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INDIANAPOLIS (May 14, 2016) – It is three consecutive trips to Victory Lane for Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Chevrolet team. Starting from the pole for the second consecutive race, the driver of the neon yellow Menards Team Penske Chevy led 57 of the 82-lap Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The win is the seventh of his Verizon IndyCar Series career.
He is the first driver to win back-to-back-to-back races since Team Chevy’s Scott Dixon won Pocono and swept the Toronto doubleheader in 2013. Pagenaud has won two of the three Grand Prix of Indianapolis held. He also won the inaugural event in 2014
Pagenaud has either won or finished second in all five races thus far in the 2016 season, and with today’s win he continues to lead the standings over reigning Series’ champion Dixon.
“The car was fantastic once again,” said Pagenaud. “The balance was perfect all race. When we were in the lead, we were cruising and doing what we could to save the tires. But the car was just fantastic to drive. We had two great pit stops at the end. It’s incredible to win three in a row like this. To win here in Indy is very special. I’ve lived here for nine years so this place is very special in my heart.”
Helio Castroneves, No. 3 hum by Verizon Chevrolet finished second behind his Team Penske teammate giving Chevy the top-two spots on the podium.
Charlie Kimball brought the No. 83 Tresiba Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet to the checkered flag in fifth position to give Chevrolet three of the top-five finishers in today’s race around the the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“Simon drove a great race, the crew executed flawlessly in the pits – the No. 22 Menards Chevrolet team is on roll,” said Jim Campbell, U.S. Vice President Performance Vehicles and Motorsports. “The last pit stop and out-lap were great examples of their teamwork. Helio and his team utilized strategy and patience to drive from the 13th starting position to a runner-up finish – helping place two Chevys on the podium.
“Charlie Kimball and his No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet team demonstrated perseverance topick up several positions after his last pit stop to score fifth place, and give Chevrolet three of the top-five finishers.”
James Hinchcliffe (Honda) also was on the podium, and Graham Rahal (Honda) completed the top-five.
In total, Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers grabbed five of the top-eight in the final finishing order. Dixon brought the No. 9 Target Chip Ganassi Chevrolet to the finish in seventh position with Juan Pablo Montoya, No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet, in the eighth finishing position.
Monday teams begin preparation for the 100thrunning of the Indianapolis 500 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Qualifications for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing are scheduled for May 21-22. The Indy 500 will run May 29.