Ganassi to back Palou’s IndyCar title bid despite contract dispute

Ganassi drivers Scott Dixon, Marcus Ericsson and Palou are currently second, third and fifth respectively in the standings, with Palou just 33 points ahead of Penske driver Will Power.

With over 150 points available over the last three rounds, Palou still has high hopes of defending the IndyCar crown he won with Ganassi in 2021.

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However, CGR believe Palou breached the terms of his contract by signing with McLaren for 2023, at a time when he was still entitled to take the option on him. Ganassi is suing Palou over this.

Despite this, CGR general manager Mike Hull insists the team will not favor Dixon and Ericsson over Palou as each seeks to win Ganassi’s 15th IndyCar Drivers’ Championship since 1996.

When asked if Palou will receive as much attention in the next three races as Dixon and Ericsson, Hull told Autosport: “Yes, absolutely, and that’s a very honest answer.

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“We have a driver of enormous talent behind the wheel of car number 10 [Palou] and we have a great sponsor behind this car in NTT [IndyCar’s title sponsor] and the American Legion also played a major role in this car.

“We have a lot to gain from Alex Palou’s wins, and frankly we don’t care about that part. [which car succeeds].

“Winning races is what we do, and we are very happy to have Alex driving one of our cars. Yes, there were things that would have bothered a lot of people, but guess what this team does.

Palou finished third in the last race in Nashville, won by Dixon

Photo by: Michael L. Levitt/Motorsport Images

“We just race cars, and having the best drivers in your cars helps you win races, and having the best drivers working together helps you win more races and more championships.

“It’s as simple as that for us. Whatever happens in the future regarding Alex and who he drives for, I have great respect for what he has done for us. This will not change.

Hull also confirmed there were no changes to the debriefing room between the four Ganassi drivers and their respective race engineers.

“The way we see it is that you have to have a free exchange of information in order to set yourself a direction in terms of the setup,” he said.

“Let’s say Scott and Alex have a conversation about how they drive Turn 1 in Nashville. They approach it totally differently but they read the circuit the same way, and that helps them better understand, with their engineers, what they need to do with their cars to move around the circuit.

“It’s the same when we only had two pilots, three pilots and now four pilots. Scott, Alex, Marcus, Jimmy [Johnson] – they continue to work well together to help read how you create speed on the circuit, and they are not holding anything back.

“Their driving styles are not necessarily the same – one driver may be more comfortable with the front axle, another may be more comfortable with the rear axle – but they end up at the same speed.

“I mean, you look back when we had Dario [Franchitti] and Scott, they drove very, very differently but they went at the same speed. And how they did that is they helped each other improve and helped tune their cars and found great success.

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