Simon Pagenaud Debuts Menards Colors, Team Penske Quick in IndyCar Test at Barber

Leeds, Ala – What started off as a two race deal for Indy, quickly turned into a three race deal for Menards to be on Simon Pagenaud’s Team Penske entry in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2016. John Menard and Roger Penske originally agreed to a deal to put the bright colors of the home improvement store on the car for both the road course race as well as the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500 as well. Then, right before the press conference to unveil that, Penske told Menard that…

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Pagenaud Always Trying to Bring His “A-Game” No Matter a Past Champion or Not

INDIANAPOLIS – Simon Pagenaud won the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series championship last year. It was the first championship of his IndyCar career. Now, that he’s a champion, how much pressure will there be to repeat? The aerokits had a freeze in the offseason, and he’s entering his third season with Team Penske. He should dominate again right? But, do those expectations bring extra pressure? Do the higher expectations of now being a champion change how one races? Pagenaud don’t think so. “It doesn’t really matter if you were a champion this…

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Long Beach a Track That Holds a Special Place In Simon Pagenaud’s Heart

INDIANAPOLIS – After a second place finish in the Verizon IndyCar Series season opener at St. Pete, Simon Pagenaud is now setting his sights on winning for a second consecutive year on the streets of Long Beach. But, it’s not just the fact that Pagenaud won in Long Beach last year, it’s how he did it. The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach is the longest running major “street” race held on the North American continent. It all started in 1975 and is still going today as the April 9 event…

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From Last to 1st, Sebastien Bourdais Wins Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – He didn’t know it then, but that crash in qualifying on Saturday ended up being a blessing in disguise for Sebastien Bourdais. The St. Pete native was forced to start 21st, last, in Sunday’s Verizon IndyCar Series season opener, which as weird as this sounds, worked to his advantage. By starting back there, he missed the opening lap crash between Graham Rahal, Mikhail Aleshin, Charlie Kimball and Carlos Munoz. Also by starting back there, he was able to go off sequence early and benefit from the…

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Simon Pagenaud Backs Up Title Defense With 2nd Consecutive Runner-Up Finish at St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete was a French connection. Both of which capitalized on the Lap 25 caution to bring two French drivers 1-2 in today’s Verizon IndyCar Series season opener. Simon Pagenaud benefited the most coming from a 14th starting spot to a second place finish in his No. 1 Chevrolet this afternoon. When qualifying ended yesterday, everyone was concerned to how Pagenaud would do this weekend. He was struggling with the new brakes and the team was struggling with getting the handling…

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Marco Andretti/Scott Dixon Lead Opening Day of IndyCar Practice at St. Pete

St. Petersburg, Fla – You don’t get a shiny new trophy or a big bonus check for being fastest in the season opening Verizon IndyCar Series practice session of the year. Heck, most don’t even remember it. But, for Marco Andretti, being fastest in session No. 1 of the 2017 season means as much to him as a race victory. Andretti, paced the 1.8-mile St. Pete circuit in 1:03.7559-seconds in his No. 27 Honda on Friday morning which was good enough to top the leaderboard among the 21 drivers here this…

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Will Team Penske Still Dominate at St. Pete for 3rd Straight Season?

INDIANAPOLIS – The lengthy offseason is finally coming to an end, the Verizon IndyCar Series takes to the streets of St. Pete this weekend for the 13th annual Firestone Grand Prix of St. Pete (12:30 p.m ET/ABC/IndyCar Radio). With that being said, will Team Penske dominate on the 1.8-mile street circuit for a third straight year? The last two years, Penske has swept the first two races in each race, as Penske drivers started 1-2-3-4 in 2015 and again in 2016. Will that happen again this weekend? Odds say there’s a…

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