Team Penske’s Simon Pagenaud, driver of the No.22 Menards Chevrolet says he is not exactly sure where the outfit is going to be going into the start of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season-opening Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama at Barber Motorsports Park.
Speaking to Paddock Eye during a team conference call on Monday, Pagenaud said that when it comes to the Indianapolis 500, he was extremely happy with the test that the team did last week in preparation for next month’s race and that the work the team has completed over the off-season in terms of the changes that have been made just shows the resilience of the team.
The Frenchman said:
Clearly we focused a lot on the Indianapolis 500. Last year was not what we expected. We wanted to come back and really show the resilience of Team Penske. As you saw the test, the drivers felt, we were very pleased with the improvement. Everybody worked so hard this winter. We found speed.It’s obviously just the beginning of testing at Indy, but it felt very good. That’s clearly a very enjoyable thing to say as it’s also my number one goal.Now when it comes to the full championship, also like Scott said, made big improvements on the race car, making it more consistently able to go get the last little bit of lap time. I don’t know where we’re going to stack up exactly, but I know that we’ve done everything we can to run up front and be there for the championship in the end.It’s going to be a long season. You are going to have to score points and always be top five to fight for the championship.