LEEDS, Ala – I wrote at the beginning of the year how 2016 would be Simon Pagenaud’s breakout season. I seem to be writing that by the week now, but, it’s true. Pagenaud is getting better and better as the year is going on as he just won his second straight Verizon IndyCar Series race and holds a wide points lead heading into the biggest month of the year.
The Team Penske driver has finished either first or second in all four races so far this season, as he enters the Month of May hotter than anyone, in arguably quite some time.
So, will this win streak end though?
Honestly, I don’t see how anyone can top him in the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis, as Pagenaud has the up most confidence he’s ever had.
With the road course around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway being similar to Barber (without the elevation changes), I don’t see how anyone can top him.
Pagenaud led 84 of the 90 Laps at Barber after winning the pole on Saturday.
Furthermore, Pagenaud won the inaugural Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis in 2014, so he can do the rare, first, last, first in his three road course starts at IMS.
With how hot he is, why would this stop?
That could lead to five straight top two finishes and quite possibly three straight wins heading into the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.
Again, why would that end there?
Pagenaud earned a front row start for last year’s ‘500, so his oval racing skills are getting better and better. He was strong at Fontana and Pocono a year ago too as his aggression was coming out of him, so I don’t see any reason to believe why he won’t be the favorite to not just win one of the races next month, but both.
By time the series is heading to Belle Isle, Pagenaud could have at least a two race lead in the standings.