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Simon Pagenaud, Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsport - Q&A

I got worried. I think I lost half a lap thinking too much. I thought, Man, we're going to have a restart, I don't want this at all.

Luckily enough, they cleared him. I think everybody wanted me to win this race. It helped a little bit. They were very active. I don't know what they did with Tristan, pulled him out, restarted him, but the next lap he wasn't there anymore. So thanks to the safety crew. I got to say thanks to them. When I see them, I think I'll buy them a beer .

Q:
Tell me a little bit about the relationship you have with your engineer Ben. IndyCar now has its first engineer winning brothers.

Simon Pagenaud:
Ben is an incredible man, I would say. Also he's a fantastic engineer. I mean, I can't recall the last time I've had a bad balance. We talk a lot about grip right now. But car balance has always been pretty good. Ben knows exactly what I need. I don't even need to talk to him anymore. We've been together since the beginning of 2010 in sports cars. We won the championship in ALMS. He went to NASCAR in 2011. I talked him out of NASCAR, basically coming and joining us at the Schmidt team.

It's great that he followed me because he truly always trusts me. Some days I'm like, Yeah, I don't know what he thinks, but he always trusts me, always thinks he can provide me a better car. Sometimes I think I should have driven better for him. It's this kind of relationship that makes us so strong.

I think his wife is a little jealous of us. My girlfriend is jealous of us. We are pretty much on the phone 12 hours of every day. But that's what makes us so strong.

Yesterday we had a rough day. Today we had a great day because we bounced back. He's really well-supported by Nick, Dan, especially Rob Edwards, our team manager. The whole team is just working really well together. Ben being such a great mood person, it's a great pretty atmosphere on the team.

Q:
I think in this series we're used to seeing Ganassi and Penske on top. What does it say to you that anybody can win?

Simon Pagenaud:
This year it's very much been the case. It's quite impressive, to be honest. We never know who is going to be on top each weekend. Everybody was impressed with Dale Coyne and Conway. Mike was the class of the field most of the time. I was happy to reverse that.

But it's great to see what IndyCar has been able to provide, a product that's helping every team to be able to be competitive. There's a lot of smart people in every team right now. It's about who's going to be the smartest every weekend. But it's certainly very, very competitive, very difficult to pick a winner every race.

Q:
How do you feel after these two races? The work that the crew guys had to do to get the cars turned around less than 24 hours.

Simon Pagenaud:



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Simon Pagenaud celebrates victory in the second race of the Detroit Belle Isle double-header - Sunday June 2 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates victory in the second race of the Detroit Belle Isle double-header - Sunday June 2 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates victory in the second race of the Detroit Belle Isle double-header - Sunday June 2 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media.)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates victory in the second race of the Detroit Belle Isle double-header - Sunday June 2 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media.)
Simon Pagenaud crosses the line at Fontana during practice for the MAVTV 500 at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud and Ryan Briscoe go wheel-to-wheel during the Open Test at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud preps on pit lane prior to the evening Open Test session at Auto Club Speedway (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Ryan Hunter-Reay, Scott Dixon and Simon Pagenaud on the podium after the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud sits on pit lane prior to the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sonoma Raceway (Photo by: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud enters Turn 4 during practice for the Honda Indy Toronto (Photo by: Joe Skibinski for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud in action (Photo by: Eric Anderson for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud in action (Photo by: Shawn Gritzmacher for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates victory in the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. (Photo by: Richard Dowdy for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates victory in the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates victory in the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates victory in the second race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud and Helio Castroneves lead into turn 1 at the start of the first race of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates winning pole position for race 1 of the Shell and Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader. (Photo by: Chris Jones for IndyCar Media)

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