Pagenaud wins first race of the 2020 IndyCar season at Iowa

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Simon Pagenaud won the first race of the Iowa doubleheader on Friday night at Iowa Speedway in Newton, Iowa. This was Pagenaud’s first win of the season.

This is just the third different driver to win an IndyCar event this season. Scott Dixon won the first three events to begin the season.

Simon Pagenaud (Photo by IndyCar/Twitter)

Felix Rosenqvist won his first career IndyCar event on July 12th.

“This place is tough,” Pagenaud said after his 15th career win and his first at the 7/8th-mile oval. “What a night. What a day for us. First of all, amazing group effort from the whole Team Penske to recover from Road America. We unloaded really well. This morning was a lot of fun. Qualifying was disheartening, but these guys never give up. That’s what this team is all about.

“I can’t believe it. I have to re-watch the race. How did I get there? I don’t know. But the last 50 laps were certainly a lot of tension. When (Scott) Dixon is chasing you, you better hit your marks.”

With the win, Pagenaud’s win snapped a four-race win streak for Chip Ganassi Racing. Pagenaud drives for Team Penske.

Dixon was the runner-up in his Honda, while Oliver Askew was the third-place finisher in his Chevrolet.

The third-place finish was the best finish so far in Askew’s IndyCar career.

“I wish you could see my smile right now,” Askew said. “This Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet came alive once the track started to get cooler. We were really good on new tires and when they were very used. If that yellow didn’t come out on the restart there (on Lap 156), I think we would have had a really good shot at finishing at least 1-2 with Pato (O’Ward) and I. We’ll go get them tomorrow, but I’ll sleep really well tonight. Honestly, that’s probably one of the funnest races I’ve ever done in my life.”

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