Carb Day was busy with the final Indy 500 practice with Simon Pagenaud setting fastest lap. The pit stop contest was won again by Helio Castroneves and Team Penske.
Simon Pagenaud, secured the 21st spot on the starting grid on the first day of qualifying.
35 entries to vie for 33 spots in 2013 field
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.
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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.
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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.