No. 3: Palou Signals Intent by Winning Season Opener

Two stops or three stops, no one could stop Alex Palou in the season-opening NTT INDYCAR SERIES race on April 18 at Barber Motorsports Park. In his first race with Chip Ganassi Racing, Palou was among the drivers opting for the two-stop strategy, which proved to be the winning play. Palou held off a late-charging Power by .4016 of a second to capture his first series victory. The win, while surprising, was the first of Palou’s three victories in 2021, the others coming at Road America on June 20 and at Portland International Raceway on Sept. 12. Palou’s victory came in the 15th race of his INDYCAR career, and that’s noteworthy. The 10 winningest drivers in INDYCAR history didn’t get their first race win until they were making their 19th start.

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