Palou is shining and will start 5th at Gateway in an important race

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There are three races left and Alex Palou You know you won’t fail. He is 33 points behind the leader, in fifth place in the championship, and the Catalan has no margin for error. He admitted this in preview of this weekend’s appointment, a night race at the Gateway Oval in St. Louis. “There are only three races left and we have to give everything to win the title again,” he pointed out. He has it complicated, but not impossible and he will fight until the end. And with that mentality of never giving up, the defending champion of the IndyCar He signed a very good classification this Friday on this short oval (2,043 meters – 1.25 miles-), finishing in fifth position, a place he will occupy at the start of the Gateway 500 (officially called Bomarito 500).

Palou will have 260 laps in the early hours from this Saturday to Sunday to start turning the tables, in search of victory in a race where absolutely anything can happen.

In the first position will be the leader of the championship Will Power (Penske) after averaging 182.727mph in qualifying, followed by teammate Palou Ganassi, Marcus Ericsson (2nd, 182.070mph), third overall, and Josef Newgarden (Penske, 3rd), fourth overall. Fourth on the grid starts Scott McLaughlin, sixth overall, with Palou in fifth place after posting an average of 181.289. The Catalan will start ahead of his teammate Scott Dixon (6th, 180.954 mph), who is also second overall in the contest. Imagine the tension.

In this way, the appointment this Sunday (00:30 am from Saturday to Sunday in Spain) seems exciting because of the added pressure of the fight for the crown. All contenders for the title (Power, Dixon, Ericsson, Newgarden and Palou) will start in the Top-6. Among them, a Palou who has less to lose than his rivals.

It’s not the type of circuit that Alex would prefer to cut points on, or the type of oval that suits him best, as he’s more likely to excel on long ovals, but Sant Antoni de Vilamajor (Barcelona) will try full force. . So far, he has saved the first ‘final’ with a good classification and will have to look for something big in the race, in the middle of a delicate situation due to the mess of his future between Ganassi and McLaren. If he succeeds this weekend, at the next rounds of Portland and Laguna Seca he should arrive with more weapons and more options. Palou used to play it at night in St Louis.

GRILLE OUTPUT

Top-7

1. Will Power (Penske) – 182,727 (average miles per hour)
2. Marcus Ericsson (Ganassi) – 182,070
3. Josef Newgarden (Penske) – 181,629
4. Scott McLaughlin (Penske) – 181,406
5. Alex Palou (Ganassi) – 181,289
6. Scott Dixon (Ganassi) – 180,954
7. Duck O’Ward (McLaren) – 180,303

IndyCar General Classification

1. Will Power 450
2. Scott Dixon 444
3. Marcus Ericsson 438
4. Josef Newgarden 428
5. ALEX PALOU 417
6. Scott McLaughlin 392
7. Duck O’Ward 391

Source: La Verdad

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