Simon Pagenaud

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Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud Le Mans drivers parade 2011 crop.jpg
Pagenaud at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans driver parade
Nationality French
Born (1984-05-18) 18 May 1984 (age 30)
Poitiers, France
IndyCar Series career
Debut season 2011
Current team Team Penske
Car no. 22
Former teams HVM Racing (2011)
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (2011)
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (2012–2014)
Starts 56
Wins 4
Poles 1
Fastest laps 3
Best finish 3rd in 2013
Previous series
20102011
20092011
20082011
2007
2006
2005
2002, 2004
2002–2003
Intercontinental Le Mans Cup
Le Mans Series
American Le Mans Series
Champ Car World Series
Atlantic Championship
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup
French Formula Renault
Championship titles
2010
2006
American Le Mans Series (LMP1)
Atlantic Championship
Awards
2012
2014
Indycar Rookie of the Year
Grand Prix of Indianapolis winner
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 20082011
Teams Team Oreca-Matmut, Pescarolo Sport, Peugeot Sport
Best finish 2nd (2011)

Simon Pagenaud (born 18 May 1984) is a French professional racing driver. He currently races in the IndyCar Series with Team Penske.

Career[edit]

Born in Poitiers, Pagenaud competed in 2002 and 2003 in French Formula Renault and in 2002 and 2004 competed in Formula Renault Eurocup. He then moved up to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in 2005 where he finished 16th. In 2006 he went to the United States and won the Champ Car Atlantic Championship with Team Australia in his rookie season by just a few points over Graham Rahal.

With his Atlantic championship, Simon won $2 Million (USD) to apply towards a ride in Champ Car in 2007. On 13 February 2007 Pagenaud and Team Australia confirmed that Simon would be staying with the team, moving up to the Champ Car program. Pagenaud finished 8th in points in what was a very consistent debut season, with 3 consecutive 4th place finishes in the Canadian rounds of the championship.

After the demise of the Champ Car World Series, Pagenaud in 2008 moved to the American Le Mans Series co-driving the De Ferran Motorsports Acura ARX-01b LMP2 with former CART champion Gil de Ferran. He finished 14th in the drivers standings.

2009[edit]

In 2009, Pagenaud and de Ferran Motorsports took huge steps forward, with the duo taking second place overall in the American Le Mans Series LMP1 class only 17 points behind drivers David Brabham and Scott Sharp of champions Highcroft Racing. The duo of Pagenaud and de Ferran drove the ARX-01 to 5 wins in 10 total races and 3 pole positions, turning the fastest lap of the ALMS weekend 6 times.

Also during 2009, Pagenaud drove in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans in LMP1 for the privateer Pescarolo Sport team in the Peugeot FAP 908. The team did not finish the race, completing 210 laps. The race was won by David Brabham, driving in the factory Peugeot Sport Total #9 FAP 908 along with former Formula 1 drivers Alexander Wurz and Marc Gene.

2010[edit]

For the 2010 ALMS season, Pagenaud moved over to the Patrón Highcroft racing team, replacing Scott Sharp to co-drive with Brabham in the ARX-01c in LMP1 after Sharp vacated the seat to jump to the ALMS GT2 class with his own Ferrari team. Through four rounds in the 2010 ALMS series, the team of Pagenaud and Brabham lead the LMP1 class with three wins and 91 points.

Pagenaud also earned a seat driving for the 2010 factory French Peugeot team in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans on the renown Circuit de la Sarthe in the Peugeot FAP 908 #3 with Pedro Lamy and Sébastien Bourdais.

While the #3 Peugeot started from pole, it retired early before nightfall after a mere 38 laps when a suspension mount sheared from the car’s tub. The same fate eventually befell the no.1 Peugeot car of Anthony Davidson/Gene/Wurz while in second place with mere hours left to go in the race, as Audi reclaimed the 24 Hours of Le Mans title it had retained for five years prior to Peugeot's 2009 win.

