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 5 May 2016

  2. 16:32

    Book F1 tickets and join the action live!

    F1
  3. Doornbos: Red Bull acted to keep Verstappen 15:52

    Doornbos: Red Bull acted to keep Verstappen

    Robert Doornbos says he "1000 per cent" understands why Red Bull opted to replace Daniil Kvyat with Max Verstappen, in order to…

    F1
  4. Folger set for MotoGP debut with Tech 3 15:47

    Folger set for MotoGP debut with Tech 3

    Jonas Folger will join Tech 3 Yamaha for the 2017 season, with an optional one-year extension. German racer Folger, 22, has…

    MotoGP
  5. Video: Verstappen's message to fans 15:39

    Video: Verstappen's message to fans

    Max Verstappen sends a message to his fans after confirmation of his switch from Toro Rosso to Red Bull.

    F1
  6. Overview: Kvyat vs Ricciardo at Red Bull 15:02

    Overview: Kvyat vs Ricciardo at Red Bull

    Toro Rosso's Max Verstappen will step up to replace Daniil Kvyat at Red Bull from the Spanish Grand Prix, in a straight seat…

    F1
  7. Pirelli announces Silverstone compounds 14:21

    Pirelli announces Silverstone compounds

    Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has announced its compound selections for July's British Grand Prix at Silverstone, with the…

    F1
  8. 14:02

    Photos: Verstappen visits Red Bull factory

    F1
  9. Marko: Kvyat could not cope with Ricciardo 13:26

    Marko: Kvyat could not cope with Ricciardo

    Red Bull motorsport consultant Helmut Marko has explained the reasons behind the call to replace Daniil Kvyat with Toro Rosso's…

    F1
  10. Button questions Verstappen/Kvyat swap 11:24

    Button questions Verstappen/Kvyat swap

    Jenson Button has questioned Red Bull's decision to replace Daniil Kvyat with Max Verstappen from the Spanish Grand Prix…

    F1
  11. Verstappen's Red Bull deal 'long term' 10:58

    Verstappen's Red Bull deal 'long term'

    Jos Verstappen believes that his son, Max, will benefit from an earlier-than-planned promotion to Red Bull, which comes as part…

    F1
  12. Tost welcomes Kvyat back to Toro Rosso 10:08

    Tost welcomes Kvyat back to Toro Rosso

    Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost says that the outfit is "more than happy" to welcome back Daniil Kvyat, following Red Bull's…

    F1
  13. In photos: Verstappen's F1 journey so far 09:53

    In photos: Verstappen's F1 journey so far

    Max Verstappen is preparing to take the next step of his burgeoning Formula 1 career at the Spanish Grand Prix, where he will…

    F1
  14. Verstappen describes 'amazing opportunity' 09:03

    Verstappen describes 'amazing opportunity'

    Max Verstappen has expressed his excitement at the "amazing opportunity" to step up to Red Bull from the Spanish Grand Prix…

    F1
  15. Verstappen replaces Kvyat at Red Bull 08:40

    Verstappen replaces Kvyat at Red Bull

    Max Verstappen will replace Daniil Kvyat at Red Bull from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards, with the Russian driver returning to…

    F1
  16. Video of the Day: Rosberg vs Lauda 05:26

    Video of the Day: Rosberg vs Lauda

    Nico Rosberg takes on Niki Lauda in a game of table tennis. Watch on to see who comes out on top...

    F1
  17. Wednesday 4 May 2016

  18. Rossi: Le Mans usually suits Yamaha 15:14

    Rossi: Le Mans usually suits Yamaha

    Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi is hopeful of claiming back-to-back MotoGP victories at this weekend's French Grand Prix, given the…

    MotoGP
  19. Sauber admits to 'really difficult time' 13:39

    Sauber admits to 'really difficult time'

    Sauber has admitted that it is going through a "really difficult time", as it attempts to keep up with the costs involved in…

    F1
  20. Mercedes writes open letter to fans 11:55

    Mercedes writes open letter to fans

    Mercedes has written a lengthy open letter to its fans in an attempt to silence recent conspiracy theories regarding the 2016…

    F1
  21. Video: Repsol Honda previews Le Mans 11:12

    Video: Repsol Honda previews Le Mans

    Repsol Honda engineers Ramón Aurín and Santi Hernández preview the French Grand Prix at Le Mans.

