Simon Pagenaud

Born May 18, 1984
Nationality France France
Nickname Ricky Bobby

Simon Pagenaud, born on May 18, 1984, is a well-known professional car racing driver. He drives the No.22 Chevrolet mainly for Team Penske, one of the most successful and popular IndyCar Series. Pagenaud owns a Jack Russell Terrier. This terrier, whom he calls Norman, goes with him during a significant number of his races. Norman is also an active internet user and spends some time online, particularly on social media.

After an effective and successful profession in sports auto racing that saw him taking the 2010’s American Le Mans Series, Pagenaud decided to move to the IndyCar Series. In this series, he championed the 2016 IndyCar competition and the Indianapolis 500 in 2019. He is the first French driver to win the Indianapolis 500 since 1920 and the first pole sitter to dominate the race since Helio Castroneves in 2009. Over ten seasons, Simon Pagenaud has won a total of 15 races in the IndyCar Series. Way back in 2016, he also won five races. Pagenaud finished second in 2017 and 2019’s series point race. He won the Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500 in 2019 from a pole position.

He took the lead from Josef Newgarden, but his Penske teammate retook the championship lead in Detroit a race later. Simon Pagenaud took pole and the win at the Honda Indy Toronto 2019. He also took the pole position at the Iowa 300 in the same year, although the victory went to Josef Newgarden in the end. As for his current record, Pagenaud is in third place. He’s one point behind Alexander Rossi, the driver of the Andretti Autosport, and about 34 points behind Newgarden.

Because of the issue on the fuel pump, his Iowa IndyCar 250 race one entry at the Iowa Speedway failed to qualify. In this event, he ended up starting the race at 23rd, at the back of the grid. He then took the lead by lap 178, claiming the 250-lap race. All through his car racing career, Simon Pagenaud showed the combination of unrivaled skills and performance. They are why he could establish a good name in the history of auto racing.

Career Summary:

  • Races entered: 346
  • Race win percentage: 12.4%
  • Wins: 43
  • Podiums: 107
  • Podium percentage: 30.9%
  • Pole Positions: 32
  • Fastest laps: 35

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