Álex Palou

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Álex Palou
Alex Palou at Road America in 2021.png
Palou at Road America in 2021
NationalitySpain Spanish
BornÁlex Palou Montalbo
(1997-04-01) 1 April 1997 (age 25)
Sant Antoni de Vilamajor, Spain
IndyCar Series career
47 races run over 3 years
Team(s)No. 10 (Chip Ganassi Racing)
2022 position5th
Best finish1st (2021)
First race2020 Genesys 300 (Texas)
Last race2022 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey (Laguna Seca)
First win2021 Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama (Birmingham)
Last win2022 Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey (Laguna Seca)
Wins Podiums Poles
4 15 2
Super Formula Championship
Years active2019
TeamsTCS Nakajima Racing
Starts7
Wins1
Podiums1
Poles3
Fastest laps2
Best finish3rd in 2019
Previous series
2019
2019
2018
2017
2017
2017
201516
2014
2014
Super GT
Super Formula
FIA European F3
FIA Formula 2 Championship
World Series Formula V8 3.5
All-Japan F3 Championship
GP3 Series
Euroformula Open Championship
BRDC Formula 4 Championship
Championship titles
2021IndyCar Series

Álex Palou Montalbo (pa-LOH;[1] born 1 April 1997) is a Spanish racing driver who drives for Chip Ganassi Racing in the IndyCar Series, where he won the 2021 series championship. He is the first Spanish racing driver to win a National Championship in American open-wheel racing history and also the first Spaniard to win in the GP3 Series.

Early years[edit]

Born in Sant Antoni de Vilamajor, spanish racer Palou began karting in 2003.[2] His biggest karting achievement was the championship title in the WSK Euro Series in 2012.[3]

Euroformula Open[edit]

Palou made his open-wheel racing debut, competing in the Euroformula Open Championship with Campos Racing in 2014.[4] He bookended the season, winning the opening race at the Nürburgring and the final race at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. He also won a race at the Hungaroring to finish third in the series standings, missing out on the runner-up placing by just one point to Artur Janosz.[5]

Racing in Europe[edit]

GP3 Series[edit]

2015[edit]

In 2015, Palou graduated to the GP3 Series with Campos Racing. During the first half of the season, he suffered major reliability issues as well as some driving mistakes due to his lack of experience, but his results improved along the season and he closed the year with a victory at Abu Dhabi.

At the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya of Spain,[6] Palou qualified fourth for the first race, but he slipped the clutch at the start and lost any opportunity to fight for the points. He made another bad start at the second race.

At the Red Bull Ring of Austria,[7] Palou had another bad weekend. Starting from third, he stalled the engine at the start. He later admitted he felt nervous after the mistakes from Barcelona and that that might have contributed to those new errors. He did not finish the second race because of a crash on the first lap.

At the Silverstone Circuit of England,[8] a gear-box sensor failed when Palou was driving fifth. He was forced to retire and subsequently had to start the second race from the last place on the grid. He managed to overtake eleven cars, eight of them in the first lap, to finish 13th.

At the Hungaroring from Hungary,[9] Palou started seventh and moved up to fifth until a car hit him from behind. He suffered a puncture and was forced to pit. Starting from the bottom of the grid for the second race, he wrapped up the weekend with an 18th-place finish.

At the Spa-Francorchamps Circuit from Belgium,[10] Palou scored his first points in GP3 as the season passed its halfway point. Struggling with tyre wear and lack of speed, the Campos Racing driver finished in 7th place in the first race. He led most of the second race but eventually fell back to fifth because of the lack of top speed. He later argued that Esteban Ocon was scrapping 0,5 seconds per lap just in the first sector, where the Kemmel Straight was found.

At the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza[11] from Italy, Palou had another difficult weekend because of the lack of top speed. Using the same engine he raced in Belgium, he managed to finish seventh in the first race and subsequently started the second one from the front row. He made "The Great Mistake" (as he wrote in his column) when during the warm-up lap he spun at the main straight and nearly hit the wall. Although his car was not damaged, he fell back to tenth.

At the Sochi Autodrom from Russia,[12] Palou received a new engine that solved the top speed problems he suffered in Belgium and Italy. Because of Carlos Sainz crash during Russian Grand Prix Free Practice 3, the first race of the weekend was moved to Sunday. Palou qualified just a tenth away from Pole Position and scored a provisional season-high in the first race when he crossed the line in fourth place. He immediately scored a provisional season high when he crossed the line in fourth place. He was ninth in the second one.

At the Bahrain International Circuit of Bahrain,[13] Palou suffered yet again more reliability issues. He started from fourth, but during the warm-up lap a gas sensor failed and the car kept on accelerating when the driver lifted the throttle. He decided to enter the Pit-Lane and retire. Because of this, he started the second race from last place. He gained 14 positions, but ended up tenth and outside from the points.

