Pagenaud leads Schmidt 1-2 at Houston

Pagenaud leads Schmidt 1-2 at Houston

29 June 2014 – Simon Pagenaud was the pole-sitter for yesterday's race at Houston, but he wasn't able to convert. Today, through steady speed and a slew of incidents elsewhere on track, the Frenchman finished on top of the podium ahead of his Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Motorsports team-mate Mikhail Aleshin and Bryan Herta Autosport's Jack Hawksworth. 

Pagenaud assumed the lead from today's polesitter Helio Castroneves around a third into the race, never looking back, even through two well-timed pit stops that allowed him to hold the lead.

Hawksworth inherited third on the last lap after Will Power's rear suspension broke on the frontstretch. Hawksworth had been involved in a massive battle for the last third of the race against Juan Pablo Montoya and Charlie Kimball, countless times going wheel-to-wheel but managing to stay clean. He started the race at the back of the grid but managed to complete 38 laps in his final stint to remain in the mix up front.

In a frenetic last 10 laps following a caution caused by Takuma Sato hitting the wall, Pagenaud and Aleshin got away cleanly, gapping themselves over P3 Power by seven seconds. Power, who again started in P18 after a poor qualifying, looked to have made contact a couple of laps from the end, and on the final lap his rear suspension buckled, sending him into the runoff. He would officially finish 11th, but with the other championship challengers also faltering, he doesn't lose his points lead after the 10th round of the season.

Castroneves was set to make up some ground on Power, but when a charging Sebastien Bourdias looked to the outside of the Brazilian into Turn 6, Castroneves slid to the right, apparently unaware that the Frenchman was beside him. In a mirror of Sato and Aleshin's incident from yesterday, Castroneves speared the wall, but Bourdias only escaped with a damaged front wing element. He would leave the wing alone when he pitted, eventually grabbing several positions in the final 10 laps to finish fifth.

Well over half of the field ended up having some form of contact during the 90-lap race on the streets of Houston, some being self-inflicted. The majority seemed to occur whilst jostling for position on the multiple restarts throughout the race, despite running the first third of the Grand Prix of Houston caution-free.

Carlos Huertas, yesterday's race winner, was the first car out, heading five runners that would retire by the time the event was done. Fellow podium finisher Carlos Munoz was next after hitting the wall and breaking his right-rear suspension. Following Helio's ignominious retirement, Josef Newgarden found himself in the tyre wall after losing a wheel nut on his right front tyre. Sato would round out the retirees after bouncing over a kerb and landing hard against the wall on the exit of the chicane.  It was the lengthy cleanup from his incident that only left 10 green laps remaining.

Ryan Hunter-Reay finished in sixth following his P21 start, just getting by the damaged car of Montoya on the final lap. Ryan Briscoe also found himself in the top 10 after scrapping with Marco Andretti (P9) and Tony Kanaan (P10) in the latter stages of the event.

Up front, though, Pagenaud won his fourth IndyCar series event, braving well over 100°F (38°C) track temperatures to lead the Schmidt Peterson Hamilton team to a 1-2 finish, also giving Honda a 1-2-3 result as engine supplier. Pagenaud now sits fourth in the standings, gaining some 31 points on leader Power heading into the 500-mile race at Pocono – the second leg of the new IndyCar Triple Crown – next week.

related

Comments

Latest News
Full
Compact

  1. Thursday 28 July 2016

  2. Video of the Day: Vettel on home Grand Prix 05:42

    Video of the Day: Vettel on home Grand Prix

    Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel looks ahead to his home race, the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.

    F1
  3. Wednesday 27 July 2016

  4. 16:02

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  5. Haas looks to overhaul McLaren in Germany 15:04

    Haas looks to overhaul McLaren in Germany

    Haas team boss Guenther Steiner says the squad wants to enter Formula 1's summer break having gained a position in the…

    F1
  6. Bradl to exit MotoGP at the end of 2016 13:42

    Bradl to exit MotoGP at the end of 2016

    Stefan Bradl has confirmed that he will leave MotoGP at the end of the season, with a switch to the World Superbike Championship…

    MotoGP
  7. Pirelli: Hockenheim 'an unknown quantity' 12:50

    Pirelli: Hockenheim 'an unknown quantity'

