Josef Newgarden and Scott Dixon have praised 2021 IndyCar champion Alex Palou for being probably the most full of the younger drivers within the collection.
Newgarden and Dixon began from the entrance row on the Lengthy Seaside finale however had been overwhelmed to victory lane by Colton Herta, and claimed second and fourth within the ultimate factors standings.
Penske driver Newgarden, who received the 2017 and 2019 championships, was effusive in his reward for Palou and mentioned the Spanish driver must be “very proud” of the “superb job” produced on this yr’s IndyCar reckoning.
“I feel he is achieved a great job about maximising his alternative, proper?” mentioned Newgarden.
“Developing, all of us dream of getting that sort of workforce round you. Actually inside your second yr, that is a dream alternative. So he is definitely bought all of the sources and other people round him to make it occur.
“And he is achieved the job, clearly. He is been stable all yr, been properly throughout the struggle.
“I mentioned earlier within the yr I feel from the younger crop of drivers he appears probably the most full. Possibly that is simply because he has a pair extra years on a number of the opposite youthful guys.
“He is positively been very full all yr; he appears to be very Dixon-esque in a number of methods.
“Scott has been kind of the measure over the past couple of a long time of the way you be a champion. Alex appears to embody that fairly properly.
“He might have an excellent run over the course of his profession. I am positive he’ll have a number of time to stay round and see what he can do.”
Six-time champion Dixon was additionally happy to see his Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate safe his first IndyCar crown, and was blissful that the workforce behind the #10 automobile might get pleasure from a championship.
“Alex was smiling, he is at all times smiling, in order that wasn’t a change,” mentioned Dixon.
“However simply to see I feel all people on the #10 automobile aspect have that aid of capturing the championship may be very particular. So massive low season for everyone at Ganassi to be very blissful about.”
Champion Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Photograph by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images
Dixon was additionally unstinting in his reward of Palou as a teammate and referred to him as “veteran-like” in his dealing with of a championship problem.
“The development was robust from the get-go,” mentioned the 40-year-old New Zealander.
“I feel he positively took rather a lot in with the earlier season at [Dale Coyne Racing]. Michael Cannon [now Dixon’s race engineer] and some of the engineers which have recognized Alex from the earlier yr knew he was fast.
“Out of the shortlist of drivers that had the potential for filling that seat, he was the man I mentioned, “You’ve bought to go for”.
“His development has been, once more, veteran-like, which has been actually attention-grabbing. He positively asks a number of questions. He is not shy to ask questions.
“However he processes it very properly. I feel as we have seen all through the season, the type of lows that they’ve had possibly – not many lows – however the best way that they’ve reacted to it as a bunch.
“He is had a number of assist clearly from the entire group of Ganassi, particularly on the engineering aspect, however then additionally with Dario [Franchitti] and with the opposite drivers.
“The development has been fast and quick. I feel his pure expertise, that is the most important factor you search for, proper? If it was a brand new monitor or a monitor he did not know that properly, he would methodically undergo it from session to session. That was positively very spectacular.”
Dixon additionally mentioned Palou’s title triumph can have a galvanising impact at Ganassi.
“Actually, it is nice for the workforce. Clearly it has raised the bar, however I feel it is raised the bar for all of us this yr to maintain pushing. It positively appears like type of the 2009 by way of kind of ’12, ’13 interval with Dario, which is nice.
“I’m excited for workforce morale, that is the massive factor. Clearly whenever you get beat, when it isn’t simply the drivers however the crews as properly, it pushes all people rather a lot tougher. Hopefully we will come out of the gate very robust.
“Tremendous happy with what the #10 automobile has achieved. Tremendous happy with Alex. Man, he is achieved an amazing job this yr.”