A calm fourth place in the Grand Prix of Long Beach was sufficient for the Chip Ganassi Racing driver to seal the championship by 38 factors forward of two-time champion Josef Newgarden, whose runner-up end was sufficient to push him effectively away from Pato O’Ward within the remaining standings.
Regardless of three early engine-change penalties and misfortune at IMS’s August highway course race (mechanical) and Gateway (crashed out by one other driver), he clinched the title by 38 factors.
The sequence sophomore scored three wins and 5 different podium finishes.
The 24-year-old graduated to IndyCar in 2020 initially with Dale Coyne Racing after ending third within the 2019 Tremendous Components Championship.
“What a race, what a yr, what a season – this group is wonderful,” exclaimed Palou to NBC, as he grew to become the primary Spanish driver to win the title. “I’m tremendous proud to be part of Chip Ganassi Racing, all our companions.
“Tremendous blissful, can’t thank everybody sufficient – Chip Ganassi, my household, my administration group. Wonderful! The chance that these guys gave to me.
“Let’s preserve it going. Let’s get one other one now.”
Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda takes the checkered flag
Picture by: Chris Owens
It was the 14th time Chip Ganassi has guided a driver to the IndyCar title with the primary coming in 1996 when Jimmy Vasser clinched the crown. Since then Alex Zanardi (1997-1998) Juan Pablo Montoya (1999), Scott Dixon (2003, 2008, 2013, 2015, 2018, 2020) and Dario Franchitti (2009, 2010, 2011) have received championships with the outfit.
Reflecting on his newest winner, Ganassi expects Palou to realize extra success in IndyCar sooner or later.
“You’re seeing a younger man who’s going to be setting numerous new information on this enterprise and he’s already beginning,” stated Ganassi.
“What an incredible yr we’ve had, and I’ve bought to be trustworthy with you, he’s stunned us, when he got here within the door and the job he’s finished. My hat’s off [to him].”