Consistency is key to Palou’s Indycar success

May 4, 2022

MIM driver has 11 podium finishes out of 20 races with CGR Team-an impressive 58 percent figure

When Monaco Increase Management founder Salvatore Gandolfo decided to invest on Alex Palou’s racing career, the young Catalan driver was still something of a rough diamond. Of course he had already proved his speed by scoring multiple wins in nearly all the categories he had raced in, from Euroformula Open to GP3 and Formula 3 in both Europe and Asia. But every young driver’s career needs continuity and that’s what Alex found joining Monaco Increase. This allowed him to compete in the super-competitive Japanese Super Formula with TCS Nakajima Racing team, scoring one win and three pole positions and missing the series overall victory only due to a technical failure in the last race. But this was enough for him to move on to Indycar, racing with Dale Coyne with Team Goh in 2020, and climbing on the podium on his maiden season, which in turn opened him the way to a prestigious drive with Chip Ganassi Racing. Three win in the 2021 season made him the first Spanish-born Indycar champion, and this year Palou has scored points in every race so far and has been a regular on the podium, with three top-3 finishes our of four races. Palou now can boast 11 podium results out of 20 races disputed with CGR (plus the one he had with Dale Coyne Racing-Goh), which is tantamount to an impressive 58 percent of podium/race ratio. It is this consistency that helped him clinch the championship title last year, and now has made him the leader of the 2022 leaderboard, with a total score of 144 points so far. It takes Alex very little time to realize the potential of his #10 car at every event’s free practice session, and he’s able to move on from there to capitalize on it. “We’ve been strong on both street circuits and road courses”, the 25-years-old explains, “perhaps we were missing a little bit on the oval race, but after the open testing session we had at Indy I felt very comfortable with the car on the speedway and I am very confident for the races to come!”.