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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 Radio?network?and Sirius XM Channel 211.

A quick look at the current IndyCar standing?s shows that?the?top four spots are being held down by Helio Castroneves in the No.3 Chevy?of?Team Penske, Scott Dixon in the No.9 Honda of Target Chip Ganassi Racing,?the?Chevy powered Andretti Autosport duo of defending IndyCar Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay in the No.1 car and his teammate Marco Andretti driving the No.25?car.

?Simon Pagenaud rounds?out?the top five in the chase for the IndyCar Championship, driving the?cool?blue?No. 77 Honda for Schmidt-Hamilton HP Motorsports. ?Pagenaud?has proven that you don?t have to be?driving?for a super team to compete for a title.

This week at Mid ? Ohio the Frenchman, who now calls Indianapolis?home, sees a golden chance to win another race this season. In testing last?week?at?the race course not far from Columbus, it was Pagenaud who posted the?second?fastest time right behind Hunter-Reay.

I?spoke?to Pagenaud about this week?s big race at Mid-Ohio?and?how 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 that?it?is one my favorite stops on the IndyCar series. It is a challenging course?but?very fair, I like that there are hills and good straight-a-ways. It really does?make?me 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 a?race course?like?Mid-Ohio. While it is not totally a must, but to me it is key is being in?one?of the first eight on the starting grid. This is not a place where you want?to?come from the back of the field in hopes of winning.

JW: ?How do you explain?your success this?season?

Pagenaud:? Well the team?at?Schmidt- Hamilton HP Motorsports has given me a great car to drive. My crew is?fantastic?and as a driver I have grown and I feel that this is one of my best?years?driving in the IndyCar series. We won at Detroit and we hope to keep?buildingon that victory starting this week at Mid-Ohio.

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