Simon Pagenaud, Professional Racing Driver

Road America


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23 / Jun / 2019

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After starting 16th in the IndyCar Series REV Group Grand Prix at Road America, Simon Pagenaud navigated his way through the field of the 14-turn road course and settled for a ninth-place finish - allowing him to maintain third-place in championship point standings. Wasting no time after the green flag, Pagenaud quickly jumped to seventh just seven laps into the 55-lap race. Needing no adjustments, the No. 22 Menards Chevy came down pit road on lap 13 for just primary sticker tires and fuel. Pagenaud jumped up to sixth after pit stops cycled through but on lap 21, the Menards Chevy rubbed tires with Colton Herta sending him off-track and dropping Pagenaud to eighth. With no caution falling, the No. 22 dropped to ninth with 23 laps completed.

 

Four laps later, race strategist Kyle Moyer called Pagenaud to the pits for a scheduled green-flag stop for fresh primary tires and another round of fuel. Pagenaud maintained ninth position while trying to gain ground on the leaders as the race wound down to the second half. With 13 laps remaining and still running inside the top-10, Pagenaud brought his No. 22 Menards Chevrolet down pit road for the last time for alternate worn tires and fuel hoping to gain track position with the faster tires. Ultimately, Pagenaud finished the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America in ninth, earning the team's eighth top-10 finish of the season and holding a 33-point lead over Scott Dixon in championship standings.

 

 - Simon Pagenaud News

"We obviously got a great start and the Menards Chevy felt fantastic driving up through the field. Then we had contact with (Colton) Herta and there was no yellow throughout the whole race, which really set us back. And my final set of red tires at the end degraded really quickly. We've got three tracks coming up that I absolutely love, though, so I'm ready to get back out there already."

 - Simon Pagenaud News
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