Top 10 IndyCar Drivers of the Year 2013: 5. Simon Pagenaud

Birthplace: Montmorillon, France Birthdate: May 18, 1984 Team: Schmidt-Hamilton Motorport 2013 starts: 19 Poles: 0 Wins: 2 Top 5: 5 Top 10: 13 Championship points: 508 Championship position: 3rd Crash.net IndyCar Driver of 2011 position: N/A Crash.net IndyCar Driver of 2012 position: 3rd

Season summary:

How to top 2012, when he clinched the rookie of the year title with such flying colours? For Simon Pagenaud, there was one obvious thing he needed to do and that was to claim his first race win in his second season with Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsport. It duly happened in the second road race of the Detroit double-header, and he liked the experience so much that he repeated it again later in the season by successfully holding Josef Newgarden at bay to the chequered flag at Baltimore. The net result of this and his overall consistency (an impressive 13 top tens from 19 races) put Pagenaud into third place in the final standings behind Scott Dixon and Helio Castroneves. Next up for the Frenchman: a serious championship run in 2014, surely?

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Top 10 IndyCar Driver of the Year 2013 results so far:

6. Dario Franchitti
7. Justin Wilson
8. Charlie Kimball
9. Simona de Silvestro
10. Ryan Hunter-Reay

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