The last French-born winner of the Indy 500
wasn’t driving a Chevrolet – he was one.
Gaston Chevrolet drove a Frontenac to
victory in 1920. Will his namesake-engined
car propel a Frenchman to the win this year?
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY...FOR NOW
IndyCar’s high hopes for the Boston
street race it had scheduled for Labor
Day weekend were abruptly crushed by
the cancellation of the event on April 29.
Grand Prix of Boston CEO John Casey
blamed the decision by event organizers
on unanticipated late permitting demands
regarding flood control issues.
“I think we won over a lot of people...
but the opposition and the lack of
outward support from the city while
putting agreements together was tough,”
Casey noted following the cancellation.
Joining Team Penske can obviously
make an IndyCar driver’s career, but it
can also break it if the results don’t
match the illustrious squad’s record for
excellence. Simon Pagenaud fans might
have worried for their man after his
disappointing 2015 season with Penske,
but the Frenchman has turned the page
decisively. Victories at Long Beach and
Barber Motorsports Park established
Pagenaud with a solid point lead heading
to Indianapolis. So what’s changed?
“It’s interesting to complete yourself
as a driver by watching what the others
do, what they do better, how you can do
something better than them, and how
you can use their strengths,” he said.
Interesting and effective. With his form
having held through street courses, road
courses and short oval races – and he
was vying for the win throughout most of
the 500 miles at Indy last year too, don’t
forget – the Frenchman looks like a
season-long threat to his three star
teammates, as well as their perennial
rivals at Chip Ganassi Racing.
Casey also told the Boston Globe
that he can no longer work with city
representatives and that he intends to
move the race elsewhere.
While IndyCar issued a joint statement
with the Boston mayor’s office indicating
their hope of staging an event in future
years, the sanctioning body is intent on
securing a replacement venue for
Boston’s Sept. 2 date this year. Watkins
Glen and Gateway Motorsports Park in
Madison, Ill. were at the top of the short
list, according to IndyCar boss Mark Miles.
PENSKE’S MISSING LINK
Pagenaud hits the
high notes after
Rahal and Josef
Newgarden at Barber.
Stefan Wilson, who’s
lone IndyCar start
came at Baltimore
in 2013, will make
his Indy 500 debut
in a tribute to his
late brother Justin.
“The other guy” last year, Simon Pagenaud has taken charge
Miles wants a
– road or oval – to
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