After watching his home country celebrate a World Cup Championship, Frenchman Simon Pagenaud took the green in the Verizon IndyCar Series event at Toronto from the third position and looked to help France celebrate a second time on Sunday. In the first turn of the first lap, Pagenaud's No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet got shuffled out of the groove following a bold move by teammate Will Power. For the remainder of the first stint, Pagenaud would hold steady in the seventh position. The DXC Technology team visited pit lane for the first time on lap 23, making a big front wing change in order to help Pagenaud with the increasingly slippery conditions. After green-flag pit stops cycled through, Pagenaud found himself seventh again, but took advantage of a series of accidents by his competitors in the next several laps and jumped all the way up to third.
Pagenaud continued to radio in that the track was getting increasingly slick due to the hot Toronto afternoon, so the team elected to another front wing change on the final stop. The DXC Technology Chevrolet was able to jump to second on lap 58 following the final round of pit stops after a torrid battle with Robert Wickens. Once Pagenaud settled into second, he set his sights on chasing down leader Scott Dixon over the remaining 20 laps. While Pagenaud was able to close the gap to Dixon, he ultimately had to settle for second and his second podium finish of the year. The runner-up result allowed him to jump to seventh in the Verizon IndyCar Series point standings.
“Yeah, hard racing and good racing. I had fun. It was really, really tough out there. The track was changing all the time. I don't know if it's the dust or the tires, but certainly re-starts, where I had wheel speed up to 50 on the front straightaway. It was a blast to drive. It was really difficult. But when you have a good result like this it feels very rewarding and a lot of fun. I'm really proud of the No. 22 DXC Technology Chevrolet team for a great effort this weekend. I think we showed that we're back, so I'm excited. Yeah, you know what? At the end of the day it's racing. We have good seasons and we have not as good seasons, but the big thing is to bounce back and I think we're doing just that. We're working diligently in the background and it's showing this weekend. All three Penske car were in the Fast Six on a street course, so we couldn't be happier this weekend. I'm sorry for Josef (Newgarden) and Will (Power's) race, but we'll get them next week.”