Alex Palou

Alex Palou

1997-04-01 (age 24)


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2021 IndyCar title is just the start for Ganassi's newest star Prime

2021 IndyCar title is just the start for Ganassi's newest star

Alex Palou has captured Chip Ganassi Racing's 14th IndyCar drivers' championship, and in truly stellar manner. David Malsher-Lopez explains what made the Palou-Ganassi combo so potent so soon.

Newgarden says Palou is Dixon-esque, Dixon says he raises the bar
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Newgarden says Palou is Dixon-esque, Dixon says he raises the bar

Former champions Scott Dixon and Josef Newgarden have praised 2021 IndyCar champion Alex Palou for being the most complete of the young drivers in the series.

Palou: "To finish 11th in IndyCar is not that easy nowadays"

Alex Palou insists his first NTT IndyCar Series championship is by no means locked in, despite having to finish only 11th in the finale at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on Sunday to seal the title.

Franchitti: Dixon is “perfect wingman” for Palou’s IndyCar title bid

Four-time IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti believes Scott Dixon will be the “perfect wingman” as his teammate Alex Palou aims to seal a first title success in Long Beach this weekend.

“The best driver will win” in Nashville IndyCar, says Rosenqvist

Felix Rosenqvist believes IndyCar’s new Nashville street course is so challenging that victory will go to the best driver, while his peers concur that a track such as this emphasizes driver more than car.

IndyCar drivers relishing "violent" bumpy Nashville track

Will Power, Colton Herta, Pato O’Ward and Alex Palou have all praised the new 2.17-mile street course in Nashville, despite bumps, and despite in O’Ward’s case suffering an early shunt.

IndyCar points leader Palou to suffer grid penalty in Nashville Nashville
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IndyCar points leader Palou to suffer grid penalty in Nashville

Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda’s championship leader Alex Palou will take a six-place grid penalty at IndyCar’s inaugural Music City Grand Prix in Nashville.

Palou on Verstappen-Hamilton F1 clash: “Both did what I would do”
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Palou on Verstappen-Hamilton F1 clash: “Both did what I would do”

IndyCar points leader Alex Palou isn’t taking sides regarding the F1 collision between Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton at Silverstone, and says all passing attempts in IndyCar are “on the limit”.

Newgarden: Palou is “most complete” of IndyCar’s new stars

Two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden believes Alex Palou is currently the best of the rising stars in the series.

Ericsson, Palou content at Mid-Ohio, Dixon says more work needed

Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda drivers Marcus Ericsson and Alex Palou were satisfied by second and third at Mid-Ohio, but teammate Scott Dixon said balance issues have left him worried.

Palou will continue aggressive approach despite points lead

Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda driver Alex Palou says he will continue to “drive as I’ve been driving” and won’t become cautious in his quest for the IndyCar championship.

Palou to suffer six-place grid penalty at Detroit Detroit
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Palou to suffer six-place grid penalty at Detroit

NTT IndyCar Series points leader Alex Palou will start six places behind wherever he qualifies for the first of the Detroit Grand Prix races this weekend.

Palou: “I didn’t expect second place would hurt that much” Indy 500
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Palou: “I didn’t expect second place would hurt that much”

Indy 500 runner-up Alex Palou says he’s proud of his performance but that it “hurts a lot” to fall half a second short of beating Helio Castroneves for victory.

Palou suffers heavy shunt in Indy qualifying

Alex Palou has suffered a huge shunt during qualifying for the 105th Indy 500 qualifying, but has been released from the infield Medical Center and cleared to drive again.

Palou on VeeKay’s pass: “Man, that was close! But a good move”

Alex Palou, who finished third in today’s GP of Indianapolis, complimented race winner Rinus VeeKay for a brave pass that saw him pass two Ganassi cars in one move.

Palou “really happy” with first top-five finish on an oval

Erstwhile championship leader Alex Palou said he was gratified to finish fourth in his first IndyCar oval race for Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda.

How IndyCars line up for Texas Motor Speedway's first race

How they line up for the Genesys 300, first race in the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series' double-header at Texas Motor Speedway. Positions set by championship entrant points, due to rain causing cancelation of qualifying.

How good is Palou and is he Dixon’s strongest title rival? Prime

How good is Palou and is he Dixon’s strongest title rival?

Last Sunday, Alex Palou delivered his first IndyCar victory on his Chip Ganassi Racing debut. Is the young Spaniard going to become his legendary teammate Scott Dixon’s biggest title threat? David Malsher-Lopez reports.

Dixon predicts "hell of a fight" with IndyCar teammate Palou Birmingham
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Dixon predicts "hell of a fight" with IndyCar teammate Palou

Six-time IndyCar title winner Scott Dixon has predicted "a hell of a fight" with new Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Alex Palou, following the Spanish driver's run to victory at Barber.

