Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou in the No.10 NTT DATA Honda heads into this weekend’s double-header in Detroit leading the championship by 36 points from his teammate and defending series champion Scott Dixon following his second-place finish in last weekend’s 105th running of the Indianapolis 500.
It will be Palou’s first time racing at Belle Isle and speaking to Paddock Eye on Wednesday during a Zoom call the Spaniard said that Detroit, a street course is more his style of track that he is used to coming from a road and street course background.
When asked if he would lean on the experience of his teammate’s Scott Dixon and Marcus Ericsson, Palou told us:
Yeah, for sure. And also my own experience, like street course and road course, that’s more like my stuff, things I know what to expect and what to do in certain situations, not like ovals where, yeah, last couple of laps with Helio I was just doing what I saw done previous years from other guys.
Yeah, I’m looking forward. As I said, the team had really good results the past years, so I know that Scott is going to be fast, Marcus got his first podium there in ’19, so he’s going to be really quick, and yeah, I’ll be able to learn from all of them and hopefully we can be up there, but I’m sure it’s going to be a great weekend.
Palou may have his work cut out for him in race one on Saturday after being handed a six-place grid penalty for an unauthorized engine change between Carb Day and the Indianapolis 500.