Simon Pagenaud
Simon  Pagenaud
Team Penske
Simon Pagenaud
rank
02
Career stats
Verizon IndyCar Series
Championship
Indy 500 Wins
Total Poles
Race Wins
Birthday
May 18, 1984
1 Chevrolet France Road To Indy Graduate
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Hometown
Montmorillon, France
Residence
Mooresville, N.C.

IN HIS OWN WORDS:

"It's easy to relax after you've won one time, but it's about being disciplined. Myself, it's to reflect on '16 and see how I can improve myself physically, mentally, all the aspects of driving, the craft basically. I can definitely improve on a lot of those things."

ON TRACK

  • 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion returns to Team Penske for his third season with the team in 2017.
  • Nine-time Verizon IndyCar Series race winner.
  • Sunoco Rookie of the Year in Verizon IndyCar Series in 2012.
  • Won 2010 ALMS LMP championship.
  • Says his favorite form of racing is rallying; he has won rallies in his home country of France and participated in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in a minivan.
  • Has competed in Trophy Andros ice racing series in Andorra.

OFF TRACK

  • Known for his fashion sense; men’s clothier Sand Copenhagen is a personal sponsor.
  • Red wine enthusiast who maintains a wine cellar in France.
  • Car enthusiast – owns a Porsche Cayman and vintage muscle cars.
  • Cycling, running, karting, tennis and skiing are some of his hobbies.
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CAREER STATS
YEAR SERIES STARTS WINS POLES** TOP 5 TOP 10 LAPS LED RAF
2017 Verizon IndyCar Series 1 0 0 1 1 13 1
2016 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 5 7 10 12 406 15
2015 Verizon IndyCar Series 16 0 1 4 9 132 14
2014 Verizon IndyCar Series 18 2 1 8 12 59 17
2013 Verizon IndyCar Series 19 2 0 5 13 39 17
2012 Verizon IndyCar Series 15 0 0 6 9 63 14
2011 Verizon IndyCar Series 3 0 0 0 1 0 3
2007 Champ Car 14 0 0 6 10 19 13
Total 102 9 9 40 67 731 94

** Includes all poles, including those awarded based on entrant points

RAF = Running at Finish


Team Penske

Roger Penske has been racing and winning in the United States since 1958 and has scored victories in every series in which he has competed.

Penske was one of America's most successful young road racers before he retired from driving in 1965 to focus on his business interests. He fielded Corvettes in the 1966 endurance races at Daytona and Sebring before joining forces with driver Mark Donohue to race in the USRRC and Can-Am sports car series. Penske Racing found success early with Donohue, winning two consecutive USRRC championships and three SCCA Trans-Am championships.

Penske Racing and Donohue moved into Indy car racing by racing in two USAC-sanctioned road races in 1968. In 1969, the team entered the Indianapolis 500 for the first time, and Donohue finished seventh, earning Rookie of the Year honors.

Since then, a Penske Racing car has been in Victory Circle at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway 15 times -- most recently in 2009 with Helio Castroneves -- and won the Verizon IndyCar Series championship in 2006 with Sam Hornish Jr. and 2014 with Will Power.

Drivers who have competed in Penske Racing cars in CART and the Verizon IndyCar Series include Mario Andretti, Al Unser, Bobby Unser, Al Unser Jr., Tom Sneva, Rick Mears, Danny Sullivan, Emerson Fittipaldi, Paul Tracy, Al Unser Jr., Gil de Ferran, Gary Bettenhausen, Paul Tracy, Andre Ribiero, Ryan Briscoe, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud.

