Alex Palou grew to become the first Spaniard to capture the NTT IndyCar Sequence title on Sunday with a fourth-blueprint stop in the Substantial Prix of Long Seaside, with the twenty-four-twelve months-ancient following in the footsteps of some legendary names to determine out the crown for Chip Ganassi Racing.
The quintet of Jimmy Vasser, Alex Zanardi, Juan Pablo Montoya, Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon enjoy secured thirteen Drivers’ titles between them, and Palou’s triumph in 2021 makes it fourteen for Chip Ganassi Racing.
Palou made the shock switch to Ganassi from Dale Coyne Racing for his sophomore season in IndyCar, and he did now no longer disappoint in the #10 automobile, winning three races and ending a stop second to Helio Castroneves in the Indianapolis 500.
And Palou is already attempting to the future and securing but every other championship for the team in 2022 besides to going one better at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway next May perhaps well.
“What a escape, what a twelve months, what a season,” said Palou on Indycar.com. “This team is amazing. I’m substantial proud to be a allotment of Chip Ganassi Racing, all our companions. I’m substantial proud to be a champion and for the chance these guys gave me.
“There were moments the put I became valid feeling love I became residing my dream, and now I’m doing it,” he added on apnews.com. “Oh yeah, 100% dream accomplished. Let’s win but every other one now.
“Chip suggested me after I joined that I needed to capture a championship, so as that’s now no longer too great rigidity. He likes winners. If you is more doubtless to be now no longer one, you is more doubtless to be in anxiousness.”
“He didn’t flip a wheel nasty all twelve months” – Chip Ganassi
Palou moved to IndyCar after spending a twelve months racing in the Eastern-based Vast System sequence, and Chip Ganassi says the Spaniard brought one of the Eastern mentality to the team in 2021.
Ganassi says Palou did now no longer put a wheel nasty all twelve months and will enjoy had an even less difficult final escape of the twelve months had mechanical factors and crashes out of his retain watch over did now no longer enjoy an affect on the second half of the season.
“His apprentice program into racing most currently became in Japan, so I impart he brings loads of that Eastern mentality to the team, which loads of us win refreshing,” said Ganassi on apnews.com. “He brought a definite fortitude that you simply see in that allotment of the enviornment. And you know, he didn’t flip a wheel nasty all twelve months.
“Females and gentlemen, you’re seeing a young man that’s going to put loads of files on this industry, and he’s already beginning,” Ganassi said on Indycar.com. “What a substantial twelve months we’ve had.
“I’ve bought to be loyal with you: It has surprised us when he came in the door and the job he’s done. My hat’s off. Congratulations.”