INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Chip Ganassi Racing and Alex Palou are starting the Month of May at Indianapolis right where they want – in victory lane.
Palou started third in the No. 10 American Legion Honda and drove to a dominating win, beating Arrow McLaren’s Pato O’Ward by 16.8006-seconds in Saturday’s GMR Grand Prix on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
“We knew we had a fast car, honestly since practice,” explained Palou. “Since we pulled the car off the trailer it was really, really good. I was comfortable. We just missed a little bit on pole yesterday.”
Palou started the race on the grippier but wear quicker alternate Firestone tires, while pole sitter Christian Lundgaard and the rest of the Top 7 started on the harder, longer-lasting primary Firestone tires. Palou knew he needed to take advantage early because the team didn’t want to keep those tires on for long.
“In the warm-up we found that were struggling a little bit more than others on the alternate tires so that’s why we went red (Firestone alternate tires), black (primary), black, black at the end to try to get the best of what we had,” explained Palou. “We knew with the alternate tires it was a lot easier to get temperature in and I knew it was only for the first couple of laps so I had to go for it.”
Strategist Barry Wanser and the Ricky Davis led crew installed the primary Firestone tires the rest of the way and the strategy worked pefect for Palou, who led a race-high 52-laps.
O’Ward worked the undercut strategy in the second-half of the race, pitting early to ditch the alternate Firestones for primaries on Lap 39, and his final pit stop on lap 62.
“Super-stoked for the team,” said O’Ward. “We put three cars in the Top 5, which is fricking hard to do in this series with how competitive it is. We just made our strategy really work. I just think Palou and Ganassi were very, very strong. We just couldn’t get them in the end.”
O’Ward’s Arrow McLaren teammate Alexander Rossi finished third as all three Arrow McLaren cars finished in the Top 5.
“To get three cars in the Top 5 is near impossible these days,” said Rossi. “Everyone at McLaren has done a phenomenal job this year. We’ve had a really strong pace on Sunday’s, we just haven’t gotten the results we feel like we deserve.”
Lundgaard walked away feeling like he didn’t get the result he deserved after starting on the pole position and finishing fourth.
“The HyVee car has been great all weekend,” said Lundgaard. “We just didn’t have the pace we needed at the end.”
Felix Rosenqvist rounded out the Top 5 in the No. 6 Arrow Chevy.
Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon rallied to a sixth place finish after dropping down into the teens after the start of the race. Dixon’s CGR teammates Marcus Ericsson finished eighth and rookie Marcus Armstrong finished 15th.
Now the focus shifts to preparations for the 107th running of the Indianapolis 500 which begins with practice on Tuesday.
Chip Ganassi Racing unveils Alex Palou’s No. 10 DHL Honda
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Chip Ganassi Racing unveiled the livery for two-time and reigning NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champion Alex Palou’s DHL Honda on Tuesday. DHL signed on as the primary sponsor this off-season in a multi-year partnership with the team.
The No. 10 car will carry the familiar yellow of DHL’s branding but adds a splash of red that has been synonymous with the Ganassi team for decades.
“As everybody can see, this is quite the amazing livery,” said Palou. “The No. 10 DHL Honda looks very aggressive, and it will certainly stand out on the track, which is great. I can’t wait to start the season with a run in this livery at Sebring before we kick things off in St. Pete. It’s looking like the perfect livery to try to defend our title in 2024 and I cannot wait to deliver on-track here soon.”
The NTT INDYCAR SERIES season-opening Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg presented by RP Funding takes place March 8-10 on the streets of St. Pete.
DHL joining Chip Ganassi Racing as primary sponsor for No. 10 Honda and Alex Palou
INDIANAPOLIS, IN and PLANTATION, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Chip Ganassi Racing and DHL Express are teaming up in a new multi-year partnership that will see DHL become the official logistics partner of the 15-time NTT INDYCAR SERIES Champions and the primary sponsor of two-time and reigning Series Champion Alex Palou and the No. 10 Honda team.
“I am extremely proud to welcome DHL to the Chip Ganassi Racing family,” said Chip Ganassi. “It is an honor to partner with an organization that shares our fundamental values of teamwork, growth, responsibility, and the pursuit of excellence. Together, we are committed to embodying those values both on and off the racetrack. I am looking forward to Alex and the No. 10 team defending their 2023 title with DHL on board. The road ahead holds great promise and potential, and I can’t wait to get started.”
DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry and one of the most international companies, with about 395,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Chip Ganassi Racing, an organization that has a rich history of success, deeply rooted in principles shared by DHL, such as a commitment to supporting the communities we call home, and the relentless pursuit of excellence by investing in our people who embody speed, passion, and dedication,” said Mike Parra, CEO of DHL Express Americas and Head of Global Sponsorships. “As we sponsor this winning motorsports team with Alex Palou behind the wheel, we look forward to many winning moments both on and off the track in the months and years to come.”
“It’s super exciting to announce our new partnership with DHL, a global leader in logistics. Representing such a successful and widely recognized brand is a true honor,” said Palou. “Their iconic yellow and red colors not only stand out, but they also remind me of my native Spain’s colors. As our team looks back at our remarkable success last year, we are eager to carry that momentum forward and aim for a third title with the support of DHL. I am especially thrilled to hit the ground running alongside the dedicated men and women of our 10-car crew in 2024.”
Racing Notebook: DHL partners with Ganassi; Hunt Bros partners with Penske and more
(Pittsburgh, PA) – 2024 partnership programs a coming together as two of the biggest names in racing, Ganassi and Penske, each announce new deals plus PPMS announces their plans for the new year and Henessey Performance packs some punch for GM fans in today’s Racing Notebook.
DHL Partners with Ganassi and Palou
- DHL and Chip Ganassi Racing are teaming up for a new partnership. DHL becomes the primary sponsor of the No. 10 Chip Ganassi Racing Honda and two-time NTT IndyCar Champion Alex Palou. DHL express also becomes the Official Logistics Partner of the 15-time Championship team. “I am extremely proud to welcome DHL to the Chip Ganassi Racing family,” said Chip Ganassi. “It is an honor to partner with an organization that shares our fundamental values of teamwork, growth, responsibility, and the pursuit of excellence.”
Hunt Brothers Pizza Partners with Penske, Logano, Blaney
- Team Penske and Hunt Brothers Pizza are teaming up in multi-year deal that will feature the convenience store pizza brand on the No. 22 Team Penske Ford Mustang driven by two-time NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) Champion Joey Logano for select races beginning in 2024. Hunt Brothers Pizza will also be an associate sponsor on defending NASCAR Cup Series Champion Ryan Blaney’s No. 12 Ford Mustang for the 2024 season.
PPMS Announces 2024 Schedule
- Pittsburgh’s Pennsylvania Motor Speedway is planning a 29-race schedule for 2024 with an opening day St. Patrick’s Day Weekend. The highlight of the schedule is the expansion of the Pittsburgher weekend to a 2-day event for the Lucas Oil Dirt Late Model Series battling for almost $200,000!