Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud says he will come back to the Verizon IndyCar Series next season stronger and punching harder than he did this season.

The 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series champion in second place in the series standings, 13 points behind team mate Josef Newgarden who won the championship in his opening season with Team Penske.

Speaking to the IndyCar website, Pagenaud commented by saying:

Josef had more points, so he did a better job over the whole season. “On average, though, we had better average finishes, but it’s not just the average. You’ve got to win races. We didn’t win enough races.”

The Frenchman went on to say:

The most satisfying part of the whole season is to be here standing in victory lane in the last race, which is double points when the pressure is on, when you have to perform to deliver. “That’s what I’m going to take away from this. The satisfaction is there. I just peaked a little late in the season.

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