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. Monday 22 December 2014

  2. Auto GP merges with Formula Acceleration 1 16:14

    Auto GP merges with Formula Acceleration 1

    Auto GP is to merge with the Formula Acceleration 1 series from next season, it has been confirmed. The collaboration...

    Misc
  3. Kubica submits entry for Rallye Monte Carlo 15:19

    Kubica submits entry for Rallye Monte Carlo

    Robert Kubica has submitted an entry for Rallye Monte Carlo, the opening round in the 2015 World Rally Championship. The...

    Misc
  4. GP3 reveals nine-round calendar for 2015 14:28

    GP3 reveals nine-round calendar for 2015

    GP3 organisers have presented a largely unchanged calendar for its sixth season in 2015, with the feeder series set to...

    GP3
  5. Villeneuve still critical of Verstappen signing 12:50

    Villeneuve still critical of Verstappen signing

    1997 Formula 1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve has again criticised Red Bull's decision to give Max Verstappen a drive...

    F1
  6. Rosberg seventh in Sportsman of the Year contest 11:56

    Rosberg seventh in Sportsman of the Year contest

    Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg placed only seventh in the German Sportsman of the Year award, which is voted on by German...

    F1
  7. Ecclestone keen to revive South African GP 11:28

    Ecclestone keen to revive South African GP

    Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone says he would still like to revive the South African Grand Prix. South Africa last...

    F1
  8. Buemi signs new test deal with Red Bull 10:42

    Buemi signs new test deal with Red Bull

    Sébastien Buemi has revealed that he has signed a new two-year deal to stay with Red Bull as its official test and reserve...

    F1
  9. F1 2014: GPUpdate's driver rankings – Part 1 07:12

    F1 2014: GPUpdate's driver rankings – Part 1

    A month on from the conclusion of the 2014 Formula 1 season, GPUpdate.net presents its driver rankings. In the first of a...

    F1
  10. Classic F1: Onboard with Fangio, 1950 05:06

    Classic F1: Onboard with Fangio, 1950

    During the final week of the year, GPUpdate.net is taking a look back at each decade of Formula 1. In the first clip from...

    F1
  11. Sunday 21 December 2014

  12. Horner: Ricciardo form aided Kvyat promotion 10:14

    Horner: Ricciardo form aided Kvyat promotion

    Red Bull Team Principal Christian Horner says that Daniel Ricciardo's form in 2014 aided the squad's decision to promote...

    F1
  13. Grosjean takes podium in Andros Trophy 08:51

    Grosjean takes podium in Andros Trophy

    Romain Grosjean finished on the podium in his one-off outing in the ice-based Andros Trophy in France. Grosjean, who has...

    Misc
  14. Video of the Day: Williams on its 2014 season 05:02

    Video of the Day: Williams on its 2014 season

    Senior Williams figures, including drivers Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, reflect on the 2014 season.

    F1
  15. Saturday 20 December 2014

  16. McLaren sure it understands test woes 09:17

    McLaren sure it understands test woes

    McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier says the squad understands the problems which affected the team during its first...

    F1
  17. Video of the Day: Ferrari F1 demo in Bologna 05:11

    Video of the Day: Ferrari F1 demo in Bologna

    Watch highlights of Giancarlo Fisichella's Ferrari Formula 1 demo at the recent Bologna Motor Show.

    F1
  18. Friday 19 December 2014

  19. BayernLB files law suit against Ecclestone 17:31

    BayernLB files law suit against Ecclestone

    German bank BayernLB has confirmed that it has filed a law suit against Bernie Ecclestone in relation to the sale of Formula...

    F1
  20. Ferrari confirms Vergne as test driver 16:40

    Ferrari confirms Vergne as test driver

    Ferrari has confirmed that former Toro Rosso racer Jean-Éric Vergne has joined the team as test driver and will focus on car...

    F1
  21. F1 2014: Biggest controversies of the season 16:17

    F1 2014: Biggest controversies of the season

    Formula 1 was full of talking points both on and off the track in 2014, with team-mate clashes and regulations being...

    F1
  22. Rossi expecting boost for America in 2016 14:19

    Rossi expecting boost for America in 2016

    Alexander Rossi believes that 2016 could turn out to be a positive year for America's involvement in Formula 1, when Gene...

    F1
  23. Campos replaces Hilmer in GP3 line-up 12:09

    Campos replaces Hilmer in GP3 line-up

    Adrian Campos' eponymous team will replace Hilmer Motorsport in GP3 next season. Campos, whose outfit returned to GP2 in...

    GP3
  24. Toro Rosso on upwards trajectory – Tost 09:42

    Toro Rosso on upwards trajectory – Tost

    Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost believes that his squad is on an upwards curve after the outfit recovered from a...

