The Spanish pilot Alex Palou (Chip Ganassi Racing), which won the Indycar championship this Sunday, assured that he wants to go “for another” in the next season.
“Now it’s time to celebrate, then rest, and then go for another championship”, assured Palou convinced in statements to . after lifting the trophy that accredits him as champion of the Indycar, the most important single-seater competition in the United States.
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Palou won the championship this Sunday after finish fourth in the last race of the year at Long Beach (California, USA).
With that fourth position, Palou finished the year with 549 points, ahead of American Josef Newgarden and Mexican Pato O’Ward, which he had to leave after being involved in an accident.
When crossing the finish line, Palou felt “a lot of happiness” and remembered the good moments of a season that he classified as “very good”, with eight podiums included.
“It’s a dream I had to fulfill: being an Indycar champion is special.”
In addition, he thanked the support received from Spain and pointed out that believes “that it will go to more after this championship.”
He also commented that there was a particularly difficult moment of the race, in which an incident between the two vehicles in front of him nearly cost him the title.
“There has been a moment in a curve that is very tight here in Long Beach where there has been an incident and we were just two cars behind, we have touched with the car in front and behindWe’ve been to a sandwich, but we’ve managed to get out of it, “Palou described.
After that incident, O’Ward, his immediate pursuer, had to retreat due to problems with the axle shaft of the right rear wheel of your car.
“It was a shame to lose the rival who was going well for the championship; a good fight in the race would have been good,” he said.
Palou thus became the first Spaniard in history to win the Indycar title and one of the youngest in the world to do so.
In addition to being a milestone for Spanish motorsports, Palou, 24, he is also now one of the youngest drivers in history to claim the Indycar title.
Only New Zealander Scott Dixon, an Indycar legend with six championships to his credit, who managed to beat the competition in 2003 at age 23, and Sam Hornish, who won it at age 22 in 2001, they will surpass Palou.
The first three classified of the last Grand Prix of the year were the Americans Alex Herta and Josef Newgarden, first and second, respectively, and Dixon, who finished third.