Palou Clinches Championship in Portland

September 3, 2023Steve Rable
NTT Indy Car

Alex Palou left nothing to chance by clinching his championship title with a win at the BITNILE.COM Grand Prix of Portland. Palou secured his second championship in IndyCar; the first coming in 2021. After the race Palou had the following words, “That’s what we wanted. It was an amazing weekend overall. We had really fast cars. We knew we had to go for it, and we just raced how we’ve been doing all season. Super proud to be here in victory lane and super proud of the second championship. I never thought that I would be an INDYCAR champion, and to be a two-time INDYCAR champion feels amazing, like a dream.”

Palou was dominant in the 110 lap race around Portland International Raceway. He won the race by 5.4353 seconds ahead of Felix Rosenqvist in the No. 6 Arrow McLaren Chevrolet. Rosenqvist had the following word, “I was kind of lucky in the end, first off with the yellow that we just managed to do our stop before. And then also at the end, we kind of had a buffer with lapped cars that gave us a little bit of a cushion to Scott at the end. It kind of worked out our way for the first time in a while, so I was enjoying the race a lot.”

Scott Dixon, the only other championship contender in the race was 8.0669 seconds behind the winner in third place. The finish all but sealed second place in the championship for Dixon as the series heads into the final round of the season at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

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