Simon Pagenaud
Jun 29

Pagenaud triumphant in second race of IndyCar doubleheader

Simon Pagenaud celebrates winning the second race of the 2014 Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. (Photo: Phil Abbott)

Simon Pagenaud celebrates winning the second race of the 2014 Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. (Photo courtesy Phil Abbott)

HOUSTON (AP) — Simon Pagenaud, the Frenchman who thought he had a winning car in the first race of the Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader, finally picked up a victory in Sunday’s second race.

The victory, the second of the season for Pagenaud, allowed him to significantly cut into Will Power’s lead in the championship standings. Pagenaud came to Houston down 91 points to Power, but cut it to 59 following his victory.

Jun 28

IndyCar: Top contenders starting toward rear as Pagenaud earns first pole

27-29 June, 2014, Houston, Texas USA Simon Pagenaud celebrates winning the Verizon P1 Pole Award ©2014, Phillip Abbott LAT Photo USA

Simon Pagenaud celebrates winning the Verizon P1 Pole Award. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

HOUSTON – Points leader Will Power will have to race his way from the back of the field in Saturday’s Verizon IndyCar Series Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston Presented by the Greater Houston Honda Dealers.

The Team Penske driver takes a 39-point lead over teammate Helio Castroneves in Saturday’s race that starts at 3:40 p.m. ET, but Power starts way back in 18th after failing to advance out of the first round of qualifying.

May 30

IndyCar: Pagenaud looks to continue solid 2014 form; fastest in Friday practice

 

Simon Pagenaud won the 2014 Grand Prix of Indianapolis. He finished 12th place in the latest IndyCar Series outing in the Indianapolis 500. (Photo: F. Peirce Williams/LAT Photographic)

Simon Pagenaud navigates the streets of Belle Isle. He finished 12th place in the latest IndyCar Series outing in the Indianapolis 500. (Photo: F. Peirce Williams/LAT Photographic)

Pagenaud’s strong start to the season continued Friday at Belle Isle Park where the Frenchman topped the timing sheets in Friday practice with a 1:17.6502.

Pagenaud, who won one of the two races held in 2013′s double-feature at Belle Isle, led Mike Conway, who won the other, by less than a tenth of a second once the checkered flag flew Friday afternoon.

May 17

IndyCar: Pagenaud To Wear Senna Tribute Helmet In Indy 500

(L-R) Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Tony Kanaan, and Gil de Ferran with the Ayrton Senna design helmet that Pagenaud will wear during the Indy 500 race. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

(L-R) Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Tony Kanaan, and Gil de Ferran with the Ayrton Senna design helmet that Pagenaud will wear during the Indy 500 race. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Like many race drivers throughout the world who were youngsters in the 1990s Brazil’s, Ayrton Senna was Verizon IndyCar Series driver Simon Pagenaud’s hero. When Pagenaud was growing up in France he remembers the great battles between Senna and France’s Alain Prost for the Formula 1 World Championship.

Pagenaud was heartbroken on that fateful day when Senna was killed in a crash on May 1, 1994 at Imola, Italy, but 20 years after his death, Senna remains an inspiration to the current generation of IndyCar Series and Formula 1 stars.

May 10

IndyCar: Pagenaud Stretches Fuel To Win On Indy Road Course

Simon Pagenaud celebrates after winning the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. (Photo: Getty Images)

Simon Pagenaud celebrates after winning the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. (Photo: Getty Images)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway officially opened for the month of May with a chaotic road course race that started with a wreck, saw James Hinchliffe and the mayor of the city injured by flying debris, and, finally, Simon Pagenaud celebrate a fuel-mileage victory.

Pagenaud won the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on Saturday, the first IndyCar Series race on IMS’ road course, by stretching his fuel the final 29 laps.

The Frenchman was one of several drivers to gamble on gas, and he took the lead when Oriol Servia had to stop with four laps remaining. Pagenaud managed to make it to the finish for his third series victory despite having to keep an eye on his mirrors.