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IndyCar: Simon Pagenaud joins Penske as fourth driver for 2015


Team Penske announced Monday that Frenchman Simon Pagenaud will drive a fourth Chevrolet-powered DW12 car for the 2014 series championship-winning team in the 2015 season.

Team Penske has confirmed it will run next year the newly crowned champion, Will Power alongside Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya.

The addition of Pagenaud, who won four races over the past three seasons with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, gives Team Penske a formidable line-up for the first season of aero kits. Combined, the four drivers delivered seven victories and 30 top-five finishes this season.

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Simon Pagenaud. (Photo: IndyCar)

“Simon Pagenaud is a very talented, focused and determined driver,” said team owner Roger Penske, who this season won his first entrant championship since 2006.

“We know how tough he has been to compete with over the last few seasons and we are very happy to welcome him to Team Penske starting in 2015. With Simon coming on board to join Will, Helio and Juan, we feel we have four drivers very capable of winning on any given weekend and four guys who are legitimate championship contenders.”

Pagenaud, 30, of France, won the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course in May and added a victory in the second street course race at Houston seven weeks later.

He won the ChampCar Atlantic Series title as a rookie in 2006 and produced four wins en route to the American Le Mans Series sports car LMP1 title in 2010.