Sport: Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud: White House visit was honor he couldn't refuse - PressFrom - US
  •   
  •   
  •   

SportIndy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud: White House visit was honor he couldn't refuse

06:20  12 june  2019
06:20  12 june  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

President Donald Trump to award Roger Penske with Presidential Medal of Freedom

President Donald Trump to award Roger Penske with Presidential Medal of Freedom Roger Penske will be heading to the White House for the third time in 2019. President Donald Trump said Thursday that the iconic racing owner and businessman would receive a Presidential Medal of Freedom. “Roger Penske is a great gentleman who has won 18 Indianapolis 500s, he’s won — just won Daytona,” Trump said during an appearance with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “He won Daytona, he won Indianapolis, he won probably more than anyone in the history of racing I can’t imagine anybody being even close.” Trump: "We're going to be presenting the presidential medal of freedom to Roger Penske...

Simon Pagenaud achieves the dream he always knew he could: Indy 500 immortality. Each and every time he could have faded away, he refused . He persevered, envisioned success, then swiftly Late in the race, Pagenaud harbored no doubts he was going to walk away from Indianapolis Motor

Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud and Team Penske are going from Victory Lane to the White House . The champion team will be honored by President Donald Trump this afternoon, according to the official White House press schedule. Pagenaud won the 103rd running of the Indy

Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud: White House visit was honor he couldn't refuse© Provided by Gannett Co., Inc.

INDIANAPOLIS — In the weeks since winning the Indianapolis 500, Simon Pagenaud has been bombarded with thousands of questions about his historic achievement.

By reporters. By friends, family and fellow competitors.

Never though, has he been asked by the president of the United States to describe in detail the final 15 laps of the crowning achievement of his professional career. Not until Monday afternoon, when Pagenaud, Team Penske and IndyCar representatives visited the White House in honor of their victory at the 103rd running of the world's biggest auto race.

The fact that President Donald Trump was so curious about the details of his victory caught Pagenaud off guard. He knew Trump had watched the race from Japan and was a racing fan after he called Roger Penske in victory lane and they spoke briefly on the phone. However, he had no idea the president would be so captivated by his recounting of those final crucial moments at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Wisconsin assistant Howard Moore awakens from coma after car crash that killed wife and daughter

Wisconsin assistant Howard Moore awakens from coma after car crash that killed wife and daughter Wisconsin assistant Howard Moore awakens from coma after car crash that killed wife and daughter

President Trump issues White House invitation to Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud , Roger Penske. From Japan, President Trump congratulates Simon Pagenaud on his Indianapolis 500 win, announces Team Penske will visit White House .

Simon Pagenaud (born 18 May 1984) is a French professional racing driver. He currently drives the #22 Chevrolet for Team Penske in the IndyCar Series.

"He was very knowledgeable about racing. He knew all about Indianapolis. I don’t know what I should be saying or not," Pagenaud laughed, "but he was very interested in knowing the strategy that was in my head the last 15 laps. It’s very rare that someone has so much interest in the sport like that. It’s very rare that you could keep their attention for so long. So I was very pleased and I was very impressed by the president."

After a behind-the-scenes tour of the U.S. Capitol and the White House, Pagenaud and the team spent about an hour with the president. They chatted about racing and posed for photos inside the oval office and outside the White House in front of Pagenaud's winning car.

The president, Pagenaud said, was extraordinarily kind to him and his fiancee, Hailey McDermott, who recently garnered headlines herself when she wore a "Not YOUR Body, Not YOUR Choice” T-shirt alongside Ashley Welch, Josef Newgarden’s fiancee, during qualifying for the 500.

Fresno Grizzlies apologize to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 'offensive' tribute video

Fresno Grizzlies apologize to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 'offensive' tribute video Fresno Grizzlies apologize to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for 'offensive' tribute video

President Trump met with Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud , Team Penske and team owner Roger Penske Monday at the White House , congratulating them on their dramatic victory last month. "It's a great honor to introduce the winner of the Indianapolis 500 , Simon Pagenaud ," Trump said.

Simon Pagenaud celebrates after winning the Indianapolis 500 . Trump, who is in Japan over the Memorial Day weekend, tweeted less than an hour after Pagenaud ’s win in the Indianapolis 500 that Pagenaud and his Team Penske team would soon be coming to the White House to celebrate the

"I'll tell you what, the president, he was always trying to make us feel at ease," Pagenaud said. "I really appreciated that. Because I’ve been in situations in the past where I’ve been with politicians where it’s not comfortable (laughs). And he made me feel comfortable. He made Hailey feel really comfortable. He made a big effort at that especially. It was a great moment, a moment I will always have engraved in my memory."

