Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud marries longtime girlfriend

Simon Pagenaud
Simon Pagenaud

Reigning Indy 500 champ Simon Pagenaud is taking another victory lap.

Five months after winning "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," Pagenaud tied the knot with Hailey McDermott on Friday in Napa, California, according to PEOPLE.

IndyCar reports the couple met in 2013 when McDermott, a San Diego native, was in Indianapolis at the Indiana Convention Center for her father's surround-sound speaker business.

A friend of a friend introduced the two – much to McDermott's dismay, who told the IndyCar driver she'd had a long day and just wanted a quiet meal and a drink.

The two ended up talking for four hours that evening and went to dinner the following evening.

Two months later, she quit her job and moved to Indy to be with Pagenaud.

"I dreamt about winning Indy. I didn't know when it was going to happen or if it was going to happen — I certainly never imagined it would happen the same year I was getting married," Pagenaud told PEOPLE days before the wedding. "I've accomplished all my dreams."

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Although by swapped coincidence (myself being an Indianapolis native and later marrying in France), I have a few things in common with this special couple. This weekend I photographed the beautiful celebration of Indy 500 Champion, Simon Pagenaud and Hailey McDermott in Napa. Truly, the sweetest ceremony to have the honor of witnessing. Endless gratitude to @emilycoyneevents for ever flawless execution. Special thanks to @kelseycowleyphotography for keeping the pace and your poise and grace as part of my team. Creative team: Planning and design: @emilycoyneevents Floral: @thishumbleabode Venue: @aubergedusoleil @aubergeresorts Bride’s Attire: @badgleymischka @winniecouture Groom’s Attire: @ravazzolo_official @richardmilleofficial Ceremony music: @eloquencestrings Rentals: @encoreeventsrentals Beauty: @christireynoldsbeauty Linens: @latavolalinen DJ: @boutiquedjs Cinematography: @epochvisuals Calligrapher: @napa_note Paper Goods and Signage: @rubiandlib @mintedweddings Croquembouche and Cake: @petitesweetsnapa_ As seen in @people – more coming in stories. #indycar #indianapolis500 #simonpagenaud #peoplemagazine #c1ickmatch #napavalley #napawedding

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