Palou Paces Pre-Qualifying Practice at Laguna Seca

Alex Palou’s reign as NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion will end this weekend, but he still is showing plenty of speed by leading the pre-qualifying practice Saturday for the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Palou, who was eliminated from title contention last weekend at Portland, was quickest under cloudy skies at 1 minute, 11.3847 seconds in the No. That’s the quickest lap so far this weekend on the 11-turn, 2.238-mile circuit. Power, who leads the standings by 20 points over Newgarden and Scott Dixon, posted a top lap of 1:11.7183 in the No. Power must finish third or better in the 95-lap race Sunday (2:40 p.m. Newgarden, who was quickest Friday in practice, recorded a best lap of 1:11.7973 in the No. 9 PNC Bank Chip Ganassi Racing Honda, Scott McLaughlin (-41) was 18th at 1:12.6457 in the No.

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