Alex Palou reckons he had a quicker automotive than Josef Newgarden in direction of the tip of the Street America IndyCar race, and loved his “fortunate” victory regardless of the Penske driver’s drawback.
Newgarden had led nearly all of the proceedings on the Elkhart Lake circuit, earlier than an lack of ability to search out sixth gear on the ultimate restart allowed Palou to cross him within the race’s dying phases and declare his second win of the 12 months.
Nonetheless, Palou says he believes he might need been in a position to problem Newgarden within the closing laps regardless, having saved a smidgen of push-to-pass for the tip.
“It was a very good weekend total,” stated Palou, who’s now again within the lead of the championship, after Pato O’Ward might end solely ninth. “We began not tremendous good, however we made some progress, and I really feel like we at all times are actually good when the weekend ends.
“Each run we had been doing with the reds, with the blacks, we had been getting even nearer to Josef. So I used to be actually joyful.
“After which yeah, I do not know what occurred to him, however we took the lead, and that was tremendous thrilling. We had good energy, we had good automotive setup, and [I’m] tremendous joyful.
“I knew we had been a bit quicker than him on the straights, so our workforce did a tremendous job and on the finish we took it earlier than Flip 1.
“I did not actually take a look at my mirror, I simply went for the skin. It was fairly shut. Even when he was a bit slower, I used to be tremendous shut so I needed to simply flip in fairly aggressively, after which I simply ran.
Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Picture by: Chris Owens
“I did not know if my tyres had been ok to maintain the lead. It was solely two laps, however these two laps whenever you’re within the lead, they will take endlessly.
“A win is a win, and it at all times feels superior even when it is your fortunate day or simply as a result of you could have actually good tempo.”
“At the moment we began struggling in comparison with Josef, so he was tremendous quick. He was flying.
“However by the tip I used to be in a position to be there with him, so I believe we had the quicker automotive on the finish. I knew that we had a bit higher straight line velocity.”
“I used to be snug, I simply had a bit much less Push-to-Go than him, and I could not actually overuse my Push-to-Go, so I used to be saving it for the tip.”
Palou stated that inexperience is what meant he took somewhat longer to search out the candy spot of his automotive at Street America, however that he was in a position to work off the information from final 12 months, when Ganassi gained each races in a double-header spherical.
“I believe you possibly can see that our efficiency throughout weekends, it at all times comes extra on the race, simply because we’ve got extra time to develop the automotive and for me to get used to,” he defined.
“I am not a rookie anymore, however I am nonetheless type of a rookie.
“The great factor is that Chip Ganassi gained two races right here final 12 months. I had the very best information I might have with the onboard, so we have been working rather a lot with the information from final 12 months.”