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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (April 24, 2016) – Simon Pagenaud and the No. 22 Chevrolet team are on a roll. Starting from the pole, the driver of the No. 22 PPG Automotive Finishes Team Penske Chevy led 84 laps of the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on the way to his second consecutive victory and sixth of his Verizon IndyCar Series career.
The race came down to a side-by-side battle with second-place Graham Rahal (Honda) in the closing laps of the 90-lap/207-mile race around the 2.3-mile, 17-turn road course. After exchanging the lead, Rahal was chasing Pagenaud when on-track contact with a slower car damaged Rahal’s car, and Pagenaud sprinted off to win by 13.7476 seconds.
“I’m just so excited,” said Pagenaud. “Yes it was another green-flag race, but we made it exciting at the end for the fans, which is great. I’m happy there was some action! That was impressive. Thanks to everyone. We are just on a roll. The car is amazing. I’m so comfortable driving the PPG Chevrolet.”
Pagenaud has either won or finished second in all four races thus far in the 2016 season, and with today’s win he extended his points lead to 48 points over reigning Series’ champion Scott Dixon. Dixon brought his No. 9 Target Coca-Cola Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet to the checkered in 10th position after recovering from contact in the rear of the car on the first lap.
Last year’s Barber Motorsports Park winner, Josef Newgarden, was charging in the final laps and brought the No. 21 Fuzzy’s Ultra Premium Vodka Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet to the checkered flag in third place to give Team Chevy two of the three podium positions.
Chevrolet drivers captured four of the top-five in the final finishing order with Will Power claiming fourth in the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet; and Juan Pablo Montoya, who started last in the field after a difficult qualifying effort, came back to bring the No. 2 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet to a fifth-place finish.
In total, Chevrolet IndyCar V6 drivers grabbed eight of the top-10 spots in the finishing order. Helio Castroneves, No. 3 AAA Insurance Team Penske Chevrolet, finished seventh. Chip Ganassi Racing’s Tony Kanaan put the No. 10 NTT Data Chevrolet in eighth with teammate Charlie Kimball ninth in the No. 83 Tresiba Chevrolet.
After a two-week break in the action, the teams head to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis on May 14.