 

 

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First Start
April 8, 2007 (Las Vegas (Street))
First Win
June 1, 2013 (Belle Isle
R2)
First Pole
June 28, 2014 (Houston
R2)

Verizon IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2016
    • Won Verizon IndyCar Series championship for Team Penske.
    • Won a season-best five times, including a three-race win streak at Long Beach, Barber and GP of Indianapolis. Also won at Mid-Ohio and Sonoma.
    • Won series best seven poles at Barber, Indianapolis GP, Belle Isle-1, Belle Isle-2, Iowa, Mid-Ohio and Sonoma.
    • Recorded 10 top-five finishes and 12 top-10 finishes.
    • Led 12 races for 406 laps.
  • 2015
    • Finished 11th in Verizon IndyCar Series point standings in his first year with Team Penske.
    • Had third-place finishes at Belle Isle-1 and Mid-Ohio.
    • Won pole position at Auto Club Speedway.
    • Led six races for 132 total laps.
  • 2014
    • Collected two race wins for second straight season with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, including victory in inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
    • Won second race of Houston doubleheader and had one other podium finish (third at Sonoma).
    • Compiled eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes on his way to fifth place in Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings.
    • Earned first career Indy car pole at Houston-1.
  • 2013
    • Finished third in point standings for Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports.
    • Recorded first career Indy car victories, winning on street courses (Belle Isle-2 and Baltimore).
    • Posted five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.
    • Qualified season-high third for Houston-2.
    • Led three races for 39 total laps.
  • 2012
    • Finished fifth in points for Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports with best finish of second at Long Beach.
    • Recorded six top fives, including four podiums, and 11 top-10 finishes.
    • Received 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year award.
  • 2011
    • Competed in three Verizon IndyCar Series races with a best finish of eighth at Barber.
  • 2007
    • Finished eighth in Champ Car World Series standings, driving for Team Australia.
    • Posted best finish of fourth at Montreal, Toronto and Edmonton.

Simon's Road To Indy

  • 2016
    • Competed in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series prototype class with Action Express at Rolex 24 At Daytona and Petit Le Mans.
  • 2015
    • Competed in WeatherTech SportsCar Series GT Le Mans class with Corvette Racing at Rolex 24 At Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring.
  • 2014
    • Competed in WeatherTech SportsCar Series prototype class with Extreme Speed Motorsports at Rolex 24 At Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring.
  • 2013
    • Competed in Rolex 24 At Daytona with Team Sahlen.
    • Made two American Le Mans Series starts with Level 5 Motorsports, winning the P2 Class at Road America.
  • 2012
    • Finished second in the 12 Hours of Sebring with Pickett Racing.
    • Competed in Australia V8 Supercars at Surfers Paradise for Stone Brothers with best finish of eighth.
  • 2011
    • Competed in American Le Mans Series, driving for Patron Highcroft Racing.
    • Finished second overall in 12 Hours of Sebring season opener, partnering with co-drivers Marion Franchitti and David Brabham.
    • Competed in Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, driving for Peugeot Sport Tota, co-driving second-place car in Le Mans 24 Hours.
    • Competed in Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, driving for Peugeot Sport Total, co-driving second-place car in 24 Hours of Le Mans.
    • Competed in Australia V8 Supercars at Surfers Paradise for Gerry Rogers Motorsports with best finish of third.
  • 2010
    • Won American Le Mans Series LMP championship, driving for Patron Highcroft Racing with teammate David Brabham.
    • Scored four class victories and three overall wins.
    • Competed in 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving for Peugeot factory team.
  • 2009
    • Finished second in American Le Mans Series LMP championship, driving for de Ferran Motorsports.
    • Earned five overall and class victories.
    • Drove for Pescarolo in 24 Hours of Le Mans.
  • 2008
    • Finished ninth in American Le Mans Series LMP championship, driving for de Ferran Motorsports.
    • Competed in 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving for ORECA.
  • 2006
    • Won Champ Car Atlantic title for Team Australia, with victory at Edmonton and five other podium finishes.
  • 2005
    • Finished 15th in World Series by Renault standings, driving for DHG Saulnier Racing.
  • 2004
    • Finished second in European Formula Renault standings, driving for Graff Racing.
    • Earned two victories and two poles.
    • Competed in French Formula Renault.
  • 2003
    • Competed in French Formula Renault.
    • Competed in Formula Renault, driving for Graff Racing.
  • 2002
    • Finished second in French Formula Renault standings.
    • Earned Rookie of the Year honors.
  • 2001
    • Earned four victories.
    • Finished second in Formula Renault Campus championship.
  • Early Career
    • Won Elf ACO Challenge in 2000.
    • Started career in karting from 1994-99.