Monaco Increase Management driver Alex Palou took third place in the final qualifying session ahead of the GMR Indycar Grand Prix that will take place on Saturday, May 13, at the Indianapolis road course. This is a promising result in view of a race that is held in the Speedway infield, where overtaking is not so obvious.
The battle for top positions was very close but Palou and his #10 CGR car (back to the blue-white American Legion livery for this weekend) had showed a promising pace since the beginning, with the 26-years-old Spanish driver topping the time sheets in the final practice to subsequently come out of his Q1 qualifying group as third fastest. Palou went on to again take P1 in the 12-car Q2 contention and finally battled for pole position in the Fastest Six. His best lap time of 1min09sec3780 being a mere 0.0459 seconds off Lundgaard’s best. Interestingly, none of the top 5 drivers who qualified today is of US descent, with four Europeans (Lundgaard, Rosenqvist, Palou, Harvey) and one Mexican (O’Ward) occupying the first slots of the starting grid.
The race will be held over 82 laps of the 2.439 (3,924 Km), 14-turn road course, whose layout is quite similar to the one that hosted the Formula One Grand Prix in the early 2000s. The notoriously unpredictable Indy weather may play a role (as was the case last year) as some rainfall is expected during the day. Action starts with the warm-up session at 11:15 AM (17:15 CET) and the race from 3:30 PM (9:30 PM CET).