PARIS — Simon Pagenuad became the first Indianapolis 500 winner to unveil his likeness on the iconic trophy outside the United States.
Pagenaud celebrated his Indianapolis victory Monday by displaying the BorgWarner Trophy at a ceremony along the Champs Elysees. Pagenaud is the first Frenchman to win Indy since Gaston Chevrolet in 1920 and fifth overall — an accomplishment the 2016 IndyCar champion is savoring.
“This oval racing is definitely not something that we (in France) even try as kids driving go-karts,” Pagenaud told The Associated Press. “It just isn’t a discipline we ever learn. So being able to come to America as a Frenchman, and no offense, but to beat the Americans, was very special to me and special for everybody in France.”