    F1
  25. Nasr chooses 12 as race number 07:44

    Nasr chooses 12 as race number

    Felipe Nasr has confirmed that he will race with number 12 when he makes his Formula 1 debut with Sauber in 2015. Nasr,...

    F1
  26. Video of the Day: Mercedes duo design cars 05:04

    Video of the Day: Mercedes duo design cars

    Mercedes-Benz has celebrated winning both Formula 1 world titles with special models of the AMG SL 63, created by drivers...

    F1
  27. Thursday 18 December 2014

  28. 17:03

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  29. Ecclestone formally reappointed to F1 board 16:40

    Ecclestone formally reappointed to F1 board

    Bernie Ecclestone has been reappointed to the Formula 1 board and will continue as CEO of the Formula One Group, while Luca...

    F1
  30. New Sauber passes FIA crash tests 16:06

    New Sauber passes FIA crash tests

    Sauber has confirmed that its 2015 Formula 1 chassis, the C34, has passed the first stage of the FIA's mandatory crash...

    F1
  31. Horner: Newey will still attend some races 14:09

    Horner: Newey will still attend some races

    Red Bull team boss Christian Horner says Adrian Newey will still attend a selection of Formula 1 races next season, even...

    F1
  32. Tech 1 signs Aurélien Panis for 2015 season 10:36

    Tech 1 signs Aurélien Panis for 2015 season

    Aurélien Panis, son of ex-Formula 1 driver Olivier, will graduate to Formula Renault 3.5 with the Tech 1 Racing squad next...

    FR 3.5
  33. Lotus approached Alonso over 2015 seat 09:23

    Lotus approached Alonso over 2015 seat

    Lotus owner Gérard Lopez has revealed that the team gave Fernando Alonso "a real option" to consider for the 2015 Formula 1...

    F1
  34. Video of the Day: Ferrari's Christmas lunch 05:09

    Video of the Day: Ferrari's Christmas lunch

    Ferrari recently hosted staff and representatives at its annual Gestione Sportiva Christmas Lunch.

    F1
  35. Wednesday 17 December 2014

  36. Ferrari tyre chief to leave at end of year 15:45

    Ferrari tyre chief to leave at end of year

    Ferrari tyre performance chief Hirohide Hamashima will leave the team at the end of the year, as the Scuderia continues to...

    F1
  37. Video: Carlos Sainz's title-winning season 13:49

    Video: Carlos Sainz's title-winning season

    Relive Carlos Sainz Jr.'s journey to the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 title. Next year, the Spaniard graduates to Formula 1 with...

    FR 3.5
  38. Watson takes on expanded Toro Rosso role 12:07

    Watson takes on expanded Toro Rosso role

    Newly-appointed Toro Rosso Team Manager Graham Watson will take on an expanded role following Sporting Director Steve...

    F1
  39. Wolff: Spa clash allowed Mercedes to clear air 09:56

    Wolff: Spa clash allowed Mercedes to clear air

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff says the clash between Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix allowed him to...

    F1
  40. Video of the Day: Hamilton on his 'greatest year' 05:17

    Video of the Day: Hamilton on his 'greatest year'

    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton reflects on "the greatest year of my life" after winning the 2014 Formula 1 world title and...

    F1
  41. Tuesday 16 December 2014

  42. Fry, Tombazis to leave Ferrari in reshuffle 18:48

    Fry, Tombazis to leave Ferrari in reshuffle

    Ferrari has announced that Pat Fry and Nikolas Tombazis are to leave the outfit as part of a major reshuffle under new team...

    F1
  43. Stolen Red Bull trophies recovered from lake 15:57

    Stolen Red Bull trophies recovered from lake

    A number of trophies stolen in a burglary at Red Bull's Formula 1 headquarters earlier this month have been recovered from a...

    F1
  44. Ferrari secures backing from América Móvil 15:37

    Ferrari secures backing from América Móvil

    Ferrari has secured a new sponsor in the form of Mexican telecommunications giant América Móvil. The company's arrival f...

    F1
  45. Di Montezemolo: Vettel the right choice for Ferrari 13:12

    Di Montezemolo: Vettel the right choice for Ferrari

    Former Ferrari President Luca di Montezemolo says the team made "the right choice" by signing Sebastian Vettel as Fernando...

    F1
  46. Vergne 'very happy' with Formula E debut 12:36

    Vergne 'very happy' with Formula E debut

    Jean-Éric Vergne says he was "very happy" with his debut weekend in Formula E, despite losing a potential victory on the...

    FE
  47. Marussia F1 assets to be auctioned 09:31

    Marussia F1 assets to be auctioned

    The collapsed Marussia Formula 1 team's various assets will begin to be auctioned off by administrators on Tuesday, the...

    F1
more news