Former winners Pagenaud, Power talk Grand Prix
INDIANAPOLIS (May 12, 2016) – The winners club for the Grand Prix of Indianapolis is a small one. With this year’s race being just the third all-time, Simon Pagenaud (2014) and Will Power (2015) stand alone. Saturday, both will try and become the first two-time winner in race history.
“It’s showtime,” said Pagenaud, the 2016 IndyCar points leader.
“It’s great. It’s just great to be here. I love this place, and just looking forward to the whole month,” added Power.
Having won before on the IMS road course, the two Team Penske drivers will carry some additional confidence into Saturday’s race, but both of them know past success means little once the green flag drops.
“Obviously when you win at a track, you somewhat have some confidence, but at the end of the day, you’ve just got to execute on race day and it’ll be your day or it won’t,” said Power.
“I feel very confident, forsure. But you don’t want to be overconfident and make mistakes,” Pagenaud added.
Pagenaud will be a popular pick to win this year’s GP, and not just because he’s won the race before. The driver of the No. 22 car is red hot, winning the last two IndyCar races.
“We’ve got to stay focused, stay humble. It’s nice that we won two races, but there’s fierce competition behind, so we just need to be stronger,” he said.