Sophomore slump so far for IndyCar's Pagenaud


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Simon Pagenaud's rookie campaign was the best the IndyCar Series has seen in more than a decade.

He had six top-five finishes, nine top-10's in 15 starts, finishing the year ranked fifth in the championship standings driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports. He was the highest-ranked Rookie of the Year since Felipe Giaffone wrapped up the season sixth in 2001.

The 2013 season, however, hasn't been as kind to the Frenchman. Pagenaud is tied for 11th in the standings, but says he has a much better feel for the Indianapolis 500 and oval tracks this time around. A year ago, the Indy 500 was Pagenaud's first career race on an oval.

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