Pagenaud Sets Record In Mid-Ohio Qualifying
Simon Pagenaud edged Team Penske teammate Will Power in qualifying at Mid-Ohio on Saturday. (Photo courtesy of INDYCAR)
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
IndyCar Series points leader Simon Pagenaud will start Sunday’s race at the Mid-Ohio Sport Car Course in prime position to increase that points lead.
The Team Penske driver claimed the pole at Mid-Ohio with a lap at 127.271 mph on Saturday. That toppled the track record.
“I didn’t know about that,” the Frenchman said of the record. “That is good. The PPG Chevrolet has been really good this weekend. It was more on me really because I have been struggling a little bit with my really bad lower back. They did a lot work on me. We didn’t need to do too much on the car, more on me this weekend. We put those Firestone red tires on and again, the car was beautiful.”
The fast lap was just a tick faster than the lap of teammate and hottest pursuer, Will Power. Power turned a lap in 127.135 mph and will start next to Pagenaud on the front row at the 2.258-mile track.
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