Simon Pagenaud
Simon  Pagenaud
Team Penske
22 Chevrolet France Road To Indy Graduate
UAK18 Road-Street
Simon Pagenaud
Career stats
Indy Car History
Championships: 1
Astor Cup Trophy
Indy 500 Wins: 0
Total Poles
Race Wins
May 18, 1984
Montmorillon, France
Mooresville, N.C.


"It's easy to relax after you've won one time, but it's about being disciplined. Myself, it's to reflect on '16 and see how I can improve myself physically, mentally, all the aspects of driving, the craft basically. I can definitely improve on a lot of those things."


  • 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion returns to Team Penske for his fourth season with the team in 2018.
  • 11-time Verizon IndyCar Series race winner.
  • Sunoco Rookie of the Year in Verizon IndyCar Series in 2012.
  • Won 2010 ALMS LMP championship.
  • Says his favorite form of racing is rallying; he has won rallies in his home country of France and participated in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in a minivan.
  • Has competed in Trophy Andros ice racing series in Andorra.


  • Known for his fashion sense; men’s clothier Sand Copenhagen is a personal sponsor.
  • Red wine enthusiast who maintains a wine cellar in France.
  • Car enthusiast – owns a Porsche Cayman and vintage muscle cars.
  • Cycling, running, karting, tennis and skiing are some of his hobbies.


2018 NTT IndyCar Series 17 0 0 4 14 31 16
2017 NTT IndyCar Series 17 2 1 13 15 187 17
2016 NTT IndyCar Series 16 5 7 10 12 406 15
2015 NTT IndyCar Series 16 0 1 4 9 132 14
2014 NTT IndyCar Series 18 2 1 8 12 59 17
2013 NTT IndyCar Series 19 2 0 5 13 39 17
2012 NTT IndyCar Series 15 0 0 6 9 63 14
2011 NTT IndyCar Series 3 0 0 0 1 0 3
2007 Champ Car 14 0 0 6 10 19 13
Total 135 11 10 56 95 936 126

RAF = Running at Finish




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

NTT IndyCar Series Highlights

  • 2017
    • Finished second in the Verizon IndyCar Series for Team Penske with wins at Phoenix and Sonoma.
    • Completed every lap of every race of the season (2,331 laps), becoming only the second driver to accomplish the feat.
    • Recorded 13 top-five and 15 top-10 finishes.
    • Won pole position at Toronto
  • 2016
    • Won Verizon IndyCar Series championship for Team Penske.
    • Won a season-best five times, including a three-race win streak at Long Beach, Barber and GP of Indianapolis. Also won at Mid-Ohio and Sonoma.
    • Won series best seven poles at Barber, Indianapolis GP, Belle Isle-1, Belle Isle-2, Iowa, Mid-Ohio and Sonoma.
    • Recorded 10 top-five finishes and 12 top-10 finishes.
    • Led 12 races for 406 laps.
  • 2015
    • Finished 11th in Verizon IndyCar Series point standings in his first year with Team Penske.
    • Had third-place finishes at Belle Isle-1 and Mid-Ohio.
    • Won pole position at Auto Club Speedway.
    • Led six races for 132 total laps.
  • 2014
    • Collected two race wins for second straight season with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, including victory in inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis.
    • Won second race of Houston doubleheader and had one other podium finish (third at Sonoma).
    • Compiled eight top-five and 12 top-10 finishes on his way to fifth place in Verizon IndyCar Series championship standings.
    • Earned first career Indy car pole at Houston-1.
  • 2013
    • Finished third in point standings for Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports.
    • Recorded first career Indy car victories, winning on street courses (Belle Isle-2 and Baltimore).
    • Posted five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes.
    • Qualified season-high third for Houston-2.
    • Led three races for 39 total laps.
  • 2012
    • Finished fifth in points for Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports with best finish of second at Long Beach.
    • Recorded six top fives, including four podiums, and 11 top-10 finishes.
    • Received 2012 Sunoco Rookie of the Year award.
  • 2011
    • Competed in three Verizon IndyCar Series races with a best finish of eighth at Barber.
  • 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

  • 2016
    • Competed in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Series prototype class with Action Express at Rolex 24 At Daytona and Petit Le Mans.
  • 2015
    • Competed in WeatherTech SportsCar Series GT Le Mans class with Corvette Racing at Rolex 24 At Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring.
  • 2014
    • Competed in WeatherTech SportsCar Series prototype class with Extreme Speed Motorsports at Rolex 24 At Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring.
  • 2013
    • Competed in Rolex 24 At Daytona with Team Sahlen.
    • Made two American Le Mans Series starts with Level 5 Motorsports, winning the P2 Class at Road America.
  • 2012
    • Finished second in the 12 Hours of Sebring with Pickett Racing.
    • Competed in Australia V8 Supercars at Surfers Paradise for Stone Brothers with best finish of eighth.
  • 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 Tota, co-driving second-place car in Le Mans 24 Hours.
    • Competed in Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, driving for Peugeot Sport Total, co-driving second-place car in 24 Hours of Le Mans.
    • Competed in Australia V8 Supercars at Surfers Paradise for Gerry Rogers Motorsports with best finish of third.
  • 2010
    • Won 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 24 Hours of Le Mans, 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.
    • Drove for Pescarolo in 24 Hours of Le Mans.
  • 2008
    • Finished ninth in American Le Mans Series LMP championship, driving for de Ferran Motorsports.
    • Competed in 24 Hours of Le Mans, driving for ORECA.
  • 2006
    • Won Champ Car Atlantic title for Team Australia, with victory at Edmonton and five other podium finishes.
  • 2005
    • Finished 15th in World Series by Renault standings, driving for DHG 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 Formula Renault, driving for Graff Racing.
    • Competed in French Formula Renault.
  • 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.
Team Penske

Team Penske has been racing in the United States since 1966, scoring victories in every series in which it has competed. Team Penske is the most successful Indy car racing team in history with 197 race wins, 15 Indy car national championships and 256 pole positions.

Roger Penske was one of America’s most successful young road racers before he retired from driving in 1965 to focus on his business interests. His team fielded Corvettes in the 1966 endurance races at Daytona and Sebring before joining forces with driver Mark Donohue to race in the U.S. Road Racing Championship and Can-Am sports car series. Team Penske found success early with Donohue, winning consecutive USRRC championships and three SCCA Trans-Am championships.

Penske and Donohue moved into Indy car racing by competing in three 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. Three years later, Donohue earned the first of what has become 16 Indy 500 wins for Penske – more than any other team – including four by Rick Mears and three from Helio Castroneves.

The team enters 2018 with a three-car lineup featuring reigning Verizon IndyCar Series champion Josef Newgarden, 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud, 2014 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Will Power with Castroneves joining the team for races at Indianapolis.

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