Biography

Simon Pagenaud completed a dream season in 2016 as he was crowned Verizon IndyCar Series Champion after leading the series in just about every key statistical category including wins, poles, podiums and laps led. The Frenchman’s first IndyCar title represented the 14th open-wheel crown and 29th championship overall for Team Penske, coming in the organization’s landmark 50th season of racing.

Driving the No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprise/Menards/PPG/DeVilbiss Chevrolet, Pagenaud produced five wins and seven Verizon P1 pole awards in 2016, edging teammate Will Power for the title when Pagenaud won the series finale at Sonoma Raceway in convincing fashion. Pagenaud’s championship run led a Team Penske 1-2-3 finish in the standings.

The magical 2016 campaign for Pagenaud came in just his second season competing for Team Penske as he joined open-wheel racing’s winningest team in 2015, marking the first time in its storied history that the organization fielded a four-car lineup. The title also highlighted Pagenaud’s remarkable rise in racing.

After competing in Formula Renault for several years, Pagenaud made the move 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 Champ Car World Series standings in 2007.

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Biography

Simon Pagenaud completed a dream season in 2016 as he was crowned Verizon IndyCar Series Champion after leading the series in just about every key statistical category including wins, poles, podiums and laps led. The Frenchman’s first IndyCar title represented the 14th open-wheel crown and 29th championship overall for Team Penske, coming in the organization’s landmark 50th season of racing.

Driving the No. 22 Hewlett Packard Enterprise/Menards/PPG/DeVilbiss Chevrolet, Pagenaud produced five wins and seven Verizon P1 pole awards in 2016, edging teammate Will Power for the title when Pagenaud won the series finale at Sonoma Raceway in convincing fashion. Pagenaud’s championship run led a Team Penske 1-2-3 finish in the standings.

The magical 2016 campaign for Pagenaud came in just his second season competing for Team Penske as he joined open-wheel racing’s winningest team in 2015, marking the first time in its storied history that the organization fielded a four-car lineup. The title also highlighted Pagenaud’s remarkable rise in racing.

After competing in Formula Renault for several years, Pagenaud made the move 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 Champ Car World Series standings in 2007.

After the open-wheel racing merger in 2008, Pagenaud unfortunately found himself without a ride in the IndyCar Series. As a result, he joined de Ferran Motorsports, led by former Team Penske driver, Gil de Ferran, racing sports cars in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). It was there that de Ferran – the former Team Penske standout who won the series title and the 2003 Indianapolis 500 – told Tim Cindric, Penske Racing president, that he should consider Pagenaud for any possible opportunities to drive one of the team’s coveted Verizon IndyCar Series entries in the future.

Pagenaud and de Ferran finished second overall in the 2009 American Le Mans Series standings. At the end of that season it was announced that Pagenaud would leave de Ferran Motorsports for Highcroft Racing. There, he teamed with David Brabham and the duo captured the 2010 ALMS championship.

A world traveler in 2011, Pagenaud raced in five different series during that calendar year: the Verizon IndyCar Series, American Le Mans Series, Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, Australian V8 Supercar Series and Le Mans Series where he competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, coming home with a second-place finish.

The 2012 season saw Pagenaud commit full-time to the Verizon IndyCar Series with Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports, as he began a run of three-consecutive top-five finishes in the series championship standings. His first season with the team brought a fifth-place result in the championship standings and Rookie of the Year honors.

Pagenaud scored his first series win in the second race of the 2013 Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans doubleheader weekend at Belle Isle Park. A second win on the streets of Baltimore propelled the Frenchman to a career-best, third-place finish in the final championship standings.

One the biggest wins of his career came when Pagenaud took the checkered flag in the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the road course at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2014. He followed that up with his fourth-career series win in the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader weekend as he remained a contender for the 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series crown all the way to the season finale at Auto Club Speedway before finishing fifth in the standings.

After joining Team Penske and the newly-formed No. 22 Chevy team in 2015, Pagenaud instantly showed impressive speed. He started outside the top 10 on only two occasions, and posted a pole-winning run at Auto Club Speedway in June. His podium finishes – both third-place results – came in the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans on Belle Isle Park and at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. That set the stage for his remarkable championship run in 2016 that saw Pagenaud take control of the standings in the second race and lead for the remainder of the season.

