Simon Pagenaud
Simon  Pagenaud
Team Penske
Simon Pagenaud
Career stats
Verizon IndyCar Series
Indy 500 Wins
Total Poles
Race Wins
May 18, 1984
22 France Verizon P1 Award Road To Indy Graduate
Montmorillon, France
Mooresville, N.C.

Simon Pagenaud grew up and raced in France and now makes North Carolina his home. His nickname is “Jean Gerrard,” after the French character in the movie “Talladega Nights.” 

After competing in three Verizon IndyCar Series races in 2011, Pagenaud moved to the series full time in 2012 and earned the Sunoco Rookie of the Year award. In 2013, he won twice and finished third in the championship. In 2014, he added two victories and finished fifth in the standings. He moved from Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to Team Penske for the 2015 season.
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 85 4 2 29 54 312 78

* Under INDYCAR sanction

** 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.



First Start
April 8, 2007
Las Vegas (Street)
First Win
June 1, 2013
Belle Isle (Race 2)
First Pole
June 28, 2014
Houston (Race 2)

Verizon IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2014
    • Finished fifth in Verizon IndyCar Series for Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports.
    • Recorded victories in inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis and Houston Race 2.
    • Posted 12 top-10 finishes and was running at the finish in 17 of the 18 races.
    • Earned first Indy car pole at Houston Race 1.
    • Led four races for total of 59 laps.
  • 2013
    • Finished third in IndyCar Series standings for Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports.
    • Recorded two victories on street courses (Belle Isle Race 2 and Baltimore).
    • Posted five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes overall.
    • Qualified a season-high third for Houston Race 2.
    • Led three races for 39 total laps.
    • Was running at finish in 17 races.
  • 2012
    • Finished fifth in IndyCar Series standings for Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports.
    • Recorded nine top-10 finishes, with a best of second at Long Beach.
    • Received 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year award.
  • 2011
    • Competed in three races with two different teams, with a best finish of eighth in series debut at Barber Motorsports Park.
  • 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

  • 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 Total. Co-drove second-place car in Le Mans 24 Hours.
  • 2010
    • Won the 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 Le Mans 24 Hours, 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.
    • Competed in Le Mans 24 Hours, driving for Pescarolo.
  • 2008
    • Finished ninth in American Le Mans Series LMP championship, driving for de Ferran Motorsports.
    • Competed in Le Mans 24 Hours, driving for ORECA.
  • 2006
    • Won Champ Car Atlantic Series title in 2006 for Team Australia.
    • Earned a victory at Edmonton and five other podium finishes.
  • 2005
    • Finished 15th in World Series by Renault standings, driving for 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.