’s exciting finish as Pagenaud passed Alexander Rossi on the next-to-last lap to take the checkered flag.
“I am in Japan, very early in the morning, but I got to watch Simon drive one of the greatest races in the history of the sport,” Trump wrote in a tweet posted at 5:48 a.m. local time.
Trump also made sure to mention that he would be welcoming Pagenaud, Penske and the rest of the team to the White House.
Sunday’s win was the 18th Indy 500 victory for Penske as a team owner.
It won’t be the first time Penske has been at the White House to celebrate a title with Trump. He was there last month when the president hosted NASCAR Cup Series champion Joey Logano, who also drives for Team Penske.
“We’ve been friends for a long time,” Trump said at the April 30 ceremony.