The ongoing “autograph battle” between Team Penske teammates Josef Newgarden and Simon Pagenaud just went to a new — and we have to admit, a very impressive — level.
Pagenaud has spent the last couple of weeks scheming and strategizing, looking for a way to not only top his “bro”, but to do it in such a big fashion to also pull way ahead in who is winning the autograph battle.
Thursday, Pagenaud pulled off arguably the best stunt of all during the two-month autograph war the two have been having.
Newgarden was driving along in a rental car equipped with cameras, thinking he was making a video for fans to see as he was on his way to a speaking engagement.
But … Pagenaud had another plan.
You owe it to yourself to check out the hysterical video below — we don’t want to tell you much about it so as not to spoil it for you — especially the last part where Newgarden is … well … let’s just say he gets “served” by Pagenaud.
Check it out — and, oh yeah, as Simon says, Josef, “It’s your move, bro”:
Dale Coyne Racing will field a third entry at the Grand Prix of Portland and the INDYCAR Grand Prix of Sonoma for former Haas F1 test and reserve driver Santino Ferrucci, the team revealed earlier on Friday.
Ferrucci previously raced with Coyne at the Chevrolet Dual in Detroit, where he finished 22nd and 20th, and will drive alongside Sebastien Bourdais and Pietro Fittipaldi. The entry, the No. 39 Honda, will also feature sponsorship from Cly-Del, a Connecticut-based manufacturing company.
“I am extremely grateful to Dale (Coyne) and everyone at Dale Coyne Racing for giving me this opportunity to get back behind the wheel of an IndyCar in Portland and Sonoma,” said Ferrucci, who had been racing in FIA Formula 2 this year until it came to an unceremonious end in July.
Ferrucci continued, “I’m also excited to be bringing my long-time sponsor Cly-Del on board and introducing them to the world of IndyCar racing. I truly enjoyed my time with Dale Coyne Racing in Detroit earlier this season and I couldn’t be more excited to be back with them for a couple more races as I look to the future and enter the next chapter of my career.”
Team owner Dale Coyne highlighted the team’s experience with Ferrucci as a motivating factor in signing him up again for the final two races.
“We were very impressed with Santino at Detroit this year, and not just by his performance behind the wheel, but also by his professionalism and maturity outside of the race car,” said Coyne.
Coyne added, “We’ve had lengthy discussions with Santino in the past few months and we’re excited to have him back for the final two rounds of the season. We look forward to seeing what he will do with this opportunity as he gets back behind the wheel of an Indy Car. We’re also happy to welcome Cly-Del to our ever-growing family of sponsors.”