Biography

One of the most consistent and productive drivers competing in the IndyCar Series, Simon Pagenaud began his fifth season with Team Penske in 2019 driving the No. 22 Menards/DXC Technology Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet, and he drove his way into this history books by capturing his first Indianapolis 500 win – the first Frenchman to claim the title in 99 years. Between the midway point in the 2019 season and his four previous seasons with the team, Pagenaud has scored nine wins, 11 pole positions and the 2016 IndyCar Series Championship. With his results from the 2018 season, Pagenaud has finished among the top six contenders in the championship standings in six of his seven seasons competing full-time in the series.

In 2018, Pagenaud earned 14 top-10 finishes, highlighted by runner-up results at Texas and Toronto. After a tough start to the season as he adapted to the new universal aero kit Indy car, he rallied to finish sixth in the championship standings. The native of Montmorillon, France continues to battle for more wins and points as he uses the momentum from his Indianapolis 500 win to contend for another series championship in 2019.

Pagenaud followed up his title-winning season in 2016 with a run at back-to-back championships before falling just 13 points shy of teammate Josef Newgarden to finish as series runner up in 2017. Driving the champion’s No. 1 car in 2017, Pagenaud garnered his first career oval win at Phoenix Raceway and he captured a second straight season-ending triumph at Sonoma Raceway. He led the series with 13 top-five finishes and became just the second driver in series history to complete every lap of competition.