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Chip Ganassi Racing information lawsuit in opposition to its IndyCar champion Palou

In an announcement from the group, for whom Palou scored its 14th IndyCar drivers’ title final yr, Ganassi acknowledged: “Alex Palou is underneath contract with Chip Ganassi Racing via the top of the 2023 season. He’s a valued member of our group, and we are going to proceed to help him in chasing wins, podiums, and INDYCAR championships.

“As the results of a competing racing group improperly making an attempt to contract with him however the clear phrases of our contract, we’re continuing to authorized course of pursuant to the contract.

“Any and all inquiries on the matter will probably be dealt with by our authorized counsel.”

The summons, filed by Marion County Courtroom, is directed to Alex Palou Montalbo and ALPA Racing USA, LLC, and have to be responded to with 20 days after receiving the summons on 26th July.

As well as, in a separate court docket doc, “plaintiff Chip Ganassi Racing, LLC, by counsel, respectfully requests a immediate listening to on its Movement for Preliminary Injunction. Plaintiff estimates two hours could be enough for the listening to, and requests that or not it’s set earlier than the top of August.”

Among the many evidential reveals within the public area are the tweets despatched out by Palou, by McLaren Racing and the press launch from McLaren, all on 12th July.

That day Chip Ganassi Racing put out a launch stating that it had taken up its choice on Palou’s providers for 2023, the driving force having signed a two-year-plus-one-year-option contract towards the top of his rookie season with Dale Coyne Racing.

Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda

Photograph by: Perry Nelson / Motorsport Images

The assertion contained a quote from group proprietor Chip Ganassi, stating: “Alex’s observe report speaks for itself. He’s a confirmed champion and probably the most formidable drivers on the planet. We’re very excited to proceed working collectively.” 

Nonetheless, it additionally contained a quote supposedly from Palou.

“It’s a terrific feeling realizing I’ll be again with Chip Ganassi Racing subsequent season. The group welcomed me with open arms from Day 1, and I’m excited to proceed working with Chip, [CGR managing director] Mike Hull, the parents on the #10 NTT DATA Honda and everybody throughout the group. The objectives stay the identical and we are going to proceed to work relentlessly in the direction of reaching them.”

Later that day, Palou posted on Twitter: “I’ve just lately discovered from the media that this afternoon, with out my approval, Chip Ganassi Racing issued a press launch saying that I might be driving with CGR in 2023.  Much more stunning was that CGR’s launch included a  “quote”  which didn’t come from me.

“I didn’t approve that press launch, and I didn’t creator or approve that quote.  As I’ve just lately knowledgeable CGR, for private causes, I don’t intend to proceed with the group after 2022.

“This night’s unlucky occasions apart, I’ve nice respect for the CGR group, and stay up for ending this season strongly collectively.”

Inside minutes, additional gasoline was added to the flames when McLaren tweeted: “¡Hola Alex! McLaren Racing welcomes ‪#INDYCAR champion ‪@AlexPalou to its driver roster from 2023, because the group continues to construct expertise throughout all of its racing sequence. Our full driver line-up throughout all racing sequence will probably be confirmed sooner or later.”

The Arrow McLaren SP Twitter account quoted that tweet, including: “Welcome to the McLaren Racing household, Alex Palou.”

A McLaren Racing press launch acknowledged: “Alongside his racing duties subsequent yr, Palou will even check with the McLaren F1 Crew as a part of its 2021 MCL35M F1 automobile testing program with fellow drivers Pato O’Ward and Colton Herta.”

Palou mentioned: “I’m extraordinarily excited to affix the driving force roster for such an iconic group as McLaren. I’m excited to have the ability to present what I can do behind the wheel of a Formulation 1 automobile and taking a look at what doorways that will open.

“I wish to thank everybody at Chip Ganassi Racing for all the things they’ve completed for me.”

Zak Brown, McLaren CEO commented: “We have now all the time mentioned that we wish the perfect expertise at McLaren, and it’s thrilling to have the ability to embody Alex on that checklist. I’m additionally wanting ahead to seeing him get behind the wheel of a Formulation 1 automobile as a part of our Testing of Earlier Automobiles (TPC) program alongside Pato O’Ward and Colton Herta as we proceed to construct our driver expertise. 

“Alex is an extremely gifted driver who has gained in each sequence he has raced in, and I’m completely happy to welcome him to the McLaren household.”

Pato O'Ward, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Pato O’Ward, Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet

Photograph by: Phillip Abbott / Motorsport Images

Palou presently lies sixth within the championship, 44 factors behind championship-leading team-mate Marcus Ericsson with 5 rounds to go and over 250 factors nonetheless out there.

Arrow McLaren SP, which is increasing to 3 vehicles in 2023, presently has incumbent Pato O’Ward and Alexander Rossi underneath contract for subsequent yr. Felix Rosenqvist is being retained by McLaren Racing, however he has informed Motorsport.com he’s “in limbo” relating to during which sequence he’ll race.

McLaren CEO Zak Brown informed Autosport the marque won’t be commenting on the lawsuit, whereas Palou himself has not but responded on the matter.

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