Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud says that his 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season is going pretty well despite the outfit having yet to score a victory. Speaking to Paddock Eye during a Zoom conference call on Wednesday, The Frenchman who is in sixth place in the championship on 243 points, 56 behind championship leader Pato O’Ward said:
I think it’s going pretty well. You have to understand who is strong when and how to win a championship. The goal for us was to win Indianapolis. We gave it a good run. We finished third, half a second behind Helio. The best man won that day. But we were right there. I think mission was almost accomplished. You have to also be proud sometimes of a good effort, which I am, for my team.
Now we’re focused on the championship. We’re fifth. We’re in a good position. We’re not far from Pato. Certainly we need to win races. To win a championship, you’re going to need to win races. I think we’re right there.
The momentum is growing within our team on the 22 side. As you saw, Team Penske, we almost won. We really should have won that race, race one. Performance is there as a team. I think the boys are just rolling right now.
Team Penske has yet to win a race so far this season but their time will come and they have a great history at Road America having won here five times in 1989, 1992, 1993, 2016 and 2018,
The team has a new full-time IndyCar Series driver this season after Scott McLaughlin moved over from the Australian V8 Supercars championship to drive the No.3 PPG Chevrolet and speaking about how the New Zealander’s season has gone so far, Pagenaud told Paddock Eye:
Unfortunately what happened in Detroit in practice one set him back. He’s tremendous. Great talent. He’s awesome to work with. I really enjoy him as a person and as a driver. He has a very focused mind. He’s very task-oriented. I really like it.
It’s going to take time. It’s not that easy in the first year, especially with such a field right now. But, like I said at the beginning of the year, I still believe he’s going to win a race before the end of the year.