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Simon Pagenaud reflects on Indy 500 win, pandemic postponing 2020 race

It was a big year for Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud, and this would have been a big weekend for him as teh returning champ at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud. (WTHR)

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — It was a big year for Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud, and this would have been a big weekend for him as teh returning champ at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Instead, the pandemic has moved the race to August.

"There's nothing we can do about it. It's unfortunate because we can't do what we love doing. We can't entertain people, which is what we love to do," Pagenaud said. "I just can't wait to get back on the track and do what I love, do what I was born to do."

Reflecting on last year's win at the Indy 500, Pagenaud said his highlights were taking the trophy to show his hometown and the moment right after he won.

"Being able to celebrate with everyone in the grandstands was...I've got chills right now...was such a special time," Pagenaud said.

He also had a message for race fans who now have to wait until August.

"When it all goes back to normal we'll be able to race again. And I think there will be even more excitement. And I think people will be even more excited to get to the race track," Pagenaud said.