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Simon Pagenaud is back in 2021 for a seventh season with Team Penske, the most successful North American single-seater team. Pagenaud brilliantly won the 2019 Indianapolis 500 and became the first Frenchman to win "the greatest race in the world" in 99 years. Pagenaud's IndyCar record includes 15 wins, 13 pole positions (including the Indy 500), the 2016 IndyCar Series title and runner-up in 2017 and 2019. The Frenchman (born in Poitiers) was voted Best Rookie in 2012 and won the U.S. ALMS LMP Endurance Championship in 2010.

Before becoming a champion in America, Pagenaud competed in Europe for several years before moving to the United States in 2006. After winning the "Volant Elf" (young drivers' competition), he got into motorsports in 2001 and finished second in the Formula Renault Campus championship straight away. The following year he moved to Formula Renault and finished runner-up in the Eurocup. He moved to the World Series by Renault in 2005. Attracted by the American championships, he participated in some tests with several Formula Atlantic championship teams and was hired by Team Australia in 2006 when he won the title ahead of current IndyCar driver Graham Rahal. Simon Pagenaud used his prize money to move up to the Champ Car World Series with Walker Racing and Team Australia in 2007. Already team-mate of Will Power at the time, he finished eighth in the final standings. Following the bankruptcy of Team Australia he joined the American Le Mans Series in 2008. At the same time, he participated in several endurance races in Europe, such as the 1000 kilometers of Spa which he won or the 24 Hours of Le Mans where he missed victory in 2011 by a close margin. The following year he signed with Sam Schmidt Motorsports and thus started his first full-time season in IndyCar.

Fun Facts

> Simon Pagenaud became the third Frenchman to win the Indianapolis 500 title after Jules Goux in 1913 and Rene Thomas in 1914. More recent previous champions Gil de Ferran (2003) and Gaston Chevrolet (1920), while born in France, list other nationalities. Chevrolet lists Swiss while de Ferran lists Brazilian.
> A self-proclaimed foodie, Simon's favorite dish to cook his his grandmother's special -- tomato farcie.
> One of Simon's favorite hobbies is home improvement. During the course of one off-season, he constructed an entire wine cellar in his basement.
> Simon enjoys longboarding with his Jack Russell Terrier, Norman Pagenaud.


Team PenskeTeam Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have produced more than 500 major race wins, over 600 pole positions and 37 Championships across open-wheel, stock car and sports car racing competition.

Over the course of its 54-year history, the team has also earned 18 Indianapolis 500 victories, two Daytona 500 Championships, a Formula 1 win, overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, along with a win in Australia's legendary Bathurst 1000 race.

For 2021, Team Penske will compete in the NTT IndyCar Series, the NASCAR Cup Series and the NASCAR Xfinity Series.


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2020 NTT IndyCar Series Car

Engine: Chevrolet, 2.2-liter, V-6, twin-turbocharged with 750 horsepower
Chassis: Approximately 1,610 pounds, manufactured by Dallara

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