Palou Proud To Become First Spanish INDYCAR SERIES Champion

When Alex Palou crossed the finish line Sunday in the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, he did more than just become an NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion. Palou, from Barcelona, Spain, became just the sixth Hispanic or Latino driver in INDYCAR SERIES history to win the championship. He is the first INDYCAR SERIES champion from Spain, and he’s the first to hail from a predominantly Spanish-speaking country since Montoya won the title in 1999. “It’s amazing and it means a lot, just because being the first is not easy,” Palou said. Well, because Palou is just 24, finished only his second NTT INDYCAR SERIES season and is extremely humble. Still, the history books will always show that Palou was the first NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion from Spain, and if an influx of Spanish drivers come to the series one day, it will be Palou who opened the door.

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