Pagenaud started from 23rd in the No. 77 Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports car, and drove as high as third before settling for ninth.
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 believes focusing on tire management is crucial before race day in the Streets of Long Beach.
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 to start 13th in the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama
The 2012 IZOD IndyCar champion topped the Firestone Fast Six competitors to secure the pole in his Andretti Autosport Dallara with Chevrolet power.
Alex Tagliani and rookie Tristan Vautier led a strong Honda-powered field in Friday practice at Barber Motorsports Park
The IZOD IndyCar racers are at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama and today was practice as they fine-tuned their racing machines prior to qualifying tomorrow.
The language of speed: sounds the same in any accent
Vautier advanced to the Firestone Fast 6 at St. Pete; qualifies sixth in the Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Dallara Honda while Pagenaud in the Schmidt Hamilton HP Motorsports Honda Dallara will start the season opener in 19th.
The Davey Hamilton and Sam Schmidt partnership was so successful last year, they have agreed to do it again for 2013. This year Pagenaud will have Tristan Vautier as a teammate.
Earlier today, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports announced it has signed 2012 Firestone Indy Lights champion Tristan Vautier to drive a second full-time IZOD IndyCar Series entry in 2013.
2012 Firestone Indy Lights champion Tristan Vautier kept a secret during the recent Rolex 24 Hours event in Daytona, FL. The Frenchman moved up to IndyCar for the 2013 season.
Sam Schmidt Motorsports tested Vautier, while A. J. Foyt Racing auditioned Connor Daly.
Vaulier gets his first opportunity to drive one of Sam Schmidt's bigger cars this week under the watchful eye of Simon Pagenaud
Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, Andretti Autosport, and Chevrolet receive 2012 awards in Indianapolis. During the night of celebration, Indy Lights title winner Tristan Vautier received his prize and the Greg Moore Legacy Award.