During the race, Pagenaud found himself competing against his Highcroft Racing team which travelled to Le Mans for the first time in its history. With Brabham driving the Acura in LMP2 alongside Marino Franchitti and Marco Werner, Highcroft maintained second through most of the race until a cooling issue sidelined the car for much of the race's final four hours.

2014[edit]

He won the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 10. This was the first time his dad was watching him race at the venue.

2015[edit]

Pagenaud moved from Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to Team Penske in 2015.[1]

Motorsports career results[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Name Races Wins Poles FLaps Points Final Placing
2001 Formula Campus by Renault and Elf Filière FFSA 17 4 6  ? 209 2nd
2002 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup ASM 1 0 0 0 4 25th
Championnat de France FFSA de Formule Renault 8 1 2 2 93 3rd
2003 Formula Renault 2000 Masters ASM 8 1 0 1 86 3rd
Formula Renault 2000 Germany 2 0 0 0 0 NC
Championnat de France Formule Renault 2000 10 0 1 1 114 6th
2004 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup Graff Racing 17 2 2 2 246 2nd
Championnat de France Formula Renault 2.0 6 3 0 4 142 6th
2005 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Saulnier Racing 16 0 0 0 30 16th
Championnat de France Formula Renault 2.0 Tech 1 Racing 2 0 0 0 0 NC
2006 Champ Car Atlantic Team Australia 12 1 1 1 258 1st
2007 Champ Car World Series Team Australia 14 0 0 1 232 8th
2008 24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP1 Team Oreca-Matmut 1 0 0 0 N/A NC
American Le Mans Series – LMP2 De Ferran Motorsports 8 0 0 1 85 9th
2009 24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP1 Pescarolo Sport 1 0 0 0 N/A NC
American Le Mans Series – LMP1 De Ferran Motorsports 10 5 3 5 162 2nd
Le Mans Series – LMP1 Team Peugeot Total 1 1 1 1 11 19th
2010 24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP1 Team Peugeot Total 1 0 0 0 N/A NC
Le Mans Series – LMP1 1 1 0 0 18 21st
Intercontinental Le Mans Cup – LMP1 1 0 0 0 N/A
American Le Mans Series – LMP/LMP2 Highcroft Racing 9 4 1 4 182 1st
2011 IndyCar Series Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 3 0 0 0 56 31st
HVM Racing
American Le Mans Series – LMP1 Team Peugeot Total 2 0 0 0 0 NC
Highcroft Racing
24 Hours of Le Mans – LMP1 Team Peugeot Total 1 0 0 0 N/A 2nd
Le Mans Series – LMP1 2 1 1 1 0 NC
Intercontinental Le Mans Cup – LMP1 Highcroft Racing 5 1 1 1 N/A
Team Peugeot Total
International V8 Supercar Championship Garry Rogers Motorsport 2 0 0 0 207 49th
Pacific Formula F Super Series PR1 Motorsports 2 2 1 2 66 2nd
Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge – ST Compass 360 Racing 1 0 0 0 25 65th
2012 IndyCar Series Sam Schmidt Motorsports 15 0 0 0 387 5th
American Le Mans Series – LMP1 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing 1 0 0 0 20 8th
International V8 Supercar Championship Stone Brothers Racing 2 0 0 0 0 NC
2013 IndyCar Series Schmidt Peterson Hamilton HP Motorsports 19 2 0 1 508 3rd
American Le Mans Series – LMP2 Level 5 Motorsports 2 1 0 1 40 8th
Rolex Sports Car Series – DP Team Sahlen 1 0 0 0 22 59th
2014 IndyCar Series Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports 18 2 1 3 565 5th
United SportsCar Championship – Prototype Extreme Speed Motorsports 2 0 0 0 52 32nd
2015 IndyCar Series Team Penske 1 0 0 0 31* 5th*
United SportsCar Championship – GTLM Corvette Racing 2 0 0 0 54* 6th*

* Season in progress.

Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 DC Points
2005 Saulnier Racing ZOL
1

8
ZOL
2

4
MON
1

10
VAL
1

5
VAL
2

11
LMS
1

10
LMS
2

Ret
BIL
1

11
BIL
2

12
OSC
1

Ret
OSC
2

DNS
DON
1

8
DON
2

5
EST
1

9
EST
2

11
MNZ
1

11
MNZ
2

12
16th 30

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest race lap)

Champ Car Atlantic[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2006 Team Australia LBH
4
HOU
2
MTY
2
POR
23
CLE1
2
CLE2
5
TOR
4
EDM
1
SJO
9
DEN
3
MTL
2
ROA
17
1st 258

Champ Car[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2007 Team Australia LVG
12
LBH
14
HOU
5
POR
8
CLE
5
MTT
4
TOR
4
EDM
4
SJO
10
ROA
11
ZOL
12
ASN
6
SRF
5
MXC
6
8th 232

IndyCar Series[edit]

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2011 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing Dallara IR-05 Honda HI7R V8 STP ALA
8
LBH SAO INDY TXS TXS MIL IOW TOR EDM MDO
13
NHM 31st 56
HVM Racing SNM
15
BAL MOT KTY LVS
2012 Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports Dallara DW12 Honda HI12TT V6t STP
6
ALA
5
LBH
2
SAO
12
INDY
16
DET
3
TXS
6
MIL
12
IOW
5
TOR
12
EDM
20
MDO
3
SNM
7
BAL
3
FON
15
5th 387
2013 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton HP Motorsports Dallara DW12 Honda HI13TT V6t STP
24
ALA
6
LBH
8
SAO
9
INDY
8
DET
12
DET
1
TXS
13
MIL
12
IOW
6
POC
6
TOR
9
TOR
12
MDO
2
SNM
5
BAL
1
HOU
4
HOU
6
FON
13
3rd 508
2014 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports Dallara DW12 Honda HI14TT V6t STP
5
LBH
5
ALA
4
IMS
1
INDY
12
DET
22
DET
6
TXS
4
HOU
16
HOU
1
POC
6
IOW
11
TOR
4
TOR
22
MDO
9
MIL
7
SNM
3
FON
20
5th 565
2015 Team Penske Dallara DW12 Chevrolet IndyCar V6t STP
5
NLA
20
LBH
4
ALA
9
IMS
INDY
DET
DET
TXS
TOR
FON
MIL
IOW
MDO
POC
SNM
9th* 96*
* Season still in progress
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Top 5s Top 10s Championships
5 4 56 1 4 20 36 0

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2012 Dallara Honda 23 16 Schmidt–Hamilton Motorsports
2013 Dallara Honda 21 8 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton HP Motorsports
2014 Dallara Honda 5 12 Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports

Sports car racing[edit]

Le Mans 24 Hours results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2008 France Team Oreca-Matmut Switzerland Marcel Fässler
France Olivier Panis
Courage-Oreca LC70-Judd LMP1 147 DNF DNF
2009 France Pescarolo Sport France Jean-Christophe Boullion
France Benoît Tréluyer
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 210 DNF DNF
2010 France Team Peugeot Total France Sébastien Bourdais
Portugal Pedro Lamy
Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 38 DNF DNF
2011 France Team Peugeot Total France Sébastien Bourdais
Portugal Pedro Lamy
Peugeot 908 LMP1 355 2nd 2nd

