Pagenaud Wins Race 2 in Houston

SimonAfter winning the pole for Saturday’s race, Simon Pagenaud got the win on Sunday. It was an impressive win for Simon, the fourth of his IndyCar career. His teammate Mikhail Aleshin was right behind him to give SPM their first ever 1-2 finish. There were two Rookies on the podium, as Jack Hawksworth fought hard for a career-best third place finish. There were a total of four Rookies on the podium this weekend.

Charlie Kimball and Sebastien Bourdais rounded out the top five on Sunday. It was a fantastic weekend for Bourdais, who finished in fourth place in yesterday’s race.

Helio Castroneves suffered the ultimate gut punch on Sunday. With teammate Will Power leading the championship but starting 18th, Castroneves not only won the pole, but dominated the first half of the race. He was well on his way to having a fantastic day, until lap 49. While battling Simon Pagenaud for the lead, Helio tried to jump back in behind him, the normal racing line, but Sebastien Bourdais was already there. The Brazilian smacked the outside wall, and his day was over, finishing in 21st position. Fortunately for him, Power had an issue in the final two laps, and dropped from third to 11th place.

After a sour end to the race on Saturday, things started out well for Graham Rahal, who qualified in fourth position. It went south after 32 laps though, as a gearbox issue put him multiple laps down. Speaking of bad fortune, it was another weekend to forget for Chip Ganassi’s Scott Dixon, who also suffered mechanical problems, finishing 18th. Through ten races this season, Chip Ganassi has yet to taste victory lane with any of his four cars.

Click here for full results of the Grand Prix of Houston Race 2

Heading into next weekend’s race at Pocono, Power maintains his championship lead, 39 points ahead of his teammate. Defending Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay is in third, two points behind Castroneves. Pagenaud is fourth, and Juan Montoya is a distant fifth.

The IndyCar series now heads back to the oval. Well, sort of. The next event on the schedule is the Tricky Triangle known as Pocono. Teams will now get set for another grueling 500-mile race. The Pocono 500 is set for Noon ET on July 6, from Long Pond, Pennsylvania. NBC Sports Network will have the race on Sunday, with qualifications and two practice sessions on Saturday. Scott Dixon is the defending race winner.

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