Newgarden and Dixon began from the entrance row on the Lengthy Seashore finale however had been crushed to victory lane by Colton Herta, and claimed second and fourth within the ultimate factors standings.
Penske driver Newgarden, who gained the 2017 and 2019 championships, was effusive in his reward for Palou and mentioned the Spanish driver needs to be “very proud” of the “wonderful job” produced on this yr’s IndyCar reckoning.
“I believe he is achieved a very good job about maximising his alternative, proper?” mentioned Newgarden.
“Arising, all of us dream of getting that sort of group round you. Actually inside your second yr, that is a dream alternative. So he is actually obtained all of the sources and other people round him to make it occur.
“And he is achieved the job, clearly. He is been strong all yr, been effectively inside the battle.
“I mentioned earlier within the yr I believe from the younger crop of drivers he seems to be essentially the most full. Possibly that is simply because he has a pair extra years on a variety of the opposite youthful guys.
“He is undoubtedly been very full all yr; he appears to be very Dixon-esque in a variety of methods.
“Scott has been type of the measure over the past couple of many years of the way you be a champion. Alex appears to embody that fairly effectively.
“He might have an excellent run over the course of his profession. I am positive he’ll have a variety of time to stay round and see what he can do.”
Six-time champion Dixon was additionally happy to see his Chip Ganassi Racing team-mate safe his first IndyCar crown, and was completely happy that the group behind the #10 automobile might get pleasure from a championship.
“Alex was smiling, he is all the time smiling, in order that wasn’t a change,” mentioned Dixon.
“However simply to see I believe all people on the #10 automobile aspect have that reduction of capturing the championship could be very particular. So massive low season for everyone at Ganassi to be very completely happy about.”
Champion Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
Picture by: Michael L. Levitt / Motorsport Images
Dixon was additionally unstinting in his reward of Palou as a teammate and referred to him as “veteran-like” in his dealing with of a championship problem.
“The development was sturdy from the get-go,” mentioned the 40-year-old New Zealander.
“I believe he undoubtedly took so much in with the earlier season at [Dale Coyne Racing]. Michael Cannon [now Dixon’s race engineer] and some of the engineers which have identified Alex from the earlier yr knew he was fast.
“Out of the shortlist of drivers that had the opportunity of filling that seat, he was the man I mentioned, “You’ve obtained to go for”.
“His development has been, once more, veteran-like, which has been actually fascinating. He undoubtedly asks a variety of questions. He is not shy to ask questions.
“However he processes it very effectively. I believe as we have seen all through the season, the type of lows that they’ve had possibly – not many lows – however the way in which that they’ve reacted to it as a bunch.
“He is had a variety of assist clearly from the entire group of Ganassi, particularly on the engineering aspect, however then additionally with Dario [Franchitti] and with the opposite drivers.
“The development has been fast and quick. I believe his pure expertise, that is the largest factor you search for, proper? If it was a brand new monitor or a monitor he did not know that effectively, he would methodically undergo it from session to session. That was undoubtedly very spectacular.”
Dixon additionally mentioned Palou’s title triumph could have a galvanising impact at Ganassi.
“Actually, it is nice for the group. Clearly it has raised the bar, however I believe it is raised the bar for all of us this yr to maintain pushing. It undoubtedly seems like type of the 2009 via type of ’12, ’13 interval with Dario, which is nice.
“I’m excited for group morale, that is the massive factor. Clearly while you get beat, when it is not simply the drivers however the crews as effectively, it pushes all people so much more durable. Hopefully we will come out of the gate very sturdy.
“Tremendous pleased with what the #10 automobile has achieved. Tremendous pleased with Alex. Man, he is achieved an incredible job this yr.”