Spain reigns supreme in IndyCar with new champ Alex Palou


Spain's Alex Palou offered his country and himself their first IndyCar title at the series' finale in Long Beach on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Chip Ganassi Racing driver won the ultra-competitive championship in just his second season in the US.

Ahead of Sunday's finale, Palou had two title rivals to contend with: Arrow McLaren's Pato O'Ward and Penske's Jozef Newgarden.

The Spaniard's championship hopes were dealt a massive boost at the outset when O'Ward was punted out of the running by a clumsy move by Ed Jones, while poleman Newgarden drove a strong race to finish second behind the day's winner, Andretti Autosport's Colton Herta.

But Palou's conservative run to P4 ensured the CGR driver's remarkable coronation.


"What a race, what a year, what a season!" Palou said during the post-race celebrations.

"This team is amazing. I’m super proud to be a part of Chip Ganassi Racing, all our partners. I’m super proud to be a champion and for the opportunity these guys gave me.

"Dream completed. Let’s get another one now."