The reigning LMP1 champion once again closed on second when the first full course caution came into play, presenting the ideal opportunity to pit after a solid stint.
Another lightening stop from the Highcroft crew propelled Pagenaud into second place for the restart with 1 hour and 45 minutes to go until traffic played into Chris Dyson's favour to re-take the slot 15 minutes later.
The second full course caution was perfectly timed for the leading pair. With both cars pitting one lap prior, Pagenaud was forced to pit from the lead under yellows but still rejoined in second.
A thrilling final 43 minutes ensued as Pagenaud paced the lead Dyson car to within tenths of a second until a third safety car came with just 17 minutes to go. The resulting 9 minute dash to the chequered flag produced a nail biting battle, Pagenaud tailing Dyson all the way to secure Highcroft's double second place finish in as many rounds by just over half a second.
“Patrón Highcroft Racing did an outstanding job today,” said Brabham. “We'd like to have seen CytoSport competing with us but it was great to see Greg in the pits today. He was touched to see 'Get well soon Greg' on the tail of our car. It was the least we could do and we look forward to seeing them back in the fight at the next round.
“At the start the track was changeable. There was a lot of rubbish on the circuit and of course it takes time to clear that from the tyres. I don't think I had a single clean-tyre lap during my stint.
“It was the first time we had run after IndyCar qualifying, which meant there was different rubber down on the track. Simon had similar problems in the first part of his stint. As more rubber went down the track came our way, as it has done every race this year.
“Simon did a fantastic job but they had too much power for us on the straights. Simon kept the pressure on perfectly and if Chris [Dyson] had made a mistake he was ready to pounce. Dyson did a great job and congratulations to them on their first win of the season.
“Today was all about putting all-important points on the board and we've certainly achieved that mission. It's great to head into the final three rounds with a strong lead. We'll be looking to achieve more of the same at Road America where we hope the new aero package will play to our maximum advantage.”