Biography

One of the most consistent and productive drivers competing in the NTT IndyCar Series (NICS), Simon Pagenaud begins his fifth season with Team Penske in 2019 driving the No. 22 Menards/DXC Technology Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet. Over his four previous seasons with the team, the Frenchman has scored seven wins, 10 pole positions and the 2016 NTT IndyCar Series Championship. 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 will look to find his way back to Victory Lane this season as he returns to championship form.

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 ‘17, 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.

Before becoming a champion in America, Pagenaud competed in Europe’s Formula Renault for several years before moving 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 NTT 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 NICS and Team Penske driver, Will Power. Pagenaud finished eighth in the 2007 Champ Car World Series standings.