Long Beach, Race: Cyclone Herta, Palou is champion |  FormulaPassion.it

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Long Beach, Race: Cyclone Herta, Palou is champion |  FormulaPassion.it

Alex Palou in his second season in Indycar he is champion of the top US car series. The driver supported by Monaco Increase Management has won three races, climbing eight times on the podium and securing a pole position in Portland where he then took his third success of the season. Palou is the first Spanish driver to win the Indycar, taking the baton as a successful ‘Latino’ from Juan Pablo Montoya, who scored in 1999. It was since 2003 – then Scott Dixon won, now his teammate – that an under 25 driver did not win in Indycar and Alex is the seventh youngest ever champion of this series.

In today’s race Palou had to limit himself to controlling his opponents and the episodes facilitated the task of the driver Ganassi. In fact, Pato O’Ward was spun after a few miles by Ed Jones at the hairpin that leads to the finish straight. Then, the Mexican also had to stop due to a problem with a drive shaft, the right, probably a consequence of the rear-end collision. A day to forget for the McLaren galaxy between Lando Norris’ faded victory in Russia in F1 and the assault on O’Ward’s title which ended practically before starting. Worthy of note is the beautiful gesture by O’Ward, who in any case returned to the track with several laps late after the mechanics repaired the damage to honor the competition until the end.

On the other hand, the one who was irrepressible in the first laps was Colton Herta. The driver Andretti started 14th but between overtaking and strategy he found himself in the lead relatively quickly without ever letting go of his third win of the season. Second place for Josef Newgarden, very solid after yesterday’s pole position. Third place on the podium for Scott Dixon who preceded Alex Palou, fourth and deservedly Indycar 2021 champion. Romain Grosjean instead he failed to close the championship by winning the title of rookie of the year: the future driver Andretti hit the wall with his right rear coming out of Turn-8 which leads onto the straight parallel to that of the pits. An apparently light contact, which knocked out the suspension. The rookie of the year is therefore Scott McLaughlin, who arrived in Indycar from the Australian V8 Supercar.

Indycar 2021 Long Beach order of arrival (top 15)

1. Colton Herta (Andretti) – 85 laps
2. Josef Newgarden (Penske) +0 ″ 5883
3. Scott Dixon (Ganassi) +1 ″ 0752
4. Alex Palou (Ganassi) +2 ″ 4120
5. Simon Pagenaud (Penske) +3 ″ 1237
6. Alexander Rossi (Andretti) +4 ″ 6739
7. Jack Harvey (Shank) +6 ″ 3467
8. Sebastien Bourdais (Foyt) +8 ″ 0275
9. Takuma Sato (RLL) +10 ″ 5939
10. Will Power (Penske) +11 ″ 4297
11. Scott McLaughlin (Penske) +12 ″ 3327
12. Ed Jones (Coyne) +26 ″ 9660
13. Felix Rosenqvist (AMSP) +27 ″ 4167
14. James Hinchcliffe (Andretti) +27 ″ 9725
15. Max Chilton (Carlin) +30 ″ 0358

The championship

1. Alex Palou 549 points
2. Josef Newgarden 511
3. Pato O’Ward 487
4. Scott Dixon 481
5. Colton Herta 455