IOWA CORN 300 – JULY 18
After the previous week’s visit to the Milwaukee Speedway, last weekend saw the 2015 IndyCar series moved on to Iowa’s ‘tri-oval’ where Simon Pagenaud claimed fifth place on the grid, his 11th top-five qualifying performance since the beginning of the season. In the race, however, he had to cope with a handling issue which adjustments during the Frenchman’s first two pit-stops failed to cure. The driver of the N°22 car consequently had difficulty matching the pace of the front-runners and it was only during the latter part of the Iowa Corn 300, when conditions were cooler, that he found its balance to be satisfactory. He eventually took the flag in 14th position. Next stop will be the road course at Mid-Ohio on Sunday, August 2.
Simon Pagenaud: “We don’t really know what happened with my Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet. It ran well during practice and it was only towards the very end of the race that I felt the handling come back. Between the two, it was hard to drive and it was actually a case of simply surviving at that point. We used my first stop to make a few adjustments but they didn’t alter much. We were so far behind the leaders that there was no way I would be able to recover a position that would allow me to challenge for the win. That said, the Penske Truck Rental Chevy was competitive during my last two stints and that’s the positive I take with me to the next race at Mid-Ohio. Meanwhile, my thoughts go out to Jules Bianchi, his family and those who were close to him. We lost a friend and an incredible driver. There are no words to describe the sadness I feel.”
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