Alex Palou, who has had it very ugly even this weekend, once again has in his hand to become the first Spaniard to win the IndyCar. The Catalan rider had given up the lead in favor of Pato O’Ward and he’s got it back, with two races remaining, thanks to his victory at Portland.
Although Alex Palou started the race from pole, Félix Rosenqvist touched his car on the first lap. Pato O’Ward, who had arrived as leader of the IndyCar in Portland, was leading thanks to the incident involving his teammate while the Spaniard fell to seventeenth position.
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The fight for the World Cup got even uglier for Alex Palou, who chose to stop, refuel and wait for the race circumstances to favor him. Fortunately for him, the luck that had not accompanied him so far, smiled at him at the halfway point of the race.
A yellow flag triggered by two chained incidents of Callum Illot and of Dalton Kellet they allowed the Spanish to continue gaining positions. Still both he and Scott Dixon were out of the top ten while Pato O’Ward was second after having given up the leadership in favor of Rahal. However, the McLaren They made a mistake stopping just before the yellow flag and their situation turned around.
Alex Palou placed first and maintained the lead in the two highlights that led to another two yellow flags. The Catalan thus achieved his third victory of the season. Nobody has achieved as many triumphs as him, so in case of a tie, the Spaniard will be champion.
After what happened in Portland, Pato O’Ward, who faced the race with 10 points of advantage over Alex Palou, is now at 25 of this one. Josef Newgarden, meanwhile, is 34 from Catalan; Scott Dixon a 49 and Marcus Ericsson a 75.
Alex Palou leads IndyCar
In the remaining two races a total of 54 points. 50 they are the ones that the winner takes and there is an extra point for the pilot who takes the pole and for the one who leads the lap in competition. Two, meanwhile, will take the one who leads the most laps in competition. Nonetheless, Alex Palou is in a prime position to become the first Spaniard to win the IndyCar as long as he manages to finish both races. And the fact is that the drivers who finish between 25th and 33rd place add 5 points, even more if they finish in a better position. In addition, just as the Spaniard can suffer mishaps, if one of his rivals abandons any race he will be practically ruled out in the fight for the title.
IndyCar is the most important single-seater racing category in the United States and has been held since 1996. However, it was not until April 2021 that a Spaniard won a race in this category for the first time, and it was through Alex Palou. It is true that for three years (2017, 2019 and 2020) Fernando Alonso has participated in a single IndyCar race, the Indianapolis 500, although victory has resisted him.
This is precisely the thorn that Alex Palou has had this season, having finished second in the Indianapolis 500. “If you win here, you become part of the history of Indianapolis and world motorsport. A career can change your life. They will never introduce you as Alex Palou, but as Alex Palou, champion of the Indianapolis 500. Winning is the objective, but if it does not happen it is not the end of the world because we will have other opportunities ”, he said after qualifying sixth for the race.
Finally Alex Palou finished second to Castroneves the Indianapolis 500. “It hurts, it hurts a lot. I did not imagine that it would hurt so much to be second, but it hurts a little less when one of the best wins you, if not the best, ”he lamented. “He has three Indy 500s… why did he want a fourth? I was content with one”, Joked the Spanish.
More serene, Alex Palou added: “I can’t be sad. I have finished second in my second 500 Miles. It is true that you want more, but also Helio, and the rest of the pilots too. I’m living a dream. I was able to drive the fastest car in Indianapolis and I fought to win it. “