Third place for Palou that reinforces him in the leadership

The Spaniard finished on the podium behind Newgarden and Ericsson, but ahead of his closest pursuers in the overall: Dixon (4th) and O'Ward (8th).


Álex Palou achieved a new podium in Mid Ohio that reinforces his leadership in the IndyCar, because his closest rivals for the title, Scott Dixon (4th) and Patricio O'Ward (8th), finished behind the Spanish, third in goal for behind Josef Newgarden and Marcus Ericsson.

Palou and his Chip Ganassi team managed the race times perfectly from the start, with a strategy of flawless pit stops and avoiding problems in traffic. Something that for example Herta cannot say, with two horrible stops that cost him to fight for the front positions, or Will Power, out of the race after an accident in the first laps with Scott Dixon. Palou took advantage of their troubles, even saving the crashed Penske de Power in extremis right in front of him, to regain two positions. The other two places were won by the Barcelona man in his steps through the pits, with an overcut on Alexander Rossi and Scott Dixon, which took him to third position for the last stint.

In that last section of the race Newgarden managed tires, fuel and mechanics so as not to lose the victory in the last meters as it has already happened dramatically in Detroit and in Road America. Marcus Ericsson tried until the last corner, but the Penske team was finally able to celebrate its first win of the year with the triumph of Newgarden, the eighth different winner of the season. From behind, Palou, solid, making an intelligent race that gave him a last placid rush, without danger from behind and without having to squeeze in search of those in front. "We went very fast, the stops were exceptional and we did a great job," said the Spanish rider at the end of the race, very satisfied with the result.

Thus Palou now has a 39-point advantage over Patricio O'Ward, who made a great comeback to finish eighth after starting 20th, and 56 over his Ganassi teammate Scott Dixon, who already points to Alex as a favorite: “He's very strong, but we will have to keep working ”. Ahead, six work careers remain.

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