Palou leads opening Barber IndyCar apply
Welcome to Chip Ganassi Racing, Alex Palou. The sophomore NTT IndyCar Collection driver from Spain despatched a message to his rivals in the course of the first apply session of the brand new season by inserting the No. 10 Honda atop the 24-deep discipline with a lap of 1m06.4721s round Barber Motorsports Park.
Set amid cool and overcast circumstances, Palou led a outstanding prime 5 comprised of Andretti Autosport’s Colton Herta within the No. 26 Honda (+0.0176s), Group Penske’s Josef Newgarden within the No. 2 Chevy (+0.0236s), CGR teammate Scott Dixon within the No. 9 Honda (+0.0803s), and Arrow McLaren SP’s Pato O’Ward within the No. 5 Chevy (+0.1560s).
Dixon was on a lap adequate to be P1, however it was voided by the collection as a result of timing of a pink flag that got here simply because the defending collection champion was ending the lap. And in a nod to the sheer competitiveness of IndyCar in 2021, the highest 4 have been separated by lower than one-tenth of a second.
“It’s superb,” Palou stated. “It’s superb to be in Barber — I really like this place. It’s nonetheless Free Apply 1, however it’s one of the best ways to start out, so I’m glad.”
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