Chip Ganassi Racing announced on Thursday that they have signed Alex Palou from Dale Coyne Racing for the 2021 season driving the No.10 Honda joining newly crowned six time champion Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson and seven time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson.
Speaking about the news, Palou who made his NTT IndyCar Series debut in Texas attempts start of the season commented saying:
To say I’m thrilled or excited to be making this step in my career would be an understatement. Driving for Chip Ganassi is just a dream come true. I’ve followed the team for as long as I can remember, and it’s the kind of team and owner any driver would want to race for. Scott has had another tremendous season, reaching 50 wins and a sixth title, so you absolutely couldn’t ask for anything more in a teammate. I can’t wait to work with Marcus and Jimmie as well, and to start contributing to the team and getting to spend more time with everyone.
Chip Ganassi Racing Managing Director Mike Hull commented saying:
I love to watch the growth of young drivers. This year racing Indy cars has been very difficult for young drivers like Alex who hadn’t had the opportunity to visually see the tracks in advance, nor have days of practice in private team testing, or open testing or three-day weekends. Putting that into perspective, he did a heck of a job. We had an opening, and he became available, and Chip has a great eye for talent. Alex has that spark, that intangible thing you combine with talent that is a lot of fun. It’s a great exploration thing, actually. You’re exploring how far you can go, and he has one year of experience with a quality team, quality engineering and a quality teammate. He stood up to that test extremely well.”
It is expected that Palou will join the team for the upcoming test at Barber Motorsports Park next week.