Simon Pagenaud is arguably one of the hottest drivers in the NTT IndyCar Series right now. If you look at the trends for Saturday night’s DXC Technology 600 (8 p.m. ET/NBCSN/INDYCAR Radio Network) at the Texas Motor Speedway, then you’ll see that the Team Penske driver will continue this hot streak into the off weekend next week.
On the only superspeedway race of the 2019 season, Pagenaud dominated. He started on the pole and led a race high 116 of 200 laps in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 26. Then, if you go back to Texas last year, he was the only Chevrolet driver to finish in the top nine with a runner-up result to Scott Dixon.
That was Pagenaud’s third straight top five finish at Texas as he enters with results of fourth, third and second respectively in each of the last three years on the 1.5-mile track.
4, 3, 2….1?
I mean, why not? The Frenchman has made seven career starts at Texas and he’s finished in the top six in five of them.
“Texas couldn’t come at a better time for so many reasons,” said Pagenaud. “It’s been a whirlwind last two weeks after winning the Indianapolis 500, so it will be nice to finish this stretch and get a little breather. Plus, our team is running very strong right now. I think our oval program is one of the best in the paddock, and honestly, we have a really good platform for Texas. On top of that all, this is the DXC Technology 600. It’s such a huge race for one of our biggest partners on the No. 22 team, so I want to go out there and win this race. We got a couple of huge wins for Menards, so I can’t think of a better race to win for DXC Technology.”
I like his chances on Saturday night.