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Palou Dominates at Indy with Stellar Win

Palou Dominates at Indy with Stellar Win

12/05/2024

Reigning champ Alex Palou clinched a decisive victory at the Indianapolis Grand Prix, outpacing rivals with strategic mastery.

Having already secured the pole position, the reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou (Ganassi) dominated the Indianapolis Grand Prix, finishing ahead of Will Power (Penske) and Christian Lundgaard (Rahal Letterman Lanigan).

Palou Dominates at Indy with Stellar Win

The Spanish driver was momentarily overtaken by Lundgaard at the first turn before executing an overcut to regain the lead during the initial pit stops.

Palou remained unchallenged thereafter, despite aggressive pursuit from Power, who secured his third runner-up finish this year, with the young Lundgaard (22 years old) stepping onto the third podium position.

As usual, the veteran Scott Dixon (Ganassi) held off his teammate and compatriot Marcus Armstrong, who had an impressive run to finish fifth, ahead of the third Kiwi, Scott McLaughlin (Penske), who capitalized on the race’s sole caution.

Rounding out the top 10, intense battles ensued between Colton Herta (Andretti) and Alexander Rossi (McLaren), as well as between Graham Rahal (RLL) and Felix Rosenqvist (MSR).

Similar to the Barber event, Romain Grosjean (Juncos Hollinger) finished twelfth after clashing with Santino Ferrucci (Foyt), while Théo Pourchaire (McLaren) lost the top rookie position in the final laps to Kyffin Simpson (Ganassi), though not without a commendable performance.

Ahead of the fortnight of the 500 Miles at the speedway, Palou takes the championship lead with 152 points, ahead of Power (140), and Dixon and Herta tied at (127), but the season remains long after the final Sunday in May.

CLADRIVER#LAPSTIMEINTERVALMPH
1A. Palou10851:45’27.2320122.793
2W. Power12851:45’33.8426+6.6106120.920
3C. Lundgaard45851:45’35.3220+8.0900121.489
4S. Dixon9851:45’40.6582+13.4262120.291
5M. Armstrong11851:45’41.1298+13.8978120.255
6S. McLaughlin3851:45’41.5066+14.2746120.904
7C. Herta26851:45’46.0874+18.8554121.683
8A. Rossi7851:45’47.3958+20.1638121.093
9G. Rahal15851:45’49.3876+22.1556119.865
10F. Rosenqvist60851:45’53.5744+26.3424120.943
11K. Kirkwood27851:45’54.6892+27.4572119.935
12R. Grosjean77851:45’56.5428+29.3108120.950
13P. O’Ward5851:45’58.4708+31.2388120.358
14P. Fittipaldi30851:45’59.1192+31.8872120.441
15K. Simpson4851:45’59.5215+32.2895120.840
16M. Ericsson28851:46’01.8902+34.6582120.059
17T. Pourchaire6851:46’03.7999+36.5679117.977
18J. Newgarden2851:46’04.1969+36.9649117.772
19J. Harvey18851:46’05.2444+38.0124119.954
20C. Rasmussen20851:46’06.6539+39.4219118.846
21A. Canapino78841:45’45.1182+1 Lap121.629
22R. Robb41841:45’52.9639+1 Lap121.031
23T. Blomqvist66841:45’55.0611+1 Lap120.914
24L. Lundqvist8
Palou Dominates at Indy with Stellar Win

Palou Dominates at Indy with Stellar Win. Palou Dominates at Indy with Stellar Win

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