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Alex Palou, Chip Ganassi Racing Honda
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How Ganassi's relentless new champion outfoxed IndyCar's best

IndyCar sophomore Alex Palou stunned by overcoming team-mate Scott Dixon and the rest of a white-hot field in 2021. He was consistently fast and crucially showed a level head, rebounding well from setbacks to put himself in a near unassailable position entering the final round

Reporters, drivers, team owners, race engineers and fans will regularly point out that IndyCar is insanely close, that there are 20 potential winners every weekend and so on. And that’s true.

So it’s a measure of Alex Palou’s brilliance in 2021 that he made it look easy, overcame setbacks that were not of his making, and prevailed over a field of aces, including veterans and his fellow Generation Z members. It’s as if he alone was capable of not only understanding the formula for championship glory, but also faithfully following it.

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