Defending champion Simon Pagenaud of the Indian Formula Race joins the RICHARD MILLE Drivers Hall of Fame. The French racer who conquered the United States will drive a brand-painted car and fly back to the chronograph wearing a RM 11-02 automatic movement dual time zone.
‘The first meeting with Richard was very pleasant. We share similar interests and love racing and racing. We have a lot in common. When you look at a Richard Mille watch, you will find that it is by no means accidental, but rather Careful and meticulous, the problem is not how much money is spent, but how to achieve excellence with better quality and best design. Every day is a new exploration, to understand how to do better. Yes The pursuit of perfection is the driving force that drives me forward, and it is also the spirit that every RICHARD MILLE watch represents.
A loyal fan of Ayrton Senna, Simon Pagenaud dreams of becoming a race car driver for the Ferrari or Penske team-the team that has won the most in the US Indy Cars. With a clear goal to become a Formula 1 or Indy racer, Pagenaud began his career in kart racing in 1994. In 2001, with Volant Elf’s victory in the preseason, he began to compete in full-size cars. In classic Renault-sponsored races (Formula Renault and Renault World Series (WSR)), Pagenaud once again proved his strength, and before deciding whether to pursue his career across the ocean, he became a top racer.
‘Compared with most racers, my experience is very different. No one in the family is involved in racing related work, so how to start and how to learn is a difficult problem for me.’
In 2005, in the Formula Atlantic Championship, he tried to cooperate with multiple teams, and in the subsequent transformation and adjustment process, he finally signed with the Australian team. In the same year, he won the championship title and started the next season of the Formula Global Championship car. In 2008, Pagenaud partnered with GilFerran to participate in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Championship and subsequently replaced Scott Sharp in Patrón Highcroft. In 2010, he was crowned champion. In the next three years, while participating in ALMS, Simon also participated in some other world-class events, such as the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race, and successively achieved 2nd and 1st place in the 1000 km race on the Spa in Belgium. Achievements.
But he will soon have a turning point in his career, waiting for him to be the first of the IndyCar races-North America’s most important single-seater race. He seized the opportunity to take the place of driver Ana Beatriz. When Beatriz was unable to participate in the race due to injury, he subsequently signed with the Sam Schmidt Motorsports team and finally can participate in the Indy Car race for the entire season. It was a very rewarding experience and he was named Rookie of the Year 2012, ranking 5th among all drivers in Schmidt. Three years later, in 2015, Pagenaud signed a contract with the well-known Penske team for outstanding performance. In 2016, he won the championship and won 5 grand prix races.
‘2016 has been my best year so far, reaching the crown of victory: we crowned the IndyCar Racer Championship with outstanding performance. Every day, I discover my new potential and look forward to the future. ‘Simon’s future looks bright, and on April 30, he won his first victory on the oval track in Phoenix. This is his first victory of the season and his tenth victory in his career. This put him ahead of the tournament overall, and at a critical juncture less than a month from the Indianapolis 500-mile Grand Prix, Simon showed his opponents determination to win.
As the first Frenchman to dominate the Indy Car Race, Simon realized his dream and was thrilled. This North American recognized ‘king’, the top Indy car racer will now wear the RICHARD MILLE brand watch, showing the spirit of sports on the wrist.