About Simon

Nothing really predestined me to be a racecar driver. No one in my family had a motorsports background. My first racing experience was as a 4-year-old when I watched Senna and Prost on TV, fighting it out on the race track. I was so impressed with the skill they had racing one another and the speed to which they were doing it. From that moment, my passion for racing was born!

Fast forward to 2022 which marks my 11th season in INDYCAR. I can’t believe how the time has flown by and how much has happened since my beginnings in motorsports. I have stood on the podium 38 times and been on the top step 15 times in 10 seasons. I won an INDYCAR Series Championship and I achieved my dream of winning the INDY 500. But my work is far from done, and I have so much more to achieve in INDYCAR. So stay tuned!

To read more about Simon’s career in his own words, click here.

Career highlights

24h of Daytona winner

Indy 500 winner
INDYCAR Vice-champion (3 wins)

INDYCAR Vice-champion (2 wins)

INDYCAR Champion (5 wins)

INDYCAR Rookie of the year

American Le Mans Series champion (LMP/LMP2 – 4 wins)

Champ Car Atlantic Champion

2001 – 2005
11 wins in Formula Renault (Europe)

1994 – 2005: Debut in France

First steps

First contact with a race at Circuit Val de Vienne near Poitiers

  • Started with Karting in 1994 at the age of 9
  • Formule Renault Campus in 2001
  • In 2001, aged 16, Simon wins the Volant Elf in his first season

2002 - 2005

French Formule Renault
  • 2002 – 2003: French Fomule Renault
  • Eurocup Vice-champion in 2004

2006: Moving to the USA

2006 - 2007

Champ Car
  • 2006 – 2007: Champ Car Atlantic series
  • Series Champion in his rookie season

2008 - 2011

Sportscar racing
  • 2008 – 2009: American Le Mans Series with De Ferran Motorsports
  • 2009: American Le Mans Series with Patron Highcroft Racing
  • 2010 American Le Mans Series Champion
  • 2010 – 2011: Peugeot Factory Seat to run the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the Peugeot FAP 908 No 3 with Pedro Lamy and Sébastien Bourdais
  • 2011: Second place in the 24 hours of Le Mans, at 13″854 from first place

From 2011: INDYCAR

2012 - 2014

Debut in INDYCAR
  • 2012: First INDYCAR season with Sam Schmidt/Hamilton/Honda Racing
  • 2012: Rookie of the year Award
  • 2013-2014: Full season with Schmidt Peterson Hamilton Racing
  • First INDYCAR win in 2013 at the Detroit GP

2015 - 2021

Team Penske
  • Full time INDYCAR driver for Team Penske in the Menards No.22
  • 2016 INDYCAR Series champion
  • Vice-champion in 2017 and 2019
  • 2019 Indy 500 winner

2022: A new chapter

Meyer Shank Racing

Champion and winner of the 2019 Indianapolis 500 Simon Pagenaud joins Meyer Shank Racing (MSR) for the 2022 NTT INDYCAR SERIES Championship driving the No. 60 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda. Pagenaud teams with four-time Indianapolis 500 champion Helio Castroneves in the No. 06 AutoNation / SiriusXM Honda.

  • 24 hours of Daytona winner with Helio Castroneves, Tom Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis.

To read more about Simon’s career in his own words, click here.