At the Yas Marina Circuit from Abu Dhabi,[14] Palou won his race in GP3 and became the first Spanish driver to ever get a victory in the series. After being eighth in the first race, he held Pole Position for the second one. Worried about tyre wear, he targeted for a podium finish. He held the lead at the start and slowly started to pull away from the field. He crossed the line with a 4.4-second margin to Carlin's Antonio Fuoco.

2016[edit]

Palou continued to race for Campos Racing in his second season in GP3. He scored second place at the Silverstone sprint race and fifth place at the Yas Marina sprint race. He ranked 15th in the overall standings.

World Series Formula V8 3.5[edit]

2017[edit]

Palou also raced with Teo Martín Motorsport in three rounds of the 2017 World Series Formula V8 3.5 championship, where he won three poles and a race. This partial season earned him 10th in the championship. Palou finished 2017 with Campos Racing in two Formula 2 rounds, where he scored 5 points. Palou led the majority of the Jerez sprint race from the reverse grid pole, but ultimately, he could not hang on to the lead with his heavily worn tires and finished 8th. These two rounds finished Palou 21st in the championship.

FIA Formula 3 European Championship[edit]

2018[edit]

In 2018, Palou returned to Europe full-time for a full season with Hitech Bullfrog GP in the 2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. He scored 7 podiums and ended the year 7th in the championship.

Racing in Japan[edit]

Japanese Formula 3 & World Series Formula V8 3.5[edit]

2017[edit]

Palou moved to Japan in 2017 to compete in Japanese Formula 3 for Threebond with Drago Corse. He won three races but finished the year third in the championship behind Mitsunori Takaboshi and Sho Tsuboi.

Super GT & Super Formula[edit]

2019[edit]

Palou moved back to Japan in 2019 to compete full-time with McLaren Customer Racing Japan in the Super GT GT300 class and TCS Nakajima Racing in Super Formula. In Super GT, Palou was partnered with 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Seiji Ara. As a team, they scored one podium at Autopolis but ultimately finished 15th in the championship. In Super Formula, Palou had far more success. He won at Fuji Speedway from pole position and, after qualifying on pole at the final round at Suzuka, he looked to be the championship favorite. A problem with the ventilation duct early in the race immensely slowed Palou's car down and he finished 19th in the race. This dropped him to 3rd in the championship in the end.

IndyCar[edit]

Palou tested an IndyCar in July 2019 with Dale Coyne Racing at Mid-Ohio.[15]

Dale Coyne Racing (2020)[edit]

2020: Rookie Season[edit]

On 19 December 2019, it was announced that Palou would move to the IndyCar Series for a rookie campaign with Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh.[16] His manager in the IndyCar series is former IndyCar driver Roger Yasukawa.[17]

In his first race for the team at the 2020 Genesys 300 at Texas Motor Speedway he was taken out by fellow rookie Rinus VeeKay. He took his first IndyCar podium at Road America.

Chip Ganassi Racing (2021–Present)[edit]

2021[edit]

Palou was signed by Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the No. 10 Honda for the 2021 IndyCar Series season.[18] On 18 April 2021, Palou earned his maiden IndyCar Series victory in the season-opening race at Barber Motorsports Park. Palou started on pole for the first time in his IndyCar career at the first race of the season at Texas Motor Speedway, although his pole position was earned due to his early-season championship point lead after qualifying was canceled for the race due to inclement weather.[19] Palou added another podium for the season at the GMR Grand Prix and then finished second in the 2021 Indianapolis 500 to Hélio Castroneves' record-tying fourth victory. Palou's finish in the 500 vaulted him into the points lead for the championship. For the rest of the season, only himself and Pato O'Ward would hold the points lead.

Palou then went on a run of podium finishes after the 500, although he briefly lost the points lead to O'Ward in Detroit by a single point. Palou finished third in the second race in Detroit, won at Road America after Josef Newgarden suffered a gearbox failure, and finished third at Mid Ohio to solidify his points lead in the championship over both Scott Dixon and O'Ward.[20] This was despite suffering three engine change related penalties imposed on him by IndyCar. He gave up the points lead to O'Ward after he and Dixon were collected in an accident caused by Rinus VeeKay at Gateway but took it back after taking his first earned pole position and a third victory at Portland. After a second-place finish at Laguna Seca, Palou carried a thirty-five-point advantage over O'Ward heading into the final race of the season at Long Beach, with only himself, O'Ward, and Josef Newgarden still mathematically capable of winning the title. After O'Ward was knocked out in an accident on the first lap of the race Palou drove conservatively and finished in fourth place, winning his first IndyCar championship. He became the third Chip Ganassi Racing driver to win the IndyCar series championship after Dixon and Dario Franchitti and the first Honda driver other than Dixon to win an IndyCar championship in the Dallara DW12 and turbo V6 era of IndyCar racing.[21] Palou also secured his first IndyCar track discipline championship in 2021, winning the Mario Andretti Cup as the season's highest-scoring driver on the road and street courses. For his Indianapolis Motor Speedway victory lap, he drove a chicken-themed limousine, in honor of his favorite after-victory meal of fried chicken.[22]

