Palou Emerges As Fastest Driver In Monterey Practice

MONTEREY, Calif. — Alex Palou was the fastest driver in Sunday morning’s final practice session prior to the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey. 10 NTT DATA Honda around the 2.238-mile, 11-turn WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca in 1:12.9318. Palou originally qualified fifth in Saturday’s qualifications but was assessed a six-grid spot penalty by IndyCar officials for an unapproved engine change following Saturday’s qualifications at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “Rule 16.2.3.2 A fifth (5th) Engine is eligible to earn Engine Manufacturer points if a Full Season Entrant has completed the Full Season Entrant Engine Mileage with its first four (4) Engines. Otherwise, a fifth (5th) or more Engine does not earn Engine Manufacturer points and will be considered an Unapproved Engine change-out. This is likely Palou’s final NTT IndyCar Series race for Chip Ganassi Racing.

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