Team Penske driver and current Verizon IndyCar Series points leader Simon Pagenaud says that he has been inspired by his racing hero, three time Formula One world champion Ayrton Senna and he believes that being able to focus in the cockpit like Senna did during his career has helped him.

Pagenaud has come to the front of the Verizon IndyCar Series field this season having scored three victories and three second place finishes in the first eight races of the 2016 season.

As the season heads into the second half with the Kohlers Grand Prix at the Road America circuit, the Frenchman who drives he No.22 Penske Chevrolet has a fifty point lead over reigning series champion Scott Dixon. The next three races on the calendar feature a permanent road course, an oval and a temporary street circuit, Pagenaud has yet to win at an oval circuit this season and he will be hoping that he will be in a position to at least challenge for victory at the Iowa Corn 300 next month.

While racing in go-karts as a child Pagenaud began mediation and it is something that has continued as part of his training regime today which helps him to focus.

The Frenchman also believes that the fact that he is disciplined has helped him this season. Pagenaud has taken victories at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama and the Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis.

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