Palou, in solely his second season in IndyCar and his first with Chip Ganassi Racing, received the title with three wins and 5 different podium finishes.
This 12 months, he’s placing up a stout protection of that crown, sitting fourth within the championship, simply 35 factors behind teammate and Indy 500 winner Marcus Ericsson.
Regardless of being winless to date in 2022. Palou has scored three runner-up finishes and a 3rd place over the primary 9 races, and there are nonetheless eight rounds to go.
For Chip Ganassi Racing, Palou’s title triumph was the 14th since Jimmy Vasser scored its first in 1996..
“Alex’s monitor document speaks for itself,” stated crew proprietor Chip Ganassi. “He’s a confirmed champion and some of the formidable drivers on the planet.
“We’re very excited to proceed working collectively.”
Palou, who received Tremendous Formulation’s Rookie of the 12 months honours in 2019 – and really almost the general title, too – joined Dale Coyne Racing with Crew Goh in 2020, and scored a podium at Highway America in solely his third IndyCar race.
He then moved to Ganassi for 2021 and his mixture of tempo and consistency was sufficient to stave off stern title challenges from Penske’s Josef Newgarden, Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward, and his personal teammate, six-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon.
“It’s an incredible feeling figuring out I’ll be again with Chip Ganassi Racing subsequent season,” stated 25-year-old Palou.
“The crew welcomed me with open arms from Day 1, and I’m excited to proceed working with Chip, [CGR managing director] Mike Hull, the parents on the #10 [car] and everybody throughout the organisation.
“The targets stay the identical and we’ll proceed to work relentlessly in direction of reaching them.”
Having joined IndyCar in 2020, the primary 12 months of the COVID-19 pandemic when US-Canada journey was closely restricted, Palou this weekend will likely be encountering the Toronto avenue course for the primary time.