Former Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud says he believes that his Penske team mate Josef Newgarden will be a tremendous champion.

Pagenaud won Sunday’s season ending GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma just ahead of Newgarden but Newgarden won the championship, his first and in his debut season as a Penske driver.

Speaking during the champions media tour this week, Newgarden said that he wanted to beat to Pagenaud to win.

My instinct when I saw him is I want to beat him.

Team Penske dominated the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season winning ten of the seventeen races.

Each of the Captain’s four drivers won races this season.

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