24-year-old Spaniard Alex Palou (Chip Gagnassi) is no longer just the rising generation of IndyCar, but a victor.
He won the 2021 championship on Sunday at the end of the Long Beach Grand Prix won by American Colton Herta.
The Catalan driver, whose second season is in IndyCar, is the first driver from his country to be crowned champion. He succeeds New Zealander Scott Dixon on the list.
Fifteenth place at worst was necessary to write a new page in the competition, during the last event in California. He finished fourth.
Only Mexican Pato Award and American Joseph Newgarden could stop him, although their chances were slim. And the first deserted in the middle of the road, after a collision, and the second finishes the second.
“What a race, what a year, what a season!” shouted Baloo. “I am very proud to be a champion (…) it is a dream come true.”
Palou symbolizes the renewal of discipline this season. He is the first Under-25 Champion since Scott Dixon in 2003. He is also the seventh youngest driver in history to win an IndyCar Championship.
“You have a guy who is going to break many records in this field and he is just getting started,” his teammate Chip Ganassi applauded.
This article was published automatically. Sources: ats / afp
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