ALMS interview with Simon Pagenaud

MORE FROM PAGENAUD ON PESCAROLO PEUGEOT A week away from the first on-track session for the 77th 24 Hours of Le Mans, Simon Pagenaud and Pescarolo Sport continue to dissect and analyze their first test with a diesel-powered Peugeot 908 HDi. It's...

MORE FROM PAGENAUD ON PESCAROLO PEUGEOT

A week away from the first on-track session for the 77th 24 Hours of Le Mans, Simon Pagenaud and Pescarolo Sport continue to dissect and analyze their first test with a diesel-powered Peugeot 908 HDi. It's part of an LMP1 field that includes three Peugeot factory entries along with a trio of new Audi R15 TDIs, and prototypes from Aston Martin, Ginetta-Zytek and ORECA among others.

"We only tested at the beginning of last week on Monday and Tuesday at Magny Cours," said de Ferran Motorsports' French star. "It's very difficult to say if the car is good for Le Mans. My teammates were able to drive the car very well and offer feedback to the team like brake setting and shocks. With no Test Day this year (cancelled by the ACO due to the global economic climate) we will have to make the most out of the practice and qualifying."

It wasn't Pagenaud's first time in a Peugeot. He was part of the winning factory entry at the Spa 1,000 kilometers, and won pole position and posted the fastest race lap as well. He and de Ferran Motorsports owner/teammate Gil de Ferran are on a two-race win streak in the American Le Mans Series after a dominating showing at the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix.

Pagenaud, who witnessed in person an overall Le Mans victory for Peugeot in 1992, will compete in the 24 Hours for the second straight season. He drove an ORECA-Courage that lasted just nine hours before retiring. This time he is driving a powerful French entry for one of the country's most celebrated sports car teams.

"You still need to push the emotions aside," Pagenaud said. "I think we have a good chance this year. I'm also an official driver for Peugeot so I'm really thankful to be able to drive such a great car. I don't know if we will be in the top-five or top-three or be able to fight for the win. The competition will be so tough this year. I think it will be one of the most challenging races this year with so many cars capable of winning."

The 77th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is scheduled for 3 p.m. CET (9 a.m. EDT) on Saturday, June 13 to 3 p.m. CET (9 a.m. EDT) on Sunday, June 14. SPEED will provide live television coverage. Flag-to-flag coverage of the race, qualifying and practice will be available at radiolemans.com.

The next round of the American Le Mans Series is the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. The race is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 18. The race will air live on SPEED. American Le Mans Radio and Live Timing & Scoring will be available at Racehub on americanlemans.com. You also can follow the Series on Twitter.

-credit: alms

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Series ALMS , Le Mans
Drivers Gil de Ferran , Simon Pagenaud