Simon Pagenaud: “It’s pretty fun right now”


Simon Pagenaud continued his hot streak during qualifying for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indy on Friday, securing another point towards the championship as he secured pole position.

The Team Penske driver has two victories and two second place finishes in the opening four races of the 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series season, and is feeling confident heading into Saturday’s race, the first race with the fluorescent yellow sponsorship from Menards.

Pagenaud believes his consistency has been key to his excellent start to the season, and is thankful for the opportunity handed to him by Roger Penske to drive for the team.

“It’s pretty fun right now, let me tell you,” revealed Pagenaud. “I’m just very thankful for the opportunity with Team Penske. They give me the best car. It’s my job after that to do the best job possible.

“Ben (Bretzman), my engineer, gives me a monster car every time I’m out there. The Firestone tires, not just to put sponsor names here, but the red tires on my car really works magically every time.

“Obviously the more you go into Q3, the more confidence you gain, then you can polish your driving on these kind of tires. Certainly it’s suiting me really well right now. I’m in a good zone.

“The whole team is executing really well. The 22 team, only our second year together, and it’s exactly the same people as last year. Consistency, like Roger [Penske] would say, is key. We definitely made big improvements.”