CHAMPCAR/CART: Toronto: Simon Pagenaud race report

The right pace After two fourth place in the two latest races, Simon is aiming now a podium to confirm all the progress achieved since the day he arrived in the championship. Once again, the Frenchman is incredibly fast in the...

The right pace

After two fourth place in the two latest races, Simon is aiming now a podium to confirm all the progress achieved since the day he arrived in the championship. Once again, the Frenchman is incredibly fast in the qualifying session and reaches the second row of the grid.

But Simon experiences a bad start and loses two places. While he's chasing Tagliani, both cars collide at the corner 3. Having lost his front wing, Simon pits in and enters in a new strategy.

Back on track, the Frenchman immediately sets the fastest lap. He chases his competitors and even leads the race before a new pit stop. Then the rain enters in the game and disturbs once again Simon's plans. While several drivers are trapped by the slippery conditions, Simon's driving style is beyond any reproach.

He closes the gap with the leaders, but the last race neutralisation penalizes him, while he was planning to finish without needing to refuel his car. Finally, Simon Pagenaud scores his fourth Top 5 in seven races.

Simon Pagenaud: "To be honest, it was a real mad race ! After my bad start, I was chasing Tagliani in the straight line. I thought he had seen me taking the inner line, but it wasn't the case, and he turned normally. His rear wheel destroyed my front wing.

"This collision forced us to follow a new strategy, which could have been rewarding with some dry conditions. On a wet track, things turned out to be tough. The asphalt was made of several surfaces and the grip kept changing. Being a rookie, I had to adapt my piloting style to this delicate conditions. The most difficult was to avoid every possible mistakes. This fourth place confirms my sixth position in the general standings. Now, the fifth place is clearly my aim..."

-credit: sp/eg

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Simon Pagenaud