No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud
Laps Completed: 90/90
Laps Led: 0
Points Position: 3rd (-47 pts)
- Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet team ran a strong race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as they finished sixth at the 90-lap event, holding onto the third position in IndyCar Series championship point standings.
- Starting the race on red tires, Pagenaud was the first of the Team Penske Chevrolets to pit on lap 12. The car was equipped with primary black tires and the team also made a front wing adjustment to the No. 22 Chevrolet. The early stop set the Menards Chevrolet team up for a three-stop strategy for the race.
- As stops cycled through, Pagenaud moved up to second place in the running order on lap 30, trailing only his teammate Josef Newgarden.
- On lap 36, Pagenaud made his second stop of the race as he was running second behind Newgarden. The Menards Chevy once again took on primary tires but Pagenaud encountered traffic after exiting the pits which prevented the team from advancing into the top-three.
- Pagenaud made his final stop for four primary black tires and fuel on lap 63. Traffic again hampered the forward progress of the Menards Chevy over the final stint of the race.
- Despite a loose-handling condition over the final laps, Pagenaud maintained his position inside the top-10 and was running seventh when Newgarden went off-course on the final lap. The incident allowed Pagenaud to secure a sixth-place result at the checkered flag to mark his eighth top-10 finish in nine career starts at Mid-Ohio.
- Pagenaud remains third in the IndyCar Series championship standings, now just 47 points behind Newgarden, the series leader.
Quote: “It was pretty difficult for us to keep up the pace at the end because our car started getting very loose but overall, it was a good race and I thought we got the best finish we could with the Menards Chevrolet. We committed to a three-stop strategy and we got caught behind traffic after pretty much every pit sequence so that cost us quite a bit. It’s unfortunate because I think that strategy could’ve worked well. The good news is we picked up some points and we’re definitely still in the hunt for the championship.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!