Simon Pagenaud qualified the No. 22 Penske Truck Rental Chevrolet in the second position for the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, his first race with Team Penske. After dropping to third place on the first lap, Pagenaud worked his way into a nice rhythm around the picturesque street circuit. Like his Team Penske brethren, Pagenaud maintained his position at the front of the field prior to making a pit stop on Lap 48 where he was blocked in his pit stall by other competitors entering pit road.
As a result, he restarted the race from the eighth position at Lap 53. However, he worked his way back inside the top-five cars before the checkered flag to help Team Penske dominate the race and win for the 175th time in IndyCar racing — 97 on ovals and 78 on road/street courses. Pagenaud led briefly early in the race, for his first two laps led with Team Penske.
Simon Pagenaud: “The Penske Truck Rental boys did a great job today. I am happy and you have to take it step by step. You just can’t walk onto a team and push your teammates out of the way. I didn’t want create a mess at the start of the race, which I thought was a smart move but it was too cautious, which cost me a position during the race. P5 is a good start to the season and I’m excited about the next race already coming up in NOLA.”
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