IndyCar’s newest winner Palou “in love” with Dixon, Johnson Birmingham
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IndyCar’s newest winner Palou “in love” with Dixon, Johnson

Barber Motorsports Park winner Alex Palou says he’s in love with his champion teammates, Scott Dixon and Jimmie Johnson, but doubts they reciprocate the feeling when he’s pestering them.

Power: Palou’s pace, fuel mileage “blew my mind” Birmingham
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Power: Palou’s pace, fuel mileage “blew my mind”

Will Power, who finished runner-up at IndyCar’s season-opener at Barber Motorsports Park, admits that winner Alex Palou’s combination of speed and fuel mileage initially convinced him he was on a different pitstop strategy.

Jimmie Johnson “sensing” his IndyCar in final preseason test

IndyCar convert and NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson described his final preseason test, at Barber Motorsports Park, as a “great day”.

Palou says he has better chance to win than Alonso or Sainz

New Chip Ganassi Racing-Honda driver Alex Palou believes he’s more likely to win races than his Spanish compatriots in Formula 1, Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz Jr.

Dale Coyne picks the Top 10 drivers in his giant-slaying team Prime

Dale Coyne picks the Top 10 drivers in his giant-slaying team

Over 37 seasons, Dale Coyne has run no fewer than 80 Indy car drivers – including himself! Ahead of his first season running Romain Grosjean, we asked Coyne to pick the best 10 drivers ever to compete for him. By David Malsher-Lopez.

HPD offers Super Formula scholarship to FR Americas champion

Honda Performance Development has announced the creation of a scholarship fund worth $600,000 for the winner of this year's Formula Regional Americas championship to race in Super Formula.

Coyne: Palou “will be strong” at Ganassi in 2021

Dale Coyne says he’s expecting Alex Palou to shine at Chip Ganassi Racing, especially when IndyCar reverts to a more normal race weekend schedule, allowing more track time.

Palou feels “super lucky” to be with “incredible” Ganassi team

Alex Palou says he’s feels very fortunate to sign with Chip Ganassi Racing for 2021, after just one season in the NTT IndyCar Series.

Palou replaces Rosenqvist at Ganassi for 2021

Chip Ganassi Racing announced today that Alex Palou will join the team for his sophomore season in the NTT IndyCar Series, replacing Felix Rosenqvist in the #10 Ganassi-Honda.

Stat attack – the final IndyCar driver standings for 2020

Scott Dixon won his sixth IndyCar championship ahead of Josef Newgarden who matched him on win count but fell short on points. Here’s how the final standings played out.

Both joy and heartache for Dale Coyne Racing in the Indy 500

The Dale Coyne Racing-Honda team saw Santino Ferrucci star at Indianapolis with a fourth-place finish, but one of the heroes of qualifying, Alex Palou, hit the wall, while the team’s ‘extra’ car of James Davison made a spectacular early exit.

Indy 500 rookies VeeKay and Palou stun with pace

Rinus VeeKay of Ed Carpenter Racing-Chevrolet and Alex Palou in the Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh-Honda delivered two of the best performances of last week at Indy and will roll off fourth and seventh respectively on Sunday.

Palou says there’s more to come, after third at Road America

Alex Palou, who in Road America's first race of the weekend finished third in only his third NTT IndyCar Series start, says he’s expecting to keep getting faster as he gains more time and experience.

Palou “100 percent ready” for IndyCar despite limited testing

Alex Palou, Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh’s rookie in the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series, says that he’s ready to fight for Rookie of the Year honors despite his limited testing.

‘Veteran’ Newgarden tips Palou as IndyCar Rookie of the Year

Team Penske-Chevrolet’s two-time IndyCar champion Josef Newgarden has tipped new Dale Coyne Racing-Honda with Team Goh hotshot Alex Palou to win a tough Rookie of the Year battle.

IndyCar 2020 hot topics: Has Coyne found a megastar in Palou?

When Sebastien Bourdais was suddenly dropped by Dale Coyne Racing at the end of last year, many feared the team might replace him with a mediocre pay-driver. Instead, Coyne hired Super Formula sensation Alex Palou. Still, the big question remains whether the rising star is a true substitute for ‘Super Seb’.

Cowdin joins Coyne as rookie Palou’s race engineer

Eric Cowdin, most recently Tony Kanaan’s race engineer and technical director at AJ Foyt Racing, has joined Dale Coyne Racing for 2020 to engineer for highly promising rookie Alex Palou.

Why Super Formula's loss will be IndyCar's gain

Following the news that Alex Palou has landed an IndyCar ride with Dale Coyne Racing, Jamie Klein looks back on his outstanding season in Super Formula and assesses his chances of making an impact Stateside.

