Alex Palou, boss size, wins at Laguna Seca, Grosjean 4th

Reigning IndyCar champion, Alex Palou (Ganassi) won the Laguna Seca event, the last to be contested before the introduction of hybrid engines in two weeks, at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Published on 24/06/2024 à 02:50

Michael Duforest

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Alex Palou, boss size, wins at Laguna Seca, Grosjean 4th

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The Spanish driver had to struggle during several restarts at the end of the race, but he managed to maintain a lead of almost two seconds over Colton Herta (Andretti) as he crossed the finish line. This new victory for Palou allows him to regain control at the top of the championship, now 23 points ahead of Will Power (Penske) and 32 over Scott Dixon (Ganassi).

Palou, however, did not start the race in the best way, losing control of the race from the first turn to Kyle Kirkwood (Andretti). At the end of the first pit stops, number 10 managed to get back in front of all its competitors... except Alexander Red (Arrow McLaren) ! The American actually emerged as leader on the 26th lap. Palou lost two positions quite quickly, but ten laps later, the American's efforts became in vain following the exit of Luca Ghiotto (Coyne). The Italian, unhurt, caused the first neutralization of the event, and two strategies then clashed.

Bold but profitable strategy for Palou

Alex Palou decided to adopt an aggressive strategy, seeing him stop once more than some of his opponents. A gamble that paid off, since the Spaniard could afford to lap one second per lap faster than Rossi and Herta in particular, stuck in a fuel saving strategy. The numerous neutralizations at the end of the race allowed Palou's opponents to try to trap him, but the double category champion managed it perfectly to win, ahead of Herta and Rossi.

Fourth, Romain Grosjean (Juncos Hollinger) chose the same strategy as Palou. The Frenchman took the opportunity to sign his best result of the season, and the best result for Juncos Hollinger Racing in IndyCar ! Convinced of having a fast car since the start of the weekend, the driver of the #77 Dallara-Chevrolet was able to prove it during this Monterey Grand Prix. Kyle Kirkwood completes the top 5, after being relegated further back in the peloton following the first neutralization of the day.

Monterey Grand Prix – Standings

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