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Pagenaud topped another Grand Prix podium

Pagenaud topped another Grand Prix podium

The second race of the doubleheader of the weekend of the Houston Grand Prix, of the IndyCar competition that took place on the Reliant Park street circuit, again had the leading role of foreign drivers with Frenchman Simon Pagenaud as the winner.
Shell Pennzoil Grand Prix of Houston - Day 3If in Saturday’s race, the ninth of the season, the podium was monopolized by Colombians, rookie Carlos Huertas, veteran Juan Pablo Montoya and fellow coffee grower Carlos Muñoz, in Sunday’s, Pagenaud said he was coming to Houston with a winning car he kept his word.
Despite spending the entire last week of training in California to prepare for the heat and humidity in Houston, he felt the effects of temperatures that surpassed 34 degrees Celsius (over 90 degrees Fahrenheit).
“Sorry guys, I might be a little weak,” declared Pagenaud on the finish line with his fourth IndyCar Series win. “It was really hot. Really hot. There is heat exhaustion. I mean, there is no air under the helmet.
The victory was compensation for what Pagenaud suffered on Saturday when he had achieved pole position, but on the race he skidded and collided with New Zealander Scott Nixon and could not get more than 16th place.
“I was so disappointed on Saturday because we had such a fast car this weekend and we couldn’t do anything,” said Pagenaud.
The second drawer of the podium was taken by rookie Russian driver Mikhail Aleshin, his teammate from the Schmidt-Hamilton Motorsports team.
Aleshin, the first Russian driver in IndyCar history, battled a tire problem before he could reach the finish line.
Third place went to another rookie, Britain’s Jack Hawksworth, who achieved his best qualification since being in IndyCar competition and completed a great weekend after finishing sixth on Saturday. EFE

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