2022[edit]

Palou during the 2022 XPEL 375

Palou would start the 2022 season out with podiums at St. Petersburg, Long Beach, and Barber, outperforming his Chip Ganassi teammates and putting him in a strong early position to defend his title.[23][24] The title would eventually be lost to Penske's Will Power, but Palou would still finish 5th (due to countback, as he tied Scott McLaughlin with 510 points) with a commanding win in the Laguna Seca finale to round out the year.

Contract controversy[edit]

On 12 July 2022, Chip Ganassi Racing sent a press release saying that they had extended the contract of Palou for the 2023 IndyCar season by exercising the option they held on his deal. Included in the press release was a quote attributed to Palou.[25] Hours later, Palou, via a thread on Twitter denounced this press release, claimed that the quote attributed to him was created by the team (a practice common among IndyCar teams, according to RACER.com's Marshall Pruett[26]) and also not approved by him. He also stated that he had given Chip Ganassi Racing prior notice that he intended to leave the team after the 2022 season and join McLaren Racing's roster of drivers.[27] Moments after these tweets, McLaren announced that they had signed Palou to a contract for 2023, though it was not specifically mentioned if Palou would drive for Arrow McLaren SP, McLaren's IndyCar operation.[27][26] Chip Ganassi Racing responded to this by releasing a statement reiterating their claim to Palou's services.[28] On 27 July 2022, Chip Ganassi Racing confirmed they had filed a civil lawsuit against Palou in Marion County, Indiana.[29] On 14 September 2022, it was announced that an agreement had been reached by all parties that would see Palou continue with Chip Ganassi for the 2023 season, with McLaren signing him to test the MCL35M.[30][31]

Formula One[edit]

In September 2022, McLaren announced that they had signed Palou to their Testing of Previous Cars program that would see him test the MCL35M,[32][33][34] first at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya[32][34] and later, in October, at the Red Bull Ring,[35] both together with Pato O'Ward.

Palou made his debut in free practice with McLaren at the 2022 United States Grand Prix.[36] On his free practice debut, Palou called the F1 car "insane" and "capable of so much".[37]

On 1 December 2022, McLaren announced Palou as a reserve driver for the 2023 Formula One World Championship.[38]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2014 Euroformula Open Championship Campos Racing 16 3 3 4 11 242 3rd
Spanish Formula 3 Championship 6 1 1 1 5 105 2nd
Macau Grand Prix Fortec Motorsports 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 16th
BRDC Formula 4 Championship Sean Walkinshaw Racing – Caterham F1 3 0 0 0 0 48 23rd
2015 GP3 Series Campos Racing 18 1 0 1 1 51 10th
2016 GP3 Series Campos Racing 18 0 0 0 1 22 15th
Ferrari Challenge Europe - Trofeo Pirelli (Pro) StileF Squadra Corse 2 1 2 1 2 39 7th
2017 Japanese Formula 3 Championship Threebond with Drago Corse 20 3 5 3 10 102 3rd
Macau Grand Prix 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 11th
World Series Formula V8 3.5 Teo Martín Motorsport 6 1 3 1 3 68 10th
FIA Formula 2 Championship Campos Racing 4 0 0 0 0 5 21st
2018 FIA Formula 3 European Championship Hitech Bullfrog GP 30 0 0 2 7 204 7th
Macau Grand Prix B-Max Racing Team 1 0 0 0 0 N/A DNF
2019 Super GT - GT300 McLaren Customer Racing Japan 7 0 1 0 1 20 15th
Super Formula TCS Nakajima Racing 7 1 3 2 1 26 3rd
2020 IndyCar Series Dale Coyne Racing with Team Goh 14 0 0 1 1 238 16th
2021 IndyCar Series Chip Ganassi Racing 16 3 2 3 7 549 1st
2022 IndyCar Series Chip Ganassi Racing 17 1 0 3 6 510 5th
IMSA SportsCar Championship - DPi Cadillac Racing 1 0 0 0 0 266 24th
2023 IndyCar Series Chip Ganassi Racing
Formula One McLaren F1 Team Reserve driver

* Season still in progress.

