Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud is looking forward to the 2017 season having taken five victories on his way to securing his first series championship in 2016 ahead of his team mate’s Will Power and Helio Castroneves.

Speaking at the recent Verizon IndyCar Series 2017 media day, Pagenaud commented by saying:

It’s like you look at a messy bush a long time ago and then you trim the bush as you go and you end up defining it and making it the way you want to make it at the end. So I think that’s where we’re at right now, basically designing the bush, and it’s really cool. It’s a really good time.

Pagenaud will be aiming for a better start to his 2017 season compared to last year as in the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg he finished in second place behind team mate Juan Pablo Montoya.

Speaking about that race, the Frenchman stated:

“I kind of lost the race on my own there, and I think it set the tone for me for the year. “I realized I had to be even more aggressive to win races, so it was a good first race. The first five races of the season were really strong for us and I think that’s where we put a stamp on the championship there.

Pagenaud will be hoping for a better result at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil as in 2016 he started the race in eighth place and finished the event in 19th place.

The 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season gets underway in six weeks time with the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg from March 10-12 for tickets visit –


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