Palou Looks on Bright Side after Narrow Loss to Castroneves

Alex Palou just lost the biggest race in the world after being locked in an intense battle with now four-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves – a recipe for a sour taste left in one’s mouth. “When it hurts, it’s good because you know there’s something better,” Palou said. “I think that’s the best part about the race, apart from the race itself. Palou led 35 laps Sunday, five shy of the race-high of 40 set by Conor Daly. He proved that as he locked into a stirring duel with 46-year-old Castroneves in the closing laps of the race. Castroneves took the lead from Lap 169-171 until Palou led Lap 172 and the two leaders pitted. Castroneves had the advantage when defending winner Takuma Sato pitted from the lead on Lap 193. Castroneves, who won the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona sports car race in January, inherited the lead and led Laps 194 and 195. But Castroneves was biding his time, and on Lap 199 he made a daring pass on the outside of Palou into Turn 1 in the No. Castroneves was better today, but Palou thinks he’ll be better in the future because of this day at the Racing Capital of the World.

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