Simon Pagenaud confirmed in Sam Schmidt Motorsports IndyCar team for 2012
|Thursday, December 8th 2011, 16:04 GMT|
Sam Schmidt Motorsports has officially confirmed that Simon Pagenaud will join it for the 2012 IndyCar season.
The long-anticipated deal between the Frenchman and Schmidt's Honda-powered squad was formally announced at a press conference in Indianapolis today.
Pagenaud made his IndyCar Series debut in three stand-in appearances for HVM and Dreyer & Reinbold this summer.
Those outings marked his return to American single-seaters after a three-year absence in sportscars with Acura and Peugeot. The 27-year-old had previously won the 2006 Atlantic title then impressed in a single season of Champ Car in 2007.
"The series represents the most competitive racing in the world right now, and I am really looking forward to the challenge of racing in a single-seater again," said Pagenaud.
"I have to thank Sam Schmidt Motorsports for giving me the opportunity and to continue with the Honda engineers at HPD. It is the best situation I could wish for.
"I know 2012 will be a big challenge with the new Dallara chassis and being on a new team but, quite frankly, that is what is so interesting. To fulfil a lifelong dream to race an Indycar and to compete in the Indianapolis 500 is a special time in my life."