Simon Pagenaud at Indy Toronto
Simon Pagenaud is a French racing driver behind the wheel of the #22 Chevrolet for Team Penske in the IndyCar Series. He developed his passion at a young age, through car racing video games, and hasn’t stopped since. The talented racer is known for being the 2016 IndyCar champion and also the first French Indianapolis 500 winner since Gaston Chevrolet won in 1920.
The Honda Indy Toronto is an annual IndyCar Series race, held in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The track was originally known as the Molson Indy Toronto, and consists of 11 turns with a 2.874-kilometer street circuit. The event is taking place on July 12th. This track is longer than most, in fact just second longest only to the Grand Prix of Long Beach. Simon stated that street courses are his favorite, so we can expect him to finish the race in the first place.
Simon’s Success Streak
Whenever asked about his success, the Frenchman always says that he does not talk about the past and only looks ahead towards the future. In the past few years, he’s won multiple awards, including the 2016 IndyCar Series title championship season at Team Penske. Simon Pagenaud has also won the 2019 Indianapolis 500 race, after a fierce competition with Alexander Rossi and Takuma Sato at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This was Pagenaud’s second win of the 2019 Indianapolis Car Series season and his first opportunity to appear on the Indianapolis Victory Lane.
Last year Simon Pagenaud placed 2nd in the Toronto race after starting in 3rd, earning the Penske team 41 points. Team Penske’s 22 driver had this to say before heading into the 2018 qualifying round “”I’ll say the No. 22 DXC Technology Chevy was pretty good. I think we made quite a bit of improvement on the street course setup. It’s super tight here and it’s a blast to drive around the streets of Toronto… The little details come down to that, to extract five-hundredths of seconds in each corner.” This year we will see Pagenaud in the DXC Technology car, with even stronger times with his 2019 improvements.
His last race, while only an exhibition race, was covered by NBCSN for his form. Simon is always excited to perform on the race track and we expect nothing less in Toronto this weekend.
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