Tag Archive: Simon Pagenaud

Sep 19

Newgarden and Pagenaud: a tale of two celebrations

“That’s how hard you fight in an Indy car race,” Pagenaud said, proudly wiping blood from his wound with a towel.

Josef NewgardenAt one area of Sonoma Raceway, new Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden draped himself in an American flag, kissed the Astor Cup and gave a golf cart the honor of his autograph. Read the rest of this entry »


Sep 18

Pagenaud wins Sonoma finale as Newgarden claims championship

Josef Newgarden becomes the first American to win the Verizon IndyCar Series crown since Ryan Hunter-Reay in 2012

Josef Newgarden did everything he needed to do to claim the Verizon IndyCar Series championship except win GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. That honor went to Team Penske teammate Simon Pagenaud, but Newgarden’s second-place race finish was enough to wrap up his first series title. Read the rest of this entry »


Sep 15

Pagenaud tops time sheet at Sonoma Raceway open test

Pagenaud sits fourth in the standings heading into Sunday’s 85-lap race

Simon PagenaudDrivers chasing points leader Josef Newgarden took full advantage of today’s Verizon IndyCar Series open test at Sonoma Raceway to prepare for Sunday’s season finale, the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. Read the rest of this entry »


Jul 14

Pagenaud posts fastest lap of second Toronto practice

Teammate Will Power who won the 2016 Toronto race was second

Simon PagenaudSimon Pagenaud paced today’s second practice for the Honda Indy Toronto, leading the stable of four Team Penske drivers in the top seven on the session’s time sheet. Read the rest of this entry »


Jul 09

Pagenaud sends speedy reminder in final Iowa practice

“I think it’s a little tricky out there right now” – Pagenaud

Simon PagenaudConsidering he’s the reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion and sits second in the current point standings, Simon Pagenaud’s name hasn’t drawn much attention through the first 10 races of the 2017 season Read the rest of this entry »


May 12

Pagenaud sets sights on repeating as Indycar Grand Prix Winner

He’s the Frenchman driving a fluorescent freight train

Simon PagenaudIt’s impossible to miss Simon Pagenaud, not just because his No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet is Day-Glo yellow. The defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion is leading the points standings again entering Saturday’s INDYCAR Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course and is beginning to distance himself from competitors when running up front. Read the rest of this entry »


Apr 30

Pagenaud dominates at Phoenix to collect first oval win

In his eighth Indy car season and 105th race, Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud found victory lane on an oval

Simon PagenaudBy taking the checkered flag in the Desert Diamond West Valley Phoenix Grand Prix at Phoenix Raceway, Pagenaud (No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet) scored his 10th career Indy car win and the 189th in the illustrious history of Team Penske.

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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 »


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