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  • Pagenaud takes second race of Houston doubleheader

  • HOUSTON — Simon Pagenaud, the Frenchman who thought he had a winning car in the first race of the Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader, finally picked up a victory in Sunday's second race.
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  • HOUSTON — Simon Pagenaud, the Frenchman who thought he had a winning car in the first race of the Grand Prix of Houston doubleheader, finally picked up a victory in Sunday's second race.
    The victory, the second of the season for Pagenaud, allowed him to significantly cut into Will Power's lead in the championship standings. Pagenaud came to Houston down 91 points to Power, but cut it to 59 following his win.
    Although he spent all last week training in California to prepare for the heat and humidity in Houston, he felt the effects of temperatures that soared into the 90s after he climbed from his car.
    "I'm sorry, guys, I might be a little faint," he said in Victory Lane. "It was really hot. Really hot. There's exhaustion from heat."
    It was redemption for Pagenaud, who started from the pole Saturday but had his race ruined when he first spun, then was collected in Scott Dixon's crash. He finished 16th in the first race.
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