The Spanish rider surpasses the Mexican O’Ward by 25 factors, his nice rival for the title, in what’s his second yr within the competitors.
Alex Palou raised his arms on the Portland asphalt. He directed his gaze to the sky dreaming of that World Cup that now looms nearer. His third win of the season served to scare ghosts and push Mexican Pato O’Ward out of his approach, who took management from him simply earlier than the break. There are nonetheless two races left, (Laguna Seca and Lengthy Seashore) and Palou, who runs within the highly effective Chip Ganassi Racing workforce, is aware of very effectively that the Indycar doesn’t give a second of respite. That any mistake could be deadly. Though it’s at all times higher to face them from the highest (477 factors for 452 of his rival).
As is custom for Palou, each time he achieves a victory his celebration is a fried hen dinner. “We kept our heads down and we knew that the race was very long,” stated the Spanish rider. “I can’t believe it. We did it. The guys did it. They just gave me the numbers and we followed them. The strategy was amazing,” he enthused.
After ranging from pole, Palou needed to restart sixteenth after failing the primary nook with the inexperienced flag and was considered one of a number of drivers (together with his teammate Dixon) who have been despatched to the again after an incident on the street. first curve. Ganassi’s drivers disagreed with the penalty.
“I don’t know what IndyCar was thinking, you avoid an accident and they put you in the back,” stated Palou on the finish of the race. “But anyway, we got it.”
A victory that for the Spanish pilot went a lot additional since he gave the workforce all the boldness with the work they did and left behind the issues and dangerous luck of the earlier two. “I don’t really care about points at the moment,” admits the Spanish driver. “I think the race we did today was amazing. Not me, but the guys with the strategy, the pit stops with everything. We still won, so I’m proud of that.”
O’Ward, the defeated
The large loser was O’Ward went from a 10-point lead over Palou in the beginning of the weekend to a 25-point deficit after a troublesome race at Portland. The Arrow McLaren SP driver leads after a typical hand-to-hand fight within the first nook of the autdromo.
However O’Ward’s technique was hampered by a yellow on lap 52, and his No. 5 Dallara-Chevrolet struggled to maintain up afterwards, as the motive force complained of a lack of energy on the straights, one thing he would benefit from. Palou to perfection after securing sufficient gas reserve that made him the massive winner of the weekend in Portland.