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article imageINDYCAR: Pagenaud outlasts the competition to win Baltimore race

By John Duarte     Sep 2, 2013 in Sports
Baltimore - Labour Day weekend took on a whole new meaning as drivers worked hard on Sunday afternoon at the IZOD IndyCar Series' Grand Prix of Baltimore.
The 2.04-mile temporary circuit on the streets of the Maryland city took its toll on the racers. There were six caution periods throughout the afternoon and only 16 of the 24 drivers who started the race managed to roll across the finish line and only 10 of those completed all 75 laps.
Simon Pagenaud, who had managed to steer clear of trouble for most of the afternoon, had to battle Josef Newgarden in the closing stages of the race to win the Grand Prix of Baltimore by two seconds. A bigger challenge for Pagenaud probably came a few laps earlier, when he “pushed hard” on the final restart of the afternoon while tangling with Marco Andretti and Tony Kanaan.
“We got very lucky on the restarts. We didn't get collected,” Pagenaud said. “I struggled there for a bit, but we picked it up in the middle section.”
Newgarden, who stepped on the podium for the first time in his IZOD IndyCar Series' career, was happy with his result, but added that Pagenaud was too much for him in the race.
“I really wanted to give Simon a run for his money,” the runner-up said. “I think we had the pace for him, we just didn't have any brakes left.”
Sebastien Bourdais finished the Grand Prix of Baltimore in third place. After the race, he said the afternoon turned out exactly as expected on the streets of Baltimore.
“It was the usual Baltimore chaos, with one restart after another,” he said. “It was one of those races, when you finish, you feel like you survived.”
Helio Castroneves continues to lead the IndyCar drivers' standings. He is 49 points ahead of Scott Dixon with only three races left on the 2013 schedule. Castroneves admitted he is anything but secure in his quest to win the IndyCar championship. Under the series' scoring system, drivers earn a maximum 50 points per race, with an additional points up for grabs for earning the pole position, for leading at least one lap during the race and leading the most laps.
“There is still a lot of points in the game. I'll take what I can get,” Castroneves said. “I'm still dreaming really, really big.”
Consistency all season has been the key for the Brazilian, who has finished in the Top 10 in 15 of the 16 races to this point in the season.
Pagenaud's win in Baltimore moves him into third place in the IZOD IndyCar Series standings, one point ahead of Andretti.
The series takes a month-long break before returning with the final doubleheader of the season on the streets of Houston. The Texas city will host the first of two Shell and Penzoil Grand Prix of Houston races on Oct. 5 and the second 24 hours later. The IZOD IndyCar season comes to a close on Oct. 19, 2013, with the MAVTV 500, at Auto Club Speedway, in Fontana, California.
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