1st victory for Simon Pagenaud with his new team

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Accompanied by his new IndyCar teammate Helio Castroneves, Oliver Jarvis and Tom Blomqvist, the Frenchman won the 24 Hours of Daytona. A new major success, 3 years after the Indianapolis 500 Miles. The team finished 3 seconds ahead of the Acura of the Wayne Taylor Racing team. Despite numerous race problems (puncture, change of engine cover) and a penalty for not respecting the authorized speed in the pit lane, the quartet logically imposed itself given the pace displayed during the race.

For his first race with Meyer Shank Racing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Frenchman spoke after a weekend full of emotions:

I’m very proud ! Endurance is what allowed me to reach the top level of motorsport. It’s great to think back to everything that’s happened since my decision to join Meyer Shank Racing. The relationship with my teammates was good from the start. The feelings were top notch.

Despite the problems the team had to face, Simon Pagenaud salutes the team’s perseverance and performance:

At Daytona, we had obstacles to overcome, but we didn’t give up. Everyone kept a good competitive spirit. Helio is very good at this! It was only my first race with this team, but the strategy was fantastic. I’m sure we were the quickest in the pits. The execution of the mechanics was perfect. The most important thing was to save fuel, in order to go further with a full tank of gas). This success is also that of the team, without the members of the team, nothing would have been possible.

In short

Simon Pagenaud wins the 24 Hours of Daytona in Florida for the first time in his career. In the Meyer Shank Racing team, he was accompanied by IndyCar teammate Helio Castroneves and Oliver Jarvis and Tom Blomqvist. They finish 3 seconds ahead of their pursuers.


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