Chip Ganassi Racing announced Tuesday that it has exercised an option in the contract and will keep Alex Palou on the team until the end of the 2023 NTT IndyCar Series season.
Shortly afterwards on Twitter, Palou wrote: “I recently found out from the media that this afternoon, without my consent, Chip Ganassi Racing issued a press release announcing that I will drive for CGR in 2023. The most surprising thing. is that the message contained a “quote” from my statement.
– I did not authorize this press release and I was not the author of this release. As I informed CGR recently, for personal reasons, I do not want to continue working in this team after 2022 – he added. – Apart from the unfortunate events of the evening, I have a lot of respect for the CGR team and we will finish the season strong together.
Shortly after, McLaren F1 announced on its twitter account “¡Hola Alex! McLaren Racing has welcomed IndyCar champion Alex Palou to its driver line-up since 2023. The team continues to build a talented group in all the racing series they participate in.
“Our full list of drivers in all series will be confirmed in due course,” they added.
In a subsequent McLaren Racing press release, it reads: “In addition to his racing duties next year, Palou will also join the McLaren F1 Team as part of the 2021 F1 MCL35M car test program, alongside fellow Pato O’Ward and Colton. Hertha.
Palou said: “I am very happy to join the drivers of a great team like McLaren.” I’m also happy to be able to show what I can do behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car and see what doors it can open.
“I want to thank everyone at Chip Ganassi Racing for everything they have done for me,” he emphasized.
Zak Brown, McLaren CEO commented: “We’ve always said we want the best talent at McLaren, and it’s great to add Alex to that list.” I’m also looking forward to seeing him behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car as part of our Preliminary Car Test programme, alongside Pato O’Ward and Colton Herta.
“Alex is an incredibly talented driver who has won every series he has raced in, and I am delighted to welcome him to the McLaren family,” he added.
Although McLaren has not specified exactly which line-up Palou will compete in, it seems likely that he will remain in IndyCar in 2023, driving alongside Pato O’Ward and Alexander Rossi.
Felix Rosenqvist, who was confirmed by McLaren Racing two weeks ago that he will “stay with their family”, will most likely represent them in Formula E.
Palou, who has been with the Ganassi team for his second year, is now fourth in the IndyCar Championship, just 35 points behind teammate Marcus Ericsson.