No. 22 Menards Dallara/Chevrolet – Simon Pagenaud
Laps Completed: 55/55
Laps Led: 0
Points Position: 5th (-94)
Simon Pagenaud and No. 22 Menards Chevrolet team struggled with pace throughout Sunday’s REV Group Grand Prix at Road America, finishing at disappointing 18th after a strong qualifying effort that saw him place in the Firestone Fast Six in qualifying on Saturday.
Like the rest of his Team Penske teammates, Pagenaud and the No. 22 Menards Chevy team began the race on the Firestone alternate “red” tires. As the field barreled down into the treacherous first corner at Road America, the Frenchman gave up several positions before settling into the 10th position.
Pagenaud continued to keep his crew updated on his pace issues throughout the entirety of the race, eventually calling for a front wing adjustment to try and help his straightaway speed around the massive 4.014 circuit.
Unfortunately, nothing was able to cure the ills of the Menards Chevy despite the best efforts of Pagenaud and the team. The former series champion crossed the finish line in the 18th position, but was able to pick up one position in the point standings.
Quote: “We’ve got to take a look at what happened today. We had no pace on the straightaway and just had no pace all race, just kind of a disaster race for us because we had so much speed all weekend. We just need to figure it out. It was very disappointing for Menards. I really wanted to have a good showing, especially after such great qualifying for Team Penske. I’m really sorry for the 2 team and Hitachi as well. But we’ll regroup, try to understand what happened on our side of the issue. The good news is that we have speed now in qualifying so that’s really good for the rest of the season.”
TIL NEXT TIME, I AM STILL WORKING ON MY REDNECK!