Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports scored its first win with Honda-power at Race 2 in the Indy Dual in Detroit with Simon Pagenaud at the wheel.
While encouraged by a top-10 finish, Simon Pagenaud is eager to push for more in qualifying to put himself in a better position for races.
Simon Pagenaud and Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports leave Texas Motor Speedway 6th place in the IZOD IndyCar Series Championship with 194 points.
Mixed feelings for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers after race at Milwaukee
Jakes finished 12th in race 1 at Toronto; Rahal finished 20th after "avoidable contact" from Vautier
In addition to his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team, Vautier received guidance from INDYCAR driver steward Arie Luyendyk.
Simon Pagenaud fought to the front of the field for a fifth-place finish, while Tristan Vautier overcame contact on multiple occasions to finish 12th.
Simon Pagenaud as high as fifth throughout the 90-lap race before he settled for a sixth place result, the 23-year-old rookie Tristan Vautier ended the day in 10th position.
Pagenaud and Vautier return to action for the IZOD IndyCar Series' second double-header race weekend July 13 and 14 at the Honda Indy Toronto.
Pagenaud started from 23rd in the No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports car, and drove as high as third before settling for ninth.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers are looking forward to getting back in the car for "Dual 2" today.
The green flag drops at Iowa Speedway at 3:05 p.m. ET. Broadcast coverage of the event begins on ABC at 2:30 p.m. ET.
Vautier was the first car to qualify, and the No. 55 car posted a two-lap average speed of 218.575 mph. Pagenaud ran a two-lap qualifying average speed of 218.859 mph in the afternoon heat.
Alex Tagliani and rookie Tristan Vautier led a strong Honda-powered field in Friday practice at Barber Motorsports Park
"We had bad luck with our first pit stop because the yellow flag came out right after we pitted, losing us a ton of track position"
Vautier will start the race from the back of the field, while Pagenaud qualified 14th for the race
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