Pagenaud’s Porsche goes up for auction at Mecum (VIDEO)

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INDIANAPOLIS – Simon Pagenaud has had an interesting week. The defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion turned 33 years old on Thursday and celebrated by making an appearance at a local Menards store, for his primary sponsor of his No. 1 Menards Team Penske Chevrolet.

But on Friday, Pagenaud wasn’t getting a birthday present. Instead, he was reluctantly parting ways with a car of his to be a present for someone else.

At this week’s Mecum Auctions at the Indianapolis State Fairgrounds, Pagenaud’s 2008 Porsche Cayman S, sold for $38,000. As a limited edition model, it was one of only 100 of 700 built that were shipped Stateside.

“A quick goodbye, huh? I’m a very sentimental guy when it comes to cars, so I’ve got to leave now,” Pagenaud said, via IndyCar.com. “I was obviously getting started in the U.S. She drove me around and never broke down. I only had one flat. She did good.”

You can see a video of Pagenaud’s car leaving his hands, above.

As for his day job, Pagenaud has a best speed of 229.973 mph yesterday in 222 laps completed, which ranks 23rd in the field of 33 cars.

Coverage of Mecum Auctions: Indianapolis runs from 11:30 to 2:30 p.m. ET, live on NBCSN, later today.

Pagenaud on track. Photo: IndyCar