IndyCar Champion Alex Palou Embroiled In Wild Fight Between Teams For His Future Services, Says One Is Lying

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Spain’s Alex Palou is one of the top young talents to every enter the IndyCar Series. The 25-year-old won the series championship in 2021 in just his second year in IndyCar, toppling a talent field that included six-time champion Scott Dixon, his teammate.

So you can understand why Palou’s services are in high demand. The reigning champ is set to be a free agent after the 2022 season. His current team, Chip Ganassi Racing, is doing everything possible to keep him around. But Arrow McLaren SP, which entered the series in 2020, is also interesting. The startup team is run by racing powerhouse McLaren, which also boasts a Formula 1 team.

Chip Ganassi Racing Announces Re-Signing Of Alex Palou

Ganassi announced that it retained Palou for the 2023 season via a tweet on Tuesday afternoon.

The only problem, however, was that Palou didn’t actually agree to re-sign with the team.

Not only did Palou not re-sign, but he also says the quotes in the Ganassi press release were not from him, Just hours after the release from Chip Ganassi Racing, Arrow McLaren SP put out the following tweet.

Palou confirmed the announcement with a tweet of his own shortly after.

As of the time of writing, Ganassi’s tweet and press release are still undeleted. But Palou seems to believe that he’ll be moving forward with a new team. Interestingly, McLaren did not say what series Palou will compete in. Rumors have swirled that Daniel Ricciardo may be leaving McLaren F1.

McLaren also recently had Andretti Autosport IndyCar driver Colton Herta test one of its F1 cars.

The saga now seems far from over. McLaren has four drivers – Palou, Pato O’Ward, Alexander Rossi and Felix Rosenqvist – under contract for what looks like two IndyCars seat next year. Who ends up where is anybody’s guess.