Simon Pagenaud had a problem on his car before he rolled off pit lane to qualify on Friday evening. The even bigger problem was, qualifying on Friday set the lineup for both races this weekend. So, without ever turning a lap, he had to start last in both races.
That’s why it’s eye opening for Pagenaud to finish in the top five in both races when it was all said and done.
Pagenaud, came from 23rd to win Friday night’s Iowa 250. He came from there again on Saturday night and brought his No. 22 Chevrolet home fourth.
“It was a tough weekend but certainly a dramatic one,” Pagenaud said of his weekend. “We weren’t quite as hooked up today. Not sure why. I think we may have went the wrong way on a wrong adjustment on the first pit stop. From there, we had quick pit stops so we didn’t get to make any changes. Maybe we didn’t have the outright pace but overall, first and fourth, I’m pretty happy with the results.”
Pagenaud, notes how weekend’s like this one, show that he’s going to be a force to be reckoned with this season for the championship. He’s now 49 points out of the lead in second.
“It’s satisfaction from a preparation stand point,” Pagenaud continued. “We just showed everyone in the paddock that you have to count on us no matter what happens. That’s the mark of a championship team. That’s what you want to do. That’s what you want every weekend. You want everyone to fear you. I’m pretty sure they feared us today.”
Pagenaud, won the championship in 2016 and was second last year. He’s right there again within striking distance heading into a very important month of August with Mid-Ohio and Gateway with a double points Indy 500 sandwiched between them.