Álex Palou wins his second race at Road America to regain the IndyCar lead

Álex Palou has already won two races in IndyCar. The Spanish rider has prevailed at Road America, the same circuit where last season he achieved his first podium in the category. And he has done it in a big way, getting that first position in the final laps, thanks to a misfortune by Josef Newgarden.

Palou regains the overall lead that he had lost in Detroit and becomes the second driver to repeat victory this season in the IndyCar, after Pato O’Ward, his greatest rival for the title. There are 28 points of advantage with which Palou remains at the head of the general of the IndyCar.

Magnussen went on to lead his IndyCar debut race, but had to retire due to breakdown

Magnussen Road America Indycar 2021

Palou started from fifth position on the starting grid, but in the opening laps he was able to get Will Power and Colton Herta out of the way, climbing up to third position. In the first pit stops he also beat Jack Harvey, which left him in the heat of battle for victory with Newgarden.

It seemed that the American would take the victory despite Palou’s harassment, and more after Jimmie Johnson triggered a safety car with very few laps to go for the end. But misfortune has taken hold of Newgarden and has left victory in the hands of Palou, who has not allowed it to escape him.

Kellet Road America Indycar 2021

Newgarden’s car has lost power. Initially it seemed that Palou had passed him in a fair fight in the relaunch, but later he also surpassed the whole squad until finishing twenty-first. So that, It was Herta and Power who accompanied Palou on the podium, which is the fourth of the Spanish this year.

From behind, the one who until now was the leader of the general, Pato O’Ward, you haven’t had a good day. The McLaren already classified in the tenth position, and right there he rolled to Newgarden’s disgrace. In the end he finished ninth, but gave up 29 points compared to Palou, which leaves him 28 overall.

O Ward Road America Indycar 2021

By the way, his McLaren partner for this race has been Kevin Magnussen, former Formula 1 driver who made his IndyCar debut replacing the injured Felix Rosenqvist. He came to lead the race, but ended up retiring due to a mechanical problem. Romain Grosjean, his former teammate at Haas, was fifth.

The advantage of Palou is 28 points over O’Ward and 53 over Scott Dixon, his teammate and current champion who was fourth today. At Chip Ganassi they will begin to doubt which of their drivers should win the IndyCar this year, because the Spaniard is still very strong and there are only seven races left to finish the season.

IndyCar GP Road America 2021 race results

Position Pilot Dorsal Exit position Weather Laps led Average speed Stops
1 Alex Palou 10 5 01:50:55.0534 5 119,424 3
2 Colton Herta 26 2 01:50:56.9640 119.39 3
3 Will Power 12 4 01:50:58.0387 119.37 3
4 Scott Dixon 9 13 01:50:58.9582 1 119,354 3
5 Romain Grosjean 51 7 01:50:59.7670 119,339 3
6 Marcus Ericsson 8 18 01:51:00.2340 119,331 3
7 Alexander Rossi 27 9 01:51:02.7753 119,285 3
8 Takuma Sato 30 20 01:51:02.9679 2 119,282 4
9 Pato O’Ward 5 10 01:51:04.0777 119,262 3
10 Max Chilton 59 22 01:51:04.4267 7 119,256 4
11 Graham Rahal 15 14 01:51:04.8561 119,248 3
12 Oliver Askew 21 16 01:51:06.3553 2 119,221 4
13 Ryan Hunter-Reay 28 8 01:51:06.9912 119.21 3
14 Scott McLaughlin 3 17 01:51:07.2464 119,205 3
15 James Hinchcliffe 29 19 01:51:09.0013 119,174 3
16 Sebastien Bourdais 14 11 01:51:09.1703 119,171 5
17 Jack Harvey 60 3 01:51:10.6479 119,145 3
18 Simon Pagenaud 22 6 01:51:11.5148 119,129 4
19 Cody Ware 52 25 01:51:12.0467 119.12 3
20 Conor Daly 20 15 01:51:12.6092 119.11 3
21 Josef Newgarden 2 1 01:52:25.8428 32 117,817 3
22 Jimmie Johnson 48 23 01:51:12.1233 116,953 4
23 Ed Jones 18 12 01:40:46.1051 119,502 3
24 Kevin Magnussen 7 21 01:06:46.6418 6 119,018 3
25 Dalton had to 4 24 00:43:38.4837 104,854 2

IndyCar general classification

  1. Álex PALOU (Honda-ESP), 349 points
  2. Duck O’WARD (Chevrolet-MEX), 321 points
  3. Scott DIXON (Honda-NZE), 296 points
  4. Josef NEWGARDEN (Chevrolet-USA), 261 points
  5. Simon PAGENAUD (Chevrolet-FRA), 255 puntos

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