Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 DXC Technology team did everything they could to try and contend for the 2019 IndyCar Series Championship, but their battle fell just short at Pagenaud finished fourth on Sunday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and second in the season-long point standings.
After starting from the sixth position in the No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet, Pagenaud got in line quickly after the drop of the green as the field drove into turn one and began running his race, listening to race strategist Kyle Moyer while trying to figure out a strategy to get them out front. Pagenaud made a couple of early moves to try and get into fifth, but couldn't get past James Hinchcliffe.
Pagenaud made his first pit stop on lap 12, keeping Firestone red tires on his No. 22 while trying to undercut the rest of the field. Moyer coached the French driver to run as fast as possible. As his contenders for the Championship pitted on the next lap, Pagenaud was able to get around both Josef Newgarden and Alexander Rossi. Once the first round of pit stops cycled, Pagenaud slotted into third.
While still running third, Pagenaud made his second stop on lap 38 to Firestone black primaries. As everyone finished their pit cycle, Pagenaud was fourth and quickly made a pass on teammate Will Power to get back to third. At halfway, he was less than two seconds behind the leader before the day's first full-course caution.
Pagenaud continued to be aggressive on the track and put pressure on Scott Dixon for second. He stayed on the track on lap longer than the rest of the leaders on the last stop of the day, which came on lap 63. He slotted into fourth as everyone completed their final stops.
Pagenaud put a ton of pressure on Dixon as the race wound down, but couldn't advance any more. His fourth-place finish jumped Pagenaud to second in the final point standings, giving Team Penske a 1-2 finish in the points.
"First of all, an amazing race for sure and very happy for the fans. We all want to thank you for being here and supporting us as a sport. Just an amazing year for Team Penske. Back at the 500 and for Josef to get the championship, its pretty much a perfect year. I gave it everything I had. Today felt amazing, the car was fantastic and I tried to give everything I had at Dixon and it was tough for sure. We had a great battle at the end."