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Drafting dynamics and good tactics: How to win the Indianapolis 500

Simon Pagenaud of Meyer Shank Racing Honda during testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Enlarge / Simon Pagenaud of Meyer Shank Racing Honda during testing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. (credit: Meyer Shank Racing)

On most IndyCar teams, Simon Pagenaud would play the role of mentor. But when the 38-year-old French driver joined Meyer Shank Racing for the 2022 season, he paired with 47-year-old Helio Castroneves—fresh off his record-tying fourth Indianapolis 500 victory—to form one of the most experienced duos on the grid.

“I definitely feel like the young guy, that’s for sure!” Pagenaud told us.

In advance of this weekend’s 106th running of the Indianapolis 500, we spoke with the Meyer Shank duo about drafting dynamics, sports car experience, and the quest to make history.

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