Pagenaud, who has gained 3 times on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway street course, surged from 20th to second in the middle of a two hour race that went from moist to dry to semi-wet to completely moist throughout its two hour length.
“Oh my God, that was nuts!” stated the 2016 IndyCar champion and 2019 Indy 500 winner. “The climate… we must always have a button simply to spray some water on the monitor, I believe, as a result of the racing was phenomenal.
“Technique was additionally the secret at present. Choosing the proper tires on the proper time. Ready for the rain. Unsure it was coming. It was coming. Then simply superb. Wonderful succession of occasions.
“Simply actually happy with my workforce. Sadly, we haven’t been capable of present outcomes, however the potential has been there the entire time, so I’m actually proud that at present we have been capable of present all of the onerous work that has been carried out within the background by Mike Shank and everyone at Meyer Shank Racing.
“I’m simply very happy with my guys, my complete workforce. The pit stops have been nice. We preserve pushing. We’re going to maintain pushing. Yeah, simply tremendous superior.…”
Though he stated, “I couldn’t see something. I couldn’t drive. I used to be simply surviving on the finish,” Pagenaud added, “I’m very grateful that IndyCar allow us to race. That’s one thing to me in these situations. It exhibits a unique set of abilities, and it’s treacherous, however that’s our job to go on the market and provides the very best we will. And I’m grateful that they allow us to race in these situations. Yeah, to me it was superior racing at present.”
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Requested if he might have taken the combat to eventual winner Colton Herta after the ultimate restart, Pagenaud stated: “I couldn’t see. I didn’t even know the place he was, fairly frankly. I picked a number of factors on the fence to know the place I needed to brake, nevertheless it was very tough to see and not using a wiper.
“If we had a wiper, it could in all probability assist, however that was the primary actual moist race with the aeroscreen, so you bought to provide credit score to IndyCar. The security is superb, however in these situations you would want a wiper like they do within the sports activities automobiles. It’s similar to the wind display screen you may have on a sportscar. There’s a wiper. It’s doable, and it could in all probability assist in these situations.”
Nonetheless, he insisted that he was “not being unfavorable in any respect” in regards to the aeroscreen and identified that it saved Callum Ilott in Texas when a wishbone flew at him.
“We need to go ahead from right here. So we’ll discover options and enhance it and be sure that when we’ve got rain races, hopefully we’ve got extra, then we don’t have these points.”
Regardless that he has now had two storming drives from the rear of the sphere in his opening 5 races for Meyer Shank, Pagenaud admitted that he “had frustration up till now as a result of we had a lot efficiency, and it by no means actually confirmed. Lastly we’re getting some outcomes, which may be very good. A pleasant reward with all of the onerous work we’ve been placing in. It’s been a number of work to at present.
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“Clearly, we’ve got the large one developing quickly, and as you recognize, Helio [Castroneves, teammate] and myself are actually enthusiastic about that one. Clearly, it’s an enormous purpose for Helio. A giant purpose for myself as properly. We simply must preserve pushing.
“It’s humorous. Generally second appears like a win. I’d have cherished to have gained at present, however I’m taking this house. All people was so excited. It’s good to really feel such assist out of your race workforce and really feel like, yeah, tonight we’re in all probability going to rejoice prefer it was a win.”