Dakar Rally News: Palou Conquers Tough Strategy Call to Secure Victory

    Laguna Seca, CA – In a thrilling display of racing at the Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey, Alex Palou of the Chip Ganassi Racing team emerged victorious after a daring strategic decision paid off.

    Palou, who started the 95-lap race on pole position, found himself in a tight spot early on when he lost three positions at the start. Facing a challenging situation, the Spaniard’s team made the bold call to keep him on track during a caution period on lap 35, opting for track position over pitting.

    “At the beginning of the race, I wasn’t really executing,” Palou admitted. “The car was really fast, but I couldn’t overtake Kyle [Kirkwood]. That kind of put us in a bad position.”

    The team’s risky strategy, which Palou described as “too risky” in his opinion, ultimately proved to be the winning move. Palou led 48 laps, including the majority of the second half of the race, and held off a late charge from Colton Herta, who had pitted during the earlier caution and was forced to manage his fuel mileage.

    “We knew we had the car for P1,” Palou said. “Finishing P4 today wasn’t a good race, so we had to take that risk.”

    The victory extends Palou’s lead in the IndyCar championship standings to 23 points over Will Power, as the series heads into the second half of the 2023 season. The Dakar Rally star’s ability to adapt and make the right strategic call under pressure once again showcased his impressive talent behind the wheel.

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