    MotoGP
  22. Michelin eager to impress on home soil 10:32

    Michelin eager to impress on home soil

    MotoGP tyre supplier Michelin says it is "very important" that this weekend's French Grand Prix goes smoothly for the brand…

    MotoGP
  23. Mark Sutton: Story Behind the Shot - Russia 09:46

    Mark Sutton: Story Behind the Shot - Russia

    Especially for lovers of motorsport photography, GPUpdate.net's race-by-race series, Story Behind the Shot, continues throughout…

    F1
  24. Turvey in for Berlin, no debut for Hanley 09:27

    Turvey in for Berlin, no debut for Hanley

    Oliver Turvey will race for NEXTEV TCR at the next round of the Formula E season in Berlin. Turvey was set to miss the May 21…

    FE
  25. Video of the Day: Prost on e.dams Renault 05:16

    Video of the Day: Prost on e.dams Renault

    Having had its advantage slashed by rivals Audi Sport Abt, e.dams Renault chief Alain Prost explains its recent struggles.

    FE
  26. Tuesday 3 May 2016

  27. Sauber to skip post-race Barcelona test 17:04

    Sauber to skip post-race Barcelona test

    Sauber has confirmed that it will not participate during the in-season group test sessions which take place during the week…

    F1
  28. Force India encouraged by VJM09 pace 14:44

    Force India encouraged by VJM09 pace

    Force India Chief Operating Officer Otmar Szafnauer says the outfit can draw encouragement from the pace of the VJM09 despite…

    F1
  29. STR: Russia a 'huge opportunity missed' 13:38

    STR: Russia a 'huge opportunity missed'

    Toro Rosso Technical Director James Key says that the outfit's failure to register a point at the Russian Grand Prix was a "huge…

    F1
  30. Pirelli begins 2017 tyre testing at Fiorano 13:02

    Pirelli begins 2017 tyre testing at Fiorano

    Pirelli has commenced its 2017 tyre testing programme with Ferrari's Jean-Éric Vergne behind the wheel of the F14-T, the…

    F1
  31. Márquez hoping to confirm Honda gains 12:42

    Márquez hoping to confirm Honda gains

    MotoGP championship leader Marc Márquez is eager to confirm the gains Repsol Honda has made with its RC213V across recent…

    MotoGP
  32. Arrivabene adamant Ferrari will keep fighting 11:26

    Arrivabene adamant Ferrari will keep fighting

    Ferrari Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene maintains that the outfit is still in the hunt for the World Championship, despite…

    F1
  33. Pirelli reveals Spanish GP tyre selections 10:59

    Pirelli reveals Spanish GP tyre selections

    Formula 1 tyre supplier Pirelli has revealed the tyre compound selections which drivers have made for next weekend's Spanish…

    F1
  34. McLaren: Points finish reflects progress 10:40

    McLaren: Points finish reflects progress

    McLaren Racing Director Eric Boullier is confident that the outfit has "turned the corner" after Fernando Alonso and Jenson…

    F1
  35. Sauber pair positive despite more struggles 09:48

    Sauber pair positive despite more struggles

    Sauber drivers Marcus Ericsson and Felipe Nasr were left content following the Russian Grand Prix, despite the team failing to…

    F1
  36. Renault to hold Silverstone filming day 09:02

    Renault to hold Silverstone filming day

    Renault will hold a Formula 1 filming day at Silverstone this Friday, with free admission for spectators. Race drivers Kevin…

    F1
  37. Video of the Day: IndyCar Space Camp 05:16

    Video of the Day: IndyCar Space Camp

    Conor Daly and Alexander Rossi recently attended the US Space & Rocket Center's Space Camp.

    Indy
  38. Monday 2 May 2016

  39. Winners and Losers: Russian Grand Prix 16:42

    Winners and Losers: Russian Grand Prix

    Nico Rosberg extended his championship lead with a seventh straight victory while Lewis Hamilton completed a Mercedes 1-2.…

    F1
  40. Mann back with Coyne for Indy 500 14:57

    Mann back with Coyne for Indy 500

    Pippa Mann will take part in the Indianapolis 500 with Dale Coyne Racing for the fourth consecutive season as part of the team's…

    Indy
  41. Haryanto says he had 'nowhere to go' 14:18

    Haryanto says he had 'nowhere to go'

    Manor driver Rio Haryanto says that he was left with "nowhere to go" as he became the third retiree of the first-lap drama in…

    F1
  42. Manufacturer 'reluctance' delays 24th entry 13:44

    Manufacturer 'reluctance' delays 24th entry

    MotoGP's field will not increase to 24 bikes in 2017 due to what the championship has described as a "reluctance" from…

    MotoGP
  43. Button: Sochi complex needs changes 13:36

    Button: Sochi complex needs changes

    Jenson Button reckons officials need to look at revising the Turn 2/3 complex at Sochi Autodrom after another dramatic start to…

    F1
  44. Pérez left wanting more after puncture 12:03

    Pérez left wanting more after puncture

    Sergio Pérez was left wanting more from the Russian Grand Prix, despite scoring his first points of the campaign, after early…

    F1
more news