Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud who was won the 2016 championship in Sonoma on Sunday said he just drove as fast as he could.

The Frenchman started the race from pole position and secured his fifth win of the season and Team Penske’s 10th of the season. Pagenaud won the championship by 127 points from team mate Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet. Speaking following the race, Pagenaud commented by saying:

I tried to take my future in my destiny by being aggressive and going as fast as I could, Clearly we had a phenomenal car, I think a very dominant car today, so we could do that. I just enjoyed driving today. It was an incredible day and I think it just shows the strength of the 22 team for the whole season.

Will Power who came back to challenge for the championship despite missing the opening race of the season, the Firestone Grand Prix of St Petersburg took four wins and two Verizon P1 Awards commented following the race by saying:

It was obviously disappointing to have that gearbox problem. “I think Simon was going to be tough to beat as far as the championship goes. Maybe we could have beaten him for the (race) win, but I doubt it if everything just played out as it was.

“But honestly it was still a very strong year. “Four race wins. I won a 500-mile race (at Pocono). Not the right one (the Indianapolis 500), but still a 500-miler.

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