Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou in the No.10 The American Legion Honda is a two-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES champion after claiming victory in Sunday’s BitNile.com Portland Grand Prix. The Spaniard went into the race needing to score just 35 points to claim his second championship in three years and he not only finished on the podium but dominated the race.
Having started fifth behind Scott Dixon he soon took command of the race to claim his fifth victory of the season ahead of Arrow McLaren’s Felix Rosenqvist and Scott Dixon who cemented a team 1-2 in the championship standings for Chip Ganassi Racing with just the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey remaining next weekend.
Pato O’Ward was fourth just ahead of Josef Newgarden and Rinus VeeKay who scored his best result of the season for Ed Carpenter Racing. Marcus Ericsson in his penultimate race for Ganassi was seventh just ahead of David Malukas and Scott McLaughlin who was ninth just ahead of Kyle Kirkwood who rounded out the top ten for Andretti Autosport.
Christian Lundgaard finished the race in 11th ahead of his teammate and pole-sitter Graham Rahal, while Colton Herta ended the race in 13th after spinning in the closing stages of the race.
Helio Castroneves was 14th for Meyer Shank Racing just ahead of Callum Ilott and Santino Ferrucci.
Devlin DeFrancesco was 17th just ahead of Juri Vips who ended his debut race with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing in 18th place just ahead of Marcus Armstrong and Alexander Rossi while Ryan Hunter-Reay was classified in 21st place ahead of Benjamin Pedersen and Sting Ray Robb.
Tom Blomqvist ended the race in 24th place just ahead of Will Power who spun early on in the race and as a result went a lap down in the No.12 Verizon 5G Team Penske Chevrolet. Agustin Canapino was classified in 26th just ahead of Romain Grosjean.
Next up is the final race of the season, the FIrestone Grand Prix of Monterey at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.