Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou in the No.10 American Legion Honda took his fourth podium in eight races in Detroit on Sunday as he came in third place behind Josef Newgarden and race winner Pato O’Ward.
Speaking to Paddock Eye following the action Palou spoke about the consistency and momentum saying:
The team. The team I have around me that just gives me the tools to make it happen. It’s been awesome to come to every weekend knowing that I have a fight for a win, and yeah, it’s all because of the team. I have really good teammates that I can learn from. Marcus getting the first win yesterday was amazing not only for him but for the 8 crew that it’s been — they’ve been fighting all year, but they had some bad luck, and yesterday finally they got it. Scott, Jimmie, yeah, I just have a really good team around me that I just have to focus on myself and try to move forward.
Paddock Eye also asked Palou about the track and how bumpy it is to which he replied saying:
Yeah, it’s really bumpy. Like if you can imagine a really bumpy place, you’re not even close to that. Like it’s super bumpy. I tried to imagine that. I tried to say, okay, Alex, it’s going to be really bumpy, get ready for it. I was mentally ready. One lap, and I was like, oh, my God, I cannot race INDYCARs here. (Laughter).
Yeah, having only one hour, it’s tough. It’s tough to get up to speed to attack the corners without crashing because if you crash in the fifth lap you’re done.
Yeah, it’s a hard balance and it’s really tough, but it’s the situation we are in now, and it’s fine, we just have to deal with it. But yeah, it’s nice when you get up to speed, but the first free practice I did, I was like oh, my God, that’s going to be tough. But yeah, we made it to the podium. I’m really happy with the work we did, and yeah, cannot wait to come back next year and try and win this race.
Palou heads to Road America next weekend in second place in the championship on 298 points.