Two weeks in the past, Simon Pagenaud received the IndyCar Grand Prix on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Flash ahead to right this moment, and he has a serious likelihood to win on the identical monitor for his first Indy 500 title.
The 35-year outdated Frenchman has but to take dwelling the Borg-Warner Trophy in his profession, however he’s near being the odds-on favourite for 2019. He stands alongside Alexander Rossi and Josef Newgarden at 8-to-1 odds, simply behind Will Powers at 7-to-1 per CBS Sports activities.
One particular person positive to be loudly pushing him to victory lane will likely be his fiancee Hailey McDermott. Let’s take a fast have a look at who she is and the way they met.
Simon Pagenaud & Hailey McDermott Relationship Historical past
McDermott hails from San Diego, and occurred to run throughout Pagenaud in 2016 at a trade-show sales space on the Indianapolis Conference Middle for her father’s surround-sound speaker enterprise. In keeping with IndyCar, a mutual acquaintance named Jim launched her to Pagenaud.
“Simon and I sat there and talked to one another for 4 hours,” Hailey remembers.
The subsequent day, Simon…texted Hailey to ask her out for espresso.
“I instructed him no,” she says. “I used to be nonetheless somewhat hesitant. I used to be in a city I didn’t actually know. And I used to be there working, that was the most important factor. So I used to be very cautious.”
However Simon, too, was extraordinarily persistent. Ultimately, he prevailed. He persuaded Hailey to go to dinner with him, however she made a backup plan in case the date was a catastrophe.
“Yearly they’ve an enormous social gathering after this commerce present, so I used to be like, ‘OK, we are able to go to dinner. However I’ve to go to this social gathering afterward.’”
Because it occurred, Hailey missed the social gathering. Dinner (they ate sushi) went “very, very effectively.” Simon “was very real. Very real, very caring and really humble. That was in all probability my first impression: how humble he was. He was very correct and candy and sort. He was respectful. You can simply inform he was a great man.”
After one other meetup at Sonoma Raceway quickly after, they two have been hooked to one another. She give up her job and moved to Indianapolis to be with him. By early 2018, the 2 have been engaged. He introduced it on Twitter in an image of them on muddy ATV’s.
Since then, McDermott has made the information for her stance on abortion rights. Two weeks in the past, she dressed alongside Ashley Welch, Newgarden’s fiancee, in shirts that learn “Not YOUR Physique, Not YOUR Selection.”
The shirts have been a protest of the latest abortion restrictions in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri and Utah.
“I really feel like I conquered one thing right this moment,” McDermott mentioned to IndyStar. “I’m fairly quiet, however right this moment I wasn’t.
“I perceive it’s uncomfortable for us to talk our thoughts, particularly about this proper now, within the political local weather we’re in, that’s not what we try to battle,” mentioned McDermott. “However let’s make the individuals who have accomplished this to us uncomfortable.”
In case you’re questioning how Pagenaud felt about politics coming into the race monitor, he beamed for an image alongside his future spouse as she donned the shirt.