American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2008 de Ferran Motorsports LMP2 Acura ARX-01b Acura 3.4L V8 M SEB STP LNB UTA
3
LIM
ovr:14
cls:7
MID
Ret
AME
ovr:18
cls:8
MOS
ovr:7
cls:5
DET
3
PET
ovr:8
cls:5
MON
ovr:4
cls:2
9th 85
2009 de Ferran Motorsports LMP1 Acura ARX-02a Acura 4.0L V8 M SEB
Ret
STP
Ret
LNB
1
UTA
1
LIM
1
MID
1
AME
2
MOS
2
PET
ovr:24
cls:7
MON
1
2nd 162
2010 Highcroft Racing LMP2 HPD ARX-01C HPD 3.4L V8 M SEB
ovr:5
cls:2
PET
ovr:4
cls:1
1st 182
LMP LNB
1
MON
1
UTA
1
LIM
2
MID
2
AME
3
MOS
2
2011 Highcroft Racing LMP1 HPD ARX-01e HPD 3.4L V8 M SEB
2
LNB LIM MOS MID AME BAL MON NC 0
Peugeot Sport Total Peugeot 908 Peugeot HDI 3.7 L Turbo V8
(Diesel)
PET1
ovr:48
cls:11
2012 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing P1 HPD ARX-03a Honda 3.4 L V8 M SEB
ovr:28
cls:2
LNB MON LIM MOS MDO AME BAL VIR PET 8th 20
2013 Level 5 Motorsports P2 HPD ARX-03b Honda HR28TT 2.8 L Turbo V6 M SEB
ovr:7
cls:2
LNB MON LIM MOS AME BAL COTA VIR PET 6th 20
1 Driver competed for the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, no points awarded for the American Le Mans Series.

Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 Rank Points
2009 Team Peugeot Total LMP1 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot HDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
M CAT SPA
1
ALG NÜR SIL 19th 11
2010 Team Peugeot Total LMP1 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot HDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
M CAS SPA
1
ALG HUN SIL 21st 18
2011 Peugeot Sport Total LMP1 Peugeot 908 Peugeot HDI 3.7 L Turbo V8
(Diesel)
M CAS SPA
8
IMO SIL1
1
EST NC 0
1 Driver competed for the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, no points awarded for the Le Mans Series.

Intercontinental Le Mans Cup results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
2010 Team Peugeot Total LMP1 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Peugeot HDI 5.5 L Turbo V12
(Diesel)
M SIL PET1
ovr:4
cls:1
ZHU
4
2011 Highcroft Racing LMP1 HPD ARX-01e HPD 3.4L V8 M SEB1
2
Peugeot Sport Total Peugeot 908 Peugeot HDI 3.7 L Turbo V8
(Diesel)
SPA1
8
LEM1
2
IMO SIL
1
PET
ovr:48
cls:11
ZHU
1 Driver did not run for the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

Touring Car Racing[edit]

Complete V8 Supercar results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 Final Pos Points
2011 Garry Rogers Motorsport YMC
R1
YMC
R2
ADE
R3
ADE
R4
HAM
R5
HAM
R6
BAR
R7
BAR
R8
BAR
R9
WIN
R10
WIN
R11
HID
R12
HID
R13
TOW
R14
TOW
R15
QLD
R16
QLD
R17
QLD
R18
PHI
Q
PHI
R19
BAT
R20
SUR
R21

10
SUR
R22

3
SYM
R23
SYM
R24
SAN
R25
SAN
R26
SYD
R27
SYD
R28
49th 207
2012 Stone Brothers Racing ADE
R1
ADE
R2
SYM
R3
SYM
R4
HAM
R5
HAM
R6
BAR
R7
BAR
R8
BAR
R9
PHI
R10
PHI
R11
HID
R12
HID
R13
TOW
R14
TOW
R15
QLD
R16
QLD
R17
SMP
R18
SMP
R19
SAN
Q
SAN
R20
BAT
R21
SUR
R22

Ret
SUR
R23

8
YMC
R24
YMC
R25
YMC
R26
WIN
R27
WIN
R28
SYD
R29
SYD
R30
NC 0 +

+ Not Eligible for points

References[edit]

  1. ^ DiZinno, Tony (September 29, 2014). "Simon Pagenaud confirmed at Team Penske in fourth IndyCar". NBC Sports. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Charles Zwolsman
Toyota Atlantic Championship
Champion

2006
Succeeded by
Raphael Matos
Preceded by
David Brabham
Scott Sharp
American Le Mans Series
Champion

2010
With: David Brabham
Succeeded by
Guy Smith
Chris Dyson
Preceded by
James Hinchcliffe
IndyCar Series
Rookie of the Year

2012
Succeeded by
Tristan Vautier