The 2012 IZOD IndyCar champion topped the Firestone Fast Six competitors to secure the pole in his Andretti Autosport Dallara with Chevrolet power.
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.
35 entries to vie for 33 spots in 2013 field
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.
Jack Hawksworth was the fastest of the Indy Lights racers. INDYCAR adds point-of-reference "courtesy zones" to the outside edges of each pit box
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.
It's a rags to riches story that could only happen in America, and it's a home-grown Hoosier whom is becoming a legend in his own time who has written it.
Simon Pagenaud, secured the 21st spot on the starting grid on the first day of qualifying.
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.
Simon Pagenaud believes focusing on tire management is crucial before race day in the Streets of Long Beach.
Simon Pagenaud and Tristan Vautier advanced from the first round of knockout-style qualifying to fight their way to the Firestone Fast 6 in Round 2.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers suffered numerous of incidents through the race
All four rookies assigned to cars this month - Conor Daly, AJ Allmendinger, Carlos Munoz and Tristan Vautier - have completed ROP. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Kurt Busch also completed ROP on Thursday, May 9.
Tristan Vautier and Simon Pagenaud will return to action in the IZOD IndyCar Series on August 4th for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.
In addition to his Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team, Vautier received guidance from INDYCAR driver steward Arie Luyendyk.
Mixed feelings for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers after race at Milwaukee
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.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports drivers are looking forward to getting back in the car for "Dual 2" today.
Competition has been fierce at the 2.385-mile permanent road course as teams began with an open test Wednesday and push through to Sunday's race.
Pagenaud to start 13th in the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama