Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou in the No.10 The American Legion Honda scored his third win in four races and his second in a row after coming from third on the grid in Road America to win.
It’s been an amazing weekend. “I’m super happy. They gave me the pit stop that gave us the win. It was an amazing day for the No. 10 American Legion Ganassi car, and we’re going to keep it going.”
It was a tricky start to the weekend as in practice on Saturday, he hit the wall hard meaning that the team had to work hard to get his and teammate Scott Dixon’s car ready for qualifying as the Iceman also suffered a big crash which saw him use a new chassis in qualifying and the race.
Palou started the race from third place and with ten laps remaining in the race he took the lead from Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta and came home with the win.
“We started with a lot of speed. “Big mistake by my part in practice two. We went back on track, and it (car) was even better than in practice two. We’re going to try and keep it rolling. We have an amazing team behind us.”
The Spaniard went on to say:
“It’s my favorite road course on the calendar and probably in the States. I got my first podium here and now my second win. It’s been an amazing weekend. We had a lot of speed and our Honda was very good on fuel mileage, honestly. That gave us the win today. We were able to be consistent, fast and we’re going to try and keep it rolling into Mid-Ohio. It’s still early but you obviously want those points in your camp instead of other ones. We’re not going to lose the focus. We know we have a great team and that we can continue winning races and being consistent.”
Six-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion Scott Dixon had a tricky start to the weekend following the incident with Will Power on Saturday morning saw him have a new chassis for qualifying. The Iceman struggled in qualifying starting the race in 23rd place just behind Power.
In the race on Sunday, Dixon did what Dixon does best and charged his way through the field, making up 19 places to finish the race in fourth place just off the podium, speaking following the race, he said:
“It was definitely an interesting day. Huge team effort and I’m happy to rebound the way we did with 19 spots moving forward. Obviously, a podium would’ve been nice, but huge credit to the 10 car and the whole team effort there. Good day for points, but obviously we could have had more.”
Marcus Ericsson in the No.8 Huski Iced Spritz Honda started the race from ninth place and came home in sixth place and speaking following the race he commented saying:
“It was an eventful day to say the least. There was a lot of pushing and shoving out there but I think we were really fast. We had really good pace in the car. Unfortunately, we had a couple of issues today and you know in racing sometimes that happens. We had to fight back, but the pace was really good to get back to P6. I think it was a really good effort. Could’ve, would’ve, should’ve, but still a decent points day and Alex winning the 250th race for Ganassi is incredible so a good day for the whole team.”
Marcus Armstrong battled all day in the No. 11 Ridgeline Lubricants and wrapped up his first race at Road America in P24, speaking following the action he commented saying:
“We had a good start and picked up about five spots. The car was really good for the first stint and we were just fuel saving and tire saving. The car was mega. We had a few wobbles in the second stint but still it was okay. Unfortunately, we didn’t box with the rest of the field on the second safety car. But nevertheless, we’re going to learn from it and come back even stronger.”
Next up for Chip Ganassi Racing is the Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course presented by the 2023 Honda Accord Hybrid on July 2.