The GMR Grand Prix of IndyCar was won by Chip Ganassi Racing’s Alex Palou on Saturday, moving him to the top of the standings.
By 16.8 seconds, Spain’s Palou defeated Pato O’Ward of Arrow McLaren to take first place, with Alexander Rossi of Arrow coming in third.
On the road circuit at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Christian Lundgaard of Denmark, who had won his first IndyCar pole position, had to settle for a season-best fourth place finish.
The season’s first victory for Palou came after he made a commanding start and propelled his Honda into first place on the opening lap. Palou started third on the grid.
After successfully utilizing tire swaps, Palou took the lead when he passed Lundgaard on lap 42 and never seemed in danger of losing it.
Palou applauded his crew for using the Firestone alternate “red” tires to start in the pit and for their tire strategies in general.
What a fantastic job the staff did. I’m ecstatic since it’s our first victory together. Since P1 (practice) yesterday, we have had a fast car, we can honestly say.
“The car has been fantastic all weekend, and I think we knew we were going to go for the win once we realized we were starting on reds.” These guys did an amazing job. I simply had to carry it out, he replied.
With Scott Dixon of New Zealand finishing sixth and Marcus Ericsson of Sweden finishing eighth, it was a successful day for Ganassi.
For the third time this season, Mexican O’Ward came in second place and acknowledged that he had been soundly defeated.
They deserve our respect, he remarked. “I simply believe that they were really powerful today. They were in fact. However, we are a team of two, three, and five people. That’s very incredible, and the guys provided us a terrific race car, you know?
On May 28, the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on the Brickyard oval, bringing the drivers back to Indianapolis.