Pagenaud talks about IndyCar at Mid-Ohio
Sunday at 3 p.m. ET it will be the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. The race airs on NBC Sports Network, with the radio on the IMS Radionetworkand Sirius XM Channel 211.
A quick look at the current IndyCar standings shows thatthetop four spots are being held down by Helio Castroneves in the No.3 ChevyofTeam Penske, Scott Dixon in the No.9 Honda of Target Chip Ganassi Racing,theChevy powered Andretti Autosport duo of defending IndyCar Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay in the No.1 car and his teammate Marco Andretti driving the No.25car.
Simon Pagenaud roundsoutthe top five in the chase for the IndyCar Championship, driving thecoolblueNo. 77 Honda for Schmidt-Hamilton HP Motorsports. Pagenaudhas proven that you dont have to bedrivingfor a super team to compete for a title.
This week at Mid Ohio the Frenchman, who now calls Indianapolishome, sees a golden chance to win another race this season. In testing lastweekatthe race course not far from Columbus, it was Pagenaud who posted thesecondfastest time right behind Hunter-Reay.
Ispoketo Pagenaud about this weeks big race at Mid-Ohioandhow his team has been able to compete with the big boys.
JW: Talk about Mid-Ohio
Pagenaud: It is like a European race course. I must say thatitis one my favorite stops on the IndyCar series. It is a challenging coursebutvery fair, I like that there are hills and good straight-a-ways. It really doesmakeme home sick because there are a number of courses like Mid-Ohio, in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
JW: What is the key to winning at Mid-Ohio?
Pagenaud: it really starts in qualifying at arace courselikeMid-Ohio. While it is not totally a must, but to me it is key is being inoneof the first eight on the starting grid. This is not a place where you wanttocome from the back of the field in hopes of winning.
JW: How do you explainyour success thisseason?
Pagenaud: Well the teamatSchmidt- Hamilton HP Motorsports has given me a great car to drive. My crew isfantasticand as a driver I have grown and I feel that this is one of my bestyearsdriving in the IndyCar series. We won at Detroit and we hope to keepbuildingon that victory starting this week at Mid-Ohio.