CHAMPCAR/CART: Simon Pagenaud Edmonton recap, San Jose preview

The Triple Crown In Simon Pagenaud's memories, the Canadian tour will always have the image of his first trophy in the Champ Car championship, and the taste of some top-class results : three 4th places in a row for three races. Combined with...

The Triple Crown

In Simon Pagenaud's memories, the Canadian tour will always have the image of his first trophy in the Champ Car championship, and the taste of some top-class results : three 4th places in a row for three races. Combined with Will Power's excellent results, the Team Australia gained the "Canadian Triple Crown", rewarding the structure having scored the best overall result for these three races.

The Frenchman especially gained the 5th place in the general standing after the Edmonton race, also known to be the most physically requiring race. Ranking fifth now, Simon believes in his chances to keep up his progression in the general standings.

This weekend, the competitors will race on the Californian track and begin the second half part of the season in the San Jose streets. Here is a new possibility for the Frenchman to score his first podium...

Simon Pagenaud : "Once again, I'm convinced that a place in the top 4 of the starting grid was a possibility. The car was perfect, but we chose to set it up for only one flying lap in the qualifying session, using the soft tyres. Unfortunately, I have been blocked in my timed lap, and only scored the 7th place. In the race, our strategy turned out to be ideal. My start was good and so were all the restarts as well.

"I have progressed on this point since the beginning of the season. I expected a tough competition. It has been hard indeed for my arms but I held on. We still have to find with my engineer why the car lost its performance in the last laps, with a more abrasive track. The upcoming weekend won't be easier. San Jose is an urban, narrow track. So many things may happen, simply reaching the finish line will be crucial... "

-credit: sp/eg

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Will Power , Simon Pagenaud