Tag Archive: Simon Pagenaud

Apr 03

Winning Indy 500 is next box on Pagenaud’s checklist

The Frenchman is focused on figuring out the Indianapolis 500

Simon PagenaudNow that he’s proven himself worthy as a Verizon IndyCar Series champion, Simon Pagenaud is committed to checking off another all-important box on his racing resume. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 22

Montoya gets right back up to speed at Barber open test

“I feel like I drove the car yesterday” – Montoya

Juan Pablo MontoyaJuan Pablo Montoya stepped out of the No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet, took off his helmet, smiled and shrugged as if to say, “Eh, no big deal.” Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 12

Reunited and it feels so good: Bourdais wins with Coyne at St. Pete

Simon Pagenaud and Scott Dixon rounded out the podium

Sebastien BourdaisSix years after he last raced under the Dale Coyne Racing banner, Sebastien Bourdais strung together a near-perfect performance, driving from his last-place starting position to victory lane in today’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29

Championship engineer Bretzman gearing for more success in 2017

It culminated with Pagenaud’s spectacular championship season this year

Simon Pagenaud and Ben BretzmanSimon Pagenaud’s journey to the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship included the help of many people and he was able to take his longtime engineer Ben Bretzman along for the ride. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 30

Pagenaud enjoys hero’s welcome with champion’s tour of France (+video)

“Paris is like Indy car racing”

Simon PagenaudAfter earning the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship with his race win at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma in September, Simon Pagenaud didn’t let off the throttle. Within days of the title, he completed a media tour in New York City and another in Indianapolis before being presented with the prestigious Astor Cup at the INDYCAR Championship Celebration. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 14

Newgarden slides right into Team Penske role with Gateway test

He was wearing Simon Pagenaud’s firesuit

Josef NewgardenHe was driving Helio Castroneves’ car. Josef Newgarden was certainly doing his part to meld into the team aspect of Team Penske. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 06

Newgarden achieves ‘American dream’ of driving for Team Penske

Josef Newgarden described joining Team Penske as being the “American dream.”

Josef NewgardenThe greatest team in Indy car racing history officially announced that Newgarden, the 25-year-old from Tennessee, would replace Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet in 2017. Team president Tim Cindric also confirmed three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves would return next season to fill out the team’s four-car roster. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 05

Championship Celebration off to glimmering start on Monument Circle

The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Championship Celebration got off to a glimmering start on a beautiful fall day in downtown Indianapolis

2016 Championship CelebrationINDYCAR shut down half of Monument Circle in the city center and filled it with race cars, transporters, drivers and gave away free lunch in advance of tonight’s awards ceremony at Hilbert Circle Theatre on the circle. It is there that this year’s champion, Simon Pagenaud, will be honored along with other season award recipients. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 19

Pagenaud drives to dominant Sonoma victory and 2016 championship

“It’s unbelievable. I think I will realize it more tomorrow,” Pagenaud said. “What a race!”

Simon PagenaudWith a dominating drive from the pole position, Simon Pagenaud won the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma and earned his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Read the rest of this entry »

Sep 14

Sonoma Raceway provides perfect setting to decide championship

The stage is set to decide the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship – and it couldn’t be more picturesque

Will Power and Simon PagenaudSonoma Raceway, with its challenging and undulating 2.385-mile permanent road circuit set against the backdrop of Northern California’s beautiful wine country, plays host this week to the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. And as has been the case for more than a decade in the Verizon IndyCar Series, all the marbles are at stake. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 23

Power wins ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway to tighten championship

Simon Pagenaud entered the ABC Supply 500 with a 58-point lead in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship over Will Power

Will PowerAs the Team Penske drivers leave Pocono Raceway this evening, the silver No. 12 Verizon Chevrolet of Power is much larger in the figurative rear view mirror. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 16

Veteran drivers pay it forward to develop next generations

“You can’t beat time — time is everything”

Scott Dixon and James HinchcliffeYoung drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series often get mentoring and tips from veterans in the field, but there’s another way they help that’s less apparent although just as important. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 15

Kanaan not giving up on 2016 title drive just yet

Tony Kanaan sounds like an optimist

Tony KanaanOr maybe the Chip Ganassi Racing Teams driver just knows what mathematically eliminated means. And he’s not there — yet. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 31

Pagenaud reestablishes championship lead with Mid-Ohio win

“The red Firestone tires were amazing today on the car. I just pushed as hard as we could and here we are. It’s awesome.”

Simon PagenaudSunday for Simon Pagenaud at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was a dream day for his title hopes, as the Frenchman collected a big points payday while several of his championship rivals faced difficulties. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 31

Pagenaud takes Verizon P1 Award with record lap at Mid-Ohio

As Verizon IndyCar Series teams left Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the results seemed almost unsurprising

Simon PagenaudFor the sixth time in 2016, Simon Pagenaud won the Verizon P1 Award, and for the sixth time in 2016, a new track record was set. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 16

Frenchmen Pagenaud, Bourdais top Toronto practice sessions

A new race weekend and a slightly revised racetrack made for some new challenges for Verizon IndyCar Series teams

2016-07-15_006 As the books closed today at the Honda Indy Toronto, it became apparent that experience plays a key on the 1.786-mile street circuit.

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Jun 16

NASCAR driver Keselowski hops in Team Penske Indy car at Road America test

Eleven Indy cars ran at Road America today, testing in preparation for the upcoming KOHLER Grand Prix. One car included a surprise driver.

Brad KeselowskiBrad Keselowski took a day off from his regular job as a Team Penske NASCAR driver to hop into Simon Pagenaud’s No. 22 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet for a few exciting laps around the scenic 4.048-mile permanent road course. Read the rest of this entry »

May 14

Pagenaud makes it three in a row with GP of Indianapolis win

Simon Pagenaud turned the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis into a “fuyez.”

Simon PagenaudThat’s French for “runaway,” which is exactly what Pagenaud and his No. 22 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet did to the field as he roared to his third consecutive Verizon IndyCar Series victory. Read the rest of this entry »

May 14

Pagenaud wins GP of Indianapolis pole; Rahal, Newgarden penalized

It’s pretty clear Simon Pagenaud has no plans of slowing down any time soon.

Simon PagenaudThe French native has been on a roll of late, winning the last two Verizon IndyCar Series races (streets of Long Beach and Barber Motorsports Park). He hasn’t finished lower than second in the first four races this season and has a solid 48-point lead in the championship. Read the rest of this entry »

May 05

Pagenaud’s 2016 success story finds early chapters in 2015

“This year we started really strong because of last year” – Pagenaud

Simon PagenaudSimon Pagenaud is off to a blazing start to the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, with consecutive wins coming on the heels of a pair of second-place finishes to open the campaign. Read the rest of this entry »

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