In 2018, Simon Pagenaud returns to the No. 22 Menards/DXC Technology Dallara/Chevrolet looking to continue his remarkable record of production in the Verizon IndyCar Series (VICS). Pagenaud brings the perfect blend of speed and strategy. Now in his fourth season with the team, he is capable of producing race wins and pole positions every time he attacks the track. In his three previous seasons with Team Penske, the Frenchman has scored seven wins, nine Verizon P1 Pole Awards and the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship.
Pagenaud followed up his title-winning season in 2016 with a run at back-to-back championships before falling just 13 points shy of teammate Josef Newgarden last season to finish as series runner up. Driving the champion’s No. 1 car in 2017, Pagenaud garnered his first career oval win at Phoenix Raceway and he captured a second straight season-ending triumph at Sonoma Raceway. He led the series with 13 top-five finishes and became just the second driver in series history to complete every lap of competition.
Before becoming a champion in America, Pagenaud competed in Europe’s Formula Renault for several years before moving to the United States in 2006 to compete in the Champ Car Atlantic Series with Walker Racing and Team Australia. In his rookie season of Champ Car Atlantic, Pagenaud captured the series title over current Verizon IndyCar Series driver Graham Rahal. Pagenaud applied the prize money won from that season towards a 2007 Champ Car World Series opportunity with Walker Racing and Team Australia, where he was a teammate to current Verizon IndyCar Series and Team Penske driver, Will Power. Pagenaud finished eighth in the 2007 Champ Car World Series standings.
Team 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 470 major race wins, over 540 pole positions and 32 Championships across open-wheel, stock car and sports car racing competition.
Over the course of its 52-year history, the team has also earned 16 Indianapolis 500 victories, two Daytona 500 Championships, a Formula 1 win and overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
For 2018, Team Penske will compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR XFINITY Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team also races in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, in a partnership with Dick Johnson Racing, as DJR Team Penske.
2018 Verizon IndyCar Series Car
Engine: Chevrolet, 2.2-liter, V-6, twin-turbocharged with 750 horsepower
Chassis: Approximately 1,610 pounds, manufactured by Dallara