The most surreal moment of the day, Pagenaud said, was simply standing in the Oval Office, knowing how much history had unfolded in the room.

"All the laws and the papers signed, the meetings that took place in that office, it's just incredible to find yourself there. As a kid who just wanted to race, to end up there is just an incredible thing."

Amid legal battle, Patriots owner Robert Kraft pops up at Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final in Boston

Amid legal battle, Patriots owner Robert Kraft pops up at Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final in Boston Amid legal battle, Patriots owner Robert Kraft pops up at Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final in Boston

Roger Penske has confirmed publicly that his latest Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud will remain on the team in 2020 – and that he got a call Pagenaud ’s victories have ended the speculation that team owner Roger Penske would replace him with Alexander Rossi – the man who Pagenaud defeated

INDIANAPOLIS — Simon Pagenaud arrived at Indianapolis Motor Speedway this month with his job on the line and rumors swirling around Gasoline Alley that Alexander Rossi could soon replace him at Team Penske. The Frenchman is leaving with a pair of wins, his face soon to be engraved on the

Pagenaud knows, however, that not everyone thinks his visit was incredible. While there surely were thousands of people proud of his decision to visit the White House, there were probably just as many who weren't. That's the nature of politics, he said. But Pagenaud was adamant that his visit wasn't political. And he hopes the rest of the world doesn't see it that way.

"It’s a moment of sport," said Pagenaud, who is believed to be the first reigning 500 winner to visit the White House since Sam Hornish Jr. visited president George W. Bush in 2006. "It doesn’t matter what your political views are. It’s a sporting event. It’s the biggest sporting event in the world. No matter what your political views are, it’s a special moment."

Pagenaud said there wasn't a moment's hesitation to accept the president's invitation.

"No, never," said Pagenaud, who was proud to be IndyCar's ambassador in a moment of such large exposure for the sport. "I couldn't refuse. It's not about which side I might be on or the president might be on. It's about the honor of being invited to such a historical place. It's very simple. I also represent a different country, so I was proud to fly my French flag so high in such a historical place. All politics aside for me, I would feel honored if the French president invited me to the the Élysée (Palace), and I would go."

Bronx drug dealer gets 25 years to life in prison for 2012 college student killing

Bronx drug dealer gets 25 years to life in prison for 2012 college student killing A Bronx drug dealer will spend the next 25 years-to-life behind bars for killing a college student outside a club seven years ago. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Raheem Simon was sentenced Thursday in Bronx Supreme Court for the murder of Jared Jones outside the Ebony Lounge in Intervale Ave. in Longwood on Feb. 18 2012. Simon, 29, shot Jones three times after an argument inside the club.

Winner gets replica of the Indy 500 pace car. Simon Pagenaud won .67 million for his victory at the Indy 500 on Sunday, but the Frenchman is très excité about another prize he received.

Simon Pagenaud , winner of the 103rd Indianapolis 500 , with his team during the winner 's photo shoot on the yard of brick at Indianapolis Motor "But he knows me better than anyone. When he sees my face, he knows exactly what I feel about the race car. He can set the car up now without

Among the other highlights of Monday's activities was Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb surprising Pagenaud by giving him a certificate that named him an honorary Hoosier.

Pagenaud said he already considers himself a Hoosier, but it's nice to have some proof.

"I’m super proud of that," he said. "It was such a nice gesture. When I talk to friends or I meet new people and they ask me where I’m from, I always say I’m a Hoosier. Now it’s true!"

Follow IndyStar Motorsports Insider Jim Ayello on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @jimayello.

This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud: White House visit was honor he couldn't refuse

Veterans group to hand out USS John McCain t-shirts for July 4 on the National Mall.
Veterans organizations plan to hand out USS John McCain t-shirts on the Fourth of July during President Trump's speech on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.Progressive group VoteVets and Rags of Honor announced Friday that they are honoring the former Arizona Republican following Trump's public attacks on the late senator.The t-shirts feature the Navy destroyer with its nickname, "Big Bad John," that the White House asked to have moved out of the way during Trump's visit to Japan last month. Veterans will also visit the House and Senate office buildings to distribute the shirts to members of Congress. "Whether it was Sen.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
usr: 1
This is interesting!