ABC SUPPLY WISCONSIN 250 (JULY 12)
After a two-week break following the trip to California for the MAVTV Fontana 500, Simon Pagenaud was back behind the wheel of Team Penske’s N°22 Dallara-Chevrolet at last weekend’s Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin. The season’s shortest and slowest oval of the year was home to Round 11 of the 2015 IndyCar Series and the Frenchman qualified 17th on the grid. The early part of his race was hindered by a handling problem which caused him to fall back several places. After his first two pit stops, including one to make a wing adjustment on Lap 95, Simon appeared briefly in fifth spot on Lap 150. His third stop on Lap 163 – under green flags – saw him fall back to 15th, but still he refused to give up the fight. And rightly so, since a sound refuelling strategy enabled him to climb back to fifth place by Lap 199 which is when he made his final stop. The N°22 Dallara-Chevrolet re-joined in 15th spot on Lap 200 and eventually took the chequered flag in ninth position. As a result, the Team Penske driver is still 10th in the championship standings as he awaits the next opportunity to finish on the podium. And why not at the next race at the Iowa Speedway on July 18?
Simon Pagenaud: “It was a good race for Chevy Penske Truck. I started from 17th on the grid after suffering from a balance issue during qualifying. Milwaukee isn’t an easy for overtaking, so I’m pretty pleased with the final result. It was a strong run but, once again, the result didn’t mirror our real level. I think the car’s set-up is going the way I want. Now we’ve got to knuckle down and prepare for the upcoming races. It takes time for a new team of people to reach their peak. The guys were great during my pit stops today. We just need to work on the details now.”
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