Frenchman Simon Pagenaud will join Action Express Racing as the third driver for the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Pagenaud will co-drive the red and white Whelen Engineering Corvette DP, resulting in a reunion of sorts with Dane Cameron.
In 2013, Cameron and Pagenaud co-drove the Sahlen’s prototype for the Rolex 24 at Daytona; they now find themselves paired in an entry that won two events in 2015 for both the 24 hours and the season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
A former American Le Mans Series champion (2010), the native of Poitiers, France is considered one of the fastest drivers to ever compete in sports car competition. Pagenaud and his teammate scored three victories in four events enroute to the title. The Frenchman has competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times and posted a career best finish of second in his last start in 2011.
Pagenaud will again compete full-time for Team Penske in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2016 in hopes of capturing his first championship. He is a four-time winner in North America’s premier open-wheel series, most notably winning the inaugural Grand Prix of Indianapolis in 2014.
Most recently competing with Corvette Racing in IMSA’s GTLM class, Pagenaud scored a podium with co-drivers Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner in the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Pagenaud’s favorite activities away from the track include cycling, running, karting, skiing and tennis. He now makes his home in the Charlotte, NC area, near the headquarters of Team Penske.