The 2016 IndyCar champion will begin Sunday’s race from 26th on the center of the ninth row, behind team-mates Scott McLaughlin in 17th and Josef Newgarden in 21st, whereas 2018 Indy 500 winner Will Energy will begin from the again row in 32nd.
However regardless of Penske’s struggles for one-lap tempo, which he stated the group is “nonetheless attempting to know”, Pagenaud reckoned he has pretty much as good a race set-up as when he conquered the Indianapolis Motor Speedway from pole two years in the past.
Describing the automotive as “a magnificence”, Pagenaud stated: “I really feel simply as assured as I used to be in 2019, however I’m not beginning on pole so I’m going to should do it otherwise. Hopefully we will come again.
“We had been so extraordinarily pleased with the chassis, whether or not it was qualifying or race tempo. We simply have to search out our approach ahead.
“It’s a distinct aero bundle [than in 2019] so the drafting may be very totally different. If I discover myself in the identical place on the final lap, I most likely received’t be capable of maintain the lead for instance, as a result of the suction may be very robust for second place.
“There’s a whole lot of excited about the way you sort out the final 50 laps. [But] to begin with, now we have to crack the highest 10 within the first 100 laps and discover our approach ahead.”
In distinction to team-mate Energy, who’s planning for “a methodical day” to work his approach by the order, Pagenaud stated “there’s no technique, we’re simply going to should go”.
Simon Pagenaud, Workforce Penske Chevrolet
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Pagenaud defined that the delicate temperatures “will assist you to play the sport on downforce, which is basically good for racing”.
“Some individuals will take into consideration perhaps having much less downforce for pace, and a few individuals with take into consideration having extra for passing,” he stated.
“It’s going to depend upon the chassis power that you’ve. We really feel very robust about our chassis, so perhaps we will run much less downforce.
“It’s most likely a raffle I’ll take as a result of now we have to go ahead, in order that could be a superb factor for us.”
“If it’s colder, you’re going to have a enjoyable race to look at.”