Thursday, December 8, 2011

Pagenaud Joins Schmidt

27-year-old veteran Simon Pagenaud was officially announced today as driver of the Sam Schmidt Motorsports Honda-powered IZOD IndyCar Series entry in 2012.

“I am delighted to be joining the IZOD Indy Car Series full-time with Sam Schmidt Motorsports and Honda,” Pagenaud said. “The series represents the most competitive racing in the world right now, and I am really looking forward to the challenge of racing in a single-seater again. I have to thank Sam Schmidt Motorsports for giving me the opportunity and to continue with the Honda engineers at HPD. It is the best situation I could wish for.”

Pagenaud competed in three INDYCAR event in 2011, filling in for the injured Ana Beatriz in Barber and Justin Wilson at Mid-Ohio, as well as jumping into Simona de Silvestro's #78 last minute when she encountered customs issues when returning to the U.S for Sonoma.

“We are very fortunate to land a driver of Simon’s caliber for the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series season,” Schmidt said. “As all the teams work to develop the new cars and engines, his diverse experience will be invaluable to us. Simon has a strong relationship with Honda and its engineers, which is also a huge asset. This is a big day for Sam Schmidt Motorsports.”

Pagenaud’s car number and sponsorship package will be announced at a later date.

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