Palou: IndyCar ride “a dream” for the last two years

Alex Palou, who has replaced Sebastien Bourdais in the Dale Coyne Racing team for 2020, says that making the move from Super Formula to the NTT IndyCar Series was “a dream and a goal to fulill.”

Hinchcliffe, Palou and Sette Camara on Coyne shortlist

Dale Coyne has confirmed that James Hinchcliffe is on his shortlist of drivers to take the IndyCar seat vacated by Sebastien Bourdais, but said that F2 ace Sergio Sette Camara and Super Formula race winner Alex Palou are also in the running.

McLaren had its "first normal race" in Motegi

Last weekend's Motegi SUPER GT finale was the "first normal race" of the season for McLaren, according to Alex Palou.

Cause of Palou's nightmare Suzuka race revealed

A loose cooling tube was the reason behind Alex Palou's Super Formula title bid unravelling in last weekend's Suzuka season finale.

Palou perplexed by first-to-last drop in Suzuka decider

Alex Palou says he has no definite answer as to how his Super Formula title bid unravelled in the title decider, the Spaniard slipping from first to last in a topsy-turvy race at Suzuka on Sunday.

Suzuka Super Formula: Cassidy wins title in tense finale

Nick Cassidy overcame the odds to win the 2019 Super Formula title in a tense Suzuka title-decider, overhauling pre-race points leader Naoki Yamamoto with a second-place finish.

Cassidy: Toyota power shortfall worse than 2018

Nick Cassidy says that qualifying in sixth place for this weekend's Super Formula title-decider at Suzuka "feels like pole" given the power disadvantage faced by the Toyota runners.

Suzuka Super Formula: Palou on pole for decider

Alex Palou boosted his Super Formula title prospects by annexing pole position for Sunday's deciding race at Suzuka, coming close to establishing a new lap record.

Palou "very lucky" to fight for title in rookie year

Alex Palou admits he feels “very lucky” to be in a position to fight for the Super Formula title in his rookie campaign, ahead of this weekend’s season finale at Suzuka.

Who will prevail in Super Formula's five-way decider?

The 2019 Super Formula season will reach its conclusion at the fabled Suzuka circuit this weekend, and no less than five drivers are in contention for title glory. Rachit Thukral is your guide for what promises to be a nail-biting championship decider.

Kobayashi blames Palou for race-ending crash

Kamui Kobayashi has put the blame on Alex Palou for the incident that forced the ex-Formula 1 driver out of last weekend's Okayama Super Formula race.

Motegi Super Formula: Palou scores second straight pole

Nakajima Racing’s Alex Palou clinched his second consecutive pole position in Super Formula after topping a closely-fought qualifying session at Motegi.

Ranking the outsiders in the Super Formula title fight

Naoki Yamamoto and Nick Cassidy have again emerged as the championship favourites as the 2019 Super Formula season nears its climax, but there are several other drivers who could potentially break their duopoly and stage a late upset.

Nasr, Palou, Askew, VeeKay land IndyCar tests

At least four rising stars in open-wheel racing are to test for NTT IndyCar Series teams within the next two weeks, as the squads take advantage of free test days for those without previous IndyCar experience.

Cassidy reveals Fuji fuel-saving ‘miscalculation’

Super Formula frontrunner Nick Cassidy admits his team miscalculated the amount of fuel he needed to make the finish in last weekend's Fuji race, but praised the TOM'S outfit's communication in the tricky wet conditions.

Fuji Super Formula: Palou dominates wet race for first win

Nakajima Racing driver Alex Palou mastered treacherous conditions at Fuji to claim his maiden Super Formula win on Sunday.

Fuji Super Formula: Palou takes first pole in wet qualifying

Super Formula rookie Alex Palou claimed his maiden pole position during a wet qualifying session at Fuji Speedway on Saturday.

Fuji Super Formula: Palou leads Newey in practice

Nakajima Racing’s Alex Palou topped the timesheets in first practice for Super Formula’s Fuji round, leading fellow ex-European F3 driver Harrison Newey.

Palou says Super Formula title possible in rookie year

Alex Palou says he can see himself fighting for the Super Formula title this year after showing race-winning pace in the season opener at Suzuka.

Suzuka Super Formula: Palou tops first practice of 2019

Alex Palou set the pace in the first practice of the 2019 Super Formula season at Suzuka, but spun later in the session and caused a red flag.

Palou warns Japan no easy option for European racers

Alex Palou insists establishing a professional racing career in Japan is just as difficult as doing so in Europe after securing twin drives in Super Formula and Super GT.

Palou breaks lap record on first day of Super Formula testing

European Formula 3 graduate Alex Palou broke the Super Formula lap record at Suzuka during the first day of pre-season testing on Monday.

McLaren set to join Super GT grid with 720S

McLaren is set to be represented in the Japan-based Super GT series next year with its all-new 720S GT3.