Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet struggled in qualifying on Saturday afternoon and took the green in Sunday's Grand Prix of Portland from the 22nd position.
Starting near the back of the 25-car field, Pagenaud and race strategist Kyle Moyer elected to work on a different strategy than most, evident when the French driver came to the pits for fuel just four laps into the race following an early caution period.
Pagenaud began a steady climb to the front despite being on black primary tires to start the race, working his way into the top-15 by lap 20 and eventually into the top-10 by lap 33 as various other pit strategies played out.
With a series of full-course cautions throughout the event, the No. 22 Menards team elected to go for a four-stop race. With the varying pit strategy, Simon eventually found himself running consistently in the top-10, holding court in the sixth position.
On lap 76, a timely yellow allowed Simon to make his final stop of the day and not give up his track position. Over the final 30 laps, the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion was able to gap the cars behind, but not crack the top-five, eventually coming home in the sixth-position.
Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards team remain sixth in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings with the season finale on tap in two weeks at Sonoma Raceway.
"I think it was a fantastic recovery from the whole No. 22 Menards Chevrolet team. It was phenomenal, the strategy that we adopted. We got a little bit lucky with some yellows too, but before the yellows we came to the eighth position from 22nd, so really good job by all my guys. We still have some progress to make on the car, but overall from a tough qualifying day yesterday, we recovered really well and that's what racing is about."