LEEDS, Ala. (WBRC) - It only took 15 seconds into the Honda Grand Prix of Alabama for things to get interesting, but after 90 laps, 24-year-old Alex Palou rolled his way into victory lane.
“Exciting, it’s super exciting,” the 2021 Champion said.
The Spaniard with Chip Ganassi racing capitalized on a two-stop pit strategy to take home his first career victory while holding off Will Power and Scott Dixon in the final laps.
“The first plan was to do a three-stop, but to do a two-stop you had to go really slow because of fuel mileage, but as when we got two yellows, I realized that it was possible with two stops,” Palou said.
As for the main attraction Sunday, NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson with Chip Ganassi Racing, finished 19th after avoiding a first-lap crash and recovering from a spin.
“I learned a lot, I kind of got lost with my adjustments, but Eric got me back on track, but I exceeding expectations, amazing experience, and I can’t wait to get back out there,” Johnson said.
Scott Dixon, Will Power and Alex Palou are your top-three finishers. Palou now the second Spaniard ever to win an IndyCar race.