Paddock Buzz: Palou Shows Title Mettle with Sunday Surge

As title defenses go in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, Alex Palou’s Sunday in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding was about as good as it gets. McLaughlin held on for his first series victory in the No. Palou is the fourth champion in nine years to finish second in the first race of the next season, and on two other occasions that driver finished third. 12 Verizon Team Penske Chevrolet) got his season started with a podium finish. Sunday, he finished third after starting the race on the front row with McLaughlin. Ilott ran as high as second in the second half of the race before pitting. McLaughlin’s first race win as an INDYCAR driver put him on Team Penske’s winner’s list, as well. McLaughlin became the organization’s 20th winner in the series. McLaughlin became the sixth driver to earn his first series victory in a Team Penske car.

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