    Pirelli Motorsport Director Paul Hembery says this weekend's German Grand Prix will be "a bit of an unknown quantity" tyre-wise…

    F1
  8. Mercedes: 'Pressure on' at home event 12:02

    Mercedes: 'Pressure on' at home event

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is wary that the pressure will be on the team as it bids to deliver a strong result at its home event…

    F1
  9. Abiteboul: Renault must convert potential 11:12

    Abiteboul: Renault must convert potential

    Renault Managing Director Cyril Abiteboul says the manufacturer must convert its opportunities into points after making a…

    F1
  10. Alonso not expecting repeat of Hungary pace 10:28

    Alonso not expecting repeat of Hungary pace

    Fernando Alonso says he is not expecting McLaren to repeat its Hungary form at this weekend's German Grand Prix, having been…

    F1
  11. Ocon set for another FP1 run in Germany 09:15

    Ocon set for another FP1 run in Germany

    Renault test driver Esteban Ocon will receive another outing in free practice for this weekend's German Grand Prix, his fourth…

    F1
  12. Ferrari parts company with James Allison 09:04

    Ferrari parts company with James Allison

    Ferrari has confirmed that James Allison has departed the team, with Mattia Binotto installed as Chief Technical…

    F1
  13. Enerson gets IndyCar debut with Dale Coyne 08:05

    Enerson gets IndyCar debut with Dale Coyne

    RC Enerson will make his IndyCar debut at Mid-Ohio this weekend after penning a deal to race for Dale Coyne. Enerson, 19…

    Indy
  14. Preview: German Grand Prix - Round 12 07:36

    Preview: German Grand Prix - Round 12

    Formula 1 heads to the German Grand Prix with a new championship leader, after Lewis Hamilton beat Nico Rosberg to victory in…

    F1
  15. Video of the Day: Decoding race strategies 05:22

    Video of the Day: Decoding race strategies

    Mercedes' Chief Strategist, James Vowles, explains the 'Pure Pit Wall' which helps decode race strategies.

    F1
  16. Tuesday 26 July 2016

  17. Smedley: Williams must be 'introspective' 15:34

    Smedley: Williams must be 'introspective'

    Williams performance chief Rob Smedley has urged the team to "knuckle down" and be "introspective" in an attempt to recover from…

    F1
  18. Pirelli confirms Brazil, Abu Dhabi compounds 14:07

    Pirelli confirms Brazil, Abu Dhabi compounds

    Pirelli has outlined its compound nominations for the Brazilian and Abu Dhabi Grands Prix. For the Interlagos round, the…

    F1
  19. Wehrlein: Mercedes to decide 2017 plans 13:13

    Wehrlein: Mercedes to decide 2017 plans

    Mercedes-backed Pascal Wehrlein says it will be up to the German manufacturer where he races next year, as he focuses on the…

    F1
  20. Video: Mercedes' Hungarian GP podium 12:02

    Video: Mercedes' Hungarian GP podium

    Mercedes Sporting Director Ron Meadows shares his podium story from the Hungarian Grand Prix.

    F1
  21. Ecclestone's mother-in-law 'kidnapped' 10:24

    Ecclestone's mother-in-law 'kidnapped'

    Bernie Ecclestone's mother-in-law has been kidnapped in Brazil, with a ransom of 120 million Brazilian Reals (£28m) demanded by…

    F1
  22. Alex Lynn's GPUpdate column: Fighting hard 10:02

    Alex Lynn's GPUpdate column: Fighting hard

    Williams development driver and GP2 racer Alex Lynn will write a regular column for GPUpdate.net this year, charting his on and…

    F1
  23. Snetterton honours Wilson with corner name 09:28

    Snetterton honours Wilson with corner name

    UK racing circuit Snetterton has honoured the late Justin Wilson by renaming a corner after him, active from this weekend's…

    Misc
  24. In photos: Hamilton's Hungaroring record 08:22

    In photos: Hamilton's Hungaroring record

    Lewis Hamilton set a new outright record by winning his fifth Hungarian Grand Prix last weekend, moving clear of Michael…

    F1
  25. Video of the Day: MotoGP's Red Bull Ring test 05:37

    Video of the Day: MotoGP's Red Bull Ring test

    Suzuki duo Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaró reflect on last week's MotoGP test at the Red Bull Ring.

