Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud has had a busy few days since winning the Greatest Spectacle in Racing on Sunday.

The Frenchman had a team photoshoot on Monday at the brickyard while on Tuesday he rang the Nasdaq bell in New York City.

The fun won’t stop there for the 2016 NTT IndyCar Series champion as he will have numerous media appearances in Derroit in the build up to this weekend’s double header in Detroit.

Speaking ahead of the race this weekend he said:

Winning the Indianapolis 500 was one of the biggest days of my life and something I will forever be proud of. But the season isn’t over. We need to start looking at Detroit and the rest of the season, as there are other goals to achieve when it comes to other wins and the championship. And now I’m leading the championship, so it’s fantastic. I told (engineer) Ben Bretzman before the month of May, knowing our momentum, that we can win the next two and be in the championship, and it happened. So we’re going to go into Detroit with a really good street car. We’ve done a lot of work on that car, and I think we’re going to be strong there. So I’m excited. I love that track. That’s the place where I won my first Indy car race in 2013, so we’ll try to make it happen again.”

Josef Newgarden in the No.2 Hitachi Chevrolet says that he believes there is no circuit on the NTT IndyCar Series schedule where Team Penske can’t win at and he looking forward to his team’s home race this weekend saying:

Those that have really been paying attention to NTT IndyCar Series racing could tell that Simon (Pagenaud) was on the verge of a breakout run. We saw it in Indianapolis, and I think he and the (No.) 22 team are going to be strong contenders for the title for the rest of the season. We want to have the championship battle come down to the Team Penske cars and it certainly appears that the three of us will have a shot at Laguna Seca. To win at Detroit this weekend is going to take the ‘A game’ from the No. 2 Hitachi Chevy team. It’s a tough place that hasn’t been my best track in the past, but there is no track on the circuit where I think this team can’t win.”

Will Power in the No.12 Verizon Chevrolet is hoping that the team can continue their momentum into Detroit saying:

The month of May in Indianapolis takes a lot out of you, both mentally and physically. You can’t let up after the Indy 500, though, because we have another huge weekend in Detroit. Outside of Indy, this is the race we want to win. It means so much to Roger (Penske), the Penske Corporation and the city. Unfortunately, we just haven’t had the success we want over the last few years. It’s a bit puzzling, too, because these types of circuits really fit the wheelhouse of myself and the Verizon Chevy team. We are all running on a little momentum with our strong runs at Indy; all of us in the top five with Simon (Pagenaud) winning was a big day for Team Penske.”

 

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