By: Jonathan Bennett
Simon Pagenaud has a lot to celebrate as the French racecar driver was recently honored with the IndyCar’s Rookie of the Year Award. Pagenaud is in his first official year driving on U.S. tracks and he clinched the rookie title this past Sunday with a seventh place finish – much better than any other rookie on the course, The Associated Press reports.
Pagenaud was excited to receive one of the recognition awards and is looking forward to climbing up the ranks within the popular sport.
“That’s pretty cool. It was one of our goals for the year, so we can check that box,” Pagenaud told the news source. “[And] we are now fifth in the championship, so we are very proud of those accomplishments. I was hoping to get a top-four position, but we got boxed in … on the last restart. Those things happen.”
Carroll County Times reports Pagenaud’s next challenge will be facing racing’s elite during the Baltimore Grand Prix on September 2. He admitted to the publication he knows he’ll face some difficulty with the track that has surface changes and tight turns, though he’s ready for the challenge as it will bring him one step closer to taking home the top honors.
“I think we are getting close,” Pagenaud told the news source regarding finishing first in a race. “When is that first win going to happen? Is it this year? Is it next year? I don’t know. We’ll see. You can’t really predict.”