Vandoorne chasing more wins in push for GP2 title

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Stoffel Vandoorne has set his sights on continuing his impressive start to the 2015 GP2 Series season after the summer break as he bids to win the Formula 1 feeder series title.

Vandoorne finished as runner-up to Jolyon Palmer in the 2014 championship, but was kept in GP2 by parent team McLaren so he could, in the words of racing director Eric Boullier, “win the championship as a boss”.

The Belgian driver has lived up to the team’s high expectations in the first half of the season, claiming four race wins and five further podium finishes to establish an 85 point lead at the top of the standings.

Despite enjoying such a sizeable lead, Vandoorne is not looking to ease off and play it safe in races. Instead, he has set his sights on claiming more wins in the remaining five rounds of the season.

“Of course we look at what the others do, but we mainly concentrate on our own job,” Vandoorne said. “I think that’s worked out pretty well since the start of the season.

“The good thing is that we keep on scoring quite big points every weekend. That’s the main target for the remainder of the season.

“I want to win some more races and then we’ll see who will challenge us in the end.”

Vandoorne heads to his home circuit of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium in three weeks’ time following GP2’s summer break with hopes of avenging his defeat in last year’s race.

The ART Grand Prix driver was embroiled in a spectacular fight with Raffaele Marciello in the wet for much of the race, but could not beat the Italian driver and was ultimately forced to settle for second place.

“I came very close to the victory last year and just missed out two or three laps from the end,” Vandoorne said.

“Hopefully I will be able to take my revenge and win there this year. It would be a really good feeling to win for the fans and for the home crowd.”

Simon Pagenaud’s engineer relives 2019 Indy 500 victory on Twitter

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The Team Penske engineer for last year’s Indianapolis 500 winner is reliving Simon Pagenaud’s day by tweeting about what he was doing each moment a year later.

Starting with an observation that he awoke in his Indianapolis hotel room at 4:30 a.m., Ben Bretzman (@benbretzman) sent nearly two dozen tweets by 11 a.m. ET about how the morning before the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 unfolded.

Bretzman was through the infield tunnel and in Gasoline Alley by 6 a.m. By 7:30 a.m., he was wondering if his driver was awake yet, but he had heard for the first time from Pagenaud 45 minutes later.

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Among other highlights: The team’s last strategy meeting was at 8:30 a.m.; final check of the weather was at 9:30 a.m. and Bretzman gave the No. 22 Dallara-Chevrolet a once-over at 10:35 a.m. before it was pushed to the grid.

Follow @BenBretzman to watch the day unfold from the pit box and tune into “Back Home Again at 2 p.m. ET on NBC as Pageanud and Alexander Rossi, who are good friends off the track, recap their epic duel with host Mike Tirico.

Simon Pagenaud and engineer Ben Bretzman debrief at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IndyCar photo by Joe Skibinski).