Simon Pagenaud Wins First Verizon IndyCar Series Championship
Simon Pagenaud dominates the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma to score his fifth victory of the year and his first Verizon IndyCar Series championship. Pagenaud started from the pole and led 76 of the 85 laps in Sunday’s race leaving an exclamation mark on what has been a storybook season for the Frenchman. Pagenaud’s win was the 10th victory on the season for Team Penske and 187th IndyCar victory for the organization.
“It’s unbelievable. I think I will realize it more tomorrow,” Pagenaud said. “What a race!”
“There is so much emotion right now, to be honest,” Said Pagenaud, who was barely able to maintain composure during interviews. “I can’t find the words. My whole career has been about this, about today and getting to this point and to this level.”
Pagenaud becomes the first Frenchman since Sebation Bourdais to win an Indy car championship. I’m sure that Pagenaud would love to duplicate the feat of his fellow countryman who was able to deliver four consecutive Indy car championships from 2004-2007. Right now it looks as if Pagenaud is going to live in this moment for the time being and enjoy the benefits of carrying all of this momentum into the 2017 season.
Chevrolet claims its fifth consecutive IndyCar Manufacturers’
title after winning 14 of 16 races this year. Chevrolet’s director of
competition Mark Kent contributes the manufacturer’s success to the teams and
the effort that was made every week of competition. “Every one of our teams
wants to win. Our goal is to give them the building blocks to be successful,
including our partners at Llmor engineering with the great 2.2 liter twin-turbo
engine that they build for Chevrolet. It’s been a great season. We’re very
proud of the opportunity to compete in this great series.”