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2015 Campos Racing CAT
FEA

12
CAT
SPR

20
RBR
FEA

14
RBR
SPR

Ret
SIL
FEA

Ret
SIL
SPR

13
HUN
FEA

19
HUN
SPR

18
SPA
FEA

7
SPA
SPR

5
MNZ
FEA

7
MNZ
SPR

10
SOC
FEA

4
SOC
SPR

9
BHR
FEA

Ret
BHR
SPR

10
YMC
FEA

8
YMC
SPR

1
10th 51
2016 Campos Racing CAT
FEA

19
CAT
SPR

14
RBR
FEA

16
RBR
SPR

11
SIL
FEA

10
SIL
SPR

2
HUN
FEA

11
HUN
SPR

14
HOC
FEA

16
HOC
SPR

19†
SPA
FEA

13
SPA
SPR

11
MNZ
FEA

11
MNZ
SPR

7
SEP
FEA

14
SEP
SPR

19
YMC
FEA

10
YMC
SPR

5
15th 22

Driver did not finish the race but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Complete World Series Formula V8 3.5 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Points
2017 Teo Martín Motorsport SIL
1
SIL
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
MNZ
1
MNZ
2
JER
1
JER
2
ALC
1
ALC
2
NÜR
1

11
NÜR
2

1
MEX
1

3
MEX
2

Ret
COA
1

5
COA
2

2
BHR
1
BHR
2
10th 68

Complete FIA Formula 2 Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate points for the fastest lap of top ten finishers)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2017 Campos Racing BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
BAK
FEA
BAK
SPR
RBR
FEA
RBR
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
SPA
FEA
SPA
SPR
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
JER
FEA

8
JER
SPR

8
YMC
FEA

12
YMC
SPR

12
21st 5

Complete Formula One participations[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 WDC Points
2022 McLaren F1 Team McLaren MCL36 Mercedes AMG F1 M13 E Performance V6 t BHR SAU AUS EMI MIA ESP MON AZE CAN GBR AUT FRA HUN BEL NED ITA SIN JPN USA
TD
MXC SAP ABU –* –*

* Season still in progress.

Complete FIA Formula 3 European Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 DC Points
2018 Hitech Bullfrog GP Mercedes PAU
1

7
PAU
2

2
PAU
3

19
HUN
1

12
HUN
2

3
HUN
3

Ret
NOR
1

11
NOR
2

4
NOR
3

Ret
ZAN
1

10
ZAN
2

4
ZAN
3

6
SPA
1

2
SPA
2

11
SPA
3

9
SIL
1

7
SIL
2

11
SIL
3

7
MIS
1

8
MIS
2

2
MIS
3

6
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

6
NÜR
3

3
RBR
1

3
RBR
2

Ret
RBR
3

10
HOC
1

4
HOC
2

8
HOC
3

3
7th 204

Complete Super GT results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car Class 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 DC Points
2019 McLaren Customer Racing Japan McLaren 720S GT3 GT300 OKA
19
FUJ
14
SUZ
13
CHA FUJ
Ret
AUT
2
SUG
12
MOT
7
15th 20

Complete Super Formula results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 DC Points
2019 TCS Nakajima Racing SUZ
Ret
AUT
6
SUG
13
FUJ
1
MOT
4
OKA
4
SUZ
19
3rd 26

American open-wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

IndyCar Series[edit]

(key)

Year Team Chassis No. Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2020 Dale Coyne Racing w/ Team Goh Dallara DW12 55 Honda TXS
23
IMS
19
ROA
3
ROA
7
IOW
11
IOW
14
INDY
28
GTW
15
GTW
12
MDO
12
MDO
23
IMS
17
IMS
9
STP
13
16th 238
2021 Chip Ganassi Racing 10 ALA
1
STP
17
TXS
4
TXS
7
IMS
3
INDY
2
DET
15
DET
3
ROA
1
MDO
3
NSH
7
IMS
27
GTW
20
POR
1
LAG
2
LBH
4
1st 549
2022 STP
2
TXS
7
LBH
3
ALA
2
IMS
18
INDY
9
DET
6
ROA
27
MDO
2
TOR
6
IOW
6
IOW
13
IMS
10
NSH
3
GTW
9
POR
12
LAG
1
5th 510
2023 STP
TXS
LBH
ALA
IMS
INDY
DET
ROA
MDO
TOR
IOW
IOW
NSH
IMS
GTW
POR
LAG
- 0

* Season still in progress.

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2020 Dallara Honda 7 28 Dale Coyne Racing w/ Team Goh
2021 Dallara Honda 6 2 Chip Ganassi Racing
2022 2 9

Complete IMSA SportsCar Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant No. Class Make Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
2022 Cadillac Racing 01 DPi Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac 5.5 L V8 DAY
7
SEB LBH LGA MDO DET WGL MOS ELK PET 24th 266

* Season still in progress.

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