    MotoGP
  26. Monday 25 July 2016

  27. Winners and Losers: Hungarian Grand Prix 16:28

    Winners and Losers: Hungarian Grand Prix

    Lewis Hamilton moved ahead of Nico Rosberg with his fifth win of the campaign, as the Red Bull and Ferrari drivers battled.…

    F1
  28. Video of the Day: Rosberg's Hungary blog 14:12

    Video of the Day: Rosberg's Hungary blog

    Nico Rosberg reflects on dropping behind Lewis Hamilton in the title race after the Hungarian Grand Prix.

    F1
  29. Massa lapped twice during 'terrible' race 13:36

    Massa lapped twice during 'terrible' race

    Felipe Massa described his Hungarian Grand Prix as "terrible" as he battled persistent steering wheel issues en route to an…

    F1
  30. Räikkönen wins first 'Driver of the Day' award 13:16

    Räikkönen wins first 'Driver of the Day' award

    Kimi Räikkönen has been voted 'Driver of the Day' for the first time after the Hungarian Grand Prix. Räikkönen started…

    F1
  31. Palmer: Best drive of career before spin 12:32

    Palmer: Best drive of career before spin

    Renault driver Jolyon Palmer described the performance he delivered during the Hungarian Grand Prix as the best of his career to…

    F1
  32. Pérez regrets 'simple miscommunication' 11:03

    Pérez regrets 'simple miscommunication'

    Force India driver Sergio Pérez has expressed frustration at the "simple miscommunication" that he reckons cost him a points…

    F1
  33. Toro Rosso wary of McLaren-Honda threat 10:21

    Toro Rosso wary of McLaren-Honda threat

    Franz Tost has admitted that McLaren-Honda's upward trend is a growing concern for Toro Rosso, as the team looks to defend sixth…

    F1
  34. Alonso: McLaren in 'mini-championship' 09:46

    Alonso: McLaren in 'mini-championship'

    Fernando Alonso feels that McLaren is racing in another "mini-championship" behind frontrunners Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari…

    F1
  35. Wolff: Hungary result 'really satisfying' 08:52

    Wolff: Hungary result 'really satisfying'

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff has described the team's 1-2 result at the Hungarian Grand Prix as "really satisfying", given the…

    F1
  36. Video of the Day: How to extricate a driver 05:23

    Video of the Day: How to extricate a driver

    MDD Motorsport demonstrates the process of removing a potentially injured driver from a Formula E car.

    FE
  37. 03:37

    Championship standings after Hungary

    F1
  38. Sunday 24 July 2016

  39. Nissany dominates for Silverstone double 17:55

    Nissany dominates for Silverstone double

    Lotus driver Roy Nissany dominated proceedings during the second Formula V8 3.5 race of the weekend to lead a 1-2 for the team…

    FV8 3.5
  40. 17:36

    Latest F1 photos: Sunday at Hungaroring

    F1
  41. Button questions radio-related penalty 17:32

    Button questions radio-related penalty

    Jenson Button has questioned why he received a penalty for radio messages that related to a brake issue in the Hungarian Grand…

    F1
  42. Vettel: Ferrari had raw pace for podium 16:39

    Vettel: Ferrari had raw pace for podium

    Sebastian Vettel rued what might have been after narrowly missing out on a podium to Daniel Ricciardo at the Hungarian Grand…

    F1
  43. Verstappen feels he was 'fair' to Räikkönen 16:03

    Verstappen feels he was 'fair' to Räikkönen

    Max Verstappen believes he was "fair" to Kimi Räikkönen during their Hungarian Grand Prix battle, despite the latter's radio…

    F1
  44. Ricciardo: I can enjoy Hungary podium 15:44

    Ricciardo: I can enjoy Hungary podium

    Daniel Ricciardo has vowed to "enjoy" his second podium of the season at the Hungarian Grand Prix, after the disappointment of…

    F1
  45. Hamilton says race start was 'everything' 15:31

    Hamilton says race start was 'everything'

    Lewis Hamilton says the start of the Hungarian Grand Prix was "everything" as he usurped Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg for…

    F1
more news