Pagenaud’s favorite activities away from the track include cycling, running, karting, skiing and tennis. He now makes his home in the Charlotte, NC area, near the headquarters of Team Penske.

 

 

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Career Highlights

2015 - Scored his first Verizon P1 Pole Award with the team – and his first on an oval – at the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in June.   He also captured a front row starting position (third) for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 in May (finishing tenth), along with five other front row starting spots throughout the year.  The 132 laps that Pagenaud led during the season was more than double his previous career high. He finished the year with four top-five finishes and nine top-10 results, including podium finishes at Belle Isle and Mid-Ohio.

2014 - Finished inside the top five in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings for the third consecutive season. Posted two wins, eight top-five finishes and one Verizon P1 Pole Award. Won the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Competed in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

2013 - Scored first career Verizon IndyCar Series win in the second race of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans at Belle Isle Park in Detroit. Finished third in the championship standings with two wins and five top-five finishes. Finished ninth in the 24 Hours of Daytona. Won P2 class in American Le Mans Series race at Road America after opening the season with a second-place finish in the 12 Hours of Sebring.

2012 - Raced first full season in the Verizon IndyCar Series since 2007. Scored six top-five finishes and nine top-10 results to finish fifth in the championship standings. Started first and finished second in the P1 class at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Made two starts in the Australia V8 Supercar Series at the Surfers Paradise circuit.

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2015 - Scored his first Verizon P1 Pole Award with the team – and his first on an oval – at the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway in June.   He also captured a front row starting position (third) for the 99th running of the Indianapolis 500 in May (finishing tenth), along with five other front row starting spots throughout the year.  The 132 laps that Pagenaud led during the season was more than double his previous career high. He finished the year with four top-five finishes and nine top-10 results, including podium finishes at Belle Isle and Mid-Ohio.

2014 - Finished inside the top five in the Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings for the third consecutive season. Posted two wins, eight top-five finishes and one Verizon P1 Pole Award. Won the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Competed in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

2013 - Scored first career Verizon IndyCar Series win in the second race of the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans at Belle Isle Park in Detroit. Finished third in the championship standings with two wins and five top-five finishes. Finished ninth in the 24 Hours of Daytona. Won P2 class in American Le Mans Series race at Road America after opening the season with a second-place finish in the 12 Hours of Sebring.

2012 - Raced first full season in the Verizon IndyCar Series since 2007. Scored six top-five finishes and nine top-10 results to finish fifth in the championship standings. Started first and finished second in the P1 class at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Made two starts in the Australia V8 Supercar Series at the Surfers Paradise circuit.

2011 - Made three Verizon IndyCar Series starts with one top-10 finish. Finished second overall in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Started both Australian V8 Supercar Series races at Surfers Paradise, scoring one top-five finish and two top-10 results. Started on the pole position for the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta before suffering a mechanical issue to finish 11th.

2010 - Competed in final full season in the American Le Mans Series. Teamed with David Brabham at Highcroft Racing to capture the series championship on the strength of four wins and nine podium finishes in nine starts.

2009 - Recorded five wins, eight podium finishes and seven pole positions in 10 starts in the American Le Mans Series.

2008 - Competed in eight of 11 races on the American Le Mans Series schedule for de Ferran Motorsports, owned by former Team Penske driver and 2003 Indianapolis 500 winner, Gil de Ferran. Finished inside the top-10 in every start with two pole positions.

2007 - Raced his first season of Verizon IndyCar Series competition. Only qualified outside of the top-10 on one occasion. Finished the season with six top-five finishes and nine top-five finishes. Raced alongside current Team Penske teammate, Will Power, with Team Australia.

2006 - Won the Champ Car Atlantic Series championship. Applied the winnings from his championship toward a ride with Walker Racing/Team Australia in Champ Car World Series.

2002 - 2005 - Competed in Formula Renault, Formula Renault Eurocup and Formula Renault 3.5 competition.

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