Palou climbed from 11th on the grid, following an engine change grid penalty to defeat the charging off-strategy Josef Newgarden and 2022 IndyCar champion Will Energy, beating them each by over half a minute.
“We knew it was going to be a troublesome race even earlier than coming right here this weekend as a result of we examined right here, and we type of had good periods, dangerous periods in the course of the weekend,” stated the outgoing champion. “We ended up actually good within the warm-up. Tremendous pleased with the automobile.
“With that engine penalty, we simply knew it was going to be harder, a minimum of the primary stint, however to be sincere, our automobile was on rails right now. We did not battle with tyre degradation like we did at Portland and the final couple of races.”
Requested if he thought this was the most effective automobile he’d had since he joined Ganassi firstly of 2021, Palou responded, “It was so robust to drive right now and all weekend right here at Laguna. The grip degree from the tarmac is so low so that you’re preventing on a regular basis, so it by no means looks like you will have automobile even once you’re main by that a lot!
“However compared to others, clearly, yeah, it was the most important margin that I ever acquired. It felt actually good. I’ve to say technique and all pit stops have been actually good, as effectively. It felt wonderful. Hopefully it is not the final automobile that’s nearly as good as what we had right now.”
Inevitably, Palou was quizzed about his future, since he signed a contract to hitch McLaren for subsequent yr, and is being sued by Ganassi, who’s rumoured to have set his buyout clause at $10m.
“They’re ready to see what occurs, as all of you guys,” he stated.
“Thankfully I haven’t got something to share. I feel all the things is transferring in the best course. I do not know if it will take someday, one week or one month, however hopefully all the things goes to be solved quickly.
Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
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“I haven’t got something to say clear, however all the things is transferring the best course.
Requested how issues are with Chip Ganassi in the intervening time, Palou responded, “We speak. We talked in Portland. We talked earlier than that. You guys noticed, I feel, Nashville was it? We talked this morning, so…”
When requested if these chats have been about 2023, he replied “Clearly” however added, “I want I may let you know guys, ‘Hey, I am doing this,’ however I haven’t got a solution but. Possibly tomorrow.”
When it was identified that he completed 35 seconds forward of the very best Arrow McLaren SP driver, Felix Rosenqvist, and it might certainly be tough to stroll away from Ganassi, Palou grinned and replied: “We’ll see what occurs, however I want I used to be 35 seconds forward each race.
“I imply, final weekend in Portland, we completed 12th and all people was overtaking me. It is IndyCar; it is not like each weekend you will have the most effective automobile or the worst automobile, as we may see. Yeah, we’ll see what occurs.”
Palou stated that he didn’t really feel ‘minimize free’ from worrying in regards to the championship since he got here into the race out of rivalry for the title.
“I want I had that strain of preventing for the championship and factors in my thoughts. I really like that, I really like that. I felt unhappy coming to this weekend. Once I stated that going to Portland we have been going to have an opportunity, I actually thought I had an opportunity, and that did not occur.
“I used to be actually unhappy. I want that I could not sleep final evening as a result of I used to be interested by factors, but it surely was not like that this yr, so yeah, we’ll attempt once more subsequent yr.”