Since his transition to Team Penske in September, Simon Pagenaud has tried to keep expectations for his performance at a reasonable level.
But Friday afternoon's qualifying session for the MAVTV 500 at Fontana was perhaps the first time he exceeded those expectations, as his two-lap average speed of 218.952 mph gave him pole position for Saturday's race.
"I'm here for the long run," said Pagenaud, who is 10th in the IndyCar Championship standings, the only Penske driver outside the top five this season. "I'm not just here for two races.… I don't know many Penske drivers that have won right away. It's just the way it is."