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Simon Pagenaud, Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsports - Q&A

And then the trick is on the restart, understanding who is ahead of you and what they usually do on restarts, so I knew Marco was going to go early, because that's what he usually does, for example - no offense to him, but that's what he does. And some drivers don't do that.

So you know, when you say you restart slow - you've got references like that in your red and you just try to focus on it. So when it's time to go, it's time to go, and you're there.

Q:
Having been out here a couple of times, there's talk next year, there's concern that they are trying to get a date - it sounds like everybody is on board in getting a date -

Simon Pagenaud:
To get what?

Q:
To get a date for this race.

Simon Pagenaud:
Okay. Sorry.

Q:
How important is Indy to have a place like Baltimore given the city and the track?

Simon Pagenaud:
Well, the city is really nice. It's nice to come here to this area of the United States. I personally love the event. I always have good results here. I love the city. It's a nice city and I think the event is really well put together by the Andretti organization.

It's really a good event. It's really busy. People are very close to you. You get to walk within the area of the track, people can walk there and cross your path, and I think that's awesome.

It's very different to the other racetrack. I this I we have a pretty good contact with the fans, and I think that's why the Grand Prix is nice here. I hope to come back.

Q:
You had mentioned the pick up on the Reds, as opposed to the Black tyres. Was it an easier tradeoff to have less grip with the Black tyres than to pick up the garbage on the Reds that you could clean up after a lap or two?

Simon Pagenaud:
Yeah, I think our setup was very good on the Blacks, as you could see in practice, we are always in the top three, and we were really fast on the Blacks - actually did the same lap time on Black tyres as we did on the Reds during practice.

So I knew the Reds would give me what I needed, the Blacks would give me what I needed. The Reds in qualifying was a little bit of a surprise. It changed our balance. We didn't have as good of a car, I would say, and I was having a tendency to lose the rear.

So, you know, when I had the opportunity, I decided just to stay on blocks and I could push. So with the Reds, I had to nurse it a little bit too much and I don't like that.

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Simon Pagenaud leads Scott Dixon through the chicane during the Grand Prix of Baltimore on Sunday September 1 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud is congratulated by a celebrity fan after his victory in the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT on Sunday September 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates victory in the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT on Sunday September 1 2013. (Photo Credit: John Cote for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates victory in the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT on Sunday September 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud celebrates victory in the Grand Prix of Baltimore presented by SRT on Sunday September 1 2013. (Photo Credit: Chris Jones 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)
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)
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)
Simon Pagenaud on track in Practice 2. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)
Simon Pagenaud on track in Practice 2. (Photo by: Chris Owens for IndyCar Media)

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