Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda became the second repeat winner of the 2021 NTT IndyCar Series season as he took victory in the REV Group Grand Prix of Road America on Sunday coming home just ahead of Colton Herta and Will Power.
The Spaniard who started the race from fourth place took the lead following the final caution of the race after leader Josef Newgarden suffered a mechanical issue and speaking after taking the win and a 28 point lead in the championship over Pato O’Ward, Palou said:
“Oh man, I don’t know what to say. Thank you to all the #10 car crew and team. It was amazing. We had a really good car all through the race, right from the start. Honda and HPD did an amazing job, because we were able to overtake where we
needed. Super happy, and super proud of this Chip Ganassi Racing Team. I can’t believe it. Mid-Ohio’s next, right? Let’s get a win there as well!
Palou went on to say:
“It always feels awesome even if it’s your lucky day or just because you have really good pace. “We’ve been close. Indy road course, Detroit, Indy 500, and today I was like, ‘Oh, no, we need to get that win.’ A win is a win. It’s always the best thing.”
Director of Production with Honda Performance Development, Rebecca Johnson commented on today’s race saying:
“Alex [Palou, race winner] was strong all day long, and was in a position to capitalize at the end when opportunity presented itself, so it was great to see him score a second win this year. It looks like he could have a great future with us in INDYCAR
racing. Colton [Herta] had another strong run today, and fully earned his podium finish, while Romain Grojean also featured today, with three Honda teams – Chip Ganassi Racing, Andretti Autosport and Dale Coyne Racing – all getting top-five results here. Now it’s on to Mid-Ohio and hopefully another win on our ‘home ground’.”
Colton Herta who came home in second place spoke following the race saying:
“We were just lacking a little bit of everything today, and that kept us from challenging for the win. We were going to finish
where we deserved. I think we had third-place pace today, but caught a break with Josef’s [Newgarden] problem. But the podium is nice, and happy for Gainbridge, and always happy to be powered by Honda. Big ‘thank you’ to them, and a Honda 1-2, so that’s awesome.